I'm writing a short story set in a medieval world. My main inspiration was the videogames of the soul series - so, there is magic, dark themes, and a lot of variance in weapons and armors. As you imagine realism isn't the main focus, but still it may be nice to be consistent.
Now, the problem is: I gave a secondary character - the head of palace guards - an estoc - wiki - as weapon of choice. My beta reader made me notice that estocs were mostly used against plate mail armor, and by horseback. Now, how realistic is that the head of a palace guard - who mainly stays inside the palace - is armed with such a weapon?
On a more general side, what is the realistic weapon of choice for the head of a palace guard?
More details ahead.
The head of the palace guard in question is a woman (for religious reasons, in my world women are considered better than men in most aspects). I wanted to give her an estoc, or another sword that favors the thrusts over the cut, mainly for aesthetic reasons; it may be perceived as more "elegant" rather than your average sword. Her subordinates are common guards, and are mainly armed with swords, halberds and crossbows.
Another important point is that, in my setting, those guards aren't supposed to see much action. The people who live in the palace they guard are religious authorities, so attacking them would be the highest form of heresy. The world they live in is a very tightly knitted one, with only one reign and no other religions around. Of course there are criminal and thieves, but the palace should be a target too risky for them.
I've realized that the estoc might be used as a symbolic weapon, entrusted to the head of the guard as a sign of her position (e.g., the Pope used to gift heavily decorated estocs like the one in the picture).
Edit: she might be carrying a regular sword with her, too, if it makes sense (mainly if the estoc is cerimonial).
Second edit: I'm having trouble accepting just one an answer to this, since there are a lot of good insights around. There's enough material in this discussion to get a story focussed only on the captain of the guard. I'd like to thank everyone for contributing.