Imperial Knight House Creation Tables

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Knight Pattern[edit]

Which Patterns Does Our House Primarily Consist Of? (d100)
1-10 Armiger Pattern - "Smaller than most, yes, but their speed is unmatched and any who would mock them soon learn they hit harder than they look."
11-50 Questoris Pattern - "Noble, Proud and Varied. What better way to represent our line? A model for every situation exists."
51-70 Cerastus Pattern - "They stride across the battlefield, cruel and graceful in equal measure, a cut above most monsters that would dare face us."
71-90 Dominus Pattern - "The partners of Kings and Princes, the masters of the Host, bringing storm and fire."
91-100 Acastus Pattern - "The fury of Ages long since passed, brought to bear this day, carrying naught but death."

Vow Nature[edit]

What is the Nature of our Vow? (d12)
1–3 Strategic Prognostication - "Our tarot cards say there's going to be a threat here, maybe. Call the Knights!"
4–5 Counter - "There are Orks over here! Send the Knights!" "But it'll take 50 ye-" "Do it!"
6–8 Standing Force - "And these stars are ours to defend."
9–10 Crusade - "We need people running around and hitting the Imperium's enemies. Call the Knights!"
11-12 Hired Guns - "We need more knights! No matter the cost!"

House's First Contact with the Imperium[edit]

When Was The House Contacted? (d100)
1-5 Time Immemorial
6-35 Great Crusade
36-45 Time of Rebirth (M31-M32)
46-65 The Forging (M32-M34)
66-70 Nova Terra Interregnum (M34-M36)
71–80 The Ages of Apostasy & Redemption (M36-M39)
81-100 The Waning/The Time of Ending (M39-M42)
  • Time Immemorial: None can say now when the House was first rediscovered. Indeed, a small number of Houses were never rediscovered at all, such as House Taranis, who were stationed on Mars and are the very first Knight House to boot.
  • Great Crusade: The House was first contacted sometime in M31, when the Emperor marshaled the combined forces of Mars and Terra and set out to reunite humanity.
  • Time of Rebirth: The House was discovered by Loyalists during the dark times of the Horus Heresy, or perhaps during the Scouring, when the Traitors were pushed back to the Eye of Terror.
  • The Forging: The Imperium contacted the House in the aftermath of the destructive Beheading, possibly discovering them in one of the Crusades of the newly-formed Adeptus Ministorum.
  • Nova Terra Interregnum: The House was found while the galaxy was split in twain.
  • The Ages of Apostasy & Redemption: In the midst of these turbulent religious times and the many Crusades of redemption that followed, the Imperium found the Knight House.
  • The Waning/The Time of Ending: The House was only rediscovered relatively recently, adding its might to that of the faltering Imperium.


Who is our direct Sovereign? (d10)
1-4 Imperium of Mankind
5-8 Adeptus Mechanicus
9 No Sovereign (Freeblade)
10 Something unusual
  • Imperium: The House is loyal to the Imperium, and its Knights wear the Imperial Aquila with pride.
  • Adeptus Mechanicus: The House's loyalty is to the Adeptus Mechanicus. They may not adhere to the teachings of the Cult Mechanicus, but they will benefit from the closer attention of their Sacristans.
  • Freeblade: The Knights (who may not even be organized into a Household) are free to the last, loyal only to the God-Emperor.
  • Other: Some other institution holds the House's loyalty; perhaps a Chapter of Adeptus Astartes rescued them from certain destruction, or a Knight cut a deal with a flamboyant Rogue Trader to explore the stars and escape the boredom of court. Alternatively, it's one of the Houses directly sworn to Titan Legions.

