Silver Age Beyond
Blue in color, the Warden caste are the closest to a military force the Iktojians have. While an extremely peaceful race, the need for a caste of hunters and defenders was quickly discovered during exploration of their home planet and meeting its many predators and the blue Iktojians were found to have a gift for the part. Wardens have a biological imperative to protect and care for their kin and follow the directives of The Maker and Administrators. Wardens are generally larger and more physically capable than the other castes but are also the most empathetic and perceptive. This led to Wardens not only filling defense roles but also roles as caretakers and physicians. They are also responsible for guarding egg clutches and raising young before they join their respective castes. This has led to every caste being very fond of the Wardens as nearly all of them were raised by one. When in large groups Wardens tend to intuitively develop a chain of command based on merit and seniority in the given field and power struggles are thankfully very few and very brief. The Wardens are the second most numerous caste prior to the invasion of the enemy, once the Iktojians found themselves in their first war the population of Wardens dropped dramatically.