From Dragon Eye Atlas
Lord Protector is a religious and military leadership title within Schap and designates the lord of a province who is also its military leader. The title is more common in the south than in the north.
A Lord Protector can be compared to a Duke or Earl in other realms, combined with a bishop or high priest. His powers are derived directly from the Patron, the highest religious and political authority of the realm. He is on the same hierarchical level as the Lord Provider.
Within his domain, the Lord Protector is high priest, judge, military commander and political lord. In other words: All authority rests in him and all paths lead to him. His authority within his domain is absolute and unquestionable.