Rust Never Sleeps
The Herald is the Prince’s mouthpiece. When the Prince
makes a decree, the Herald’s job is to make sure that all of the
city’s Kindred hear of it (assuming it’s meant for all ears…).
When the Prince convenes an unscheduled court, the Herald
is responsible for alerting those who must attend. The Herald
hands down judgment, represents the Prince in proxy when
she cannot (or will not) make a personal appearance, and
otherwise serves as something of a “secretary of state.” The
Herald is assumed to speak with the Prince’s voice at all times.
Some treacherous or ambitious Heralds use this fact to direct
other Kindred to their own liking, making suggestions that
others assume (incorrectly) carry the weight of the Prince’s
orders. Some Heralds who were less subtle than they believed
have been executed for this very thing, so most wise Heralds
remain more or less honest.
The Herald is a position that is often absent in small
cities. In many such cases, the Seneschal (or less frequently
the Sheriff) handles these duties in addition to
his other responsibilities.
In addition to Herald, this position is sometimes called
Minister, Runner, Mouthpiece, Spokesman or Secretary
(not in the domains where the Seneschal bears that last
title, of course).