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The Guardian of Forever

The Guardian of Forever was a portal-like device used for viewing the past and for travelling through time. It was constructed at least six billion years ago by an unknown race on a planet in the Beta Quadrant, within Federation space.

The planet that the Guardian of Forever is located on has different names in different books. This may be due to the fact the existence of the Guardian is a highly classified secret, and so the planet doesn't have an official designation. The ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook claims the Guardian was created eight billion years ago.


History of the Guardian

Two million years ago, a young Q encountered the Guardian, which resulted in his meeting the malevolent extra-dimensional entity known as 0. One million years ago, 0 used the Guardian to bring other entities like itself into the Universe. (TNG novels Q-Space and Q-Zone) At this time was also when the "Guardian of Forever ruins" were created. (ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook)

The Federation's first contact with the Guardian of Forever was made in 2267 by Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Doctor Leonard McCoy, suffering from cordrazine-induced madness, fled through the Guardian to 1930 Earth. Kirk and Spock followed him and succeeded in preventing him from altering history, but at the cost of the life of Edith Keeler, with whom Kirk had fallen in love. The incident made a profound emotional impact on Kirk. (TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

Following its discovery, Federation researchers investigated the possibility of removing the Guardian from its planet to "The Yard", a secret Starfleet facility. This, however, proved not to be a practical option, and all study was conducted on the Guardian's planet. It had become something of an unofficial "Eighth Wonder".(TOS short story: "Devices and Desires")

In 2269, Spock assisted a team of historians at Oyya, the original name for the ruins on planet Gateway. During that assignment, Spock found that history had been altered so that he had died as a child. He used the Guardian of Forever to travel to 2237 and save the life of his younger self. (TAS episode: "Yesteryear", TAS novelization "Yesteryear")

Later that year, Spock gained permission to use the Guardian of Forever to visit Sarpeidon's past and bring his son Zar home with him. However, circumstances necessitated Zar returning to his own place in space and time. (TOS novel: Yesterday's Son)

Shortly after this, when historian William Harrod "accidentally" fell into the Guardian of Forever, Uhura was sent to retrieve him. (TOS short story: "If I Lose Thee...")

Towards the end of the year, Kirk and the Enterprise crew used the Guardian of Forever to prevent the Clan Ru from altering Earth's history. (TOS novel: First Frontier)

In 2285, Kirk, Spock and McCoy were sent by Starfleet Command to repair the malfunctioning Guardian. (TOS novel: Time for Yesterday) It was shortly after this that the Federation set up the Ellison Research Outpost on Gateway to study the Guardian and the timeline. (novel: Federation)

In 2293, Kirk visited the Ellison Research Outpost, where he questioned the Guardian. (novel: Federation)

Roughly around 2364, Dr. Elias Frobisher read his own obituary on a playback of the Guardian of Forever. (TNG novel: Double or Nothing)

In 2368, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise consulted the Guardian of Forever regarding the Devil's Heart. (TNG novel: The Devil's Heart)

In 2373, Special Agents Dulmer and Lucsly of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations used the Guardian of Forever to visit Earth in 2063 and 1996 to follow up on recent temporal incursions by the USS Enterprise and the USS Voyager. (VOY short story: "Almost... But Not Quite")

During the Dominion War, around 2374, Roga Danar was recruited by Section 31 to prevent the Dominion from seizing the Guardian. After completing his mission, Roga asked the Guardian what it desired. When it said that it wanted freedom, Roga granted it permission to leave Gateway, which it did. (short story: "Orphans")

In 2375, James T. Kirk encountered another Guardian inside a Preserver vessel in orbit of planet Halka in the mirror universe. (TOS novel: Preserver)

