|Rise, Red as the dawn.|
|— The official motto of the Scarlet Guard|
The Scarlet Guard is a militant resistance group of Red rebels, who stand for the freedom and equality of all people living in Silver kingdoms, starting with Reds. The guard was formed sometime between 290 and 300 NE in the Kingdom of the Lakelands.
The Guard originally functioned as a network of undercover operatives and teams of soldiers scattered across several Silver kingdoms. However, its alliance with the Free Republic of Montfort has greatly expanded its membership to thousands of soldiers, as well as providing access to vehicles and aircraft, allowing it to wage open war. Silver nobles were surprised to learn that the Scarlet Guard was larger than anyone anticipated, better organized, and more determined than any previous insurrection.
Its leadership is known as Command, a group of Red Generals who coordinate the Guard's activities from a classified location. The Command Generals also serve in the field on various assignments to further the Guard's objectives. Below the Command Generals are Officers. Below Officers are Captains. Ten captains answer to an officer, then each captain is responsible for a larger detachment of soldiers sworn to their captains. Captains also have at least one lieutenant and two guardsmen. In order to protect the identity of its members, everyone is given a code name. Most members only know the real identity of their unit.
The Scarlet Guard banner is a bronze badge, in the shape of a torn-apart sun, on a red background. Gisa Barrow used to sew the Guard's symbol on every red scrap she could find to make flags for them.
Silvers see the Scarlet Guard members as outlaws and rebels. They consider them a terrorist group and call them "Red devils." King Maven Calore of Norta furthered this image by using Mare Barrow to slander the Guard as "genocidal revolutionaries who aimed to kill all newbloods and Silvers."
Reds have the general impression that the Guard are freedom fighters. They seek them out not only to join up, but for safe passage away from conscription.
Originally the Scarlet Guard was "the pipe dream of hunters and farmers and empty soldiers" in the Lakelands. An organization ultimately formed to rise against the rule of King Orrec Cygnet, the ruler of the Lakelands. Initially seen as a "rabble," the Guard continued to become more organized, until it was a real threat rather than an inconvenience to Silvers.
Around 315 NE, one of the Guard's operatives was captured, and under torture gave up the name of a small, overlooked and unimportant village where the Guard was operating from. King Orrec personally raised the shores of the Hud, a nearby bay, and drowned the entire village as a show of power and as an attempt to end the rebellion. Among the casualties of what came to be known as the Drowning of the Northlands, were the family members of Colonel Farley and his daughter Captain Diana Farley. Instead of ending the rebellion, Reds across the country were inflamed by King Orrec's atrocity. The Colonel told the story up and down the lakes, in countless villages and towns, and the Guard flourished.
The Guard failed in its attempt to take control of the Lakelands' capital, Detraon, as it was found to have formidable defenses and the Guard lacked the intelligence and resources to infiltrate it. However, during Operation Laker, the Guard succeeded in taking control of the central passages of three lakes - Perius, Miskin and Neron -, each one being key to the inner Lakelands.
In 320 NE, Captain Farley was assigned her own operation by Command to travel to the neighboring Kingdom of Norta. The goal of operation Red Web was to infiltrate and introduce the Scarlet Guard into Norta through existing networks. Her mission also included creating a safe house for Red rebels and their families.
Farley succeeded in establishing links with two smuggling operations, the Whistles and the Mariners. She was able to make a sanctuary in the ruined city of Naercey, near Norta's capital of Archeon. The Guard was able to keep Naercey hidden because Guard operatives in Norta's tech towns sabotaged the machines used to determine radiation levels, making it seem as if Naercey continued to be a radiated wasteland. The Colonel also established a base for the Scarlet Guard on Tuck Island. During this time, Farley also focused on developing Nortan army contacts in its central military fortress, Corvium. One of the contacts she developed was an officer's aide, Shade Barrow, who joined the Guard. During an engagement with Security forces, Shade revealed his ability to teleport, marking him as a newblood. This is the Guard's first recorded encounter with a newblood.
Later that year, the Guard bombs several government buildings in Archeon and Farley's broadcast is aired, making the Guard publicly known in Norta. The Scarlet Guard then initiates Operation Lightning after Mare Barrow’s abilities are discovered. Mare joins the Scarlet Guard, working from inside the King's residence, and finds out that Kilorn Warren joined too.
During the Parting Ball, the Scarlet Guard murders three political targets with the help of Mare and Maven Calore, who was accepted as an asset for the Guard at Mare's recommendation. An unforeseen explosion turns the shooting into a massacre. After the Sun Shooting Farley and her team are captured by Tiberias 'Cal' Calore VII and tortured for information, but they manage to escape with the help of Mare and Julian Jacos.
When House Calore and the other noble Silver families return to Archeon, the Scarlet Guard makes contact with Mare again. They bring her and Maven, via the Undertrain, to Naercey, one of the Guard's base of operations, in order to discuss their plans for taking down the Nortan monarchy. Mare reveals to them Julian's list of newbloods and asks for the Guard to start looking for them, but Farley denied her request, saying that it would take too much time and effort.
With Mare and Maven on the inside, the Scarlet Guard attempts to seize Whitefire Palace, but fails on a gambit that Cal would choose Mare's rebellion over his loyalty to the crown. He wipes most of Farley's team out and brings Mare and Maven to the king for judgement. When Maven betrays Mare and Cal, leading to Cal's unwilling murder of King Tiberias VI and Mare and Cal being charged with treason, the Guard saves them from execution in the Bowl of Bones.
The Guard escapes with Mare and Cal to Naercy via the Undertrain, but are soon pursued by Maven's forces. Prior to the Archeon invasion, the Scarlet Guard taken precautions and evacuated the Red refugees. And after a short battle with the Silver army, the rest of the Guard is able to escape in a submersive to Tuck Island.
Upon reaching Tuck Island, the Scarlet Guard immediately takes Cal into custody. It is revealed that Colonel Farley is in charge of the base, which is a mixture of Nortan and Lakelander soldiers as well as Red refugees, including Mare's family. At some point, Mare again brings up the subject of the list of newbloods, and she is again denied by the Scarlet Guard. When the Colonel catches Mare snooping around his bunker, Kilorn locks her up with Cal as a last-second exit strategy. Kilorn later comes back for Mare and Cal, and with Farley and Shade's help, the five of them make a run for it, stealing a Blackrun from the Scarlet Guard to escape the Tuck base.
When Mare's group return from months of recruitment with several more newbloods and a whole bunch of former Silver and newblood Corros prisoners, Command orders Colonel Farley to comply with Mare's requests. They organize a broadcast to show off the now-dead Elara Merandus to the rest of Norta and inform them of Maven's prison, causing an uproar of Reds in Corvium.
- General "Drummer" (male)
- General Addison "Swan"
- General Diana "Huntress" Farley (former Captain "Lamb")
- General "Crimson" (male)
- General "Southern" (male)
- General "Horizon" (female)
- General "Sentry" (female)
- General Townsend "Palace" (female)
- In 197 NE, there was a group called "Allegiance", which is believed to be the predecessor of the Scarlet Guard.