Arc Warden/Lore

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Arc Warden minimap icon.png Zet, the Arc Warden
Before the beginning of all, there existed a presence: a primordial mind, infinite, awesome, and set to inscrutable purpose. As the universe thundered into being, this mind was fragmented and scattered. Two among its greater fragments—who would come to be named Radiant and Dire--found themselves locked in vicious opposition, and began twisting all of creation to serve their conflict.

As war and cataclysm threatened the nascent cosmos, the will of a third fragment made itself known. Naming itself Zet, this intellect sought to resolve the disharmony and return all to perfect unity. Appalled by its kin's conflicting nature, Zet gathered the sum of its power. In a sudden flash, it overwhelmed its siblings, and fused the warring aspects into a stellar sphere before hurling them into the darkness to orbit a nondescript world. Harmony was restored, though only the barest fraction of Zet's strength remained. Setting its gaze on the prison, Zet chose to use its weakened power to serve as watchful warden until time's end. For uncounted aeons, this vigil stood.

Life flourished upon the world below, oblivious to the dangers imprisoned within the softly glowing moon, or of Zet's struggles to contain them. As the captives' eternal clash reverberated within, the surface of the prison shuddered, over time beginning to crack. Ultimately, Zet's depleted power proved insufficient to contain the breach, and at last the moon was shattered. The prison's ancient inhabitants had escaped to sow their conflict anew.

Flung to the farthest reaches by the prison's explosion, Zet was transformed by the dissonant energies of its former captives. No longer of single form and thought, its presence had become split among many—some lesser, some greater—each connected by a fleeting arc of consciousness. Struggling to suppress its own disunity, Zet sped toward the burgeoning conflict of its siblings, bending its fractured wills toward a singular conclusion: the aspects of the primordial mind must be made to reunite, or all must be destroyed lest the conflict spread further…
Arc Warden
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Associated with
Places:Mad Moon
Other Lore:Nemesis Stones
  • Being neither male or female, Zet is referred to as "it".[1]
  • Arc Warden refers to itself as "the Self".
  • Zet once imprisoned the Radiant and Dire inside the Mad Moon. It now seeks a Great Unification by destroying both forces.[2] In doing so, it believes all will be returned to a Primordial Consciousness.[3]
  • Zet can summon fragments of its former self.[4]
  • The powers of the Nemesis Stones, its siblings, have warped Zet and disrupted its commitment to harmony.[5]
  • Zet employs the aid of wraiths, who serve it in exchange for the energies they consume on the Terrene Plane.[6]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Arc Warden

  • ▶️ Abaddon minimap icon.png r Waste not your energy, Zet, but wield it well.
  • ▶️ Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png r Arc Warden, try to keep up.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r If you were so good at your job, how did the Ancients escape?
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r Warden, your jurisdiction stops at the Mad Moon, right?
  • ▶️ ▶️ Legion Commander minimap icon.png r Bring forth the tempest, Arc Warden.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r Alright, it's just a suggestion, take it or leave it at your leisure. But maybe you should start talking in the first person?
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r Arc Warden, you're not planning on sticking me in the moon or anything like that?
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r So this whole mess is all your fault?
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r Didn't I just see you over there?
  • ▶️ Winter Wyvern minimap icon.png r Arc Warden, you have such a magnetic personality.

Enemies killing Arc Warden

  • ▶️ Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Arc Warden, your spark goes out.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r I wasn't sure if someone could annoy me more than Donte, but then you had to go talking in the third person.
  • ▶️ Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Rest with your tempest, Warden.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Legion Commander minimap icon.png Never trust a--what are you anyway?
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r Arc Warden, I'll take you seriously the moment you start talking in the first person.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r You didn't need to die, Arc Warden. I was going to end this war either way.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r You're too weak to stop the Ancients. Leave this one to me.
  • ▶️ Spectre minimap icon.png r The warden falls.
  • ▶️ Spectre minimap icon.png r Imprisoned in death.
  • ▶️ Wraith King minimap icon.png Go back and guard your arcs.

Enemies meeting Arc Warden

  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r You may have imprisoned the Ancients, but you'll never capture me.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r Alright fishbowl head, show me what you've got.


  • ▶️ Oracle minimap icon.png r I envision not one, but two tempests to twist your fate awry.


  1. Arc Warden biography.
  2. Arc Warden: ▶️ It is not to aid the Ancients that this war is joined, but to destroy them both. This disunity must end.
  3. Arc Warden response: ▶️ From the Primordial Consciousness all came. Return to it, all must
  4. Spark Wraith description.
  5. Tempest Double description.
  6. Wraithbinder description.