(archon, extraplanar, good, lawful)
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Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 18
Archons are a race of celestials embodying fundamental goodness and law native to Heaven. Archons were once mortal souls and form the mainstay of Heaven's eternal war against the forces of the Abyss, Abaddon, and Hell. They are also protectors of the good and innocent.
All archons rise up through the ranks of the celestial hierarchy from their initial transformation from goodly souls into lantern archons all the way up to the most powerful star archons. From the start these souls are helped by more powerful mentors to indulge their desire to see goodness and honesty spread across all of the Material Plane. Archons prefer to motivate mortals to acts of virtue and honour, reasoning that this way when the next threat comes the mortals will be better prepared to combat it themselves. Archons often disguise themselves as goodly knights, of the sort legends are written about, in order to inspire those around them. Against direct incarnations of evil like demons and devils their actions are less subtle, charging headlong into battle, often in armies thousands strong. During these battles the armies of Heaven act with honour but they are not foolish and do not sacrifice themselves unnecessarily.
While archons are paragons of goodness they have little patience for those who do not follow the strict definition of goodness as they understand it. To an archon a cruel tyrant does not justify rioting and rebellion to overthrow him; justice and the law must not be abandoned for the sake of goodness, for without justice and the law there cannot be true goodness. This approach unfortunately sometimes draws them into violent conflict with the azatas.