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2drones.gif This article is about the Leader of a Space Marine Chapter; for the series of honorific titles, see Master (Space Marine).
Space Marine Chapter Master[1]

A Space Marine Chapter is led by a Chapter Master, who is at once one of the Chapter's most experienced warriors and among the most gifted military leaders in the Imperium.

Role and Responsibilities

A Chapter Master possesses centuries of battle experience and is invariably highly skilled in tactics, leadership and all kinds of combat. In battle he leads from the front, combining front-line combat with tactical and strategic assessment that allows him to see how victory can be accomplished.[1]

A Chapter Master is a peer of the Imperium, the leader of an autonomous military force of nearly unrivaled power, and as such is answerable to the authority of no other, except to other such Masters.[1]

In addition to his military responsibilities, a Chapter Master often acts as Governor of his Chapter's homeworld, and has overall command of immense battle-fleets, PDF units, and civilian organizations.[1a]

Chapter Variations

The title "Chapter Master" is not consistent throughout the Adeptus Astartes, and some Chapters use different titles to describe a similar rank. The most notable variations include the Supreme Grand Master of the Dark Angels, the Great Wolf of the Space Wolves, the High Marshal of the Black Templars, and the Master of Shadows of the Raven Guard. Other specialized titles are listed below.

Some Chapter Masters have adopted additional responsibilities by combining their ranks with one or more of the other highest ranks of their Chapter. For instance, several Masters of the Blood Ravens (who are renowned for the obsessive search for knowledge) have combined the title and duties of Chapter Master and Chief Librarian.

Notable Chapter Masters

Renegade Chapter Masters

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