In the Archaic Period, a proxy appointed to lead the armies of a monarch who cannot or will not lead them in battle; or, an important official in a city, charged with maintaining the armed forces in time of peace and leading them in war.

In the Classical Period, an imperial minister, a member of the Boulē. The polemarkh is commander-in-chief of the army and navy, and thus the font of officer’s commissions, defence supply contracts, and many other valuable forms of patronage. Also, since the army collects taxes, polices the law, and so on, the polemarkh is a powerful member of the executive branch of government.

In the Decadent Period, the military dictator of Gehennum. The polemarkh in the Decadent Period rules the nation in the name of the emperor, but the emperor is in fact the powerless prisoner of court protocol. Much of the polemarkh’s efforts are directed towards keeping the emperor and nobles away from the reins of power, most of the rest is devoted to maintaining military supremacy over the episkopoi. The office of polemarkh is de facto hereditary in the family descended from Jasper of Suvein through his daughter Aylise, which relies on the Melankreuthes to maintain its hold on power.

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