Sighurdan: Tradition & Fire
The Eniçari (Sighur: [ˌæniˈtʃɑɾi]; Rhondo-Fulgrathian: [ˌɪniˈtʃɑɹ(ʷ)i]) is military-based social subclass comprised entirely of esir (slaves).
Members of the Eniçari are either born into it or volunteered as children from free families. This means, of course, that the volunteered child becomes a slave. Giving up one’s child to the Eniçari is an act of honor. Members are still associated with their original families, and a successful, valiant Eniçari increases his or her family’s glory and fame and may contribute to the family’s social mobility. On the other hand, a common slave can only in very rare cases enter the ranks of the Eniçari.
The Eniçari command both awe and fear, in some degree, from every level of society in Sighurdan. Though they may be hired out to estates and lords, their ultimate loyalty is to the theocracy, and they are generally not bound by regional laws and customs. (For example, outside of city guards, only Eniçari are permitted to visibly carry weapons in cities.) Though the aristocratic class interacts with the Eniçari and employs them the most, they are also the most wary of them.