Queen Yocasta’s mother and father were murdered in a coup by an army general.When Yocasta used her skills and beauty to defeat him and take the throne, she decided to create an elite and utterly loyal military unit to prevent such a thing happening again. She was young and beautiful when she set it up. The guards were carefully selected. They were paid well and trained in guard duty, as bodyguards, policemen,and spies. When on open duty they wear iron chainmail armour with the symbol of an eye on the surcoat (protects the armour from rain) and carry shortswords.
Yocasta is never seen publicly without at least ten of them by her side.
They guard her and the Royal Palace and they also track down criminals and act as police,helping the ordinary people as well as dealing roughly with any rebellions. They sometimes dress in normal clothes to act as spies to uncover plots against the Queen.The ordinary subjects are unsure what to think of them.They like the stability which they represent and applaud the catching of criminals,but hate and fear being spied upon.
They swear an oath of loyalty to Yocasta when they join. All of them like her and many would do anything for her, even an assassination beyond Valermoore’s borders. When she got married it was to one of them. He became the Royal Consort, as she feared that to give him the title of King might damage her political position.