The Frozen City
The Commissar commands a small team of spies called Imperial Eyes. They technically work for the Emperor, but report directly to the Commissar. Most, if not all, feel they owe a deeper allegiance to the local ruler than any Emperor. In fact, some folks in the know call them the Commissar’s Eyes.
These elite infiltrators roam the city in disguise. Most have multiple false identities and belong to different organizations. Imperial Eyes have infiltrated the Balacazar crime family, the Brotherhood of Redemption, the Naltegro Suun, various noble houses (in staff or servant positions), and even the Church, just to name a few significant groups.
Some of the Imperial Eyes work together, or know of each other’s identities and exchange information. Others remain entirely solitary and unknown even to their comrades. (Sometimes” although not often”this can lead to spies spying on spies.) Only the Commissar knows the identities of all the Eyes.
Not all Imperial Eyes are rogues, of course. The Empire has a longstanding tradition of employing wizards ”particularly diviners” in this role. Their use of magic compensates for any lack of specialized skills.