The Guardian in alternate timelines

  • In one alternate timeline, in which Kirk and Spock fail in their mission to prevent McCoy from saving Keeler's life, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott and Security Officer Michael Jameson travel to 1930 Earth from 2267. Instead, Kirk, distracted by Scott, is killed in the auto accident. This creates another alternate timeline in which Lt. Uhura and Security Officer Worsley travel back in time and join the other four officers to successfully restore history. (TOS short story: "Triptych")
  • In another timeline set in the 2260's, the Guardian was used to fix reality when it was discovered that renegades had travelled into the early periods of Klingon history where they prevented the assassination of a key figure. This resulted in the Klingon Confederation being a much more peaceful interstellar state that prized the sciences and worked with the Federation to destroy the Romulan Star Empire after the Romulans launched a sneak attack on them. The crew of the USS Enterprise traveled through the Guardian to return the timeline to its unaltered state. (TOS comic: "Time Crime")
  • In another, Kirk (circa 2269) was abducted by Kor, subjected to a Klingon mind sifter, and transported through the Guardian of Forever to 1950s Earth, where he was placed in a mental hospital. Spock was promoted to Captain and spent a year looking for Kirk. (TOS short story: "Mind-Sifter")
  • In another, in which the 2063 Borg invasion of Earth was successful, the Guardian of Forever was consulted in 2293 by Guinan on how to restore the timeline. (TNG novel: Engines of Destiny)
  • In another, Admiral William T. Riker used the Guardian of Forever in 2408 to travel to 2368 and prevent the murder of Deanna Troi by a time-travelling Sindareen. Experts in the 25th Century theorized its energy source came from the sun, via solar quantum filaments. (TNG novel: Imzadi)
  • In another, the Horta become guardians to the Guardian of Forever in 2464. (TOS short story: "Guardians")
  • In another, the Guardian was believed destroyed in 2270, along with the orbiting Einstein station, when Captain Korax plunged the IKS Gr'oth directly onto the Guardian's site, believing the temporal energies to be evidence of a Federation super-weapon development site. (TOS novel: Provenance of Shadows) In actuality, however, the Guardian had moved itself through time to the year 2293, in part so it could transport Kirk to Veridian III in 2371 after Kirk avoided being pulled into the Nexus. (TOS novel: The Star to Every Wandering)


  • The novel Preserver suggests that the Preservers may have created the Guardian of Forever as Kirk encounters a massive obelisk which has a Guardian inside.

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From The Vault

Guardian of Forever

Random Encounter

The Guardian of Forever is a special encounter in Fallout 2. It is a giant time portal which lets the Chosen one travel back in time before the start of Fallout 1 to break the water chip in Vault 13.

In the Vault, you can browse only the command center. Although linear, it provides palpable benefits to the player character. Loot includes Mentats and the unique Solar Scorcher.

Remember to get all the loot because you cannot return once you leave.

Behind the scenes

It is a reference to the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".


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"Since before your sun burned hot in space, I have awaited a question."
— The Guardian
The Guardian of Forever in 2267

The device known as the Guardian of Forever is an artifact of an ancient alien race (most likely the Guardians), which functions as a time portal, located on the planet Gateway. The Guardian is apparently sentient; it can speak and responds to the questions and actions of individuals who come in contact with it. It generates immense ripples in time that manifest themselves as spatial disturbances in the surrounding region (perhaps shielding its planet and star system from changes in the timeline). (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

Apparently an inert formation of a quasi-metallic substance, the Guardian is neither machine nor being, describing itself as "my own beginning, and my own ending." It has the ability to create portals to other times, which can be watched or traveled through.

At one point, historians theorized that the Guardian might have been an artefact of the Slaver Empire, but it was found to predate the Slavers. (Federation News Service 2:1: "Multi-'Dimensional' Technology")


Discovery and study

The Guardian was discovered by the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2267, among the ruins of a immense city that stretched far beyond the horizon every direction. According to Mr. Spock, the ruins were at least a million years old, though the Guardian itself claimed to be much older.

