Heroes can quest to add powers to the Guardian in the rules and I rather suspect this is a lot easier to get community support for than questing for powers for yourself! Ancient and powerful guardians with generations of heroic supporters might gather quite a bag of tricks!
The guardian may be static (like the physical walls?) but the Defenders are Heroes in their own rights too. If a city lacks Heroic Defenders then it probably deserves (in terms of narrative) to be sacked!
Elric seems to spend a fair bit of time rushing about defending (or destroying) various cities in his stories. It's not Tanelorn's mystical nature or powers that save it, but the actions of Heroes inspired by these powers.
We might say, the Heroes who have been Augmented by these powers.
-- John Machin "Nothing is more beautiful than to know the All." - Athanasius Kircher, 'The Great Art of Knowledge'.
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