Rust Never Sleeps
Quite simply, the Hound is the Prince’s (or Primogen’s)
muscle. If the Sheriff is a policeman, the Hound is an assassin
or a leg-breaker. He doesn’t investigate, he doesn’t question.
His job is to punish anyone he’s told to punish. In some instances,
the Hound and the Sheriff are at odds due to their
overlapping responsibilities. In other cities, the two are combined
into a single position. While the Hound might be asked
to carry out the official and public chastisement of a lawbreaker,
that duty more often falls to the Sheriff. The Hound
is normally employed when the Prince wishes to skip over
normal (and possibly public) procedure.
In addition to Hound, such an enforcer is often called Assassin,
Archon, Scourge or Templar.