Steadholders are the countrymen of Alera and make up a large portion of the Aleran population. They live off the land, and many of them tend farms and livestock. Steadholders are freemen, meaning they are not included in the citizenry of Alera, and so they are not entitled to as many rights or protected by as many laws as citizens.
As a general rule steadholders wield less control over furycrafting than citizens. Despite this, many steadholders are very strong crafters, especially those living in more dangerous areas of Alera. Bernard and Isana are excellent examples of steadholders wielding tremendous furycrafting power, even greater than most citizens.
It appears there is a correlation between living on a steadholt and manifesting a fury. There is discussion among furycrafting scholars on the reason behind this correlation. Some speculate that steadholders imagine their furies as animals, beasts, and humanoids, and over time their furies take the shape given to them. Others conclude that those living in steadholts are forced to use their furies often to survive, growing closer to their furies as they grow in power. This closeness gives the crafter a better sense of their fury, and the fury is able to manifest itself through it's relationship with the crafter.