Lee Hammock
Adding Thornguards to the spawn table of any NPC hex is actually pretty easy if people thing that would be useful. They would be as static as any other NPCs though. Wait, no, thought of a problem. They would never despawn unless they were killed off, so your NPC hexes would slowly become filled with nothing but Thornguards as all the other mobs were killed off. Currently we don't have a really good way to spawn NPCs in a hex that is not a settlement hex without making the NPCs part of an escalation or the base terrain population, all of which is randomly generated.

Jus' gonna say… "Called it!" smile