While under the influence of a cordrazine overdose, Dr. Leonard McCoy became the first human to travel through the Guardian, arriving in 1930 San Francisco, and drastically altering the timeline. Captain Kirk and Commander Spock followed McCoy into the past to restore the flow of history, succeeding at great personal cost to Kirk. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

By 2269, the Federation had sent a research team to study the Guardian, and through it, history. Having experienced yet another alternate timeline, Spock again traveled through the Guardian, this time to his own past on Vulcan in order to prevent his younger self's death during his kahs-wan ritual in 2237. (TAS: "Yesteryear")

Further encounters

During the late 23rd century, the Enterprise crew encountered the Guardian on numerous occasions, frequently preventing its destruction by third parties, or drastically altered timelines. Starfleet would continue studying and using the Guardian well into the 24th century, and beyond. Some key events include:

For more in-depth information on these and other encounters with the Guardian, please see: Guardian of Forever article at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki.

Fan continuities

The following continuity sections are arranged in rough chronological order.
The larger Guardian in 2269
After the discovery of the Guardian the Federation set up a temporal research facility on the planet which became known as Project Timepiece. In 2268 Professor Daniels, who was working at the facility, discovered a much larger version of the gateway after a dam burst exposed the area. Security around the site was quickly increased and key workers were given clearance level alpha.

Several months later a divergence in the timeline was created by the Planet Killer. The workers on Gateway, protected from the changes, informed Captain Kirk who in this timeline commanded the USS Farragut. Kirk, Spock and McCoy used the Guardian to travel to 2006 to collect information about the Planet Killer. Upon their return they flew the Farragut into the larger portal to correct the changes in history. (Star Trek: New Voyages: "In Harm's Way")

In the 2290s, an early arrival from the Vendoth fleet attempted to use the Guardian to access the Federation's past so to wipe out the Federation from existance. Their attempt to interfere with the timeline was foiled by the crew of the USS Excalibur. (Star Trek: The Excalibur Epics: "Deux Ex Machina")

About 2292, a training cadre was formed aboard USS Avenger for a command staff to be assigned to a Starfleet base called Gateway Station. (Star Trek: Avenger)

In 2306, the museum ship USS Enterprise-M received notification a beacon in orbit of Gateway activated, indicating a breach of the quarantine, and responded. An away team comprised of Captains John Harriman, Nyota Uhura and Pavel Chekov, accompanied by two other officers, beamed down to find a disgruntled Charlie Evans. Evans activated the Guardian of Forever, focussing it on James Kirk's mother, pregnant with Kirk, and jumped through. Time changed, with a darker, edgier universe emerging. (Star Trek: Of Gods and Men)

In 2380, James T. Kirk and Harry Potter used the Guardian to travel back to 2155 in order to gain the help of Jonathan Archer in their fight against Voldemort and the Suliban.

The USS Phoenix-X, utilizing its Temporal engine, was brought to the Guardian of Forever in the year 2382, after jumping into the timestream with no computed direction. The Guardian claimed they had been pulled to the gate like a magnet. With the engines offline, Seifer used the Guardian to go into the 29th century to save his Captain from annihilation in the Temporal Cold War. Taking this action, though, caused Starfleet's fleet and the Na'kuhl fleet to fall in the 29th century; it also brought on the eventual need for Federation timeships to be on patrol. (Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "Temporal Doom! Part III")

In 2387 Project Timepiece was still a very important science outpost. On stardate 64899.7, an accident at the facility caused a massive explosion which somehow rippled through the Guardian while it was being used to study the history of the Alpha Quadrant. The explosion was felt at different points across time, creating an alternate timeline where only the USS Pioneer was aware of the changes. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR): "The World At The Edge Of Time")

Later that year the Federation was invaded by a faction of the Temporal cold war from the 29th century. Peter Maxwell was able to once again use the Guardian to return to the point of the invasion and prevent it. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR): "Destiny of Freedom, Parts 1 & 2")

It was later discovered that the gateway was constructed by The Guardians for use in their studies of time. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR): "Time's Legacy", "Future's Past")

