The Warrior caste is the elite of the fighters for the Canim army. They carry traditional weapons and armor, though the armor is black which is consistent with a predatory race that hunts at night. Nasaug is a leader of this caste. In addition, some warriors wear the scarlet steel that is seen in Canim weapons.And some warrior castes wear blue steel armor.
Those of the Ritualist caste are the spellcasters of the Canim. The Canim do not wield furies, but are still capable of using magic. The ritualists have been known to do many large-scale sorceries. They have sent large storms, turned the sky red, and can call forth lightning to attack an area or single target. Sarl is a leader of this caste.
The Raider caste forms the bulk of the Canim army, and is made up of farmers and lower-class folk who are conscripted. In battle, they wear lighter armor, and use rusty farm tools as weapons. Throughout most of history, the Raiders are the Canim that the rest of Alera has fought. However, despite being "light" infantry, they are still formidable in combat.
In Academ's FuryEdit
The Canim are first presented in Academ's Fury. Tavi meets Ambassador Varg in Varg's attempt to warn the First Lord about the guards he's had go missing. He later discovers and warns Tavi about the Vord nest in The Deeps.
In Cursor's FuryEdit
A large fleet of Canim ships is seen approaching the western coast at the beginning of the book. A Cursor notes it and attempts to report it. Along his way to Aleria Imperia, he finds the First Aleran, a group of legionnaires made up of soldiers from every realm in Alera, which Tavi has been put in charge of. The First Aleran is moved to Elinarch and, in the process, run across several small groups of Canim attacking the local steadholts.
Tavi discovers that the raiding parties are the Canim equivalent to farmers and that they have yet to encounter the main Canim force. He also discovers that the Canim have completely destroyed the fleet they sailed in on. The Canim attack isn't just a raid, it's an invasion.The Canim are eventually routed at Elinarch. As they're retreating, Tavi finds a female Canim that has recently given birth. The Canim haven't just invaded, they're fleeing their homeland and are trying to re-establish a home.
The continent of Canea where the canim are from is huge. Unlike Alera all of Canea is not united but divided into several realms called ranges.Including:
Narash, the people of Narash were the only Canim to have contact with Alera before Princeps' Fury. Members of this realm include Varg,Nasaug and Sarl. It is breifly mentioned in Princeps' Fury that this Range has an abundance of trees.The range is one of the 3 largest in terms of pure area along with Shuar and Maraul.
The range of Shuar, is a enormous and highly defensive mountain highland. This range and their Canim were first interacted with in Princeps' Fury when the Canim and Aleran fleet got blown towords their port of Molvar.They are a respected enemy of the Canim of Narash. Notable canim of Shuar include Tarsh,Lararl and Anag.
Maraul, these Canim are only mentioned in the books. They are a respected enemy of the Canim of Narash. Their range is full of swamps and bogs.