Guardian Spirits, also addressed as Spirit Guardians on a few occasions,[1] are glowing white creatures with a very strong connection to light, who are the biological children of the Spirit Tree. Ori, the main protagonist of Ori and the Blind Forest, is a Guardian Spirit.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Guardian Spirits with the Spirit Tree during the Light Ceremony

Guardian Spirits come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from short and stout to tall and lanky. One feature that they all share is their color, spiritual white. They also all glow with their father's light.

Most of their kind also have ears and tails, which can be long or short.

Guardian Spirits concept art

Many Guardian Spirits appear to have had unique talents, indicative of their Ancestral Trees. Some of them were small and lithe and danced through the air, while others were strong and courageous, letting nothing stand in their way. By absorbing the light of fallen Guardian Spirits, one could claim these special abilities and traits for their own. Other Guardian Spirits aren't built for combat and are not able to defend themselves.[3]

Being creatures of light, Guardian Spirits require the Spirit Tree's power to survive. Only a few will become Ancestral Trees, and even less have the potential to become a Spirit Tree.[3] Becoming a Spirit Tree is considered the greatest honor for Spirits, and while they do take on a new form and enter a new stage of life, they are still the same entity.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Ori and the Blind Forest[edit | edit source]

In Ori and the Blind Forest the first appearance of the Guardian Spirits (besides Ori, whose tale begins at the same time as the narrative itself) is in a cutscene recounting the fateful Light Ceremony, where Kuro ambushed the Spirit Tree and the many Guardian Spirits who attended the gathering. Sein explains that Ori's kin were attacked, wounded, and even killed by the Kuro's misguided will; this resulted in an abundance of Ancestral Trees, the arborescent monuments marking each of the Guardian Spirits' final resting places.

With the addition of the Definitive Edition, two named Guardian Spirits are given cameos: Eki and Sol. Appearing as spiritual wisps of Naru's past, she and the pair form a temporary friendship, despite Naru being lightless. They played catch with a ball of shining light the day Naru's Father separated them permanently.

After the death of Naru's Father, Eki attempted to find Naru, but failed and turned into an Ancestral Tree in the Black Root Burrows. Sol, too, eventually became one herself in the Lost Grove.

The final appearance of other Guardian Spirits is at the end of Ori and the Blind Forest, after the fires of Mount Horu were quenched and light was restored to Nibel. From bright falling leaves of the Spirit Tree's branches, young Guardian Spirits are 'born' upon the freshly regrown foliage.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps[edit | edit source]

In Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Guardian Spirits are known in the land of Niwen, but their population suffered extinction by the Decay when the Spirit Willow was unable to maintain life in the land. The Moki report to Kwolok that a Guardian Spirit (Ori) has been seen in Inkwater Marsh but he doesn't believe them at first. After the events of the story, it's implied Guardian Spirits returned to Niwen. It is also revealed that some spirits would turn into ghosts when deceased, and they would race around structures in a feature called spirit trials.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Eki and Sol with Naru and her father in a flashback

  • Ori, Fil, Eki, and Sol are the only named Guardian Spirits who appear in their Guardian Spirit form, not just their Ancestral Tree form.
  • Eki and Sol may have come to Nibel from Niwen, as they were already alive by the time the Spirit Tree was just a sprout.
  • Spirits are also present in Niwen, they are children of the Spirit Willow.
  • It is a possibility that the Spirit Guardians could be reference after the Carbuncles of South American mythology.

References[edit | edit source]

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