Submitted over on MB, but for some variation, this one's been messed with a bit.
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There's a little bit of background here, actually.
I started drawing these alongside the guardians (Shuin, Shukan, Shumei, Shuja), so... They're the "First" holders of such positions in such a sense.
Of the four, only the woman who became Shuja was a mage of any sort; though she was a healer, rather than someone associated with darkness or death, or anything like that.There's sorta some language things here, too, but that's unique to the world this all takes place in. In a certain language, "shu" is the root word for a guardian, protector, or sometimes even used for a patron saint. 'in', 'kan', 'mei', and 'ja' are words for other things, which I'm sure you can figure out from this page of Kibou.
Now, all that said, the tale that Keiji told, and what actually happened... ...Well...
Human memory and 'history' changes over time, depending on who's telling the story. All of this happened so long ago, that it's kind of amazing that anyone really has any inkling of what occurred.