The Aptorian Guard was a batarian elite regiment tasked with protecting the rulers of the Batarian Hegemony and each individual nation therein. Formed exclusively from noble caste families, few units went through such extensive training as the Aptorians, fewer still were as well equipped, and none were held to such a high standard.
By tradition, members of the Aptorian Guard were never posted in the same nation-state as their family. Theoretically, this ensured that Aptorians had no political interest beyond the protection of their charge, while in practice it allowed them to function as hostages for the good behavior of their families. Due to their proximity to powerful political figures, members of the Aptorian Guard were often covertly inducted into the various intelligence agencies operating within the Hegemony. While technically illegal, such connections were almost expected of an Aptorian and prosecutions were rare.
Numerous other traditions surrounded the Aptorians, including the immediate dissolution of any unit discovered to harbor even a single subversive. Absolute loyalty was expected, and desertion was punishable by death. While the death penalty was universal, each nation of the Hegemony had a different means thereof, and the only common element was excruciating pain. The harsh penalties for desertion were another reason for Aptorians to cultivate ties to other agencies, who were known to assist those with useful skill sets in escaping the Guard, though such escapes were never without cost.
The Guard was mostly wiped out by the Reaper invasion, and its surviving members were absorbed into other companies.
Goronak Ilorik was in the Aptorian Guard.
The father of Esarkhad Adar was also a member of the Aptorian Guard. When the unit in question was purged, he was erased from the official record and his eleven-year-old son was abandoned unwanted to the streets of Omega.
An Aptorian Guard Captain Signet Dagger bearing the confirmed seal of one Skaldan Anba’akad and dated to the Twelfth Century BCE, was among the items missing from a bulk shipment of bladed weapons sent to Emon Spiza by Titan Corporation.