I'm looking for figures of important 'watchers'/'guardians'. Actually I don't know the right word, but it doesn't need to be like a 'security-guardian', who doesn't let someone get through (i.e. not like Kerberos or the like). I am thinking more of a figure who has a relatively boring but (very!) important task of making sure that "something keeps running smoothly" and doesn't protect or safe said thing, but rather alerts and gives notice.
A figure that just has to watch over some kind of process and he doesn't do a lot more than that. But if something goes wrong with the process, he has to alert, inform immediately.
Is there some kind of stereotypical figure for this kind of task? I am interested in such a figure from all/any kind of mythology.
If possible it should embody the idea of letting others 'sleep' or not needing to worry about that process, because that figure is taking care.
I would be very thankful for any kind of ideas of what that figure could be.
In one question: "What are some names of mythological or legendary figures that watch out and do alert/inform as soon something suspicious or bad happens? The a figure that is basically equivalent to the task of a watcher in a watchtower"
The watcher in the watchtower will not hold an army - he might not even carry arms. But he has to watch out for bad things and alert others as soon as something happens. The figure or name might even be the name of an important mythical watchtower itself.
For instance there might be someone who kept a bird or something to do exactly this task? Nothing more than make noise when someone comes close?