The A-List is the elite mounted military force of the Bearkillers. At the time of the War of the Eye the A-listers could field 300 full time professional soldiers capable of matching or beating Portland's knights.
To earn a position in the A-List, a Bearkiller must first serve as a military apprentice. Following the successful completion of a number of tests, including testimony to character, the apprentice is admitted to the list. As a part of the ceremony, the new brother or sister is branded between the eyebrows; the branding leaves a blue scar.