I've come up with this strange world where everyone has a dependent of sorts. Like a child but they live within another dimension. Think like a game avatar but they live their own lives and make their own choices (largely). The Guardians, will look over each of these dependents (really need a better name) and have a small degree of control over the environment, similar to a guardian angel or Jiminy cricket with the ability to aid the dependent.
The guardians point of view:
They wake up and logon, yes like logging into a game but it's work for them, and help this dependent with their quests and tasks and what not just like a game. and they get money and status based on how well their dependent is doing.
The dependents point of view:
A magical voice and sprite appears from time to time aiding them in battle, with inventory and other matters. like transporting their loot back to their basecamp, which for the guardian could be as simple as click an drag to a basecamp tab.
The real question:
Why would the society of guardians implement such a system in the first place? I'm thinking that this "game" is similar to mining for bitcoins so they have some sort of cryptocurrency or the like, but doesn't seem compelling enough.