Succession Laws[edit]

Succession Laws. Who inherits the Knight Titan and titles? (d5--do not roll if Freeblade; roll on eligibility table below to determine set of eligible inheritors; d6 if you want to include something custom.)
1 Gavelkind/Partible Titles and Knights are split between all eligible inheritors by lottery. Roll a d2; on a 1, an inheritor cannot inherit a second inheritance until all inheritors have at least one, nor a third until all have at least 2, and so on; on a 2, they can (the lottery can return the same winner for every item, in theory).
2 Gerontocracy All titles and Knights are given to the eldest eligible inheritor, who may distribute them as necessary (hopefully they're not in diapers!).
3 Feudal Elective All eligible inheritors vote on who all titles and Knights are given to, who may distribute them as necessary (hopefully they're not in diapers!). Politicking is fierce!
4 Peerage Each title and Knight follows a distinct inheritance scheme; roll again for the type of inheritance that is used for each.
5 Free Knights There is no inheritance structure; when a Knight and title become "up for grabs", they are fought over until someone holds it by might makes right.
6 Unique The House has come up with its own, no-doubt incredibly convoluted, succession laws.
Succession Laws. Who is eligible to inherit? (d6--do not roll if Freeblade)
1 Primogeniture Set of inheritors is children; only go to grandchildren if no children are alive. Full line of succession (when age based) is eldest child > second eldest child > ... > eldest child's eldest child > eldest child's second eldest child > ... > eldest sibling > second eldest sibling > ... > eldest sibling's eldest child and so on, where children > siblings > aunts and uncles > great-aunts and great-uncles, always going "laterally" across a generation before going "down", despite going "down" initially from the deceased.
2 Absolute Primogeniture Set of inheritors is children, but a dead child's children inherit for them. Full line of succession (when age based) is eldest child > eldest child's eldest child > eldest child's second eldest child > ... > second eldest child > second eldest child's eldest child > ... > eldest sibling > eldest sibling's eldest child and so on, where children > siblings > aunts and uncles > great-aunts and great-uncles, always going "down" a family line before going "laterally".
3 Seniority Set of inheritors is siblings first, always going "laterally" across a generation before going "down"; otherwise, follow primogeniture. Order of succession is eldest sibling > second eldest sibling > ... > eldest child > second eldest child > ... > eldest child's eldest child > ... > eldest sibling's eldest child and so on.
4 Feudal Commune Set of inheritors is entire family.
5 Meritocracy Set of inheritors is entire family; in addition, there is some process by which non-family members can become eligible as inheritors, although their families do not, so the inheritance will always return to the family eventually (a deceased non-family member counts as both sibling and child to the family member they inherited their titles or Knights from, but their family does not). Typical processes include being rewarded for doing extremely well in military service or being voted in by the family.
6 Tyranny The set of inheritors is always the current holder of the title to the Head of the Household; roll again for inheriting the Head of the Household title. If you prefer, this can be any other title, although this will always inevitably eventually result in the owner of that title taking the Head of the Household title by force.

The Adherence to Ceremony[edit]

Ceremony (d10)
1–4 Rigid
5-6 Reasonable
7–8 Nonchalant
9–10 Divergent
  • Rigid: Court proceedings are so boring that the Knights take to the field of battle just to keep their sanity.
  • Reasonable: As with much of the Imperium, ritual guides most aspects of life, within reasonable limits.
  • Nonchalant: The House is very fast and loose, and mostly just cares that they have giant robots. Most pilots will be raucous (and rakish) playboys (or girls).
  • Divergent: Be it blood sacrifice or machine meditation, things are very different here.

House Demeanour[edit]

House Demeanour (d10)
1 Swift As The Wind - Going slowly and thinking things out? *BLAM* No.
2 Cleanse and Purify - Not destroy everything? *BLAM* No.
3 No Mercy, No Respite - Let the enemy go so we can follow them? *BLAM* No.
4 Purity Above All - Mutants? *BLAM* No.
5 Scions of Mars - Progress? *BLAM* No. Awesome toys? Yes please.
6 See, But Don't Be Seen - Run onto the battlefield in colourful knights screaming like a maniac? *BLAM* No.
7 Suffer Not the Alien to Live - Xenos? *BLAM* No.
8 Suffer Not the Work of Heretics - Heretics? *BLAM* No.
9 Brothers in Battle - Hoes before bros? *BLAM* No.
10 Uphold the Honour of the House - Performing unheroic acts? *BLAM* No.

