I have decided to post character descriptions in a new category aptly titled “Character Descriptions”. These descriptions will be longer than the overviews I will present in “Characters in TSOM”. I’m going to do it this way so that “Characters in TSOM” won’t get so crowded and long that you won’t have time to read all the way through it. This way, you can read a lengthier summary of a character at your leisure if you go to the category “Character Descriptions”, whereas in “Characters in TSOM” you can find a short and simple overview of the characters.
For a more interesting character description, I have chosen Guardis. We don’t know much about what Guardis really looks like, where he is from, or even what he is. But there is at least one, if not several things that, hopefully, I make obvious in the text of “I Was Called”: he is totally awesome.
Guardis is a Pure Spirit. He is not “pure spirit”, meaning “only and entirely spirit” but “Pure Spirit” meaning that he is a totally good spirit. Pure Spirits are creatures, not necessarily of Montairyus, but of a different place. Because they are spirits, they have no bodies; therefore, I cannot describe what Guardis looks like to you by the way of explaining how his face looks, his eye color, etc.. How then is Guardis present among Terren and his comrades? In “Characters in TSOM”, how am I able to list his height and say in his “notable properties” that he is an expert swordsman if he is a spirit?
Guardis assumes the form of a walking suit of armor. The armor is evidently filled with his spirit, for it moves, talks, and seemingly behaves just like any knight would while wearing full plate-armor. I will describe how Guardis looks, but I believe that the scene in which Guardis first appears in “I Was Called” will nicely do the trick:
The rider himself was more magnificent than the white horse he rode on. The rider was garbed from head-to-toe in golden plate-armor. Glorious decorations fashioned into the armor enhanced his appearance and the sword he wore at his belt was jeweled at the pommel. A bow, slender, elegant and long to accommodate the rider’s height, was slung on his back. His helmet started to narrow as it reached the bottom towards where the rider’s chin was and two large, round slits—really holes, Terren thought—were placed in the helmet so the rider could see. The top of the gilded helmet was a crown-like shape with points going all around the rider’s crown.
While all of this was a fascinating sight for Terren, and the rider’s glamorous outfit grabbed his attention, he was amazed to see that there were two large, eagle-like wings on the rider’s back.
Yes, Guardis has two fantastic eagle-wings on his back. He never flies in the book, and the wings are seemingly just a symbol of Guardis’s rank and power. I would also like you to note that beneath Guardis’s armor is total blackness. When you look into the eyes of his helmet, there is a disconcerting realization that the helmet is both empty and filled with Guardis’s spirit.
Personality and Purpose
Guardis has a very pleasant personality. Although he is dressed like a knight, his only true purpose for being a warrior is to bring peace. Therefore, he behaves in a serene, calm manner. Guardis always encourages others to do what is right, and he himself is the epitome of a moral person. He is kind to everyone he meets; he even kills his enemies in the least painful way possible and as quickly as he can. One of the most notable traits of Guardis is his wisdom. Guardis possesses much wisdom, and is always willing to share his wisdom with others. Strong in heart, courageous in morality, and faithful to his friends, Guardis is a truly heroic character, defending those who are helpless and protecting Montairyus against Kartrus and his servants.
As to Guardis’s purpose, Terren and his companions are graced with his presence for a very important reason; Guardis has come to help them rescue Earyis, for Earyis will become a terrible threat to Montairyus. Guardis now becomes the main body-guard of the group, and he is determined to defeat any resistance that might hinder Terren from completing his quest. Guardis, being a Pure Spirit, contains great mystical powers. He is able to deflect projectiles, shoot fire, lightning, and blasts of power from his hand or his sword, and can transport himself through the air almost instantly. Few that challenge him to battle survive the encounter and even the foulest of Kartrus’s servants fear to cross Guardis. Guardis is seemingly invulnerable.
Overall, Guardis is an awesome character. I hope you grow to love him as much as I do. Although I’m not a great artist, here’s a picture that I drew of Guardis; I hope it somewhat captures his magnificence.