The City Watch are (with the exception of Peregrine Branch) the only division of the Meridian Guard allowed to operate within a walled League city during peacetime. Their officer corps are generally self-interested and usually well-connected enough to have bought their commissions rather than earned them. The rank and file of the Watch tend to be veteran Fleet Marines who have enough seniority or well-placed friends to obtain a shore posting, but not the courage or aptitude to join the Outriders or one of the more elite divisions.
The Watch generally wear light armor when on-duty and carry truncheons and short swords. They are required by their charter to train in heavy armor and formation fighting so that they can serve as a defensive garrison in case of land invasion. The quality of their equipment and training for this role is dubious at best.