The Engineers Guild were important segments of Squat society. Tracing its origin back to the Age of Isolation, the Squats as a whole developed a considerable technological expertise in order to survive without Terran support, and there was regular mercantile travel between strongholds. From this traffic arose a distinct class of travelling engineer, moving constantly between strongholds to undertake important technological tasks. Squat Engineer Guilds arose to protect these individuals, who often found themselves caught up in inter-League wars between various Squat strongholds. Soon enough Squat Engineer Guilds developed into one of the most powerful institutions of Squat society, and Engineers themselves enjoyed more prestige as a result. It became commonplace for gifted Engineers to be inducted to Guilds at an early age.