Indeed, even in the long years of strife that followed the dark age of the Horus Heresy they remained active, hunting Traitors and xenos invaders alike long after the official end of the Great Scouring. The Dankanatoi was a chamber of the ancient Legio Custodes that was founded in the final years of the Horus Heresy. 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. Not since the Great Crusade had so many Custodians bestrode the stars. This stands in stark contrast to the Space Marines whose implantation with the gene-seed is only possible after adolescence and best served before full physical maturity. The warriors of the Adeptus Custodes are a department of the Adeptus Terra, the Imperial government, but its members are answerable only to the Emperor and their own leaders. What does this mean for the band formerly known as Legio Custodes? All shall learn to fear their golden warships, for they herald swift and unmerciful slaughter. After 10,000 years as the Imperium’s final line of defence, the Adeptus Custodes are marching forth from Terra in force, and thanks to a new codex, you’ll be able to lead them in battle with new units, Stratagems, Relics and much more. The Emperor battles the Warmaster Horus aboard his flagship, while the Legio Custodes attempt to come to the aid of their liege. Now ensconced deep within the Sanctum Imperialis on Terra, they continue their eternal watch over the recumbent form of the Emperor upon the Golden Throne. The Emperor engineered few of these warriors once the swifter method for creating superhuman warriors using Space Marine gene-seed became more viable. It would greatly strengthen the Imperium. From the vast orbital fortresses of Luna to the cloud-keeps of Jupiter and the deep-space star forts of the Halo Belt, Humanity maintains hundreds of strongholds throughout the Sol System. 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. Members of the Kataphraktoi riding Jetbikes during the Great Crusade. There, a strike force of Legio Custodes fought the fiercest of Traitors to protect their master. At that point they depart without a word, leaving those they guarded to look to their own defence. 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. As bodyguards, the Custodes not only protect the Emperor's person but also maintain scrupulous surveillance on all the other factions of the Imperium to police their loyalty, infiltrate the households of suspicious individuals among the Imperial nobility, and enter deep cover to test the strictness of their own security within the Imperial Palace, exercises which are called Blood Games. When a Custodian judges himself no longer fit for duty he surrenders all of his equipment to the Hall of Armaments and vanishes into the void of the galaxy clad in hooded black robes. During the Great Crusade these resplendent warriors guarded the Emperor wherever He went and swore to give their lives to protect His. This is revealed both in their mindset and training, where the Custodes do not fight as brothers and as a greater whole but rather as individual warriors. Such names are held as a secret of their Order and never betrayed to others, though some myths would have it that this roll of honour is graven in hidden fashion upon their golden armour or even etched microscopically into their very bones. In doing so, they also relinquished some of their military strength. Near-immortal are the Adeptus Custodes, for the golden elixir of the Emperor's own blood runs in their veins. It has been said that the Adeptus Custodes are to the Emperor what the Space Marines are to the Primarchs; that the Emperor's own genetic matrix was used in their creation and through this their loyalty to Him is assured. The Custodes had been created to be the guardians of a new age and were charged to be strong enough to keep it secure. On the other hand, Leman Russ only earned Valdor's respect after Russ wounded Horus using the Spear of Russ, though not unfortunately killing him as intended. They hold few voidships of their own, but could command by edict any such vessel of the Imperialis Armada or later Imperial Navy to their task, and in fact requisition anyone or anything within the Imperium in extremis to serve their most sacred and undaunted task; the protection of the Emperor and His works from all the foes of humanity. They merely see their liege's indomitable will at work, reaching out from His shattered frame to direct His praetorians as He did when He could still walk amongst them. To give the brief version: It's an upscaled variation of what we were given last Edition. It was the actions of a few members of the Adeptus Custodes, utilising secret passages within the Imperial Palace known only to themselves, that brought the Sisters of Battle, then known as the "Brides of the Emperor," to fully realise the acts of base treason perpetrated by Vandire. When he switches such organisation to another, gems always carefully extracted from armour of Custodes and replaced with those of a new appropriate colour. The truth will likely never be known. [19], While Custodians share a genetic kinship with one another within the formation, they do not foster the same spirit of brotherhood that is instilled within the Astartes in order to function together as a unit. He eventually stepped down from the Senatorum Imperialis as a High Lord so that he could continue to devote all of his attention to protecting his beloved Emperor, now encased within the Golden Throne. This time, led by some of the Imperium's greatest champions and driven by a furious determination never to fail again, they prevailed. What is known, however, marks them as different. While each Legion was, at least at conception, a highly stratified and self-contained military organisation designed to be the shock troops and principal agency of the Great Crusade, the Legio Custodes was similarly self-sufficient and self-contained, but was never armed or expected to prosecute a full war, but instead to utterly dominate whichever particular close battle in which they fight. The uniform and heraldry of the Adeptus Custodes. [2][4a][5] Other weapons carried by Custodes include Sentinel Blades, Power Knives, and Custodes Vexilla[13]. 