Captain Lewis and the Guardian in 2387

Later in 2387, Captain Lewis of Unity Starbase was drawn to the Guardian of Forever, recently after having the persona of one of it's builder's species called 'The Doctor' graphed onto his mind. The Guardian claimed that he had "waited so long" for Lewis to come, and promptly re-incarnated Captain Puto from a higher plane of existance. (Star Trek: Unity: "Doomsday, Part One")

Shortly after, when the Borg attacked Gateway, the Guardian challenged the Borg Queen's assumption that it was just a "slab of rock" by destroying an orbiting cube with some kind of energy lightning, saving Lewis and Puto's lives. When Puto was then assimilated and kidnapped by the retreating Borg Queen, Lewis asked the Guardian where the entraceway to the Cruciform was located, and the portal showed the Iconian Dome on planet Kressgon. (Star Trek: Unity: "Doomsday, Part Two")

Assimilated in 2389

Two years later, when Colonel Phillip Green and his Borg allies invaded Gateway, they assimilated it, and used it to create a time lock, where no paradoxes could exist, causing the Time War. (Star Trek: Unity: "Moebius")

When Shakespeare disappeared from the timeline in 2421, Dark Admiral Hyperriker lead an away team consisting of himself, Worf, Kirk and Thomas Troi, back in time through the guardian. Unfortunately, it sent them back too far, to millions of years before humanity had evolved, and space dinosaurs known as the Voth ruled the planet. (Star Trek: Paradigms: "A Million Chances")



Non-canonical works

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Guardian of Forever
Biographical information


Physical description

Over 2 meters[2]

Hair color


Chronological and political information

Rebellion era[1]

"Some time ago, we established an archaeological station on the dead planet, Alashan. There were theories that a great civilization once flourished there. Some of our scientists believed that elements of its science, its technology might have survived through the millennia."
Jan Dodonna

The Guardian of Forever, also referred to as the Sentinel, was the name given to the unidentified creature that protected an underground city on the planet Alashan. The being was the byproduct of an ancient complex within the underground metropolis of Forever. The power of the complex caused the creature's presence to give off an extremely large energy signal that could be sensed at a distance, even by the sensors on an astromech droid. The creature and the complex had been seemingly created by an ancient race native to Alashan, whose technology and culture had been lost to time. For some unknown reason, the race had sealed their city's walls with a massive metal barrier, locking the Guardian and their ancient technology away from outsiders.

The Guardian possessed near-supernatural powers and strength. Among its arsenal was the ability to fire a concentrated superlaser, as well as the ability to modify its size and to teleport. After being released from its prison by curious Rebel archaeologists, the Guardian began to slaughter what it perceived as unwelcome intruders. Eventually, due to efforts by Rebels Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa and Imperials Wil'm Grau and Anarine, the ancient complex was smashed into disrepair, apparently killing the seemingly invincible monster.




"I…don't believe what I'm seeing. In all the Empire—in all the galaxy—there is nothing equal to this!"
―Leia Organa

At an undetermined time before the formation of the Republic, a race of technologically sophisticated beings from the planet Alashan had developed a power source with the ability to destroy foreign objects a hundred thousand kilometers from their planet's surface.[1] Any record of the source of this power was kept with hieroglyphic writings that adorned the race's massive underground city known as Forever.[2] To protect this huge metropolis, the Alashans created the Forever control center. This complex became the source behind the powerful energy being known as the Guardian of Forever. With power to protect the city, as well as the ability to leave the area to attack potential intruders, the Guardian was a formidable protector of the massive capital.[3] Along with the power to operate a destructive superlaser, the Guardian could teleport to any place in the city, as well as modify its shape to either fill a doorway or fit itself into small spaces.[2]

The Guardian of Forever kills Arlo Tyre.

