The Gaolers are a smaller guild-clan, naturally charged with overseeing the Gaol. The specific calling of their guild-clan is to care for the workings of the Gaol complex, and to tend to prisoners confined there. Gone are the long-ago days of prisoners coming from the Courts in central Tanglestone, so now the Gaolers mostly concern themselves with prisoners taken by the Battlemen and condemned at Petty Courts, or with volunteer prisoners who have contracted to reside in the Gaol (usually in the Reprimands) in exchange for food, shelter and a small stipend at contract’s end.
While the Gaol is usually quite peaceful and many of its prisoners there by choice, the Gaolers still practice a number of combat arts in order to subdue renegade prisoners. The average Gaoler wears leather and carries a stout truncheon. Formal guards, posted at the Gate or in the Rebukes, wear iron-banded breastplates and carry man-catcher polearms. Particularly skilled individuals practice their own techniques, such as fighting with chains, blade-tipped whips (often poisoned) or even unarmed grappling. The guild-clan badge is a pair of iron bracelets, not unlike shackles, and their finest gear is decorated with motifs of chains, manacles, iron gates and locks.
Guild-clan hierarchy answers to the Chainwarden, who oversees all the practical details of Gaol operation. His officers are known as Locksmen, each of which may oversee a specific and often dangerous duty, such as standing watch over the Oublia.