Watch Dogs (番犬所 Bankenjo) are magical entities that appear human within the Makai Order that delegates missions to the Makai Knights Corps.
Description & CharacteristicsEdit
Little is known about the watch dogs, except their delegation of missions for Makai Knights and Priests. They are beings of great magical power, with lifespans that exceed beyond human mortality, but they never directly intervene in the affairs of man. It was confirmed some of them were once human, but it's unclear were they all once humans or magical entities that took the physical resemblance of a person to be more aesthetically pleasing to the priests and knights they work with. Often dressed in white garments and emitting a white glow as if they're angels, it is they who direct the will of the Makai Order and influence the priests and knights under their command.
Within the Makai Order, the highest that command it is the the Makai Senate. While Gajari plays a part in the affairs of the order, the senate is a collective of the most experienced knights, priests, and watch dogs that manage the affairs of their world. Below the Senatorial Watch Dogs are the District Watch Dogs, the ones with their own respective territories, in which they protect and carry out the will of the order. It is these watch dogs that act as an adviser, supplier, purifier, and base of operations for the Makai Knights.
Be it a senate or district watch dog, they are the delegates of their world, delegating the forces of light to combat darkness. Whenever a Makai Knight is given a district to manage, their zone corresponds to the district to the watch dogs. From there, the knight and watch dog(s) form a partnership, where the watch dogs loosely command the knights. While a Makai Knight is self-sufficient in doing their job independently, there are always unique challenges or special instructions that a knight nor a priest can't always know; it's the watchdog's responsibility to direct them. The only time a watch dog can supersede another watch dog or tolerate a knight's trespassing of another's respective zone is when they act in the name of the senate. The watch dogs have access to greater resources in darkness sensory and often posses restricted items that are only released to help combat darkness. Either they can sense something a knight can't or a trusted source has reported a new threat has arisen and needs a knight to settle the matter. For missions that deviates from a knight's typical duties, the watch dog(s) can magically send an Orders Document to have the knight take care of it. For special and tougher missions, they would have the knight visit them in their magically hidden lair, where more detailed information is given and possibly resources (ranging from a partner to an item) to help them succeed the mission.
The lair of the district watch dog serves as a base of operations, where the watch dog and knight can communicate and help each other succeed in their missions. A knight's armor and tools, including themselves, require constant maintenance to keep themselves and the things they use free of dark influence. Soul Metal accumulates jaki (dark energy), a knight must routinely have their blades purified to avoid being consumed by darkness. When the blades are purified, the dark energies take the form of a dark blade; part of the watch dogs' duty is to help dispose of these dark energies to protect humanity as well as the knight's safety.
Oddly, despite having a long term relationship with both knights and priests, there's distrust between each other. It is common knowledge that anything a watch dog can do, a priest can do. It was originally the priests that handled the responsibilities of the watch dogs for the knights, however, the watch dogs took over their roles and set the priests more in supportive roles than having greater power to manage and control. While it is not fully explained, it is theorized due to the nigh incorruptible nature of the watch dogs, it makes them less likely to fall into darkness and makes them effective assets to manage and organize the eternal conflict against darkness. Unfortunately, their strict enforcement of makai rules, lack of empathy, inability to bond with the mortals they work with, and imposing nature makes them unlikable. However, some of them try to at least establish mutual respect to make the job easier.
There are no watch dogs within Ryūga's universe. It is the Makai Priests that runs their order. The most experienced and capable of priests usually becomes team leader and manages lesser priests and knights to do their bidding. While the watch dogs exercise strict codes of behavior, the priests are much more flexible about things. Because of this, priests have greater freedom to handle matters as they see fit. The knights themselves operate territories differently as usually each district is managed by a watch dog and a single knight, Ryūga's world allows a group of knights and priests to team up to manage an entire city, giving them greater ability to cover more ground and manage darkness than Kouga's realm.
The anime loosely takes the watch dog's established roles from the original universe and have them perform a similar role in the animated series. Each series presents the watch dogs differently, but they all delegate the knights in handling horror threats. However, as each of the animes don't share the exact universe, each respective anime portrays the watch dogs differently in everything from appearance to their abilities.
The watch dogs of this universe are secret reclusive project managers. Acting as mission handlers (akin to spy agents), Sword gets his missions through a diner, where the waitress will deliver information about his next mission as he eats. They never appear, always having someone else take care of matters to avoid public exposure and direct contact.
Known Watch DogsEdit
- Grace - Watch Dog of the Makai Senate and thus among the highest authority in the Makai Order.
- Keiru-Beru-Rose - The splintered Watch Dog of the Blue territory before turning traitor.
- Watchdog of the West
- Eastern Watchdog
- Jiiru - The Watch Dog of the Blue territory.
- The Carved Seal of Flames
- Garm - Watch Dog of the Valiante kingdom.
- The Crimson Moon
- Inari - The three Watch Dogs of Heian-kyo
- Vanishing Line