The Deathguard is a small, elite, religious order claiming some 400 members, almost all of them elves of Aerenal. A handful of urban elves from Khorvaire have been accepted as members of the order, but they work very hard to prove themselves. The Deathguard is dedicated to the utter eradication of all negatively charged undead and the necromancers who defile the souls and bodies of the dead. As such, they despise followers of the Blood of Vol and the Order of the Emerald Claw. Members of the Deathguard believe that they are part of a great crusade against darkness, and they take their part in that crusade quite seriously. The Deathguard’s outlook is fiercely good and generally lawful. With their skull-tattooed faces and artifically decomposed flesh, members of the Deathguard often resemble blackguards more than paladins.
Cial Jhaelian (NG male undying councilor) is the High Warden of the Deathguard. Beneath the High Warden are four Wardens, each bearing nominal responsibility for one of the other four inhabited continents: Khorvaire, Sarlona, Xen’drik, and Argonnessen. The other members of the Deathguard find that they are most effective when they disperse themselves as widely as possible around the world. At the same time, they know the value of staunch allies in their unending battles, so they associate with like-minded adventurers, even non-elves, to better pursue their order’s goals.