Planescape: Dark Mirrors
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Wardens are best described as hulking humans with grizzly-bear heads. Their hands, though human-shaped, end in claws. Their eyes, tiny and bright like a bear’s, reflect extreme intelligence. They have the great strength and acute senses of a grizzly bear, though not its unpredictable nature. Wardens converse via telepathy, though they can (and often do) communicate vocally with ursine animals. They wear collars and arm bracers.
Combat: Warden archons are never surprised – at least on Mount Celestia. Since they’ve never been encountered beyond that plane’s borders, it’s still dark as to whether they can be surprised elsewhere. Furthermore, they’ve been known to play stupid in order to draw an enemy near, often confusing a clueless onlooker into thinking the wardens might not be so smart (the enemy, of course, quickly discovers otherwise).
If said enemy is foolish enough to approach, thinking himself undetected, the warden archon attacks as if it were a bear. If both hands hit in a single round, the warden grabs its enemy and wraps him in a powerful hug.
Habitat/Society: Wardens are the guardians of the portals between Mount Celestia’s layers. These archons prevent unworthy cutters and unauthorized travelers from passing through. Likewise, they prevent lanterns from journeying upward through the layers, though they grant dispensation to those lanterns relaying messages.
Ecology: Unlike grizzly bears, which devour virtually any edible foodstuffs, warden archons are herbivores. They are prodigious eaters, consuming any roots, vegetation, shrubbery, and even trees found in their home. However, they eat only for one hour at the break of day, and they will forgo this repast if need be. Some sages speculate that the warden archons’ tremendous consumption is in preparation for their next station, for sword archons consume nothing.