Bakukal, 23rd day of Deepkolt, 432 AC
Fifth Watch falling 11
Senate Deactivates Golden Shield
by Gerrin, Staff Writer
Palanthas - This past Misham the Senate voted to deactivate the Golden Shield, citing that the time of unrest has passed. In the recent weeks much of the activity that caused the Senate to activate the Golden Shield has been taken care of.
"We feel that the city is safe again," Senator James Lyoniol said. "When we activated the Shield it wasn't a permanent thing. We just felt that the city was in danger of being overwhelmed by certain elements. Now the city has settled once again and we also have keep in mind that most of the members of the Golden Shield have civilian jobs and that their efforts as civilians contribute greatly to the city."
Many city officials agree that the Shield has performed admirably and could be used in other times of need outside of the defense of the city. One of the ideas that many senators seemed to support was that a small force of the Golden Shield always be on active duty.
"What we're asking for the Senate to consider is keeping a small force up and running," Senator Lyoniol said. "I am not in favor of keeping many up but a small force of 20 could be useful. We believe that this force can be used as a task force to study the art of urban warfare. Another duty these 20 would perform would be arranging drills and exercises for the companies. Golden Shield commander Captain Brac Stosin will be in charge of this small company of shieldmen."
The Senate tabled the issue for this week's session and wanted to meet with members of the Golden Shield before making a permanent decision. That discussion is expected to take place early next week with a Senate vote following. As for members of the Golden Shield they will be deactivated early next week.