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. While such dangers are not common within the Sol System, they are certainly not unheard of; the Solar Watch have been instrumental in bringing an end to daemon-worshipping cults, Inquisitorial coups and subtle xenos incursions on every world bar Mars. The overall command of the Adeptus Custodes of course lies within the purview of the Emperor directly, but serving as the head of the Order is a single officer; the Captain-General, and due to the importance of the Adeptus Custodes in the governing of the Imperium, since they always stand the closest to the Emperor, the Captain-General often holds a position amongst the ruling High Lords of Terra on the Senatorum Imperialis. [22b] Individual squads of Custodes are overseen by Shield-Captains[13]. It’s a good time to be an Adeptus Custodes player. To their comrades there is no implication of divine intervention in this, for the Custodes have never viewed the Emperor as a god. A Custodian of the Adeptus Custodes, one of the Emperor's praetorians, wielding their signature weapon, the Guardian Spear. Those who have served amongst the Companions are more likely to lend their talents to the grim bodyguards known as the Aquilan Shields. When even an all-Paladin Grey Knights force consistently fields larger armies than you, every lost model will be sorely felt. Such names were inscribed onto the inside of the warrior's battle armour as marks of individual pride. Clad in baroque, golden Custodian Armour and armed with priceless relic weaponry, the Adeptus Custodes make for a magnificent sight. The Custodes' nerve center and command & control headquarters is the Tower of Hegemon within the Imperial Palace[3] while a small elite of three hundred Custodes, known as the Companions, form the Emperor's personal bodyguard and never leave his side. They are the image of the golden-armoured warrior that is summoned in fear and awe when the Adeptus Custodes is brought to mind. Another school of thought, the adherents of which are known as the Miserians, believe that through the wounds inflicted with Misericordia they will slowly bleed the great descendants of Horus, inflicting a death by a thousand cuts upon the Black Legion and their masters. What also differs truly between the two, Custodian Guard and Space Marine, is not just their functional purpose, but the extent of their augmentation and the means by which it is accomplished. From out of the mists of time stride the Adeptus Custodes. The Custodians were instrumental in ending the rule of the High Lord Goge Vandire during the Age of Apostasy in the 36th Millennium. They have been called the Emperor's right hand, for they act with His authority and fight in His name. The Legio Custodes serve as a part of the Censure Host during the Razing of Prospero, carried out against the wayward Thousand Sons Legion. Rather, bio-alchemy is used to trigger the subjects own transformation, an effect that takes root in their cells and very soul. As with much of their personal armoury, the weaponry of the Adeptus Custodes' unique war machines is an expression of the height of the Imperium's technological capacities. [25d] Now members of the Custodes will bring war to the enemies of mankind, while the Companions oversee the safety of the Emperor's mortal form. [25a], Generally, the Custodes are larger and much more powerful than Space Marines, however they are far more alike the legendary Thunder Warriors, as they were created by a similar process. When they deign to account themselves at all to other Imperial bodies their ranks appear complex and highly stratified. Perhaps, had it been otherwise, the fate of the galaxy would have been very different. Captain-General of the Adeptus Custodes the grandest of them all. Under his auspices are Supreme Castellans, Aquila Commanders, Shield-Captains and a dozen ranks besides. Even the superhumans of the Adeptus Custodes are forever on edge in those dark oubliettes, for the sense of unspeakable threat never wanes. For a Custodian, it is error enough to necessitate that their watch come to an end. [19] The first known appearance of the Custodes was early in the Unification Wars during the fall of Techno-Barbarian fortress at Nas'sau. 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. The current incumbent of this position is Shield-Captain Borsa Thursk, who has been Lockwarden for a century and a half. The numbers within such a formation can vary considerably, hand-picked by their Shield-Captain for the task at hand and ranging from a small band to a sizeable army complete with Jetbikes, tanks and Dreadnoughts. 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. 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. Imperial Palace (Terra) What is known is that they possess skill beyond even a "normal" member of the Adeptus Astartes. I've worked out I own close to 3500 points of the Golden Boys so there's still lots to get painted! Indeed, each Custodian prepares and inspects his equipment individually, rather than on military parade. [4a] The original recruits of the Custodes were from the offspring of Terran nobility. Beyond their martial might and incorruptible nobility, this energy manifests itself as an almost supernatural warding, as though the Custodians were protected by the hand of the Emperor. To do any less is to court final defeat.". The Adeptus Custodes have long honed strategies and tactics in case they should be called upon to join the frontline fight for Humanity's survival. The Adeptus Custodes are the Auric Mortalis ("The Golden Death"), the dread guardians and only living beings permitted to be in the presence