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Wolflord with a Thunderwolf mount

The Wolf Lords are the leaders of the twelve Great Companies of the Space Wolves, a rank equivalent to a Captain in other Chapters. The Wolf Lord of the leading Great Company is known as the Great Wolf, equivalent to a Chapter Master [1a].

History

Unlike other Space Marine Chapters, which rigorously follow the organizational dictates of the Codex Astartes, each of the Great Companies takes its name from its current Wolf Lord, and often changes subtly in character with each new Lord's approach to organization and tactics. For instance, Bjorn Stormwolf's Great Company has become famous for leading planetary invasions with as much fanfare, noise, and firepower as possible, a clear reflection of its Lord's temperament [1b]. A Wolf Lord is accompanied by a small coterie of bodyguards and advisors, known as the Wolf Guard, whose job it is to choose the Lord's successor when he dies. This successor is often (though not always) chosen from the ranks of the Wolf Guard itself [1c]. When he is elevated to his position, a new Wolf Lord chooses a symbol or badge from the ancient heraldry of Fenris; these symbols are often re-used, since Lords seek to inspire their Companies to live up to the reputation of their sigil's previous users [1d].

The badges of the Great Companies are displayed on the Grand Annulus, a circular disk made up of triangular slabs of stone on the floor of the Hall of the Great Wolf inside The Fang. Each slab carries the badge of a Great Company, while the central slab has a pointer, indicating which of these Companies belongs to the current Great Wolf [1e].

Current Wolf Lords

As of late M41, the current Wolf Lords are [1f]:

Known Past Wolf Lords

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