When the Rebels first entered the massive structure, they found it deathly silent, comparing it to a tomb of sorts.[2] The city was buried five kilometers under the ground and sealed with a large metal door, and the Guardian of Forever found itself locked within the confines of its home, unable to leave.[3]

First encounter

"It's a notebook, kept by one of the archaeologists. Sonic scans revealed a huge underground city, with natural tunnels leading right to it. A research team headed down there only to find the way blocked by some artificial barrier. The final entry indicates that they had decided to break through."
―Leia Organa

Sometime around 0 ABY, Rebel archaeologists arrived on Alashan, believing it to be a dead world and hoping to find technology that could aid the fight against the Galactic Empire. Rumors of the ancient Alashan civilization had survived through the years, rumors that the Rebels had now decided to follow up on. Sonic scans from the archaeologists revealed a huge underground city within the dead soil of the world. Digging down five kilometers, the archaeologists found a huge metal barrier. Knowing what untold riches the place could hold, the archaeologists broke through the wall, not knowing what it held behind it. In the following time, the Guardian was freed from his prison and began to seek out the intruders to Alashan. The monstrous creature hunted down the entire team and slaughtered them one by one, leaving their dismantled bodies lying inside the structures they had erected.[1]

The Guardian of Forever kills Éger Djambo.

After missing three routine communications, Rebel scouts were sent to the archaeological station to check on the Rebel team. Scouts Arlo Tyre and Wadie Firestone came upon the destroyed site, discovering the slaughtered archaeologists and their habitat domes broken apart from the inside out. As Wadie checked his sensors, he found an immense energy field inside the main habitat dome. Arlo Tyre approached the dome with practiced caution, but as soon as he found himself in front of the entrance, a concentrated blast of energy from the Guardian of Forever ripped through his body, killing him. Seeing that his partner was surely dead, Firestone rushed back to his Y-wing, hoping to escape the powerful force. Unfortunately, as soon as he got his ship off the ground, the Guardian released another blast of energy, destroying the ship and keeping his appearance unknown for the time being.[1]

Second encounter

"Mistress, Artoo-Detoo is scanning an energy field—extremely powerful—and rapidly approaching…"

The Guardian continued to remain close to the city until it sensed two ships entering the atmosphere of Alashan. The first was the Staraker, a ship with experimental shields and speed that had been stolen from the Imperials by a team made up of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Mici Shabandar. The other was an Imperial Cruiser intent on capturing the Staraker. The Guardian fired a blast into space with deadly accuracy, destroying the Imperial cruiser. As the Staraker dived desperately, the Guardian fired another blast at the ship, but the experimental ship's special shields were able to deflect some of the blast, keeping it from being totally destroyed. However, the ship was critically damaged and plummeted to the planet's surface.[1]

The intruders fire on the Guardian of Forever.

Additionally, it seemed that several of the Imperials had survived their cruiser's destruction by evacuating in escape pods, and the Guardian resolved to hunt down all of the intruders. Pinpointing the crash of the Rebel ship in a section of hardened lava, the Guardian blasted away the hardened lava to get to the damaged ship. Crawling into the Staraker, the creature found Mici, but she rendered no life signals, and it tossed her aside, leaving the ship alone. The beast rushed back to its home, finding that the intruders had already entered the city. The Guardian killed Éger Djambo, a stormtrooper placed as a sentry outside the entrance, and reentered its home.[3] The beast immediately found another stormtrooper, Voss, and ripped through his armor, throwing him from one of Forever's high towers. The Guardian then pinpointed the main group and advanced upon them. However, concentrated blaster fire from the group collapsed the tunnel on top of the creature, stalling it temporarily.[2]


