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The Clypean Guard is an elite unit of the New Crobuzon Militia, tasked with guarding the city's Mayor and other important officials.


The Clypean Guard are famous for both their incorruptibility and their motto, "I see and hear only what the mayor and my charges allow me to". Unlike other members of the Militia, who dress either in plain clothes or military uniforms, the Clypean Guard wear formal clothing during their work.


  • The word Clypean is a variation of "clypian", which in turn derives from the Middle English word "clepen", meaning "to call out" or "to cause to assemble".