Pontifex Guard

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It must take a real badass to bodyguard a devil worshiper.

Pontifex Guards are troops which often serve as the protectors and enforcers of Apostate Cardinals. Known to be fanatically loyal, these warriors are grim followers of the anti-Imperial ideology of their masters. They are the elites of the Lost and the Damned, and their skill is needed in defending such an important figure in the renegade army. Pontifex Guards not only accompany their guardian, but also help further spread their blasphemous ideology upon defenseless Imperial worlds.

It is unknown how many Pontifex Guards are needed to protect the Cardinal, but it is estimated to be around a few dozen at maximum. To be promoted into the Pontifex Guards, the aspiring mortal must be zealous, extremely loyal to the Cardinal (and possibly also the will of the Dark Gods, depending on how far their Cardinal's fallen), and prepared to endure a set of grueling tests to prove their worth.

Equipment[edit]

Pontifex Guards are armed with the best wargear and armoury that the Lost and the Damned can find, craft or loot. Basic loadout includes a heavy, broad shield, carapace armour and a Close Combat weapon, the most common of which are Power Swords. Pontifex Guards are notifiable with their iconic hood and cape and heavy and pronounced armour. In short, they're the Chaos equivalent of Crusaders in terms of armament and function.

Forces of the Lost and the Damned
Command: Apostate Cardinal - Chaos Champion - Renegade Command Squad
Renegade Demagogue - Renegade Enforcer - Rogue Psyker
Human Troops: Cultist - Disciple Squad - Pontifex Guard - Renegade Infantry Platoon
Renegade Marauder Squad - Renegade Support Squad - Negavolt Cultist
Abhumans
& Beasts:
Beastmen Attack Squad (Khorngors - Pestigors - Slaangors - Tzaangors)
Chaos Beast - Chaos Hound - Chaos Spawn - Mutant Rabble
Ogryn Brute (Ogryn Berserker - Plague Ogryn) - Plague Zombie
Vehicles: AT70 Reaver Battle Tank - AT83 Brigand Super Tank - Chimera - Hellhound
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Salamander Command Vehicle - Stalk Tank - Sentinel
STeG 4
Artillery: Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier
Hydra Flak Tank - Minotaur Artillery Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Rapier Armoured Carrier - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Daemon Engines: Blight Drone - Blood Slaughterer - Brass Scorpion - Lord of Skulls - Plague Hulk
Super Heavies: Baneblade - Macharius Heavy Tank - Malcador Heavy Tank - Valdor Tank Hunter
Flyers: Arvus Lighter - Hell Blade - Hell Talon - Valkyrie