Lex Grimhollow, Sapphiran High Commander
Lex Grimhollow is the highest-ranking member of the Sapphiran guard. He was born in Sapphira to a half-orc father and a human mother, both artificers commissioned by the leaders of the city to work in the Steamworks. He left home at 16 and joined the crew of a trade escort ship, where he learned how to handle himself in a firefight. At the end of his two years aboard, the vessel was sunk in a naval battle with pirates, but the crew managed to fight off the pirates and take their ship. With their cargo lost, they were discharged from service, but Lex managed to find a job as a city guard. Within five years, he was a lieutenant in the Sapphiran Army, during the Drex Campaigns, the war against hostile barbarian tribes in the southern part of Drex. He distinguished himself in his service, saving a general from being sacrificed at an altar to a barbarian blood god, and, seemingly suddenly, he ended up as the Sapphiran High Commander. For the last five years, he’s kept up the training of the Sapphiran officers and soldiers, presumably taking orders from the Lords of Mechanika themselves, since there’s really nobody higher up on the ladder than him. He’s been known to hire independent adventurers on a regular basis to take care of the more difficult problems facing the city, or to send on missions he doesn’t want specifically connected to him or Sapphira. For the most part, though, he doesn’t deal much with the internal problems of the city, since he’s got a lot to worry about from outside threats.