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
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.