The Novice is the lowest Hammerite rank and pretty much follows the same behavior as the Servant. He will scream and run for help as soon as he spots Garrett and he is likely to attract Hammerite Guards or Priests. A Novice is actually encountered only once in the Break From Cragscleft Prison mission in Thief: The Dark Project/Thief Gold.
It is not known exactly what duties are expected of the novice, except that those stationed in Fort Ironwood regularly refill the Holy Water supply there. Once trained, a novice may be relocated to the temple where he spends the next three years (usually) in silence, his conduct subjected to bi-annual evaluations. After this period, he may apply for the rank of Elevated Acolyte.
- receives orders from the Master of Novices
- is not allowed any keys
- may not enter restricted areas under any circumstances
- may not speak on temple grounds
- may carry arms only when on campaign