Adeptus Custodes Shield Host Creation Tables

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This article presents creation tables for an Adeptus Custodes Shield Host. Ave Imperator! Desperately in need of expansion and refinement.

Shield Host Origins[edit]

Why Was The Shield Host Founded? (d10)
1–2 General Consensus - "A bunch of companies decided to start their own Shield Host, with Golden Blackjack and Golden Hookers."
2–4 Lost to Time - "This Company has been around since the early days of the Great Crusade, perhaps even being created alongside the Custodes themselves, alternatively it may have been redacted intentionally."
5–6 Counter - "The Hrud are invading Luna!" "Throw Custodes at it" "Alright!"
7–8 Prophecy - "The Commander had a dream, quick found a Shield Host to fulfill it!"
9–10 The Indomitus Crusade - "We need to help Guilliman, create a Shield Host!"

Serving in His name[edit]

What is the role of this Shield Host? (d10)
1–2 We Hold the Line - When all is lost, this Shield Host fight to the last
3–4 Search and Recovery - It could be finding relics from the Dark Age or recovering the ring of a wealthy noble.
5–6 Advisors - The Shield Host offers the wisdom of centuries, be it in combat or in waxing poetic to Eldar.
7–8 His Sword in the Dark - The Shield Host follows up on information from Eyes of the Emperor, no matter how dire or dangerous that mission will be.
9-10 Miserian - They believe that He is revived through each stroke of their sacred blades, and bound in brotherhood will one day achieve that very goal.

[Characteristic bonus table removed, because it wouldn't make sense without rules]

Commander Legends[edit]

The Deed that promoted the current Commander to his position (d10)
1 The Commander was able to slay a Daemon Prince as a Custodian in such circumstances as to make any hope of victory impossible, such as lacking a Guardian Spear or he was somehow ambushed without his armour.
2 Managed to single-handedly thwart the one or more attempted assassinations of an important member of the <choose organisation> whose great deeds served the Imperium greatly
3 Was previously a member of the three hundred companions who guarded the Emperor from all threats and served with distinction.
4 Managed to capture a T'au commander during battle and took them away for 'interrogation'
5 Has personally communed with the Emperor through the use of his Text to Speech device the Emperor's frequent telepathic communication with the Custodes.
6 Briefly sat as the custodian representative with the High Lords of Terra.
7 Victor of the Blood Games <1d6> times in a row.
8 In a battle against fate itself he thwarted the efforts of Magnus himself once the Red King emerged once more into reality, and has forever claimed the title of "God Killer" as his sole victory.
9 In a blinding void battle the Commander was targeted by a ship's weapon, and somehow survived to ascend to their current position.
10 In his wisdom and charisma, he managed to sway a traitor commander to surrender despite being surrounded on all fronts and massively outnumbered, simultaneously ending the conflict with minimal damage and helping the traitors find redemption (in suicide attacks after brainwashing, of course, though their souls are hopefully fine).
Combat doctrine (d10)
1 Aid Unlooked For: The Host arrives from the blackness of space to claim victory against a foe, be it mortal or malign, and then depart into that same blackness as arrived.
2 Without Flaw: These Custodes either engage in melee or fight from range, but either way do so in a way that most battles are fought without a scratch.
3 Grinding Assault: A vast force of Land Raiders churns stone and metal into dust, as they roll across the horizon, and then their occupants sweep up what is left behind.
4 Shield Breaker: Within this host lies a large number of stubborn and wrathful Custodes who wade into the tide of battle to allow their allies to break through.
5 Executioners: Rather than permit the leader of the enemy to exist, they will ensure that upon the eve of battle, no expense is spared in ensuring their Great Enemy is slain.
6 Holy Crusade: Rather than halt for the enemy to engage them this Shield Host simply marches through the enemy, and does not stop until all are dead.
7 Honor Duel: A challenge to a ruler must be answered, but while a battle rages around them the enemy finds that this challenge is often far greater than any before.
8 Kill-Teams: Though a common tactic throughout the galaxy it is a rare few that can equal the might of a Custodes kill team who are more like entire legions of ordinary troops, and in war small squads will force the enemy to fight on a thousand fronts against a thousand such legions.
9 An Example For All: It is most relevant in Shield Hosts that fight alongside allies, but it is not unheard of for such a Shield Host to impress themselves upon their enemies as to make the presence of any Custodes to be a dire threat.
10 Golden Gods: To face a Custodes in battle is to face a unique creature, warrior without peer, and as such this Host rides into battle with their sheer presence scattering the enemy before them.


What is the reputation of this Shield Host? (d10)
1 Unknown: The Host is either so effectively as to leave no knowledge of their presence or fight well enough to deny the enemy any survivors to tell of their glories.
2-4 Hardly Heard: Perhaps suffering from what others would look upon as an ignoble duty, guarding a sancturary or standing watch on a moon, this Host is unheard of to most of the Galaxy besides the most well versed.
5-9 Known: The Shield Host is recorded in quite a few tales and legends across the galaxy with their exploits beign described as epic tales to those that have heard.
10 Legendary: Some Shield Hosts attain such glory in combat, such recognition in the eyes of their friends and foes, that from the smallest feral world child to the greatest traitor leader are their efforts known.

Shield Host Relations[edit]

Who are your Chapter friendly with? (d100)
1-5 Administratum
6-15 Adeptus Arbites
16-30 Another Shield Host (choose one)
31-35 Adeptus Astra Telepathica
36-45 Adeptus Mechanicus
46-50 Adepta Sororitas
51-53 Adeptus Titanicus
54-55 an Imperial Knight house
56-58 Astropaths
59-60 Chartist Captains
61-65 Ecclesiarchy
66-75 Imperial Guard from a specific world
76-79 Imperial Navy
80-85 Inquisition
86-88 Navigators
89-91 Officio Assassinorum
91-93 Planetary Defence Force of a specific world
94-98 A Rogue Trader dynasty
99 Schola Progenium
100 Scholastica Psykana

Who are the Shield Host's enemies?(d100)
01-02 Roll on Shield Host Friends table
3-31 The Orks (alternatively, you may select a particular Waaagh! or Warboss)
32-42 The Eldar (alternatively, you may select a particular Craftworld or leader)
43-51 The Tyranids (alternatively, you may select a particular Hive Fleet)
52-68 Chaos Space Marines (you should choose a particular warband, Chapter, or Traitor Legion)
69-79 A particular Daemon, Daemon Prince or Disciple of Chaos
80-87 A particular Chaos-aligned group (i.e., Traitor Titan Legion, Chaos pirates, renegade Imperial Guard, etc.)
88-97 The Dark Eldar (alternatively, you may select a particular Kabal or leader).
97-100 Other (choose one force or group, such as aliens (see below) or heretics or a specific cult)

Minor Xenos Species/Empires(1d100)
1-10 Tau Empire (alternatively, you may select a particular Tau force or leader)
11-20 Hrud
21-30 Fra'al
31-40 Uluméathic League
41-50 Yu'Vath/Legacy of the Yu'vath/Rak'gol
51-60 Enslavers
61-65 Barghesi
66-70 Tarellians
71-75 Thyrrus
76-80 Hellgrammite
81-85 Loxatl
85-90 Saharduin
91-92 Xenarch
93-95 Cythor Fiends
96-97 Nightmare-Engines of the Pale Wasting
98-100 Other Xenos Species (pick one or roll/write one up)
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