The Sargavan Guard was established as a division of the Chelish royal army in 4142 AR by Chelish Prince Haliad I. As the colony of Sargava expanded from a single city to encompass the Bandu Hills and the ruined city of Kalabuto, the Guard expanded its protection. Local militias, including the Eleder Militia and Kalabuto Militia, were established as urban police forces and subdivisions of the Guard, and the Sargavan Navy was established to protect Sargava’s lucrative trade from maritime threats.
Though the Guard grew, the number of colonials willing to join it stayed relatively static. In 4265 AR, Grand Praetor General Olgran diMacini partially integrated the Guard, allowing Kalabuta, Bas’o, and other Mwangi to enlist. The degree of integration depends on the division – the Eleder Militia automatically places all colonial recruits above all Mwangi troops, but in Kalabuto the command hierarchy includes Mwangi all the way to the top.
The Guard played only a minor role in the battle for Sargavan independence, but as a result of that war faced a much lower budget than it was used to. By contracting with mercenary companies for specific missions, Baron Utilinus has been able to cut costs associated with the standing army.
The three greatest conflicts faced by the Guard in the last forty years have been the three sackings of Kalabuto by Mzali. Kalabuto has been reclaimed by combined mercenary and Guard forces each time, but even now a vicious cold war wages with both sides sending numerous spies into the other’s territory and frequent slayings in border villages.