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Talons of the Emperor

Talons of the Emperor was a name given to the elite forces who drew their commands directly from the Emperor at times of war, such as during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. This forces served the Emperor as emissaries, bodyguards and destroyers and among their number they included — the Adeptus Custodes being the "right" hand of the Emperor and his sworn protectors, the Sisters of Silence, representing his "left" hand and acting as the harvesters of the Great Tithe, as well as the shadowy inhuman killers of the Officio Assassinorum, and other even stranger and more occluded agencies such as the tech. arcanists of the Templi-Chronos and the dread Psi-Titans of the Ordo Sinister.[1][2]

While the Legiones Astartes led the conquest of the Galaxy followed by the countless ranks of the Imperialis Auxilia in their wake, the Talons of the Emperor were given other, often more mysterious and secret tasks, but were not less vital for that. When the Talons were unleashed they wielded weapons and abilities created by the Emperor or derived from relics of the Dark Age of Technology which were only entrusted to them.[2]

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