It is common for several Custodians to be on detached duty for these Blood Games so that the organisation remains vigilant against developing threats. Whether ancient relic or newly-made, these items were not only customised exactly to task, but were also produced without any regard to the consumption of resources or rarity of component or lore required; to arm and outfit the Legio Custodes to the optimum, nothing was spared. His armour forged from bright gold. 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. Should they bear witness to a situation developing that they believe might threaten Terra or the Emperor, these watchers use secret channels to communicate a warning to the Captain-General. But that is a darker tale yet, and the weighty duty of a different record than this to tell. For millennia, the Adeptus Custodes have formed the unyielding core of the Emperor's multi-layered defences. Their service and their mystery saw the Legio Custodes and the later Adeptus Custodes quickly become a legend equal in wonder and terror even to those alongside whom they served and in the echoes of whispered stories in every corner of the burgeoning Imperium. [17d] However the origins of the Custodian Guard are shrouded in myth and legend. Warhammer 40,000 Grim Dark Lore Part 31 â The Age of Rebirth. They have fought against enemies thousands of times their number and humbled them through strategy, speed and strength. [25f] For much of their history the Custodes rarely left the Imperial Palace and even more rarely left Terra. Below him are two Tribunes, though during the Heresy-era there were three. , 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. Behind locked doors, complex wards and layers of psy-protections, Trajann Valoris and Guilliman ratified a formal amendment to the role of the Adeptus Custodes. There are varying strategic roles within the organisation to which some Custodians find themselves better suited. These comes at a cost of 70 and 80 points respectively, which is quite a bit more expensive than a regular Custodian guard. Note: Proudly displays the sable shoulder pauldron and white pteruges, the colours of the Dread Host. Whenever the Custodians are seen outside the walls of the Imperial Palace, as rare as that was, it was in their martial aspect. The Dankanatoi was a chamber of the ancient Legio Custodes that was founded in the final years of the Horus Heresy. A Custodian of the Solar Watch; clad in the marble-white and red colours that define the Solar Watch. Still, it is a role that has earned the Adeptus Custodes much favour in the eyes of Terra's noble elite. Contextual translation of "adeptus custodes" into English. They almost never leave Terra and only very rarely are seen outside the Imperial Palace as they watch over their recumbent master and patrol the precincts of the Emperor's palace, ever vigilant of threats. 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. A Custodian Guard stands ever-vigilant, ready to defend the Emperor and His Imperium. 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. 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. Mankind For long centuries of unbridled internecine carnage on Ancient Terra during the Age of Strife, the Blade of Mercy or Misericordia came to represent the complete power of life and death the techno-barbarian warlords held over the mass of humanity which toiled beneath their yolk and suffered at their whim. Their helms were tall and ornate works of art, giving the Custodes a threateningly impassive appearance. They were a force created both to defend the Emperor from physical harm wherever the Great Crusade might take Him, to stand watch over His private domains and most guarded secrets, and to serve as the direct agents of His will -- as His personal emissaries -- be that will to protect, to venture, to claim, to keep secret, or to execute without remorse. During the Great Crusade, the Custodians hoarded some of the most powerful and esoteric weapons technology ever encountered by the Imperium. The Adeptus Custodes found themselves putting down riots, doomsday cult uprisings and rampaging packs of luckless petitioners driven to madness and cannibalism. And the most handsome males in all humanity, we have to train those abs. Alongside the anti-psykers known as the Sisters of Silence, the Adeptus Custodes bring war anew to the enemies of the Imperium. The only unifying factor amongst them all is that, while attending their duties beneath the gimlet gaze of the Emperor's own guards, these individuals are expected to achieve incredible things in the defence of the Throneworld. "Give thanks to those most courageous and loyal of guardians, the Adeptus Custodes, who stand in constant vigil over the Emperor's palace. Worse still are the cells that stand suddenly empty, the entities and artefacts once contained within spirited away by some unholy force to curse the galaxy once more. So lets dive into my (little) experience and thoughts Iâve had on the Custodes thus far! 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. In this the elements of speed and mobility were paramount to their success, as was reconnaissance and counterstrike in lightning response to threat. A Custodian Guard of the Dread Host. Though functionally immortal, even the warriors of the Adeptus Custodes eventually tire. At that point they depart without a word, leaving those they guarded to look to their own defence. As a result of the inherent difficulty of their creation, the number of active Legio Custodes warriors has never, it is believed, exceeded 10,000. Ten thousand blades await the call to arms; to defend against any threat, from without or within.". But for now the Custodes are going on a small break while I tend to some other projects. Entire bloodlines of exceptionally skilled artisans dwell within gilded towers on Terra, their purpose to fashion the auramite armour and perfectly balanced weapons for each new Custodian. We of the Adeptus Custodes were built to endure these fires. A member of the Eyes of the Emperor -- a former Custodian -- who keeps vigilant watch for any threats to Terra. The willpower and fortitude of the Adeptus Custodes is such that even the most fiendish Sorcerers find their mental assaults rebounding from a wall of sheer conviction. [2b] By the end of the 41st Millennium with the reappearance of Roboute Guilliman, the Custodes abandoned their shrouds of shame and were seen again wearing their traditional red garments. When the Traitor Legions fell upon the Imperial Palace at the culmination of the Horus Heresy, Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines were too far away to fight in their father's defence.  