The Beacon is concentrated civilization. -Warlord Hines, First General, 462 AF
The soldiers who serve in the Beacon are trained in swordsmanship not because it is showy or flashy, but because wielding a blade is the most effective way to defend themselves against the variety of creatures who are trying to kill them.
Beacon soldiers patrol the Wall at each of the seven gates, and send detachments into the southern provincial farmholds to preserve stability. They utilize the monasteries as staging areas or occupy a farmhold and respond as the needs of the region demand.