Where in the West, native Eastern Christians supplemented Kypchaks and Turks in the ranks of Ghulams, the Hindus of India existed as an immense pool from which the invading powers could raise their slave-warriors from. From the earliest arrival of Islamic armies into the sub-continent native Indian converts were utilized as mawali, or client soldiers of a non-Arabic heritage. It would be from their ranks that the Soomro Dynasty would rise and continue the practice of drawing from the Hindus to fill the ranks of their slave warriors. No doubt the most prestigious of these ethnic units of Indian slave warriors would be the Qiqaniyya. Of small rank but great quality, their role is as a special regiment of marksmen, and as such have been armed and armored exceptionally. Though their ancestral traditions and disciplined training rests in archery, their arms include a small shield and armor piercing mace affording these slave-warriors the ability to do reasonably well in melee if the situation calls for it.