At the climax of the Horus Heresy, the Custodian Guard fought monstrosities without number, for those in the Traitor Legions powerful enough to reach the gates of the Imperial Palace were twisted body and soul by the baleful gifts of Chaos. They do not fall easily, however, for they have access to the finest weaponry, and the museum-arsenals of the Imperial Palace are theirs to use as they see fit. Bands of Custodian Wardens stood their ground in the shadowed undervaults far beneath the palace as runic sigils burned out and timeless horrors burst from their containment cells. Before the Unification Wars (30th Millennium). When he switches such organisation to another, gems always carefully extracted from armour of Custodes and replaced with those of a new appropriate colour. They see unthinking loyalty, such as that of a dynasty or a conventional military structure, as a weakness ripe to be exploited -- after all, it was such a culture that saw the Legiones Astartes turned against their creator. [25d], It is said that the first Custodes recruits were drawn from children of Terran nobility. The Custodes' nerve center and command & control headquarters is the Tower of Hegemon within the Imperial Palace while a small elite of three hundred Custodes, known as the Companions, form the Emperor's personal bodyguard and never leave his side. What does this mean for the band formerly known as Legio Custodes? With the birth of the Great Rift in the Era Indomitus, and the resurrection of the Primarch Roboute Guilliman as the Lord Commander of the Imperium, the Adeptus Custodes have been forced to take a more active role in galactic affairs. Rather, they sally out to destroy developing threats or eliminate enemies that have broken existing Imperial lines. While great swathes of witnesses were corralled and exterminated by the Inquisition, and efforts made to obliterate all evidence of the conflict, the masters of the Adeptus Custodes formally recognised that Terra's defence could no longer be guaranteed without greater proactive measures. Though the Custodians are typically immune to such superstition, there are those amongst their ranks who harbour the hope that if enough traitor blood is spilt with these blades, it may in some way restore their master. Constantin Valdor was one of the first High Lords of Terra chosen after the end of the Horus Heresy to guide the Imperium forward following the Emperor's internment within the Golden Throne. Genetically engineered warriors of unswerving loyalty and unshakable purpose, their might and skill-at-arms was greater even than the Space Marines of the Legiones Astartes, while their weapons and wargear were uniquely potent, representing the apex of the Imperium's technology. With gilded blade and thundering Bolter did the Ten Thousand march out to meet WAAAGH! Adeptus Custodes Special Rules Defenders of Humanity: If your army is Battle-forged, all Troops units in Space Marines Detachments gain this ability. Fear is a familiar weapon to the Imperium, used to deter enemies and keep seething populations in line. [22b], Custodian Jetbike trooper, three terminators of the Custodian Guard, and three of the Emperors Companions[Needs Citation], Mikaelor Cobernus, Shield Captain of the Legio Custodes[Needs Citation], Sagittarus, Dreadnought of the Custodian Guard[Needs Citation], Artulon, Custodian of the Emperor[Needs Citation], Grav-Rhino Prototype developed by the Custodes durring the Great Crusade[Needs Citation], Praetorian Jetbike Troopers during the Emperors unification of mankind[Needs Citation], Custodians pressing an attack in the Webway[Needs Citation], Companions during the Great Crusade [Needs Citation], Adeptus Custodes Terminators[Needs Citation]. When they deign to account themselves at all to other Imperial bodies their ranks appear complex and highly stratified. The truth will likely never be known. Near-immortal are the Adeptus Custodes, for the golden elixir of the Emperor's own blood runs in their veins. Only those who win the respect of the Adeptus Custodes can hope to command them, but should such a leader unite them, their loyalty will never fade. Others, such as the Iliastus Accelerator Cannon, were however at the cutting edge of new military developments, incorporating technologies gleaned and tested on the frontline of the Great Crusade. Likewise, their singular weapons, be they blade or Bolter, are masterworks, produced by entire sequestered sub-cults of the Adeptus Mechanicus and clades of hereditary artisans beholden to no other and tasked alone in the Adeptus Custodes' provision. [6a] Whatever the truth, the Custodians are undoubtedly fanatically loyal to the Emperor and will carry out any task he demands, regardless of how brutal or suicidal it may be. As the doomscryers of the Imperial Palace sift the tides of the empyrean for warnings of disaster, they also take note of those who -- through example, thought or deed -- are likely to avert such catastrophes before they threaten the Golden Throne. So do response forces of the Adeptus Custodes launch punitive and often pre-emptive strikes throughout the Imperium, forewarned of danger by the Eyes of the Emperor. The Captain-General has absolute authority over the Custodes, acting as the ritual proxy for the Emperor Himself and speaking with the voice of the Master of Mankind. Ours is the vigil that must never end. In this the elements of speed and mobility were paramount to their success, as was reconnaissance and counterstrike in lightning response to threat. Not just the guardians of his physical form but also his ideals and what the species was meant to become. [25g] Some Custodes further protect themselves by carrying a Praesidium Shield, Storm Shield or equipping themselves with Terminator Armour.