The Importance of City Guards in Fantasy

Legends of Windemere

Legend of Zelda (I think?)

Whenever a city turns up in a fantasy story, these people will be there.  Either as background, battle fodder, or momentary obstacles, the guards are around in some fashion.  We tend to overlook them unless we need some unexpected corpses or government corruption is part of the plot.  Not much personality among these characters either, so what purpose do they serve?

Well, it really depends on the story.  Many adventures begin with the hero getting involved with the guards to some extent.  Some are arrested and others are members before the story takes them away from the city.  This makes the concept of the guards a rather common jumping point.  It isn’t that surprising too.  For heroes that come from those ranks, it explains their training and certain aspects of their personality.  They can either be out for justice or think the entire system is…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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