The genetic enhancement that forms the Custodes is different from and predates that developed to create the Space Marines. Worse was to follow. The remainder of the Custodians possess roughly equivalent status to one another, forming loose warrior bands traditionally known as Sodalities. "We are vigilance unending. 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. 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. They typically operate in small warrior bands, journeying across the stars to stand watch over their charges wherever they may be. The best form of defence is attack. They are rare creatures, these firstborn of the Emperor's gene-craft.  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. The -1 to hit comes from â¦  How long the process takes is not known, though it is substantial and ends with the subject taking their name from the mythology and history of Terra. The Custodes are warriors unmatched in the galaxy, genetically-engineered by the Emperor Himself. To outsiders, their supreme self-confidence may seem like arrogance. There are many ranks within the Adeptus Custodes, the highest of which is that of the Captain-General. 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. 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. From outside, the organisation of the Ten Thousand seems byzantine. A Custodian Warden of the Aquilan Shield; allegiance is indicated by the royal purple colouration of his left shoulder pauldron and his robes. Thus, each suit of Power Armour is an individual work of exceptional craftsmanship with its own unique flourishes and decorations. Consisting of several Shield Companies of varying strength, the Solar Watch swear binding oaths to keep guard over the outer bastions of the Throneworld. There are of course similarities between the two. They went wherever their master did, no matter what blasted alien world or lost cityscape of ancient glory He trod. The Custodian Guard is known to have used Grav-Rhinos, Caladius, Pallas, and Coronus Grav-Tanks, and Paragon Pattern Jetbikes. The Custodians were instrumental in ending the rule of the High Lord Goge Vandire during the Age of Apostasy in the 36th Millennium. What can be outwardly observed is contained here within this account, as are the various details and titles with which the Custodian Guard openly interacts with the other organs of the Imperium's power. Not just the guardians of his physical form but also his ideals and what the species was meant to become. 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. Solar decades later, according to detailed extant records preserved in the Trans-Nordyc Akashic archives, a companion guard of thirty "Custodians," bearing Guardian Spears, clad in Augment Armour and personally commanded by the Emperor, fought at the head of the newborn Thunder Legion in the assault against the formidable Maulland Sen Confederacy. Furthermore it is clear that the Custodes are also well versed in the political etiquette of Terra, and have been known to act outside of Imperial Law, to infiltrate influential Noble Houses and to investigate any potential threats (a role that an Astartes would never be expected to fulfil. He looked more like a grand eagle than a man, he carried his Guardian Spear with pride, the blade so sharp it looked capable of cutting through the hardiest of armour. This aspect of the Custodian mindset was advantageous, given that the Captain-General of the Order often shared a seat upon the War Council, the later Council of Terra and its direct descendant, the Senatorum Imperialis, which allowed him to navigate the political manoeuvring of the Imperium's various organisations while still remaining an awe-inspiring warrior. These incredible armaments, the endless training regimes that the Custodians undergo, the years-long holo-conflicts through which they battle, and the shadow-shrouded wars they fight in the Emperor's name throughout the Sol System and far beyond -- all these factors ensure that the Ten Thousand are the finest fighting force in the entire Imperium. For a child to become one of the Adeptus Custodes, it is known that they must begin the process in their late infancy and certainly before adolescence has taken hold on their physical structure. Arrayed in ranks around the Golden Throne, these wardens stand for incredible lengths of time, unmoving, unspeaking, poised constantly upon the cusp of battle readiness in case the slightest threat were to present itself. The Emperor's realm, wracked by the tempest of heresy, was reforged by those primarchs that survived the great upheaval. The Captain-General commands the Ten Thousand, inheriting a post that has been passed down from one gallant leader to the next ever since the mysterious disappearance of Constantin Valdor. It is not an uncommon belief to suppose the Custodian Guard were themselves some variant of the Astartes -- if so crude a term might be applied, an "advanced" form, perhaps even a second, improved iteration. Its a state entitiy that gets its names from pseudo latinizing the most GENERAL word for directly imperial servants/employees/officials. A Custodian Warden of the ancient Legio Custodes. Others argue that the Custodians are not like the Emperor in the way that a Space Marine is like his Primarch, and that some other source was used as a template for their physical and psychological form; a source that was lost during the anarchy of the Age of Strife. The Adeptus Custodes. Many are rightly sealed from the Imperium's scholars and even the Terran Court, the dangerous truths within suppressed. The Adeptus Custodes were known originally as the Legio Custodes or Custodian Guard. Their training involves mastery of the arts, diplomacy, geography, history, and countless other fields.
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