Castle Mashir, located at the western end of the inner city of Caliphas, guards both the Lady's Harbor and the west gate leading into the walled inner city. As well as its obvious military roles, the castle also serves as the heart of Caliphas's port authority as well as a prison for the city's most dangerous inmates.
Brigadier Holladyne Vronds officially serves as the castle's commander, but each facet of castle life functions effectively autonomously. The Gateless Tower serves as the prison and is run by Warden Browden Celdmoor, who takes his role of rehabilitating the prisoners seriously due to his faith in Pharasma. The port authority is overseen by Jasaline Morstenni, who runs a tight operation and rigorously enforces local taxes and nautical law, but sometimes also employs her charms and good looks to ease the sting of the taxes, fines, and citations she doles out.1