The Keepers are a very loose organization operating in the Small Forest. They are composed mostly of elves and men, druids and rangers. Their main goal is to protect the forest, keeping it free of disease, excessive harvesting, and unnatural beasts. All members of the group pledge to do their best to serve the forest’s interests and to help each other when possible. They have no more specific obligations, assigned patrol areas, or the like. The sorts of people who are drawn to the Small Forest are generally wary of excessive structure or rules.
The Keepers do have a small degree of leadership. By tradition, one elf and one human serve as Wardens. They live in a spartan hall on the shores of Lake Mani. They don’t have direct authority over other Keepers, but are well-respected. They’re often consulted on delicate matters or appealed to to settle disputes. On the rare instances that a Keeper needs to be sanctioned or corrected in some way, the Wardens may spearhead the effort but must convince the membership at large to support their efforts. When a Warden dies, loses the support of the other Keepers, or is otherwise unable to continue, a new Warden is nominated and elected by a moot of all available members.
The current Wardens are two elderly female druids. Reynir, an elf, has served as Warden for nearly 200 years. Jarfr, a human, has served as Warden for 15 years. Both have strong support from the other Keepers.