Chu-hui's Guardians are a trio of intelligent, talking animals who guard several key locations on the way up her mountain to test the skills and spirit of prospective students.
The Bear is the Guardian of the River at the base of Chu-hui's mountain. As the biggest and strongest of the Guardians, he is easily suited for turning away the overconfident and the faint-hearted right at the start. He is dressed in belly-protector armor and likes to subdue his opponents with his considerable mass and weight. The Bear has superhuman strength, which is used to take out weak applicants.
The Snake is the Guardian of the Cave. While being blind itself, the Snake is meant to test the ability of the hopeful to look beyond what their eyes can see by fighting inside the cave with all lights extinguished; its blindness and sense of smell help it gain an important advantage over its opponents. It habitually dresses in a coarse brown robe which makes it appear human at first sight. The Snake possesses enhanced speed which he uses to test how well the person can see beyond their eyes.
The Monkey is the Guardian of the Trees, a ravine overgrown by tall bamboo stands. Witty and teasing, the Monkey is to test the dexterity and wit of a character. Like the Bear, it dresses in belly-protector armor. He uses his above-average agility to dodge attacks while still testing the wit of the applicant.