>>41556236>Timoteo actually smiles at her question. At the very least she was showing interest, and it was true; they hadn't gone very in depth about what the Vongol aactually are. In fact, the topic itself was quite complicated. The Vongola had been many things over the years, and all of them remain as true as ever.
I suppose "Guardians" is a bit of an old term. It's meant to distinguish the core of the family. Those who are the best at "guarding" the Family's purposes and those around them? How you interperet the title differs between people though, I suppose.
>There's a soft chuckle that escapes the old man as he talks about the meaning of the title. It seemed to change a lot, and always meant something different to each person.
Mmn, I suppose we should dig into our history a little bit though.
>He leans back a little, bringing a hand up to his chin as he thinks about where to start, and what was the most important to include in his probably quite long story he was about to tell.
The first of the Vongola bosses, Vongola Primo, initially had the idea for the Vongola Family as a vigilante group, meant to protect those in need in times where heroes and organizations such as yours were a rarity. I suppose in that sense it's not much different from what the Riftguard, or the Apex Force used to be. However, the structure of the family is what was important back then.
Initially, it was just him and 6 of his closest friends who formed the basis for the Vongola Family. In time, the Family grew, and Primo began accepting peoples of all backgrounds into the Family. It was by doing this that he hoped to form a much more powerful bond between the group. That's how it became a "family", after all.
So Primo had set up the Family, as a powerful group of vigilantes who had sworn to protect the people, and with his 6 friends, formed the first set of guardians, whose main purpose was to act as the leading figures and most powerful among the Family.
Bosses who followed after him had quite different plans for the Family though. As early as Secondo's reign, the Vongola began to turn towards crime, rather than vigilantism, and because of the power of the Vongola had little issue getting what they wanted. They dipped deep into the mafia world, and continued to dominate other mafioso to add them to the then-growing umbrella of the Vongola. I hate to admit it, but it's because of them that we're still so powerful to this day.
However, in their own twisted way, they still upheld the purpose and traditions of the Vongola. While much more violent in their climb for power, they still stood as a protective force to those they had sworn to protect. They had created many enemies for us though; some of which still exist to this day.
>After a brief pause, he laughs to himself a little, and raises a hand.
Sorry, sorry, I tend to ramble sometimes.
But your question is a tought one to answer. The Vongola is many things. It's a symbol, it's a vigilante group, it's a mafioso organization..
..and it's a family.
I am using the name of the Vongola to continue with what Primo had initially created for us. We are a family dedicated to protecting not only each other, but other people and places we care about, no matter the cost, and no matter the opponent. We build off each other and aide each other whenever one requires it, and use what we have to protect the cities and people that surround us.
>Timoteo takes a breath after yet another long explanation, looking over to Xion to see what she thought about all this.