Haywire Guardian without a master
Homeland: The Highlands.
Occupation: Guardian (formerly), adventurer.
Weapons: Rod (built into finger), Thunderburst Mace.
XZ-23 is a human-sized Guardian made of wood, twine, and silver. Their helmet conceals their face and eyes. Their middle digit on their right hand is a crimson rod that burns with arcane power, and their left hand holds a mace that echoes with faint thunder.
XZ-23 was built by Zibari, Noble Mage of Defense for the Highlands, as one of her models for mass-produced Guardians. At some point after their creation, XZ-23’s bond to Zibari was broken by a magical entity. As a result, they attained free will, but lost all memory of their master and their period of servitude. Bereft of purpose, they wandered the wilderness of the Highlands, looking for answers.
XZ-23 eventually came to the Eastern Mountain seeking an audience with Haru. They witnessed a freak thunderstorm and an airship crashing into the jungle, and shortly thereafter met Cain, Durza, Mansa, and Kotero, whom they accompanied to Haru’s tower. Haru met with them, fetched Alecc and Kit from the jungle, and gave them guest rooms for the night. At XZ-23’s request, Haru began to investigate their origins.
In the morning, Haru led the group, the “Ghostbusters”, into the jungle to salvage the wrecked airship. Along the way, they shared stories with one another. They found the wreck crawling with su monsters, which they drove off. The group rescued Musa from the wreckage, but found no trace of the mysterious “Seed” Kotero sought. Halfway up the mountain, “Musa” revealed herself to be an impersonator mimic and killed Mansa before being slain. XZ-23 and the other adventurers realized the real Musa had survived the crash and left with the Seed, and began to track her into the Highlands valley (leaving Mansa’s body in the care of Haru and Kotero).
Late that night, Kukulkan attacked the group from above with lightning bolts. XZ-23, Cain, and Novie fled into the Fey Forest, following a “Trail of Trees” left by the Seed. Along the way, they encountered Kylas and fled from him, taking shelter in a nearby cave. XZ-23 sent a transmission to Alecc, requesting his aid. Some hours later, Alecc and Kit rejoined the group and followed the trail to Musa.
While Cain, Alecc, and Kit explored the Bramble Grove, XZ-23 paused and made contact with the entity that had given them autonomy. Rejuvenated and given new purpose, they broke into the Bramble Grove and saved the other adventurers from Musa, who had been transformed by the Seed. XZ-23 then claimed the Seed for safekeeping.
When Novie reappeared, she quickly snatched the Seed from XZ-23. They accompanied the Ghostbusters back to Haru’s tower, where they waited outside with Musa and the unconscious Alecc. After the others exposed Suresh and resurrected Haru, XZ-23 bid goodbye to the Ghostbusters and departed to find their own path.