House Flaw[edit]

If one exists, what is the House's Flaw? There really ought to be more of these (d10)
1 We Stand Alone
2 Honour Any Oath
3 Pride in the Colours
4 Our Way
5 Faith in Suspicion
6 Enjoys a Bit of the Claret
7 Eye to Eye
8 The Big Guns Never Tire
9 Blind Hatred
10 Local Cult
  • We Stand Alone: The House is isolationist and only attends battle when absolutely required by bonds of honour, self defense, ordered to a full crusade or when they have something to gain in return. As a result, many in the Imperium distrust the House and its intentions...
  • Honour Any Oath: The House is obsessed with honouring any and every oath, even when it would lead to the destruction of the House. They are often particularly brash.
  • Pride in the Colours: The House is obsessed with maintaining their colours, going so far as to refuse the Imperial Aquila or Cog Mechanicus because it might obscure their insignia! The Techpriests and the Cardinals will be really annoyed with this.
  • Our Way: The Knights of the House listen to and understand the strategy of the campaign's warmaster... and then do what they were going to do anyway. This will piss off the Guard generals and Navy admirals who have to plan around rather than with them.
  • Faith in Suspicion: The House finds another Imperial institution (or even another Knight House) particularly suspicious. They will fight with them if they must, but they would really prefer not to...
  • Enjoys a Bit of the Claret: There's a difference between killing the foe and splashing around in their blood.
  • Eye to Eye: The House hates any method of warfare other than running up to the enemy and stomping them.
  • The Big Guns Never Tire: The House prefers to keep their enemies at range, to the point that this House cannot be relied upon to engage in close assault.
  • Blind Hatred: The presence of a particular, ancient foe on the battlefield drives the Knights beyond reason.
  • Local Cult: The practices of the House are weird and probably quite unsavory.

Figure of Legend[edit]

Figure of Legend (d100)
01-10 A great Hero from days of yore, Dark Age of Technology or before.
11-20 A mighty Knight who crusaded with the Emperor himself (reroll if the Knight was contacted after the Great Crusade).
21-30 A true Hero of the Imperium who stood against the Traitors during the Horus Heresy (reroll if the Knight was contacted after the Great Scouring began).
31-40 A Baron
41-43 A Knight initiate
44-53 An Armiger Pilot
54-74 Just a regular rank and file Knight
75-78 A Sacristan
79-85 A Knight's Consort
86-99 A peasant/member of the Fyrd/Militia
100 An outsider of your choice (Inquisitor, Chapter Master, Imperial Guard Colonel etc.).

Deeds of Legend (d100)
01-25 The figure is remembered as the bane of the Orks, to such an extent that his name is known to the vile greenskins even to this day.
26-50 The individual was a stalwart enemy of the servants of Chaos, and slew a Daemon Prince.
51-70 The hero led a glorious campaign against a rebel army, defeating the foe and bringing an entire sector back into the light of the Emperor.
71-85 The figure led an action against an Eldar craftworld, boarding it and inflicting grievous casualties before withdrawing. He and his House are especially hated by the pernicious Eldar, for whom the event is still fresh and raw.
86-90 The hero was lost to his House in a warp accident, yet his descendants have cause to believe he lives still and may one day return to them in glory.
91-95 The hero was the first to face some newly discovered alien race, and ultimately responsible for its total destruction. Centuries later, only the House remembers the name of the race, so utterly was it and its works cast down.
96-100 The hero led his House in many glorious campaigns, slaying hundreds of the enemy’s greatest champions. In the end, he was brought down by the House's enemies, and is a reminder to all Knights of their holy duty.

Domain Size[edit]

Size of our Domain(d10)
1-3 Small, only a territory on the homeworld
4-8 Nominal, the whole homeworld
9-10 Large, multiple planets/the whole star system


House Homeworld (d100)
01-30 Agri World (if Mechanicus was chosen in the Sovereign table, this can be chosen by default)
31-60 Feral World
61-70 Feudal World
71-80 Civilised World
81-90 Uninhabited World
91-100 N/A (Freeblade or something else)

(if Freeblade was chosen in the sovereign table, this can be chosen by default) (reroll if sworn to the Imperium unless they are crazy enough to live in a Death World) (located on the specific Forge World if sworn to the Mechanicus)

