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|The title of this article is conjectural. If there is an official name, it is requested that The Guardian be moved to the correct name.|
|Name||The Guardian * (This name is conjectural.)|
|Species||Blue-Skinned * (This is a speculative statement.)|
The Guardian or Pink Drifter (unofficial names) is the first character encountered by The Drifter who is not an enemy.
HistoryThe Guardian is first encountered in a cutscene, where they are seen caring for the unconscious Drifter near a campfire. When the Drifter comes to, they are inside the Guardian's Home.
Later in the game, the Guardian can be found at each of the four temples, providing us with helpful information on the locations of the Modules. When talked to, he says that he found an object (very reminiscent of the glowing white diamond the Drifter was looking for when he was dragged away by shadowy tentacles in the first scene).
He also appears to have contracted the same illness as the Drifter, as he has a chronic cough.
Lore & Story Analysis
We meet the Guardian a few times during the game. On the first and last meeting he tells us his tale.
His entire family are affected by the sickness. After sometime his wife and child succumb to the sickness. The Guardian then set out to follow the Jackal from his visions. Eventually his travels led him to the Central Town.
Here he has stayed, searching for the Modules that will eventually lead him to the Immortal Cell. During his time here he saved many people and travelers from the creatures in the surrounding wilderness. The Merchant in the city tells the story of how he was saved, along with his companion. In fact, it was the Guardian who saved The Drifter when he passed out during the first section of the game.
It's quite clear that the residents of the Central Town respect the Guardian.
The Merchant's dialogue
The Guardian's dialogue
It is possible to save the Pink Drifter. If you do not interact with him in the North, East and West Zones he will survive in the South Zone. This will result in different dialogue (see Gallery) and lock away the possibility of getting his outfit.
- The Hyper Light Drifter Story Analysis Experience - on /r/HyperLightDrifter (Reddit)