Why the Guardians?
The Guardians do a lot more than explain the game and the story of Shadow’s Edge. They each represent one of the stages of the world that they are stuck in. Their look, clothing, mannerisms, and even what they say and how they say it, work together to help you recognize these stages in yourself. Think of the Guardians like virtual friends that help you progress through the game.
Tyler (also known as Ty) oftentimes comes across as terse and angry, especially during times of stress. He wants to be always on the move, not entirely accepting what has happened and just wanting to “get it fixed." But his limited ability to show emotions keeps him from healing, and ironically contradicts his desire to fix the problems around him.
Ty’s refusal to open up and show vulnerability puts a wedge between him and his friends, Maize and Pax. He wants to be mad at them for leaving him behind, but deep down knows that he also needs to change. And that he needs to learn to show vulnerability and that receiving help supports him in coming to terms with what is happening.
The Guardian of Disruption
With all that is happening in Shadow’s Edge, Maize is a bit overwhelmed by strong emotions. She switches from being negative, to being more optimistic, then back again with the blink of an eye. What makes it all so much worse is that her relationship with her two best friends, Ty and Pax, has been in disarray since the storm hit, and she feels stuck in the middle of it all.
She can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, yet she doesn’t know how to get there! But as the city starts to heal, Maize’s starts to feel more hopeful, and she begins to find meaning through her art and poetry. Which is all thanks to the help from the hero ( that’s you, the player)!
The Guardian of Disillusionment
Pax is an optimistic and bubbly person with a passion for nature, yoga, and meditation. They know how to smile through the hard times and tries to not let past challenges weigh them down.
But sometimes their overwhelming amount of positivity comes between them and their friends, who just want to feel heard and supported when times are tough. Pax’s current challenge is learning how to see things from a positive light, while also understanding that ignoring problems can be just as damaging... for both themselves and those around them.