Homeworld Terrain (d100)
1–25 Jungle
26–50 Desert
51–60 Ice
61–65 Ocean
66–75 Wasteland
76–80 Urban
81–85 Dead
86–90 Airless
90–100 Temperate

A house with Mechanicus sovereignty can (but not must) choose to have a Forge World be its homeworld as well, as specified on the Homeworld table. Note that this will require adherence to Mechanicus philosophy over the house itself so other tables may be affected. On the flip side, if a Knight House sees Mechanicus first and House second in priority, it will get Skitarii support and will have large amounts of Knights and of more exotic models as well. This model can also be taken if the House is sovereign over an Agri-World in the same system as their patron Forge World.

Homeworld Rule[edit]

Rule of homeworld (d10) (do not roll if located on Forge World)
1-4 Direct Rule - "So I have written, so shall it ever be." (can reroll if it is an Agri World in the same system as the patron Forge World)
5-7 Stewardship - "Hi, Planetary Governor? It's me, the Baron. Just calling you to remind you that I outrank you, even if I don't do anything."
8-10 Distant rule - "Rule? That's peasant's work!"

House Hierarchy[edit]

House Hierarchy (d10)
1-5 Strict
6-8 Flexible
9-10 Every Knight for himself!

Preferred Combat Doctrine[edit]

Combat doctrine (d10)
1 Close Combat
2 Ranged Combat
3 Armoured Assault
4 Stealth
5 Lightning Strike
6 Planet Strike Vanguard
7 Long Range Operations
8 Siege
9 Shock and Awe
10 Terror

Preferred Knight Variant[edit]

Preferred Knight variant (d100)
01–15 Knight Gallant
16–30 Knight Errant
31-50 Knight Paladin
51-65 Knight Crusader
66-80 Knight Warden
81–85 An Uncommon Knight Questoris Type
86-90 Knight Cerastus/ a particular Knight Cerastus Type
91-100 No particular preference


Specialty restrictions (units the house has few of or cannot field) - Do not roll if No Particular Preference was selected (d100)
01–20 No restrictions (may pick by default if located on Forge World or on Agri World in same system as patron Forge World)
21–30 Knight Paladin
31-40 Knight Errant
41-50 Knight Gallant
51-65 Knight Crusader
66-80 Knight Castellan
81-95 Knight Warden
96-100 Roll Twice on this Chart or choose something truly unusual (i.e., the House has no Sacristans, there are no supporting Men-at-Arms/peasant militia, etc.)

House Beliefs[edit]

What form do the House's beliefs take? (d100)
01-25 Revere the Omnissiah - "He's the Emperor. Or the Emperor is him. Look, the point is there's machines, cogs, and it's all really cool. "
26-50 The Emperor Above All - "I don't mind praying in the Chapel once a week on Friday or Sunday. I mind praying to the arc welder ten times a day."
51-65 Code of Chivalry - "Duty is honor, and our duty is to protect the innocent and care for the weak."
66-75 Honour the Ancestors - "Old members of our House are better than your guys."
81-85 Totem Creature - "You know how we've got a horse as our House symbol? Yeah, we're going to stick that everywhere."
86-90 Mechanicus Scions - "We're here for the STC fragments. Your Hive is collateral damage."
91-95 Purity of Man - "Technology makes you weak. Our giant mechs don't count."
96-100 Esoteric Beliefs - "Get me the calipers and nails! Ol' Bessy got herself another trophy!"

Revere the Omnissiah or Mechanicus Scions must be picked by default if located on Forge World (unless said Forge World is a shady and weird place, in which case Esoteric Beliefs can be taken). Revere the Omnissiah or Mechanicus Scions can be picked by default if located on Agri World in same system as patron Forge World.

