So, it happened once again. Just another day in Stormwind where some hooligan attempted to enter the Cathedral Square with manifestations of the void. It’s not the first time it has happened, nor will it be the last. And if it’s not manifestations of the void, it could be demons, undead minions, or violence.
As you can predict - the response usually breaks down into an argument of who has the rights to enforce the law. An all together difficult matter when the laws of the Kingdom of Stormwind are not known in lore, but are the pure matter of player speculation.
But then there was the thought I stumbled upon which I think solves this matter all-together, which I would like to share with the community.
While I prefer to keep details such as my real name private, I am open enough to share that I am a seminarian on my way towards ordination to become a Priest in the real world. Believe it or not - there can be times where there are violent people or obtuse, disruptive personalities which need to be removed from the atmosphere of prayer and reverence.
A real world example would be how members of Femme have attempted to crash religious services in Cathedrals in Europe. Because they are on private-property, the clergy are within their rights to see them removed.
In the same way that this matter is handled in the real world, I propose it be handled in the context of the Cathedral of Light in World of Warcraft. And I will note as well that this is not unique to any one religious practice in the world - it is universal to all religious institutions.
The fact of the matter is that we have been so caught up in claims over who has more authority per military or deputy status, that we can overlook a mind-numbingly simple fact, which even I have only now thought to consider when I compare real-world practice.
While we cannot truly infer what the laws of Stormwind are, this much we can be certain of: That the Cathedral of Light and the Cathedral Square are ecclesiastical lands. In otherwords - the Cathedral Square is private property owned by the Church of the Holy Light, and not Public property. Just the same as any real-world Cathedral, Church, Temple, Synagogue, or Mosque in almost any country throughout the world.
Being that the Cathedral is in-fact, private property, any representative of the Church is within their rights to see disruptive, unwanted, or unsolicited persons removed. In the same exact way that any business owner can refuse business or see a guest removed from their place of business if that person is in violation of that business’s policy.
It seems like no imaginative leap to assume that anyone summoning a demon, void-tentacle, or undead minion would be in violation of the Cathedral’s ordinances.
Therefore, I’d say that the debate of Cathedral guards and enforcers is less on par with police or martial law, but more with security guards. And just as it would occur with any modern conflict, if the situation escalates the security guard is within their rights to remove the person by force. Should it escalate further, the intelligent thing to do is to contact the police.
Therefore, when it comes to a matter of demons, void-tentacles, unread minions, violent, etc. - any issue which any intuitive mind can assume would be against the comfort of the Cathedral dwellers - any person who role-play’s a representative of the Church of the Holy Light; paladin or priest particularly, should be within their rights to remove unwanted parties from the premises.
It’s not rocket-science. My point is purely that we’ve been overthinking the matter. We get into pissing contests about what rank someone is in the military or the guard. Really its much more simple than that - Cathedral property is private property.