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Palace guards
General information

Barda (as captain)

Notable members



Unknown, possibly King Adin


Palace of Del, the city of Del


Royal family, the palace of Del, the city of Del


To protect the royal family, the palace of Del and the city of Del


Guarding King Lief and Queen Jasmine, protecting the palace of Del, the royal family and the city of Del



Chronological information
First appearance

The Forests of Silence

Last appearance

The Sister of the South

Shadows of the Master (mentioned)

The palace guards, also known as the royal guards,[1] or simply the guard,[2] are soldiers whose main purpose it is to protect the palace and the royal family. They wear a pale blue uniform trimmed with gold. During the reign of King Endon, the palace guards were the most powerful fighters in Deltora, and spent many years wrestling their fellow guards as part of their training.[3] Today, the palace guards also act as police and protectors of the entire city of Del.[2] The guard is lead by a single captain, the current being Barda. Any other rank within the guard is below that of captain. The captain have his or her own special uniform as a badge of their rank.[4] The palace guards were preceded by the ancient Del city guard from the time of King Adin.[5]


The Forests of Silence[]

When the Shadow Lord invaded Deltora, the Ak-Baba attacked the palace and killed all of the palace guards. Barda was the only one to survive the slaughter, since he had fled the palace the day before the attack.[6]

Cavern of The Fear[]

After the Shadow Lord's banishment, King Lief reformed the palace guards and installed his trusted ally and friend, Barda, as their new captain. Barda lead a company of guards to the city of Noradz to free its inhabitants from the Ra-Kacharz's oppression. However, the city had been deserted when they arrived and the people had been taken to the Shadowlands.[7]

The Shadowlands[]

Several palace guards (presumably survivors of the Shadowlands invasion) were recognized by Lief among the thousands of beaten, despair-swept slaves held in the Shadowlands and brought to the Shadow Arena for the unveiling of the Conversion Project. These guards, along with all the other enslaved Deltorans, were rescued by Lief, Barda, Jasmine and Emlis.

Dragon's Nest[]

Six guards helped King Lief carry the Shadow Lord's Crystal to Adin's forge in an attempt to destroy it. They were dismissed by Barda when the deed was done and was told by him to spread the word throughout the city.

Barda selected a battalion of twelve guards to accompany himself, Lief and Jasmine on their journey to find the Four Sisters, though publicly Lief was making a tour of the kingdom. Barda left his deputy Corris in charge of the guards until his return.

Shortly after rescuing the Capricon Rolf, the group found signs of an unknown assassin trying to hamper their progress. To throw them off the trail, Lief, Barda and Jasmine travelled through End Wood while Barda's second in command, a former Shadowlands slave named Brid, led the guards and Rolf to the town of Ringle. Unknown to everyone, Rolf was their enemy, and when the guards camped outside of Ringle, he transformed into a false Ruby dragon and slaughtered them. Brid lived long enough to write a warning on a piece of bark from a nearby tree, in his own blood, which was later found by Lindal of Broome as she was passing through, which she used to track down Lief.[4]

The Sister of the South[]

When Sharn returned to Del from a visit to Tora, Paff poisoned her and many other residents in Del to simulate a plague. She often targeted the palace guards due to their close proximity and would either poison select guards or send her creature to silently kill lone groups of them. She poisoned Corris on the first day of the plague, and he was replaced by his second-in-command, Dunn.[8]

Shadows of the Master[]

Known palace guards[]


Deltora Quest[]

Deltora Quest 1[]

Deltora Quest 2[]

Deltora Quest 3[]



Deltora Quest[]

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Deltora Quest 3[]

Star of Deltora[]


  1. Rodda, Emily. The Forests of Silence. Scholastic Australia. May 1, 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rodda, Emily. Shadows of the Master. Omnibus Books, an imprint of Scholastic Australia. 2015.
  3. Rodda, Emily. The Shifting Sands. Scholastic Australia. July 1, 2000.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rodda, Emily. Dragon's Nest. Scholastic Australia. November 1, 2003.
  5. Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.
  6. Rodda, Emily. The Forests of Silence. Scholastic Australia. May 1, 2000.
  7. Rodda, Emily. Cavern of The Fear. Scholastic Australia. February 1, 2002.
  8. Rodda, Emily. The Sister of the South. Scholastic Australia. October 1, 2004.

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