In the years after the Collapse, the world had no Guardians. It had only Iron Lords. ~Lord Saladin
During the Dark Age, numerous newly revived Guardians chose to subjugate the world instead of protecting it. They were known as Warlords. In time, noble Guardians chose to stand up to their oppressive brethren and formed the Iron Lords. In the beginning, the group only consisted of Radegast, Saladin Forge, Perun and Jolder. Soon, more and more Guardians joined the cause, and their numbers swelled to the hundreds. Lord Felwinter, a former Warlord, joined them, and gifted them his mountain. After the Warlords had been eradicated, the Iron Lords committed to defending the survivors of the Collapse, and help rebuild civilization. They helped build the walls around the Last City, and protected the newly constructed walls in the Battle of Six Fronts against six Fallen approaches, without losing a single front.
Searching for ways to rebuild what Humanity had lost, they came across SIVA, a Golden Age nanotechnology that was capable of self-assembling as well as self-replicating. Hoping it would be able to rebuild ships and colonies, the Iron Lords pushed through the Cosmodrome despite the Warmind Rasputin’s attempt to stop them. Due to a combination of aerial strikes, a Frame army, and SIVA constructs, hundreds of Iron Lords perished. Nine Iron Lords survived the onslaught and made it to the replication chamber, where Jolder, Perun, Gheleon, Timur, Skorri, Silimar, Felwinter and Radegast sacrificed themselves to seal away SIVA. Only Saladin Forge survived. The sacrifices made by the Iron Lords are honored at the Iron Temple atop Felwinter’s Peak and celebrated in the Iron Banner Tournament, handled by Lord Saladin. Later, it was revealed that Lady Efrideet had also survived, having disappeared to live in the wilderness. During the recent SIVA crisis, Lord Saladin left his post at the Iron Banner, which was taken up by Lady Efrideet. Following the SIVA Crisis, a new generation of Guardians has begun taking up the mantle of the Iron Lord