Guardinals were animalistic celestials native to Elysium and the House of Nature. When at home, they were among the most peaceful beings in all the planes, but outside their home plane, they hunted down evil to stop it.
Like other celestials, the appearances of guardinals varied—both among varieties and individuals—but most looked like attractive and fit humanoids with distinct animal traits. Some guardinals appeared more animal-like, while others appeared more human-like.
Guardinals were quick to laugh and slow to get angry. They were the epitome of moral integrity and honor. They did not lie or cheat. Guardinals had zero tolerance for evil or injustice of any kind, and would travel out of their way to confront it. If evil came to their home plane, they became as ferocious as any archon.
All guardinals could see in the dark and were immune to harm from electricity.They were resistant to the acid, cold, poisons, and intense sounds and could not be turned to stone by magical means. No animal could ever be compelled to attack a guardinal.
Guardinals were naturally fluent in the Celestial language and the language of devils. Most also spoke Draconic. However, they could communicate with almost any sentient creature using their innate magic, so in some sense, they could speak all languages. Moreover, they could telepathically communicate with any animals.
The style of combat favored by a guardinal depended on its type and its power. Among all varieties, they preferred to incapacitate, unless the enemy were irredeemably evil, in which case, they did not hesitate to use deadly force.
Native to the House of Nature, in earlier cosmologies, guardinals were considered residents of Elysium. In either case, they lived simple lives, either alone or in small groups, often traveling through their beautiful, natural environment like nomads. They only ever took what was absolutely required from the land.
While not under a strict hierarchy like the archons, the guardinals were led by a band of guardinal paragons known as Talisid and the Five Companions. There were many more guardinal paragons than these six; in fact, there was a paragon serving as a near deity for each of the many groupings of animals.
- Mouse-like guardinals.
- Goat-like guardinals.
- Wolf-like guardinals.
- Horse-like guardinals.
- Bird-like guardinals.
- Bear-like guardinals.
- Lion-like guardinals.
The guardinals kept no recorded history of their origins. For as long as any knew, they had always been protectors of their home plane, led by the most powerful leonal and five companions.
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(any good alignment)
Arcadian avenger • Asura • Bariaur • Couatl • Einheriar • Foo creature (Foo dog • Foo lion) • Hollyphant • Ki-rin • Lillend • Moon dog • Pegasus • Shirokinukatsukami • Sliver • Unicorn (Celestial charger)
Aasimar (Deva) • Half-celestial