It actually started as a noun, as a renaissance equivalent to “hired gun.” You’re a lance, but you don’t belong to any doge. You’re free!
Isn't that cool? If you do freelance social media (like me) you actually should have a lance. According to some sources, you’re technically not allowed to report your taxes to the IRS without a lance.
So where do you keep your lance? I keep mine above my fireplace. Sometimes it’s what I use to get paid on time.