[25h]. They are in almost every measurable way superhuman: stronger, faster, more acute of senses and more resilient than even the doomed Thunder Warriors or the Space Marines who would follow them, and so far beyond the limits of an unaugmented Human as to be almost godlike in comparison. These jailers must trammel that which should not be, slaughtering all who seek to impede them, before returning their foul prizes to the cells where they belong. When a direct vector of invasion is called for, the Adeptus Custodes utilise Godstrike Pattern teleportarium arrays, appearing in the midst of the fray in storms of golden light. For one hundred years I stood my watch, and as it ends I can tell you this – patience is a weapon.". Such names were inscribed onto the inside of the warrior's battle armour as marks of individual pride. Yes ITâS TRUE â there are TEN TIMES AS MANY CUSTODES AS ULTRAMARINES! One of the Companions, Constantin Valdor, was the Captain-General and Chief Custodian of the Legio Custodes during the Horus Heresy. They were found wanting. Their training involves mastery of the arts, diplomacy, geography, history, and countless other fields. After His incarceration in the Golden Throne following the Horus Heresy ten standard millennia ago, they have taken a far more limited role in the Imperium of Man. It was a permanent reminder, replacing the traditional cloaks of blood-red that once adorned their battleplate. They stand a full head taller than a Space Marine and it is said that they were almost the same size as a Primarch. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Note: Proudly displays the sable shoulder pauldron and white pteruges, the colours of the Dread Host. The Adeptus Custodes, more commonly known as Custodians, are the guardians of the Imperial Palace and the Golden Throne, as well as being the personal bodyguard to the Emperor. Such a unit that is within range of an objective marker (as specified in the mission) controls the objective marker even if there are more enemy models within range of that objective marker. Others find their mental faculties beginning to erode, however slightly, acknowledging that their reaction times or mnemic awareness are not quite what they once were. They fight with silence and grim determination. Loading... Unsubscribe from Kazrim? "These men are my bodyguards, their lives forfeit to the guarantee of my physical safety. The Companions, known in ages past as the Hetaeron Guard, are a three-hundred-strong force that forms the direct bodyguard of the Emperor while He sits upon the Golden Throne. [21b], Centuries later during the Terran Crusade Custodes arrived to reinforce the reborn Roboute Guilliman as he battled the Thousand Sons on Luna. When the Primarch announced his intention to bear the secrets of the Primaris Space Marines to the Loyalist Chapters, there was some resistance from the Adeptus Custodes, who feared strengthening those who might one day rebel against the Emperor once again. The Lockwarden must be the sternest of all guardians, the most unrelenting and alert gaoler on the face of Terra. , Although the Custodes were among the first modified warriors to be created by the Emperor, they were never intended to be part of a conquering army; such a role was to be filled by the latter Astartes armies. The first of these was made while the Unification Wars were being fought, in a modified Ur-Gholem Pattern Dreadnought, the first iteration of its kind intended for use within the Thunder Legions, and as the number of Dreadnought patterns and subtypes within the Imperium's arsenal increased across the Great Crusade's decades of warfare and innovation, so too did the Legio Custodes keep pace with these developments. This figure was first attained towards the middle stages of the Great Crusade and maintained diligently enough that the "Ten Thousand" itself became a cognomen for the Custodian Guard in the works of the Remembrancers and the notaries of the Imperial Court since, whatever its literal accuracy. After a long and fruitless discussion, the Custodes convinced the leader of the Brides, Alicia Dominica, to return with them to the presence of the Emperor. The process of creating a Custodes is far more grueling and time consuming than that of a Space Marine. But that is a darker tale yet, and the weighty duty of a different record than this to tell. Fearing the consequences of such dread remnants of the Age of Strife falling into the wrong hands, the Shadowkeepers at last sent warriors out into the galaxy. The source of the Gene-Seed of the Custodes is a mysterious issue. They have been called the Emperor's right hand, for they act with His authority and fight in His name. What happened during that moment is unknown, but the effects resulted in the Brides of the Emperor rebelling against Vandire, ending his reign once and for all. They are His first