Military power in Elan is nominally the responsibility of the Ironshield Houses rather than the Founding Houses in part to try and act as a balance to the political and economic power. This is undermined by the fact that Elan like Caratia before it has always employed mercenaries for military representation.

Each of the Ironshield Houses maintains some kind of private regiment or fleet and they are employed by the state where necessary. The regiments tend to comprise small highly trained and very well equipped units - often heavy infantry and cavalry. Whilst some of the less established houses maintain medium cavalry units there are very few skirmishers or ironically, marines.

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