The Guardians, sometimes called Heralds, are ethereal beings
of such power that -- it is said -- the Thirteen bow before
And yet, with three exceptions, we know very little about
these mysterious beings. Some say they created the gods themselves.
Others say that Chadatru summoned them to protect the balance
of power, so that no god could dominate the rest. Yet another
myth claims that Meraud created them to ensure no mortal mage
could discover the secrets of the gods' power and thus overthrow
No one knows how many Guardians there are, nor their names.
Reports of encounters with Guardians are wildly dissimilar
and should not be considered reliable.
What is known is that three of the Guardians chose to take
on semi-mortal forms and live in the world we know, shortly
after the disastrous destruction of the S'Kra
Sraan Mehath (Wind Clan) near the end of the Elven-Human War.
Taking the names Glacis, Eerayn and Sildua,
and the bodies of enormous dragons, the three Guardian Dragons
set out to change the course of mortal history.
Glacis is best known for saving the life of Lanival the Redeemer.
He is likely to have inspired Lanival's plan to reforge the
broken Empire, and that association is why the Five Provinces
we know today are sometimes referred to as the Dragon's Realms.
Glacis is thought to make his home in a remote cavern among
the Dragon Spine Mountains even today, but search parties
sent by Warrior Mage Guild
Leader Augrym have met only frustration.
There is little public knowledge about the mysterious "Dragon
of the East." It is commonly believed that she lives
on a continent across the Great Ocean, though the occasional
sailor reports seeing her winging across the skies of Qi
early in the morning.
Rumors abound that such figures as High Lord Daervlan, Fehrdal
Kukalakai, and Erzebet Crowther enjoy infrequent but regular
correspondence with Eerayn. They, of course, do not confirm
or deny these rumors.
Of the three Guardian Dragons, Sildua is the only one who
deliberately chose to closely emulate the terrifying form
of the World Dragon. His name
is from the Elothean "silduaalyo," or "coal."
Sildua has been the most active -- or else, the least discreet
-- of the three. His motives are unfathomable, his actions
unpredictable. He has been known to save a city from destruction
one week, only to hire a band of mercenaries to attack it
the next. In fact, mercenaries fascinate him. Several years
ago, he hired two bands to make war on each other, until both
captains realized what had happened and walked out on their
He has one lair behind the falls of the Erlinilaya southeast
of Shard, and
another in the hills above Knife Clan. He can occasionally
be seen flying directly over the Crossing,
and once used a gwethdesuan to mock the tiny people below.