genetically-engineered, psycho-indoctrinated warriors, perfected weapons crafted by the Emperor's genius from the dread lore of the Dark Age of Technology. Imperium of Man, Chamber Militant of the Imperial Household Originally, it was said that the Emperor himself oversaw the creation of each and every Custodes. Some say that the Custodian Guard are to the Emperor what the Space Marines are to the Primarchs; that the Emperor's own genetic matrix was used in their Gene-seed creation and through this, their loyalty to him is assured. So the word is out, and stormshields are getting changed to a 4++ and +1 to oneâs Armor Save. Even of this small pool of candidates, survival through the multiple solar decades of alchemical augmentation and psycho-memetic training were far from guaranteed. Though the returned primarch remained outwardly stern and regal, he had been shaken to the core by what had become of his father's empire. I've worked out I own close to 3500 points of the Golden Boys so there's still lots to get painted! They confer the benefit of +2 Strength at all times, and may be used as a Storm â¦ [Needs Citation], The Custodes do not consider themselves soldiers. His greatness runs in their veins, undiluted by the passage of aeons. Shield-Captain on Dawneagle Jetbike: Hurricane Bolter, Misericordia Auric Aquilis. Their long path leads from the darkness of Old Night, through the fires of the Horus Heresy, and out of the shadows of ten thousand years of ignorant obfuscation into the cold light of the present. The first mystery that outsiders must cope with is that of identity. Thunder Warriors were described as being unparalleled in physical might during the time of the Custodes. Those who stand in the way of such paragons of surety do not last long. Though few truly realise it, Humanity teeters upon the precipice. Such is the potency of this enhancement, that there are no finer or more fearsome warriors in the Imperium than the Custodians. The ranks of this shield host include many Custodian Wardens, whose oaths of protection help them to focus upon the task at hand to the exclusion of all else. Thus, though Custodians have the right to carry their Misericordia or not as they see fit, it is rare indeed that they go to battle against the Heretic Astartes without these blades at their hips. They see themselves as the first true line of defence for the Imperial Palace, and believe that it is their duty to ensure that no external threat ever makes it as far as Terra. Posted on September 24, 2020 by Mr.MoreTanks in 40K, Review, Tactics. [25d], This aspect of the Custodian mindset is advantageous, given that the Captain-General often shares a seat with the High Lords of Terra, which thus allows him to navigate the political maneuverings of the Imperium's various agencies, while still remaining an awe-inspiring warrior. [25a], A Shield Company consists of a contingent led by a Shield-Captain, typically consisting of a few squads of Custodians, a Vexilus Praetor, a Vertus Praetor squad, and a Allarus Terminator Squad as well as accompanying vehicles. The Custodes had been created to be the guardians of a new age and were charged to be strong enough to keep it secure. For these purposes takes precedence the latter organisational tier. Apr 23, 2019 - Explore Martin Wall's board "adeptus custodes" on Pinterest. , The training of the Custodes also differed immensely from the Astartes, being bodyguards rather than soldiers. However few of their technologically advanced vehicles remain and they rarely use post-heresy designs. No other being had served the Emperor for as long as he, save for the Imperial Regent of Terra, the potent psyker Malcador the Sigillite. Note: All dates from this point forward are provisional due to errors in the Imperial Calendar, meaning these events could actually have occurred at any time from the early 41st Millennium to the early 42nd Millennium. Conversely, a Shield-Host consists of multiple Shield-Companies and is led by several Shield-Captains as well as a counsel of Vexilus Praetors. Though the Emperor's psyche remained active within His shattered body, since that day, the Custodian Guard have stood vigil over little more than a broken corpse, wizened and immobile upon a slowly failing life support system. Establishment Of late, it has become the mantra of all Adeptus Custodes commanders. After 10,000 years as the Imperiumâs final line of defence, the Adeptus Custodes are marching forth from Terra in force, and thanks to a new codex, youâll be able to lead them in battle with new units, Stratagems, Relics and much more. This time, led by some of the Imperium's greatest champions and driven by a furious determination never to fail again, they prevailed. ... For the Emperor! The Custodian Guard are the talons of the Emperor unsheathed, and they will tear the corruption of Chaos from the Imperium no matter the cost. This price tag buys them an extra wound and an extra attack each, better melee and shooting weapons, and a bunch of stratagems only available to them. In addition to this, each one is a lord of the Imperium in their own right. Such Custodians have protected the lives of the greatest and most august personages in the Imperium, most notably the High Lords of Terra themselves. Beyond even this their education is prodigious, for