The Order of High Guardians of Hal-Villan
Separate from the military, Hal-Villanís most powerful force is the Order of High Guardians. Made up of five chosen warriors, the Order is a special task force that answers only to the queen; to be contacted by a Guardian is to be in indirect contact with the queen herself. The Order was first created long ago as an extra precaution to keep Hal Villanís Monarchs safe from attack, but its use since has broadened greatly. Only the current Monarch may choose who is a guardian; there is no way of moving up the ranks to become one. He or she can choose anyone, from the most seasoned warrior to the youngest trainee. This is because it is believed that as chosen Monarch, the King or Queen is the wisest in all of Hal-Villan and is therefore more capable of seeing worth in someone than any other avian.
Individually, the five High Guardians are usually chosen because of their unmatched ability, in combat or otherwise. The current Guardians chosen by the queen are as follows:
Uriel: The Peacekeeper
Uriel is the youngest among the Guardians and the most fun and easygoing of the five. He prefers peace over violence, and is in charge of protecting the peace inside of Hal-Villan. Still, he is physically the strongest of the five guardians. In fact, his physical prowess allowed him to master earth magic as well as fire, making him the only guardian (and one of the few avian) with two elemental choices of magic beyond wind. He was chosen to be a guardian when still training to be a warrior, because the queen saw great potential in him that no one else did. Since then he has grown into a powerful and worthy Guardian, and is not one to take lightly.
Weapon: Heavy Lance
Haniel: The Tactician
Haniel is the second-youngest among the Guardians. His most apparent feature is his appearance; widely considered by all who see him the most handsome creature ever to grace the mortal world. He is a bit of a flirt, and carries a trademark white rose with him at all times. This side of Haniel betrays his true nature; Hanielís mind is his strongest point. He is a master strategist, and can be counted on to plan several steps ahead of himself in most everything he does. He is very sly as well; he understands the inner workings of the mind and is best at unlocking it, be it to sway the decision of a king or maybe interrogate someone. While he isnít the strongest among the guardians, he is still very proficient in combat and a dangerous opponent.
Raphael: The Healer
Raphael is the oldest among the Guardians, and a true master of light magic. He has never found a curse he couldnít break, and his healing ability is so profound that it is rumored he once revived a man who had already died. He is normally a very quiet and gentle soul, but this should never be mistaken for inner weakness. In battle he is rarely shaken, and he is a very powerful fighter.
Weapon: Lucerne Hammer
Gabriel: The Messenger
Gabriel is the second-oldest among the Guardians. He is usually able to sense trouble coming, and acts accordingly. He normally keeps a level head, but is known to act rashly when faced with a difficult decision or a desperate situation. Gabriel is also fastest among the Guardians. He was once even faster, but an unfortunate accident lead to his wings being damaged beyond healing. Through the queenís generosity and quick thinking though, he was able to replace them with the Wings of Alliance, a gift from King Agaeris of Kerebec to Hal-Villan in hopes of friendship between their cities. Through the use of alchemy, the metal wings were made useable, though the extra weight has since hindered Gabriel to a much lesser pace.
Weapon: Dual Shortswords
Michael: The Leader
Michael is the third-oldest among the Guardians, but he is by far the strongest among them. With an unwavering sense of duty, Michael would die before he allowed any harm to come to the queen or anyone else he has been given charge to protect. He is a fearless leader who always keeps a clear head, and his sword skills are second to none. In the event of a full-scale war, Michael would be the avian that lead the warriors into battle. His mind is as sharp as a tack, making him nearly impossible to trick or distract. A defender of the weak and a powerful leader, Michael is considered a great hero among the people of Hal-Villan.