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The Grand Guard.

The Grand Guard, also referred to as the Grand Serkonan Guard, serves as both the military and City Watch alongside other groups on the isle of Serkonos, akin to a gendarmerie. The Guard has connections to the Greater Serkonan Guard and the Stewards of Cullero, the three of which are tasked with the protection of the Isle of Serkonos.[1] The Guards carry out many different duties such as crime investigations, dealing with bloodfly issues, protecting important figures and locations, and acting as port guards[2]. Some of the notable units include the "First Attachment to the Duke" which serves as the Duke of Serkonos' personal guards and led by chosen officers,[3][4] and the "Palace Civic Patrol" which guards the Palace District and the only land route leading to the Grand Palace[5]. The Guards also have a division called "Technical Office" which manages high-tech equipment such as windmills and clockwork soldiers, and issues manuals to other units.[6][7]

Like City Watch of Dunwall, the Grand Guard are armed with pistols and swords. Members of the Grand Guard have differing uniform colors: red and bluish-grey, which denote specific ranks and positions. Members of all ranks may wear protective helmets, though not all do.

Ranks and Positions

  • Guards: They are regular troops and seem to be made up of only male guards. However, notes found by the protagonists and overheard conversations indicate female members do exist. Guards wear short-sleeved bluish-grey tunics, beige pants, white belts and bandoliers, and are equipped with swords. There are two distinctive types of regular guards. The first group consists of guards who do not have any shoulder badge nor rank insignia, except for a "Karnaca" tab on their left sleeves. They also wear small backpacks and what appear to be rolls of blanket. Guards belonging to the second group have a whistle on a chain on their breast pocket, cross-sword shoulder badges, rank insignias on the right sleeves, and wear tall white caps with silver Karnaca badges at the front. This latter group sometimes augment their uniforms with masks and goggles (particularly those stationed in the Dust District) or black armored vests which protect them from ranged attacks. Regular guards include the ranks of corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant.
  • Elite Guards: They are officers within the Grand Guard, assigned to command areas. Elite guards are well trained in the use of their sword and pistol. In contrast to regular guards, they wear red jackets over beige pants, silver helmets, and white belts with silver buckles. Elite guards include the rank of captain and major.
  • Veterans: They are senior officers. Much like elite guards, they carry a sword and pistol which are occasionally loaded with explosive bullets. Veterans have similar uniform to elite guards, except for a few distinctive features. They wear golden helmets with red plumes on top, and dark brown pants. Their belts are also white but brighter, and with golden buckles.



  • "Dammit. I need to pee."
  • "What am I? Like a stocking without a leg. That's what. Nothing. Worse than nothing."
  • "Something stinks around here. It's not my job to clean up."
  • "Huh, I'm hungry."
  • "Dear stomach, I have received your request, and agree that dinnertime cannot come quickly enough. Unfortunately, we are still on duty. I will get back to you if I hear anything more, sincerely, me."
  • "Settle down stomach. Dinner will be in you shortly."
  • "That tasted awful. That weren't no blue-jawed hagfish. River krust is more likely."
  • "It's blood ox stew tonight. Starving."
  • "Martha won't you marry me? Twelve weeks have I been at sea. Chasing monsters in the brine. Dancing hagfish on the line. Martha won't you marry me? Twelve weeks have I been at sea."
  • "There once was a man from Old Lamprow, whose cockle was as wee as a minnow, he tugged on it nightly, then ever so slightly, it grew to be large as a Narwhal."
  • "A, b, c, d, e and g, hay chi, j, k, elementally. Q arrest, you and v. Double v, x, wise and z. Now I got my a's and z's, tells me what you think of me."
  • "Can I read? ‘Course I can read! What's he think? I'm stupid? I know all my letters and then some."
  • "So if I have two, and I give him one, I still gots me one, but then if I eat it, no, if he eats it, then what?"
  • "Air feels heavy. Hard to get a good lung full."
  • "Ahgh! I hate this wool. It itches like mad. Why can't I wear my regular clothes?"
  • "This shirt reeks. I've got to get a spare uniform."
  • "Isn't it laundry day yet? Gotta be soon. Can't stand my own stench."
  • "More bad things have happened here in the last five years than in all the years of my life before that. I know that much."
  • "I've got to get back to Dunwall. I feel so bad. Haven't seen the kids in two years."
  • "Did I close my locker before coming out? Last time I left it open, someone left a hagfish in my jacket pocket."
  • "Wait ‘til he puts on those boots. Sees the surprise I left for him. Idiot."
  • "Tsk. Sure, he knows how to talk with the boss. What a lick-spittle."
  • "Put in a request for new boots, and what'd I get? A sock. One useless sock."
  • "Maybe I should just work a double shift. So I don't have to listen to him tell me about how good it was under the Duke's father."
  • "Two more months, she says. Then she'll leave him. I can wait."
  • "Gotta keep my mind on my duties. Forget about that kiss. Hmm. That kiss…"
  • "If only something would happen around here. Doesn't have to be a circus. Just some little bit of excitement once in a while. "
  • "What wouldn't I give for a bottle of pear soda."
  • "Kinda dry. Could really go for a whiskey or something. Maybe one of them two-penny drinks."
  • "I always get these shifts. I'd bet a week's wages this is the worst assignment."
  • "I just have to finish my shift. Then I can go home. Put my feet up."
  • "Getting so one can't even breathe no more."
  • "One night at the baudy house. One night. Now I'm covered in shankers."
  • "I hope they accept my transfer. I've got to get over to one of the other districts."
  • "At least I'm working in the good part of town now." (In Upper Cyria District)