they are not simply the Emperor's protectors in intention. Yet all Custodians maintain certain standardised elements to their wargear that help them to quickly identify one another’s place both on and off the battlefield. The Dread Host have smashed Ork WAAAGH!s, obliterated rebellious star systems and crushed Traitor crusades. Of their loyalty to me there shall be no question nor doubt. This may link to a second of the few known facts about the creation of the Adeptus Custodes: that the gene-craft and alchemistry that transforms them is as absolute as it is subtle, and worked upon the smallest conceivable microscopic level of their genome and cellular structure. Such was their psycho-physical design, and the intricacy and sophistication of the gene-craft involved, that the modifications which went into their creation required such strict biological and psychological criteria that only a mere one in many thousands of potential candidates might prove suitable for the simplest of the steps involved in the Legio Custodes creation process. The new points, missions objectives, and recent buffs have seriously elevated the competitive edge of the Custodes, and so far theyâre one of the big winners of the transition from 8th edition to 9th edition 40k.  The armour of the Custodes is a finely wrought form of Power Armour, greater than that of even Astartes models, made with auramite rather than ceramite. As the Emperor decapitated the giant, black-skinned Ork, the Custodians laid waste to the warlord's prime warriors. For a Custodian, it is error enough to necessitate that their watch come to an end. The genetic tailoring of each Custodes is unique and far more complicated than the comparatively crude Astartes. , The Adeptus Custodes were known originally as the Legio Custodes or Custodian Guard. They were considered superior to the Astartes of the time, although not as loyal to the Emperor. Deffbringa. Until next time, James We are ever beset, surrounded upon all sides by heresy and foulness just as is Terra itself. Only now, as the threat of Chaos grows ever greater and takes its dreaded toll, does that gilded hand reach out and become an eagle's claw. At the head of a thousand Custodians, the Emperor struck at the very heart of the Ork horde, confronting Gharkhul atop a towering Gargant. After their leader, Alicia Dominica, was brought before the Emperor Himself by the Custodes through the secret passages of the Palace, she returned and executed Vandire personally for his apostasy and betrayal of the Master of Mankind. The individuality of each Custodes is further promoted by the fact that the processes required to produce them is not as refined or as simple as that of the Astartes and thus are not "mass-produced" as the Astartes are; meaning that each Custodian is a unique investment for the Imperium. In any case, the Adeptus Custodes function as the high-profile, multi-wound elite army, with absurdly strong profiles backed up by equally steep point costs. From outside, the organisation of the Ten Thousand seems byzantine. A squad of Adeptus Custodes Venatari Custodians in flight. Under his auspices are Supreme Castellans, Aquila Commanders, Shield-Captains and a dozen ranks besides. Yet dozens of Emissaries Imperatus stepped forwards to intercede, stating this was the will of the Emperor. Every act, thought and deed of a Custodian is made for the furtherance of the Emperor's cause, and therefore the survival of the Human race. Its a state entitiy that gets its names from pseudo latinizing the most GENERAL word for directly imperial servants/employees/officials. They tower over mortals; each has the statuesque physique of an ancient hero, close to nine Terran feet in height even without his scarlet-crested helm. He was the most honoured of all of the Emperor of Mankind's creations. The full details of the organisational structure, disposition and regulation of the Adeptus Custodes are shrouded in secrecy as befits an institution dedicated to ultimate security. Certainly no more than a thousand have ever been seen together at any one time, and then only once at the famous Battle of Gyros-Thravian, fought during the Great Crusade against the Ork Warlord Gharkhul Blackfang and his vast greenskins horde. A member of the Eyes of the Emperor -- a former Custodian -- who keeps vigilant watch for any threats to Terra. First amongst these are the dread hordes of Chaos. These are the Custodes that are privileged enough to be in the Emperor's physical presence. The original Custodians were the first genetically and psychologically altered warriors to appear in the Emperor's armies during the Terran Unification Wars, where they served as the Emperor's personal bodyguard. A Custodian of the Solar Watch; clad in the marble-white and red colours that define the Solar Watch. The palace must still be guarded, of course, and the Companions' watch must continue within the Emperor's throne room. [25d] Later, the Custodes permitted Guilliman to enter the Emperor's Throneroom alone for an entire day. It numbers hundreds of Custodians, organised into multiple Shield Hosts and transported aboard a trio of pre-Heresy warships known as the Moiraides. Perhaps, had it been otherwise, the fate of the galaxy would have been very different. 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