An etkuanor is the first stage of a warriors life or a cadet as they are commonly known as on Crystaldeep. An etkuanors training is based on endurance of environment and of body. Simple mechanics and a wide spectrum of combat techniques are taught. A Mumbitanian becomes an etkuanore shortly after their blades first come out. After this they are taken to dance with their village guardian. Then they become an etkuanor and are sent to one of the many military training schools within the empire. The principle one is the Mumbitanian Military Imperial Academy (MMIA). In isolated rural areas, they may be taught by the village guardian himself.