||The Wasp are another young order, formed less than a century ago. It is the third all-female order and the only one likely to be seen on the front lines of a battle. The Wasps specialise in duels and swordplay and the use of poisons. With their jewelled eyes and tight metal armour, they look more insect than human, an impression which is reinforced by the way they move, all fast twitches and jerks. A Wasp’s foe will find the sword-sting embedded in his heart or throat before he can even blink.
Fancy sword-tricks, of course, do not win battles where many thousands of warriors clash and the Wasps have striven to prove themselves. They have recently entered into a bargain with the Ferrets to obtain their own squadrons of ornithopters and they intend to become a quick-reaction strike force that can be dropped behind enemy lines or atop an enemy castle. The Wasps respond instantly to any insinuation that they are weaker than any other fighting Order – the ‘temper of the Wasps’ is infamous, as is their practice of challenging those who offend them to a duel.