As Ebengaurd, we are defenders of The Golden Balance but what is that exactly? We are told “The Golden Balance, the true hidden harmony of the world. The line that crosses through us all, segments the great forces, and brings order to the chaos of existence. The law of all life.” But what does that mean?
There cannot be bad without good, nor good without bad. We watch and ensure that neither overtakes the other. We exist to keep that balance. Look at Yin and Yang. So many call Ebenguardians warriors, but I think we can also be quite similar to monks. We feel the state of balance in the world and we must frequently exist on a knifes edge. Tipping one way or the other to keep the balance. Otherwise all would descend into chaos.
I think I’m in the minority by saying I’ve never really viewed Ebenguardians as fighters or warriors in the typical sense. It could be the polyguild in me, but I think Ebenguardians campaign for balance and justice in a similar way that truly unbiased judges do (or at least as unbiased as possible because it’s extremely difficult to find a 100% impartial person). I don’t see us going out fighting wars with weapons, but more for fighting for peace and equality. To me, the Golden Balance represents the balance between leniency and justice; between humans and nature; between helping people and favoring one side over the other.
I can also see a sort of Robin Hood interpretation of the Golden Balance. Like if it’s taken too literally, you could take from someone and give it to someone else just to keep the balance. Or go and knock down buildings in order to restore animal habitats. So in that sense, I think Ebenguardians also have their own internal Golden Balance that keeps most of us from going out and doing things like I mentioned.
I agree with your thoughts, my only addition is that I feel Ebenguardians fight to maintain balance and if that requires them to physically fight and be warriors, then they would do so only as a last resort/when totally necessary, but they would be the most dedicated and ferocious fighters to the end.
A little off topic towards the Golden Balance, but shrugs an idea. Feel free to disagree.
I would make the comparison of Jedi (except they push to one side). There is a middle ground in the Star Wars universe I don’t remember.
That would be the Je’daii order.
or in universe, it would be the Grey Jedi.
They follow the balance of the force, knowing the dark and light equally, but never falling to the dark’s true corrupting influence.
literally they can use the dark powers without being corrupted by them
I feel we do a few things.
The Golden Balance, is both external and internal.
Externally, it is the contest of wills that is the battle of light and dark. We fight to protect the balance, so we stride along the boundary, neutrally working through the different pieces that are causing the scales to tip too heavily to one side.
Internally, its is the battle we ourselves wage within. between impulse and control, light and shadow, madness and serenity. we have to keep our own balance to push forward. thus we can influence the balance in ourselves and in the world through many small variations.
We are warriors, but the term warrior can be used in many different ways. from being a peaceful warrior of social change, to being a literal fighting revolutionary. so we train, in both peace and war. we keep our skills sharp and ready, no matter the situation.
I personally think i polyguild into one or two other guilds, but i can never be so sure.
it might be my internal balance trying to find that stability.
When I read about Ebenguard, I immediately resonated with The Golden Balance because in my life, I struggle with achieving the highest good while also allowing myself to be human. I know there are ideals that I strive to live up to, but the imperfect person I am sometimes (often!) falls short of those standards. I have such a hard time feeling okay with accepting flaws when it comes to my own emotions.
So, the way I look at it is that The Golden Balance asks us to both consider the ideal and the reality, and find ways to maintain the balance of both. But, obviously, this is something I feel on a super internal level.