For my twenty-sixth post in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce a demigod in service to Joven, the Healing Hand. Z is for Zinjen, the Eternal Sentry:
Zinjen, the Eternal Sentry
Zinjen is the demigod patron of defenders, guardians and protectors. The Eternal Sentry is honored by guards, sentries and defenders, particularly those seeking to stand between their charges and the dangers that threaten them. As a mortal, Zinjen served as a holy guard in a temple of Joven, devoted in his protection of the servants of the Healing Hand. The Eternal Sentry had earned great respect and reverence for his dedication and purpose, as well as his constant defense of those who called upon Joven. It is said that, in one particularly memorable battle, Zinjen led a small force of temple guardians to hold off a vast army so that priests of the Healing Hand could successfully flee with the temple's most precious artifacts. Although the odds were desperately stacked against him, Zinjen and his companions stood against the tide of the raiding forces for three days and three nights, slaying hundreds before, one by one, they were felled. At the end of that terribly long battle, Zinjen finally fell, although it was not until he received word that the priests had successfully escaped with the relics of Joven. For this great service, the Healing Hand honored him with a divine spark, and made Zinjen the Eternal Sentry over his Manors Divine.
The favored weapon of the Eternal Sentry is the longsword, and his symbol is a white helm on a red shield.