Curse of the Crimson Throne
Seneschal of Castle Korvosa
People in Korvosa consider the castle’s seneschal as the second most powerful individual in the city, behind only the monarch. He can make the city’s leader a prisoner within the castle by sealing it and calling for Sable Company marines to man and guard it. To date, no seneschal has had any reason to use such draconian measures, but he retains the power nonetheless.
When a seneschal dies or retires, the field marshal of the Korvosan Guard chooses his replacement from among the leadership of the Sable Company. Typically, the company’s commandant becomes the new seneschal, although a promising junior officer occasionally leapfrogs into the limited but powerful position.
Those close to him expect the current seneschal, Neolandus Kalepopolis, to step down in 3 years, on the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the post. Many see his very close and mentor-like relationship with Commandant Marcus Thalassinus Endrin as the most obvious sign of this.