The Imperium's Titans are mechanical, humanoid-shaped war-machines; some Titan classes reaching up to a hundred feet in height. Their presence inspires nothing but terror - few enemies can stand against them - and only another Titan can equal their power.
A human pilot, linked directly to the machine, controls the movement of a Titan merely through thought. Titans are powered by plasma generators, as nothing else can provide the vast amount of energy required. Energy fields known as void shields are the Imperial Titan's first line of defense. The shields can absorb incoming damage until becoming overloaded. A Titan's limbs move using electrically-motivated fibre bundles which act as synthetic muscles.
Imperial Titan types
Titans are divided into a number of general types depending on their size and function. The Battle Titans are the most numerous and general type. Widely varying in size, they stand between 40 and 80 feet in height.
Each general type of Titan is further divided into classes. The most basic class of Battle Titan is the Warlord. Finally, each class has a number of variants, determined by the weapons it mounts.
Types of Imperial Titan:
- Knight Mini-Titan
- Warhound Scout Titan
- Reaver Battle Titan
- Warlord Battle Titan
- Emperor Titan (including Imperator and Warmonger classes)
Each Titan is manned by a crew consisting of a single Princeps in command, assisted by Moderati, a Tactical Officer, a Chief Engineer, an engineering crew, and Servitors. The number of each is dependent on the type of Titan.
A Princeps commands his Titan through the MIU link to the Titan's "spirit," controlling the Titan's movements through his thoughts. The Titan becomes an extension of him; when damaged he feels pain; when victorious he feels elation. This link grows so strong that his mental health will slowly deteriorate when unlinked. Because of the immense power of a Titan's spirit, the Princeps must also possess the strongest of wills to survive such a link. He can assume direct control of any system, though it is usually aiming and fire control that is taken. Regardless, Titans must have both Princeps and crew to function. The Princeps' relation to the Titan is similar to that of a Space Marine within a Dreadnought; however Titans eventually form their own minds from centuries of experience. The link in some cases gets so strong that the Princeps becomes physically-integrated into the Titan, and cannot be removed until he dies.
Imperial Titans mount enormous complex weapons, from rapid-firing cannons that hurl a torrent of shells to sophisticated laser weapons to plasma weapons that unleash barely controlled energies. Each are capable of mass destruction that would devastate armies.[1a]
Imperial Titans commonly mount:[1b]
- Titan close combat weapons: often in the form of giant Power fists or Chainswords
- Apocalypse Missile Launchers
- Gatling Blasters
- Inferno Guns
- Hellstorm Cannons
- Melta Cannons
- Plasma Annihilators
- Plasma Blastguns
- Plasma Destructors
- Quake Cannons
- Thermal Cannons
- Turbo-laser Destructors
- Volcano Cannons
- Vulcan Mega-bolters
- 1: Adeptus Titanicus (game)
- 2: Titan (Graphic Novel Series) Titan II: Vivaporius
- Adeptus Titanicus (Game) (1988), [Needs Citation]
- Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, The Adeptus Mechanicus, [Needs Citation]
- Titan (Graphic Novel Series) (2004) by Dan Abnett, Anthony Williams and Andy Lanning, [Needs Citation]
|Scout Types||Knight • Paladin • Errant • Knight Lancer • Crusader • Castellan • Baron • Warhound|
|Battle Types||Reaver • Warlord • Emperor • Imperator • Warmonger|
|Close Combat Weapons||Close Combat Weapons|
|Ranged Weapons||Apocalypse Missile Launcher • Gatling Blaster • Inferno gun • Hellstorm Cannon • Melta Cannon • Plasma annihilator • Plasma blastgun • Plasma Destructor • Quake Cannon • Thermal Cannon • Turbo-laser Destructor • Volcano cannon • Vulcan Mega-bolter|
|Adeptus Mechanicus||Collegia Titanica|