The monster hunter’s role in fiction is pretty self-explanatory: He fights monsters. Some people fight supernatural baddies because it’s their destiny, some because it’s their job, and some because they just keep running into to the damned things. It should be noted that we’re using the term “monster hunter” in its purest sense, meaning people who actually fight and kill, banish, or capture monsters. A character whose primary goal is discovering, proving the existence of, or classifying monsters and spooks doesn’t really fit into this archetype.
Anyone can bust out a window and steal some stuff, but if you want to rob someone blind without drawing too much unwanted attention, you need a cat burglar. Cat burglars have the experience, skills, and (most importantly) style to get the goods and get away without arousing any suspicion. The really good ones have already fenced the merchandise before the victim even realizes it’s gone.
Most warriors fight for a higher cause: king, country, God, or honor. The soldier of fortune fights for a much more practical reason: to earn a living. In theory, the soldier of fortune is a mercenary whose only loyalty is to his own self-interest. In practice (at least in fiction), soldiers of fortune often discover that there are limits to what they’re willing to do in the name of greed. A few even turn on their employers in favor of what is right.
I said that after GenCon I'd let you know more about some of the stuff we're working on here at Hex. This is a bit longer after GenCon than I'd planned, but that just helps illustrate why we don't usually give firm release dates until we've got something nearly done. Hex is very much a part-time operation, and we've all got real jobs and lives that sometimes (ok, often) interfere with writing books about paranormal high school kids and monsterploitation detectives. Also, we've learned the hard way that it's usually better to put a project on hold for a while rather than to keep slogging away after we've gotten completely burned out on the project, so sometimes things sit around "in development" for months or years before we finish them.
The guardian is a character who is responsible for protecting a particular person, place, or object. Some guardians are destined or chosen for their position, while others are hired or even self-appointed. Regardless of how they got the job, the main thing that separates a guardian from simple hired muscle is the seriousness with which he treats his responsibility. To the true guardian, the charge’s safety and protection are tantamount, and keeping them out of harm’s way is a source of pride and honor.