The Defenders of the First Age were a self-appointed organisation of fanatics from the Third Age of Flight, wish to return to a simpler time as they see it, a nobler time when the sacred crystals of lightning were used for nothing more sinister than weighting down the floating rock of Old Sanctaphrax. They were destroying inventions and had an aggressive mood against inventors. Their leader was Hench the cloddertrog, who was killed in Weird New Worlds.