Once advisors to the now extinct House Chauki, the Hazat overthrew their masters and helped engineer the Fall. Since then, the Hazat have repeatedly tried to extend their influence, but have been blocked every time.
The Hazat have rarely been subtle and rely on force of arms to achieve their goals. They turned the army against House Chauki but in turn found themselves beholden to the military, who have found their influence among the Hazat grow over time. House Hazat can now not curtail their military build up, even if they wanted to. Almost all young Hazat go through military training throughout their childhood, and are prepared for positions of command – it is not unusual to find a 12 year old Hazat knight leading forces of hardened veterans.
There are many jokes made at the expense of Hazat intelligence and common sense, but they go to great extremes to prove their courage and ability. The presence of a Hazat on the field of battle can have great influence over the soldiers under his command. They have great empathy with their soldiers, and retired military personnel occupy a place of honour, even being able to veto actions by local Hazat rulers. Distinguished service by freemen within the military is often rewarded with money and land, and even a serf can become a freeman.
Members of the Hazat pride themselves on their honour and ability, forgiving no slight to either, a trait that other Houses can often play on. However, they do not duel in the same fashion as other Houses, deriding those who hide behind shields. The Hazat idea of a duel involves no shields and much heavier weaponry.