These men are my bodyguards, their lives forfeit to the guarantee of my physical safety. Of their loyalty to me there shall be no question nor doubt. I, and I alone, shall have the authority to stand in judgement over them. No other commander shall they have in battle nor in service. None shall bar them from me and none shall hamper or stall their mission. So it is decreed!
|~ The Emperor of Mankind|
- "Each one of the Ten Thousand represents genetic lore acquired over many lifetimes. Each one of you is unique, a work of art never to be repeated. I am miserly with your lives, where I would spend so many others without a thought."
- - The Emperor on his Custodes
The Adeptus Custodes, known as the Legio Custodes before the Horus Heresy, is the Imperial Adepta responsible for guarding the Imperial Palace and the physical body of the Emperor of Mankind. It is an elite cadre of genetically-engineered transhuman warriors who are even more potent in combat than the Adeptus Astartes. They are to the Space Marines as the Emperor is to His Primarchs, and it is rumoured that they were created using the Master of Mankind's own genecode.
Where Space Marines represent the mass-produced genetic soldiers of the Imperium, the Adeptus Custodes are a force of individual warriors, each a bastion in his own right. These warriors have stood in the presence of the immortal Emperor of Mankind since before the time of the Unification Wars. For ten thousand years and more, the Custodians have stood watch over their lord and master, serving as the Emperor's personal guardians and praetorian bodyguard. During the Great Crusade these resplendent warriors guarded the Emperor wherever He went and swore to give their lives to protect His.
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. They almost never leave Terra and only very rarely leave the Imperial Palace as they watch over their recumbent master and patrol the precincts of the Emperor's Palace, ever vigilant of threats. It is only the Adeptus Custodes who decide who may enter the Sanctum Imperialis of the Emperor at the heart of the Inner Palace, and when they may do so.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least High 6-C | At least High 6-C, likely far higher | Unknown, but far higher
Name: Adeptus Custodes, Legio Custodes, the Ten Thousand, the Thousand Companions
Origin: Warhammer 40,000
Gender: All Male
Age: The oldest are over 10,000 years old
Classification: Elite Genetically-Engineered Transhuman Warrior, Personal Bodyguards of the Emperor
Powers and Abilities:
Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Enhanced Senses (Each Custodian has his senses augmented to a degree far beyond an ordinary human being and even beyond a baseline Astartes warrior. Furthermore, their extremely sophisticated armor likely contains even more sensitive and advanced electronics than the armor of Space Marine Terminators, which allows said Terminators unparalleled awareness of nearly any battlefield), Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (High-Low), Precognition (Can "reach into the Numerology of the near future" to predict the attacks and motion of enemies before they occur), Aura, Holy Manipulation, Probability Manipulation (The Custodians are touched by a spark of the Emperor’s own power, which manifests as a supernatural warding, making it so that bullets and bolts are turned aside at the last moment, blades fail to strike home, and even the psychic powers of the foe can suddenly and inexplicably flicker away to nothing), Energy Projection, Self-Sustenance (Type 1, 2 and 3), Weapon Mastery (Custodians spend many centuries honing their crafts, mastering all the different weapons at their disposal with unmatched skill), Martial Arts (Custodes are some of, if not the deadliest single combatants in the entirety of the Imperium of Man, sans the Emperor and his Primarchs, and as such their close-quarters combat skills are similarly nigh-unmatched), Technology Manipulation (They interface with their suits as a second skin, implying they have some kind of Black Carapace equivalent that could allow them to meld their nervous system with other equipment as well), Vehicular Mastery (All Custodes are trained in the use of vehicles, such as tanks, anti-gravity jetbikes, and more, many of which are the most complex and advanced of their kind in the entire Imperium), Stealth Mastery (Custodians constantly have to protect the Imperial Palace, a vast sprawling complex the size of countries, making them as much intelligence agents and spies as warriors. The Custodes used to run the Officio Assassinorum during the time of the Great Crusade, and the Captain-General during the end of the Reign of Blood managed to easily sneak through the blockade of Vandire's heavily fortified palace manned by the superbly trained Brides of the Emperor straight to their leader), Matter Manipulation (Power weapons disrupt the bonds of matter by surrounding themselves in an energy field, of which the Custodes possess some of the most potent examples of. Adrathic weapons are capably of completely breaking the bonds between molecules, erasing any target), Durability Negation (Power weapons can disregard durability via their power fields, while meltas can quite literally break the bonds of matter at a high-enough heat. Adrathic weapons can destroy matter on a molecular level, making it as if the target had never existed), Heat Manipulation (Via Meltas), Fire Manipulation (Via Flamers), Explosion Manipulation (Via various weapons), Plasma Manipulation (Via Plasma Grenades), Limited Flight (Via Venatari Squads, which possess