Actually "free" on latin would be liber
, those who are freed from service (e.g.). Licens
is more like loose, like "loose, escaped slaves", which actually, if I understood correctly, fits the fluff. There's another word you might be interested in: fuga
, like in Bach's Fuga, which is like fleeing from some terrifying disaster, which is from efugit
which means escape.
And why am I posting this?