|“||The army is half the problem. A parade of weak, short-term Syndics let discipline lapse. The troops are beyond control now. Generally, though, they will act against riotors. They see riot suppression as license to loot.||”|
The Urban Cohorts were a police force and militia stationed in Beryl, and were based at the Fork Barracks within the city. Their primary role was law enforcement and defense of the free city. However, long-term weak leadership by the time of the Black Company's arrival in Beryl, had made them undisciplined and prone to refuse orders. The Cohorts held a particular hatred for the Company, which had been hired by the Syndic as his bodyguard. The Cohorts saw them as rivals and would often start skirmishes with them.
Beryl Uprisings Edit
The Cohorts in-effectiveness in restoring order after long term unrest in Beryl, had forced the Syndic to hire the Black Company. Some time later, the populace of Beryl rebelled and the Cohorts carried out brutal riot suppression to quell the mobs. However, many of their number also exploited the situation to loot and pillage the city during the process. The Cohorts later mutinied against the Syndic after he refused to pay a 'special donative' offered to buy their loyalty. This resulted in heavy fighting in the city with the Black Company, and a large number of fatalities were inflicted on both sides, including Mercy.
After the Black Company was finally free of their contract with the Syndic, they launched a final attack on the Cohorts base to even the score. Under nightfall, whilst using sorcery to put the garrison to sleep, the Black Company killed a significant number of them whilst they slept, before making an escape.