Jump Packs), Forcefield Creation (Via refractor fields, Iron Halos and the like), Statistics Amplification (Via Vexilla Imperius, Imperial Standards that reinvigorate and even supercharge the power of nearby Custodes), Light Manipulation (The Vexilla Magnifica shines a blinding light upon enemies), Biological Manipulation (Those who stare upon the Magnifica have their very optic nerves burned out), Perception Manipulation (Those who stare upon the Magnifica have their very sight rebel against them), Mind Manipulation (As a final effect, those who gaze upon the Magnifica have their thoughts patterns destroyed), Genius Intelligence, Resistance to Magic, Poison Manipulation, Disease Manipulation, Telepathy, Soul Manipulation, Radiation Manipulation, Heat Manipulation, Possession, Madness Manipulation, Corruption, Pain Manipulation (Possess all the qualities of the Space Marines enhanced to an ever greater level, and almost complete immunity to afflictions from the Warp, as no Custodian has ever been stated to have fallen to the corruption of Chaos)
Nearly the same as before, with most abilities increased to higher level due to the better equipment available to Terminator veterans, along with Teleportation via Dimensional Travel (Can use the Warp for nigh-instantaneous teleportation)
Attack Potency: At least Large Island level (The Custodes are said to be to a Space Marine what a Space Marine is to an ordinary human. 1,000 Custodes were capable of destroying Gharkhul Blackfang's Ork WAAAGH which had overwhelmed three Space Marine armies, killing 100,000 Orks and losing only 3 of their own. During the Battle of Prospero, a squad of 30 Custodians led by Constantin Valdor killed over 200 Thousand Sons Marines, 4 Librarians and a squad of 10 Terminators, and another sole Custodian slayed 4 Sekhmet Terminators by himself. The Guardian Spears of the Adeptus Custodes can cut through Terminator plate as easily as paper) | At least Large Island level, likely far higher (An Adeptus Custodes' Terminator Armor is far more powerful than the Terminator Armor of a Space Marine, and carries much greater weaponry) | Unknown, but far higher (Custodes' Dreadnoughts are likewise far superior to regular Dreadnoughts, but to what extent is unknown)
Speed: Subsonic+ movement speed (Much faster than Astartes), with at least Massively Hypersonic to FTL combat and reaction speed (Even the weakest Custodes have reactions far faster than that of Marines, and average Custodes can react and process information in less than a microsecond. Skilled Custodes should undoubtedly have faster reactions than experienced Marines who can react in a nanosecond. Custodes have been shown capable of reacting to laser-bolts, and even swatting them mid-air with their spears) | Subsonic (A Custodes in Terminator Armor is generally as fast as an Astartes in regular Power Armor) with at least Massively Hypersonic to FTL combat and reaction speed (As far more experienced veterans, they should be superior to most other Custodes) | Unknown movement speed with at least Massively Hypersonic to FTL combat and reactions (Only the most skilled and exceptional warriors of the Custodes are placed in Dreadnoughts)
Lifting Strength: At least Class 25, likely far higher (They should be far more powerful than Astartes Terminators) | At least Class 25, likely far higher | At least Class 100, likely far higher (Are essentially walking tanks, far stronger than regular Castraferrum and Contemptor pattern Dreadnoughts, and should be able to flip vehicles as big if not far bigger than themselves)
Striking Strength: At least Large Island Class | At least Large Island Class, likely far higher | Unknown, but far higher
Durability: At least Large Island level (Custodes' Auramite armor is far more durable than Astartes' Terminator armor, which can endure high-end Plasma and Melta weaponry) | At least Large Island level, likely far higher (As above their Auramite armor as regular Terminator plate is above Astartes' Power armor. Can survive the explosions of Macro-cannon shells, which can be capital ship-grade weaponry) | Unknown, but far higher (Superior to regular Dreadnoughts which can shrug off the strongest Plasma Weapons)
Stamina: Virtually Endless (At least two Custodes stood vigil on the Golden Throne for 100 years without ever eating, drinking, or sleeping)
Range: Several meters melee range, several kilometers with Bolters and other long-range weaponry | Several meters melee range, Few Kilometers with Bolters and other long-range Weaponry | Several meters through sheer size, kilometers with Long-range Weaponry
Standard Equipment: Auramite Power Armor, Guardian Spear, Sentinel Blade, Lastrum Storm Bolter, Praesidium Shield, Solerite Power Gauntlets & Power Talons, Adrastus Bolt Caliver, Adrathic Weaponry, Arae-Shrike, Custodes Vexilla, etc.
Intelligence: Genius (The Adeptus Custodes have an intellect enhanced far beyond that of the Astartes, combined with millennia of knowledge, combat training and experience. Their training and education renders them masters in the tenets of warfare in all its forms, as well as every method of assassination, counter-espionage, threat recognition and death dealing known to Mankind, but also in far more esoteric disciplines such as diplomacy and statecraft, astrogation and interstellar geography, history, philosophy, theosophy, artistry and countless other subjects)
Weaknesses: None Notable
Key: Power Amour | Terminator Armor | Dreadnought
Note: This profile only contains stats for the average/baseline Custodian. Individual characters possess much greater feats and rank far higher.