Two ranks are distinguished: lower-ranked Brothers, which are still provided with their tongue and can talk, and higher-ranked Squires, tongueless and mute. A brother is promoted to squire by having his tongue bitten off from his mouth.
In the seriesEdit
- Main article: Death Masks
In Death Masks, squires are introduced as goons and bodyguards for Nicodemus Archleone. They behave standoffishly and in complete silence. Nicodemus explains that their tongue is removed; this, however does not appear to necessarily deter potential recruits.
- Main article: Skin Game