Guardians are a class of men in Gilead. They are lower ranking than Angels, though they still have some privileges over ordinary men. Guardians serve as peacekeepers in the cities, and as bodyguards and servants to Commanders.
Guardians are often young men, who are just beginning to work their way up the ranks of Gileadean society. They are often placed on road blocks or outside gates. Guardians assigned to a particular Commander often serve them as chauffeurs, driving them from place to place. They also do odd-jobs around the house, helping Wives garden and so on. They can also act as escorts for Wives when they venture out in public, and as bodyguards for pregnant Handmaids. It isn't uncommon for Guardians to be privy to the secrets of their Commanders and their Wives; for example, Nick escorts Offred to the Commander's study and drives his Commander to Jezebel's. Sometimes, Wives also arrange clandestine meetings between Guardians and their Handmaids, to increase the Handmaid's chances of conceiving. Most Guardians are apparently single, as they do not earn the privilege of a Wife until they achieve the rank of Angel.
Known Guardians Edit