"It's toying with us…may swamp beetles eat its soul! It can have us anytime. Our weapons can't hurt it and it knows we can't escape. So it's amusing itself."
―Wil'm Grau
The Guardian of Forever breaks out of the rubble that had fallen upon it.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, the Guardian proved almost invincible and survived the landslide. Sneaking throughout the base, the creature tried to sneak up on the intruders one by one. The Guardian was able to sneak up on Leia Organa, but just as it made to jump upon her, Luke Skywalker swung down and pulled her from the creature's grasp. With his prey swinging far away from him, the beast found another target in the Imperials Wil'm Grau and Anarine. The beast tracked them down to a tower within the city, but the Imperials were ready for it. The two men rigged the tower with explosives, and as soon as the creature entered, the supports exploded, collapsing the 200 meter tower on top of the beast. However, the power of the Guardian was unmatched, and he pushed the pounds of rubble off of him and prepared to finish the two Imperials.[2]

However, just as the Guardian was upon them, it sensed that the Rebels had found the city's main complex. Knowing that the complex was the source of its existence and understanding that it needed to protect the structure at all costs, the beast teleported away from the two men and back to the complex. The creature also reduced its size so that it would minimize collateral damage. Entering the building, the beast found Ensign Kyril Lopaki bearing down on Luke and Leia with a blaster pistol. The Ensign turned and fired on the beast, hoping that its reduced size meant that it was less powerful. However, the beast still retained its awesome power and swatted Lopaki aside, killing him.[2]


"Anarine, Leia—look at the demon! Our barrage staggered him—!!"
―Wil'm Grau

With Lopaki dead, the beast advanced on Luke and Leia. However, the young Jedi was not going to go down without a fight, and he brought his lightsaber to bear. The power of the saber managed to damage the creature's hand. Unfortunately for the Jedi, the Guardian recovered from the attack and struck out at Luke, knocking him unconscious and flinging him across the room. The creature advanced on Leia next, but before he could reach her, Anarine and Wil'm Grau arrived to save the day, firing wildly into the room. Several of the blaster bolts hit consoles in the complex, staggering the creature. The intruders realized that the room was the creature's weakness, and so they began to destroy the complex. The Guardian cried out in pain, grabbing Leia and trying to crush her within his grip. However, just at this moment, Luke revived and stabbed the Guardian through the chest with his saber.[2]

The Guardian of Forever is killed by Luke Skywalker.

The thrust of the laser sword disrupted the matrix that gave the creature form and created a backlash loop into the complex. The strength of the energy resulting from the creature's death created a massive explosion, leaving the room in flames, and the intruders thrust from the room. After several days, the group was able to dig its way out of the rubble and make its way back to a ship. The Rebels and Imperials believed the complex and the Guardian destroyed, as the lights throughout the entire complex had turned themselves off following the incident.[2]


The Guardian possessed incredible powers given to it by the power of the Forever control center. It had enormous strength, and could easily rip through stormtrooper armor with its bare claws.[3][2] Additionally, the beast had the power to teleport from place to place, which it demonstrated when it felt that the complex was in danger and transported itself back to its source of power. Finally, the Guardian demonstrated the ability to change its size when it entered the complex, shrinking its size so that it would minimize damage to the delicate structure.[2]

The Guardian of Forever prepares to teleport.

Personality and traits

The Guardian was an energy creature, reptilian in appearance. It generally assumed a massive form and enjoyed toying with its enemies. During an invasion by intruders upon the city, the beast delighted in slowly tracking down its prey, and as the intruders tried to fight back, it seemed to flaunt its invincibility by taking blaster shots full on. This reaction was only seen different when the creature faced Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber, which generally hurt him. In this instance, the beast took a defensive stance, striking out wildly.[2]

The creature also generally seemed to enjoy murder and mayhem. It was known to laugh appreciatively when making a kill, and made its kills in a very gruesome manner, tearing the body apart.[1][3] Additionally, when the beast first searched the Staraker, it left a scene of destruction within the inside of the ship.[3] This same destruction was seen when the Guardian first attacked the archaeologists, as it ripped apart their habitat domes from the inside out, seemingly only for its own destructive needs.[1]

Behind the scenes

The Guardian of Forever shares the same name with an iconic Star Trek being also known as the Guardian of Forever. Whether this was intentional or if the character was based upon the Star Trek character is unknown.


Notes and references

External links

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