House Combat Strength[edit]

At what strength is the House? (d10)
1 Few, but Proud: The last remnants of a once proud House, these warriors are few in number. Each Knight is a precious relic that is maintained with what resources the House has left. Every battle is a struggle for survival, every loss irreplaceable.
2-4 Under Strength: The House is recovering from a defeat or accident that occurred several decades ago, or has recently suffered heavy, but not irrecoverable losses. It is probably at a minimum of half strength, and should return to nominal strength within several decades. Connections with the Mechanicus may accelerate this process.
5-9 Nominal: The House can field several Strongholds of Knights, enough to defend its fiefdoms and fulfill its obligations to the Imperium and Mechanicus
10 Over Strength: Some Houses, through luck, long history or ties to a powerful Forge World, can field large numbers of Knights. The daily roll call for Knights, consorts, sacristans and their offspring takes up an exasperating amount of time.

House Allies & Enemies[edit]

Who are your House friendly with? (d100)
1-5 Administratum
6-15 Adeptus Arbites
16-30 Adeptus Astartes Chapter (choose one)
31-35 Adeptus Astra Telepathica
36-45 Adeptus Mechanicus (can pick by default if on Forge World or Agri World in same system with patron Forge World)
46-50 Adepta Sororitas Order (choose one)
51-55 Adeptus Titanicus Legion (The House may be a Legion Vassal 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 House's enemies?(d100)
01-02 Roll on House Friends table
3-14 The Orks (alternatively, you may select a particular Waaagh! or Warboss)
15-32 The Eldar, Probably one of their Knight Houses (alternatively, you may select a particular Craftworld or leader)
33-51 Chaos Knight house! (Or a Rival House of Imperial Kights)
52-62 The Tyranids (alternatively, you may select a particular Hive Fleet)
63-72 Chaos Space Marines (you should choose a particular warband, Chapter, or Traitor Legion)
72-79 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 Bargesi
66-70 Tarrelians
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)

Other Stuff[edit]

Lastly, add a name, colours, and heraldry. God-Emperor help us all.

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Transports Aurox - Chimera - Coronus Grav Carrier - Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Goliath Truck
Gorgon Armored Assault Transport - Hades Breaching Drill - Immolator - Impulsor - Macro-Hauler
Pegasus AAV - Razorback Transport - Repressor - Rhino - Road-Wheeler - Taurox - Testudo
Titan Train - Trojan Support Vehicle - Triaros Armoured Conveyer - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Atlas Recovery Tank - Achilles Ridgerunner - Bane Wolf - Bike Squad - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Galvanic Servohauler - Hellhound - Invader ATV - Land Crawler
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Tauros - Tectonic Fragdrill - Venator - Wolfquad
Castigator Tank - Caladius Grav-Tank - Gladiator Tank - Krios Battle Tank - Land Raider
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Predator - Ragnarok - Repulsor Tank - Sabre Tank Hunter
Sicaran Battle Tank - Spartan Assault Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Exorcist - Goliath Mega-Cannon - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Hunter - Hydra Flak Tank
Land Train - Legion Arquitor Bombard - Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Rapier Armoured Carrier - Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Astraeus - Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer - Colossus War Machine
Cyclops War Machine - Fellblade - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank - Macrocarid Explorator
Malcador Heavy Tank - Mastodon - Ordinatus - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Skimmers Dawneagle Jetbike - Gyrfalcon Pattern Jetbike - Imperial Jetbike - Javelin Attack Speeder
Grav-Cutter - Grav-Rhino - Kharon - Land Speeder - Land Speeder Vengeance
Pulpit of Saint Holline's Basilica - Skorpius Hover Tank - Stormrider - Storm Speeder
Pallas Grav-Attack
Flyers Archaeocopter - Ares Gunship - Caestus Assault Ram - Container Transporter - Corvus Blackstar
Fire Raptor - Iron Eagle Gyrocopter - Nephilim Jetfighter - Orgus Flyer - Orion Gunship - Overlord Gunship
Overlord Armoured Airship - Sky Talon - Space Marine Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird
Stormhawk - Chiropteran - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Stormwolf - Thunderhawk - Valkyrie - Vendetta
Fighters &
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Stormfang - Thunderbolt Fighter - Xiphon Interceptor
Spacecraft Aquila Lander - Arvus Lighter - Boarding Torpedo - Devourer Dropship - Drop Pod
Faustus Interceptor - Fury Interceptor - Gun-Cutter - Shark Assault Boat
Starhawk Bomber - Tetrarch Heavy Lander
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