Mythic Mania 3: Guardian part 4
So now we come to the common themes associated with the guardian path, which should help to inspire players when developing their changes and abilities as they progress along it. Keep in mind, of course, that this list is not comprehensive by any means.
The Eternal Guardian: Few sights are more iconic than reaching a site of importance and discovering that the protector of that location is an impossibly ancient, yet seemingly mortal warrior of incredible skill.
Great Beast-Master: Mighty beasts and magical beings bow to guardians who have friends in natural, or outer, places, making them awe-inspiring in their ability to command that which is normally considered beyond mortals.
Sleeping Protector: The ability of some guardians to go into stasis means that they can linger in a specific location for years, awakening only briefly to discretely gain sustenance and normal activity before returning to their torpor. In doing so, they create legends of eternal guardians that always return when needed to save the day.
Tireless Defender: Legends often tell of guardians who ascended to their mythic status by facing off against incredible odds and not just surviving, but triumphing, from fending off entire armies by taking them on one at a time, to facing off against horrific and powerful beasts, either could be a catalyst.
Seemingly Invincible: Many guardians seem so tough that they seem all but unkillable, and they may spawn stories of incredible origins of how they became so durable, such as being dipped in a magical river, or bathing in the blood of a mythic beasts. Of course, when such legends arise, sometimes the guardian eventually falls, leading to the stories adding a line about a single space on their unbreakable skin left untouched by such a treatment. In some cases such tales might even be true!
Legendary Demise: When a mythic hero is finally laid to rest, it is usually after a particularly epic battle. This counts doubly for guardians, who can endure so much more before being defeated. Legend is rife with tales of guardians who went out with a bang, one final act which propelled their legend even further, such as tearing down a building on the very heads of those that had captured them, or shouldering a mountainous burden to allow others to be saved, and so on.
And with that, we’re almost done with the special on the guardian mythic path! Tune in tomorrow for the final segment!