The Saga of Rosemary Goodfruit
The Governor's Gaol
The fortress that serves as the gatehouse for the Governor’s mansion also acts as his gaol; here any offenders found to have broken one of the multitude of shifting laws of the colony are kept for the time prior to their judgement at the Governor’s hands, which usually leads to either a hefty fine and a slap on the wrist or a summary execution, carried out by the Governor’s guards, though most pay their way out if they can in one way or another.
Though crime is low due to the strict punishments levied by the Governor’s men, criminals are determined mostly by his whimsical nature and by bribes given to him and his sergeants, so most residents try to keep a low profile and avoid offending anyone with enough money to have them arrested and hauled off to the Gaol.
The building itself is highly secure; its wide courtyard is surrounded by heavy gates and high walls, and the cliffs around it prevent traffic from bypassing it. It has a stables where some, rather unhealthy, horses are kept for patrolling the road to the town, though they are rarely used for more than exercising them to prevent them from withering away to nothing. A tall tower in the southwestern corner provides a commanding view of the colony and the harbour, and a man with a good spyglass can see far out to sea on a clear day. The Governor’s guards are housed in the barracks here while on duty, though most live in the town below, especially the sergeants whose regular bribes allow them to afford to live well with few wants.