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A Princeps are members of the Collegia Titanica and the main operator of an Imperial Titan. They, together with two or more Moderatii are mentally linked with the Titan's "spirit". In effect, they are the Titan.
A Princeps is trained at the Collegia Titanica. Unlike most of the Adeptus Mechanicus personnel, Princeps recruits are not only selected from the Forge Worlds' own civilians, but from anywhere the Mechanicus may find suitable candidates. This is because only the strongest of will can sustain a mind-link with the Titan's powerful spirit with their sanity intact, and the rarity of such specimens requires a larger selection pool. Princeps also undergo minimal augmentation to their bodies, unlike most members of other Adeptus Mechanicus sub-factions, as having an organic body gives them a "anchor-point" to help differentiate themselves from their Titan's machine-spirit and thus help prevent losing their consciousness within it. As such when their bodies become to old or injured to allow them normal function, Princeps are instead interred within amniotic-fluid filled pods within their Titan's command chambers.
Known ranks of Princeps
- Princeps Senioris
- Princeps Majoris
- Princeps Ultima
- Princeps Penultma
- Princeps Primus
- Camulos - of the Legio Mortis
- Enoch - of the Legio Astraman
- Ervin Hekate - Imperius Dictatio, Warlord Titan of the Legio Tempestus.
- Esau Turnet - of the Legio Mortis
- Hagan Raal - Sanctus Venator, Warhound Scout Titan of the Legio Gryphonicus
- Indias Cavalerio - of the Legio Tempestus
- Kadashi - of the Legio Metalica
- Kel Sharaq - - of the Legio Tempestus
- Kurtiz Mannheim - of the Legio Metallica
- Malas Tiron - of the Legio Vulcanum
- Nishome Alvarek - of the Legio Ignatum
- Pietor Gearhart - of the Legio Invicta
- Rufus Aquila - of the Legio Mortis
- Sidarius Calvin - of the Legio Praetor
- Bassanius - Magnificum Incendius, Imperator Titan of the Legio Ignatum
- Tevera - of the Legio Agravides
- Zarha Mancion - Stormherald, Imperator Titan of the Legio Invigilata
- Amasat - Bane-Sidhe, Warlord Titan of the Legio Invigilata
- Jacen Veragon - Draconian, Reaver Titan of the Legio Invigilata
- Feerna - Regal, Warhound Titan of the Legio Invigilata
- Haven Havelock - Ivory Fang, Warhound Titan of the Legio Invigilata
- 1: Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, Adeptus Mechanicus, p. 121
- 2: Imperial Armour Update 2002, pg. 45
- 3: The Binary Succession (Audio Drama)
- 4: Helsreach (Novel)
- 5: Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine (Novel)
- 6: Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah (Novel)
- 7: The Binary Succession (Audio Drama)
- 8: Helsreach: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battles, Book 2