Guardians is a single-player experience which sees the player taking on the role of an unnamed villager navigating a world that has been decimated from passing too close to its sun (an event known as The Raze). In order to restore the world, the player must traverse the different landscapes of an underground refuge to seek out the Guardians, the cornerstones of life in this world. Having been struck down during The Raze, they have been inflicted with a Blight which has weakened the land, and has made them hostile to the player. Similarly, other life forms have been affected by the Blight, too (dubbed The Razed), which the player must fight against to restore the world.