. . . one skilled in negotiating, especially between states or people
is a specialised field where often members of the Novice’s family have been or
still are Diplomats. Hetat's mother is a Diplomat.
A diplomat has the ability to see all sides of an argument. Although not easy, he or she must remain impartial when they are dealing with a negotiation. They must then advise their superiors – often world leaders – of the outcomes. Although here on Earth Diplomats are associated with peaceful outcomes, on many other planets they are used for different purposes. On both Nor’la and Credos they are used to negotiate terms of battle. They also negotiate for the return of prisoners.
They always have a Keeper – this is more for status rather than for safety as Diplomats are rarely assassinated.