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Clansguard are highly trained professional soldiers who dedicate themselves to the protection of Northern Tarania. Only children born into the clansguard caste can become warriors. Once they receive their branding at the age of thirteen, a novice will attend Abergaron Military Academy for three years and then complete a further year on the southern border of Taleni. In rare cases (such as The Three Orphans of Treharne and Alun Swordstorm) a clansguard can be raised into the nobility caste by their monarch or chieftain. Due to a shortage of warriors after the Mendari War, intermarrying between clansguard and a member of the skilled or farmer caste is permitted if agreed by the chieftain and the archwarden of the clan.