An old, powerful man who, as the head of the Council, organizes the village’s annual Gathering and presides over trials, including Kira’s. The chief guardian seems to believe that women have no rights—at the end of Kira’s trial he tells Vandara as much—but he also recognizes and wishes to control the power of art, and thus appoints Kira to weave the Gathering robe. While we are never certain of the chief guardian’s name, Kira thinks that it might be Bartholomew—something with four syllables, indicating his age and supposed wisdom.
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...though women aren’t allowed to do so. A guardian addresses the white-haired man as “ Chief guardian ,” and names the accused and the accuser. Kira stands up straight when she hears... (full context)
...to the village’s custom. He also concedes that Kira was born deformed and fatherless. The chief guardian notes that Kira’s father was Christopher, and Jamison reveals that he was hunting with Christopher... (full context)
...proceeds with its deliberation, Kira notices a large box that wasn’t there before lunch. The chief guardian tells the guard to open the box, revealing the Singer’s robe. Everyone, including Kira and... (full context)