The “Vanguard”(as they are often called) are ex-Melekhai elves who have been mentally, physically and magically altered to unquestionably follow whomever they are imprinted to. They are all ambidexterous; can levitate up to 10 times a day; hold amazing melee skills and are skilled scribes and linguists. The also retain all Zinthanic abilities innately gained through their born-to heritage. Once turned to a Vanguard, they connot summon the memory of his/her former life. Other than the group on loan to Hou, all Vanguard surround the Yikitaran floating cities on hovering pads of lightstone and stand at attention, constantly using their excellent eyesight to scout for potential threats. The heirarchy system within the Vanguard can be found here.
The items which a Vanguard constantly carries are as follows: one pebble of Lightstone; two complimentary weapons (matching or not); Suth Tree Helm; up to 4 skeletal trophies (suitable size); Yikitaran Armor; Vanguard uniform; Shadow Plane Restistant Robe; Globe Of Calling.