of the Emperor unencumbered. [15g], The modern Adeptus Custodes are deployed in contingents known as Sodalities, Shield Companies and Shield Hosts. It is a duty they still fulfil now, speaking with the authority of the Master of Mankind Himself. "Let them come, insidious monsters that they are. But that is a darker tale yet, and the weighty duty of a different record than this to tell. The shining golden warriors known as the Adeptus Custodes are the elite bodyguard of the Emperor himself. Apr 23, 2019 - Explore Martin Wall's board "adeptus custodes" on Pinterest. A Custodian Guard of the Dread Host. "Ours is the duty absolute. I was still as a statue, but always ready, always attuned to dangers unseen. Their history is a long one, and for centuries they have walked in the Emperor's shadow as His praetorians and the protector of His secrets. Aug 22, 2019 - Explore Adam Temple's board "Adeptus Custodes" on Pinterest. Add a photo to this gallery. The fires of battle will absolve them, a baptism of blood that washes away the stain of their one great failure. From the sleek Dawneagle Jetbikes of the Vertus Praetors and the magnificent Allarus Pattern Terminator Armour, to Land Raiders and Contemptor Dreadnoughts that saw battle during the Great Crusade, such equipment epitomises the proven excellence of all Adeptus Custodes materiel. It is a task that would soon drive most men mad, for though neither sight nor sound can escape the forbidden cells, the air of those corridors is charged with dread. The Custodes is an elite cadre of genetically-engineered transhuman warriors who are even more potent in combat than the Adeptus Astartes. See more. They do not deserve their Emperor. However a handful of these aspirants survive the grueling genetic enhancements and training necessary to become a member of the Emperor's personal guard. The Aquilan Shield are an informal brotherhood laced through the ranks of the Adeptus Custodes. A Custodian Warden of the Shadowkeepers; this sable armour is one with the gloom of the Dark Cells, while the rich crimson robes and shoulder pauldron complete the attire of this Custodian's Shield Host. His coming would herald great changes for the Imperium. [19][22c], The Custodes were equipped with the best power armour of the age, and had access to the most highly advanced weaponry and vehicles of the Imperium, including designs that were not permitted to the Space Marine Legions. A Companion of the Hetaeron Guard stands in stoic silence in the performance of his sacred duty, vigilantly watching over the Master of Mankind. Race If they fail in their task, the Imperium of Man will collapse from the inside out. These Arch-traitors spread the moral decay to the Legiones Astartes they led, and the galaxy was lit with the fires of strife and civil war. A member of the Eyes of the Emperor -- a former Custodian -- who keeps vigilant watch for any threats to Terra. These records indicate that though the Custodians are slightly larger, on average, than Space Marines, their fighting skills are more or less equal. Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 31 – The Age of Rebirth. However by the late 41st Millennium, the Adeptus Custodes had rebuilt their original strength of 10,000 warriors. It numbers hundreds of Custodians, organised into multiple Shield Hosts and transported aboard a trio of pre-Heresy warships known as the Moiraides. This is often reflected in their vehicle designs, which are mostly Anti-grav. Space Marines are not easy to create. When an aspirant ascends to the ranks of the Adeptus Custodes, he is presented with a beautifully fashioned knife known as a Misericordia. Seeing the darkness rising to swamp the Imperium, he launched a desperate crusade across the stars that brought him by strange and bloody roads to the Throneworld itself. 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. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get started. Recently I had FLG take on my Adeptus Custodes to make them look incredible and so far, they have not disappointed! During this time he will not see the front lines, for he is too busy bending all of his considerable intellect to supporting -- strategically and diplomatically -- the Captain-General. Those who stand in the way of such paragons of surety do not last long. [19], During the Age of Apostasy, the Adeptus Custodes reemerged briefly during the siege of the Ecclesiarchal Palace of Terra in the reign of Goge Vandire. Until next time, James In the last days before the gathering storm broke and the Great Rift tore the void in two, a bright light of hope was kindled within the galactic empire of Ultramar. Deploying aboard their Venerable Land Raiders, they slam into their enemies in fast-moving armoured spearheads. None shall bar them from me and none shall hamper or stall their mission. The Legiones Astartes were divided into Chapters of a thousand Space Marines each. The Adeptus Custodes, for long millennia the bodyguard of the Emperor, were charged with the unthinkable -- to leave His side and strike against those who would see the Master of Mankind dead. The division of the Custodian Guard about which the least can be said for certain, the Ephoroi were those of the Order that were tasked with covert operations, countersurveillance and the vitally important task of simulated attack and infiltration. His greatness runs in their veins, undiluted by the passage of aeons. Some work alone, dark and ominous figures slipping through the shadows of the Emperor's realm. Clearly, this version of the Custodes has long since been superseded in current canon. It weighed heavy with every Custodian, for they knew more of the nature of the fall than most. was broken. For ten thousand Terran years and more, the Custodians have stood watch over their lord and master, serving as the Emperor's personal heralds and praetorian bodyguard.
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