Protector

{{I=6x15motherjacob.jpg=200=right=Mother, the first known protector of the Island. {{crossref}}}}
A '''Protector''' guards the Heart of the Island to prevent outsiders from extinguishing or mishandling the Light there. Only the Protector can find the Heart of the Island. Protectors also have other abilities, including agelessness, the ability to confer agelessness, and healing properties. The Protector also defines The rules that others must follow.

==Protectorship transfer ritual==
{{I=6X09 Jacob bottle.jpg=200=right=Jacob, the second known protector. {{crossref}}}}
Incumbents induct successors through a specific ceremony. In all known cases, this involves three actions
*The incumbent gives the successor a liquid, which the successor drinks. 
*The incumbent touches the successor.
*The incumbent acknowledges the transition with a phrase. Mother told Jacob, "Now we are the same." Jacob and Jack told their successors, "Now you're like me." 
{{I=6x17HurleyTakesOver.jpg=200=left=Jack passes protection of the Island to Hurley.. {{crossref}}}}
Details vary. Mother gave Jacob wine from a glass bottle poured into a silver cup. Jacob gave Jack water taken from a river in a silver cup similar to the one Mother used for Jacob. Jack gave Hurley water from the stream leading to the Source in an Oceanic Airlines water bottle. Both Mother and Jacob uttered an incantation over the liquid before giving it to their successors, but Jack did not. It is unknown which of these actions are simply symbolic, and which actually transfer the protectorship. {{crossref}}

==Protectors==
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Mother
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Jacob
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Jack
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, after the Man in Black stabbed him and he visited the Heart of the Island. 
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Hurley
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==Second In Charge==

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Richard Alpert
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==Notes==
* It appears that only one person may be the Protector at any given time, as Mother stated that her successor would have to be ''either'' Jacob or The Man in Black.
* Three years after becoming protector, Hurley recruited Walt for a "job" on the Island. {{crossref}}
*All three of the deceased Protectors' deaths involved being stabbed.

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