“My twelfth-cousin stood beside my third-aunt and cleared her throat; on her tahori she wore the buckle of a myrmidon, passed from her father and to from his mother.”
-from Scorn of the Perigrenator by John E.O. Stevens , published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/the-scorn-of-the-peregrinator/
a follower who carries out orders without question
1 plural: myrmidones
ORIGIN: late Middle English, from Greek Myrmidones, Thessalian tribe led by Achilles to the Trojan War, fabled to have been ants changed into men, from Greek myrmex “ant.” Transferred sense of “faithful follower” is from 1610.