|Crossbow Guards of Imperial Priests|
The Empire maintains a strong military presence in and around the western entrance into the valley, and are
frequently encountered in the western parts of the Shattered Plains. Military patrols are common enough, and these are often accompanied by members of the Omart Imperial Priesthood.
Omart military patrols are almost exclusively infantry, usually formations of pikemen, supported by companies of crossbowmen. Their captains will sometimes ride fine horses, but this is often viewed as an extravagance by those truer to traditional Imperial manner. There are no horses in the Empire of the Risen Sea (the old name for the Omart Empire, before the structure of the city of Omart), and they are creatures found only in the Valley.
|Olmart pike formation, marching south toward the Great River, in the Shattered Plains|
The Imperial Priesthood has three orders of Priests - The Sept of the Red Pearl, the Sept of the White Jade, and the Sept of the Black Diamond. These are different orders within the Imperial magical/religious structure responsible for maintaining magical hegemony over the many conquered islands of the Empire, as well as responsible for the maintenance of the Imperial Court, including keeping the Emperor Alive.