Elite Guards and Veterans only:

  • "Worst assignment ever. Nothing ever happens."
  • "Smells like piss. What a dump."
  • Who's she to say I didn't deserve the promotion? She wouldn't know a promotion if it hit her in the head. In fact maybe that's just what she needs."
  • "How many more hours of this? If I had a timepiece I'd know. I'm gonna guess, what, three? Yeah, about three more hours."
  • "Oh, the look on his face. Well, who was he expecting? The Empress? What a fool."
  • "Ho, my. Is that my breath I'm smelling? Maybe my teeth are due for their monthly cleaning."
  • "They can rot in the Void for all I care. I've got enough to worry about without their constant complaining."
  • "I met a girl from Morley, our love ended poorly. I spied a lass from Gristol, t'was good I had my pistol. Then I met a lady from Tyvia-a-a! Something and something and happy-a–a-a!"
  • "Why would he say that? It makes no sense. Anyway, I'm not the one who did the kissing."
  • "Not worth a thing. You can tell he's no good. Just by looking at his shoes."
  • "Filthy air. Disgusting. Can't be good for you."
  • "It's funny to think about, but she could be reading the letter right now. Thinking about me, right now."
  • "Working for the Duke's not so bad. As long as you're Grand Guard. I'd hate to be anybody else right now."
  • "He never earned those medals. I'm twice the soldier he is. Someone should say something."
  • "I told them he was too skinny. Told them he wouldn't last a day. Poor kid. Why do I always have to be right?"
  • "Isn't it dinner time yet? A man could starve on this shift."
  • "I do think the officers should get extra rations. We work harder. And we come from better families. I should think that's just obvious."
  • "An entire shipment of whale oil tanks, just gone. Taken right from under their noses. Idiots."


  • "I definitely heard something. Better check."
  • "So let's see. What was it?"
  • "I don't like that. Better have a look."
  • "She's been stabbed." (detecting a body)
  • "What?! Somebody's down." (detecting a body)


  • "I'm not in the mood! Show yourself!"
  • "Let's have a look."
  • "Nothing here? Let's have a look around."
  • "Don't make me search the whole place, I don't have time for that."

Returning to Idle

  • "I'll get her/him next time..."


  • "I'll be damned!!"
  • "What the? Stop!"
  • "Holy shit!!"
  • "Hey, where do you think you're going?!"


  • "You aren't going anywhere!"
  • "Come on, let's finish this!"
  • "Withdraw from this area at once!"
  • "No mercy!"
  • "I've been fighting scum like you since I put on the uniform!"
  • "Wait for my signal!"
  • "She/He's wounded! Let's finish her/him!" (when the protagonist is at critical health)
  • "I'll be telling this story at the officers' club later!" (officers only)
  • "Nooo!!" (when an ally is killed)
  • "Captain!!" (when an officer is killed)

Reaction to Supernatural Abilities

  • "Wait! This isn't-"
  • "Impossible!!"

Running Away

  • "I-I don't wanna die!!"


  • Around 1828, the Grand Guard was sent to the city of Dunwall to hunt for the fugitive Billie Lurk, who had murdered a son of the Duke of Serkonos, Radanis Abele.[8]
  • The Grand Guard is known to have been active by the 1600s, where they helped oust the reigning King of Serkonos with the backing of the Duchy of Aventa.[9]
  • The Grand Guard differs from Dunwall's authorities in that the latter city's Army and City Watch are technically separate organizations, whereas the Grand Guard fulfills both military and law enforcement duties.
  • In-game, the Grand Guard most often wear uniforms of either bluish-grey or red. In the Dishonored 2 cinematic trailer they are also depicted as wearing white uniforms. In the novel series written by Adam Christopher, their uniforms are described as being bluish-green.
  • In his younger years, Corvo Attano served in the Grand Guard as an Officer, "demonstrating amazing talents." [10]
  • The model for the guards used in the reveal trailer was made by Hasan Bajramovic for Blur Studios.[11]
  • Although the reveal trailer seemingly depicts regular guards using pistols, regular guards are not so equipped within the actual game.
  • Retired Veterans receive no pension pay. This is a point of some consternation among the Grand Guard.[12]
  • The equivalent styles of the Watch Lower Guards and the City Watch Guards of Dunwall seem to be combined into the rank of the regular guard for the Grand Guard of Serkonos.