The Crimson Guard took on new recruits who did not take the vow. They were trained as formidable fighters. Apart from volunteers, replenishing the ranks of the Guard was also achieved through "inductions" — essentially press gangs. Slaves were often purchased and given the apparent choice to join up or be set free, however, those who did not join up were not in fact set free. There were three known rounds of "inductions" after the original formation of the Guard.