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The Gaia Temple guardians,[1] also referred to as temple guardians[2] or just guardians,[3] are a group that appears in the PlayStation 2/Wii version of Sonic Unleashed. They are a collection of regional human protectors around the earth whose task is to safeguard their local Gaia Temples.

Overview

The temple guardian is a role that is inherited from one generation to the next, presumably within select families.[4][5][6] Some Gaia Temples only have one guardian while others have a pair. As pointed out by Chip, temple guardians tend to be among the most important people in their local villages.[2]

The temple guardians have a number of important duties for their position, the primary of which include protecting their local Gaia Temple and guiding those who seek to enter the temples that they have deemed worthy.[1] Additional duties include overseeing the local Gaia Gate and protecting the Planet Tablets, keys to the doors of the Gaia Temples.[6][7]

As a skill exclusive to them, the temple guardians are the only ones who can assemble a Planet Tablet from their scattered fragments. However, there are also those with special roles that can assemble Planet Tablets as well, like Jari-Pekka.[8]

History

The temple guardians have been overseeing the Gaia Temples for many generations,[5][6] with the following generation taking over for the previous.

After Dr. Eggman triggered a premature time of awakening, the latest members in the lines of temple guardians were located by Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip who sought to use the Gaia Temples to restore the planet. Proving their worthiness, Sonic and Chip convinced each temple guardian to guide them and assemble a Planet Tablet for them.

In other media

Archie Comics

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Gregorios explaining the Gaia Key Guardians, from Sonic the Hedgehog #273.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, the guardians, also referred to as Gaia Key Guardians,[9] include select families on Sonic's World who have been entrusted to protect each of the Gaia Keys, a duty which they keep a secret. As such, they only entrust the Gaia Keys to those they deem worthy.

While many of the Gaia Key Guardians are the same as their game counterparts, other include comic-exclusive characters, like Lupe the Wolf.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Spagonia. "Otto: So you got the Moon Tablet from Lucia? What? You've already gone through the door? You might be chosen ones after all! And if you are, what more do I need to say? Just take this tablet. I'm sure you know by now Lucia and I are Gaia Temple guardians. It's our job not only to protect the temple, but also to guide the chosen."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Adabat. "Chip: Sonic, let's search Adabat for someone who can make a Planet Tablet. The most important person in the village must be the temple guardian, no?"
  3. Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Spagonia. "Professor Pickle: I was surprised to learn Otto is a guardian."
  4. Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Spagonia. "Lucia: Oh, yeah. There've been some weird things going on in that area. Granddad gave me this charm, but I want you to have it."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Spagonia. "Zonshen: We have been the keepers of this holy shrine for many generations."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Adabat. "Rudi: We in Adabat have been in charge of the holy shrine for generations. Dad oversees the Gaia Gate."
  7. Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Adabat. "Gwek: Seek guardians of Planet Tablets like me elsewhere and ask for their help."
  8. Sonic Team (28 November 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Holoska. "Jari-Pekka: You probably thought I was just a doddering old man, but I can put tablet fragments together! That Jari-Thure and Sarianna are guardians, too, but my role is special, don't you know!"
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog #272, "Ray of Hope"
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