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This article collects all quotes made by, or about, the Adeptus Custodes. The quotes themselves are organized in alphabetical order using the speaker's name. Unattributed quotes are at the end of the list.



Speaker Quote Source
Aetheus Urdanesh, Vexilus Praetor Raise your vexilla high! Though the battlefield might blaze with the fury of the foe, though death might whirl about you in a storm, though the fallen may lie ten deep underfoot, raise your vexilla! Drive back the darkness and horror with its golden radiance, until all is redeemed by the glory of the Emperor of Mankind. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 63


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Constantin Valdor, Captain-General There are no bystanders in the war of life and death, no place the battle cannot reach; so fight it without remorse or relenting, for death will surely do the same. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 11


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Ganestus Talorn, Allarus Custodian Whatever the weapons we wield, whatever the deeds we perform, they are justified. Without us, the Golden Throne would fall, and without the Emperor to guide them, Humanity would follow. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 77


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Harkhas Bastoris, Allarus Custodian Rare is the battle where the Emperor's Custodians outnumber our foes. We are ever beset, surrounded upon all sides by heresy and foulness just as is Terra itself. Yet like the throneworld we stand resolute, indefatigable, indomitable. Let the enemy come, let them darken the horizon with their numbers. Still we will prevail. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 56


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Nurthias Drund, Master Artificer of the Forge Aquilan When all other recourse is deemed insufficient, when the throneworld itself stands square in the path of peril, then are the Adeptus Custodes unleashed. For such crucial theatres of war, where defeat could bring the ruin of Mankind itself, it is our solemn duty to provide these heroes with the very finest weapons and armour that Humanity can provide. To do any less would be foolish, dishonourable and tantamount to heresy of the highest order. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 69


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Oldorian Mefistal, Shield-Captain of the Dread Host Let them come, insidious monsters that they are. Let them flow like a tide into the killing zone. Await my signal to activate the teleportariums, and then let us unleash the Emperor’s fury upon these abominations from every direction at once. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 78


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Shield-Captain Rothrian Ganyth We are vigilance unending. We are duty unstinting. We are punishment inescapable. We are the Adeptus Custodes, and all must fear our wrath. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 59


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Telchor, Custodian Guard 'The Emperor’s realm is a festering ruin of overcrowded worlds drowning in their own ignorance and fear. It is a tumbledown ghetto that burns from end to end with the flames of war. They do not deserve their Emperor. They do not deserve us. None of that alters the fact that our duty must be done... Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 72
Captain-General Trajann Valoris A wise man draws his swords when the time is right to wield them. A fool dies with blades still sheathed, fearing that there might yet come a time of greater need. For the sake of Emperor and Imperium both, we must take the fight to our enemies.
---to Roboute Guilliman in the wake of the Lion's Gate Incursion
Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 18
Remember what we fight for, my comrades. The sanctity and safety of the Golden Throne itself, the safety of the very Master of Mankind, relies upon our victory here this day. Now raise your spears, gird your minds and souls, and let us banish these vile Daemons so that we may once more say we did our duty.

-before the Battle of Lion's Gate

Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 80
The duty of the Emperor's defence does not end at the walls of the Imperial Palace. Our war is like an endless game of regicide, played over countless boards against infinite foes at once. In such a contest one must be constantly pre-emptive, always cunning and ever ready to seize any advantage that presents itself. Our gaze must rove far afield, and our every move must be perfectly executed. To do any less is to court final defeat. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 24
The hotter the forge, the finer the blade, or so they say. The forge of war in which we now find ourselves blazes hotter than anything the Imperium has seen in ten millennia. We of the Adeptus Custodes were built to endure these fires. They will not be our end. Instead, we will be honed to the finest cutting edge, that we may be the bane of even the foulest heretics. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 58
Tybalus Maxin, Shield-Captain Ours is the duty absolute. Ours is the vigil that must never end. Ours is the timeless honour, the willing sacrifice, the penitence enduring. We stand a watch that will never be relieved, and we stand it gladly out of adoration for he who gave us life, and whose life we must, in turn, preserve. We will never earn absolution, for we do not deserve it, but those who believe that would give us pause are fools. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 6
Tybaris Constor, Custodian Warden For one hundred years I stood my watch amidst the sombre shadows of the Sanctum Imperialis. I was still as a statue, but always ready, always attuned to dangers unseen. Days, months, years passed by in a frenzied blur beyond those walls, yet within, little moved and nothing changed. For one hundred years I did naught but wait, yet had any threat appeared, I would have struck it down in a heartbeat. For one hundred years I stood my watch, and as it ends I can tell you this – patience is a weapon. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 8


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Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought Uriaxes I fought atop the walls of the Emperor’s palace when the Great Beast’s Waaagh! crashed against them. There I fell, yet was reborn in this ageless body of auramite. I fought upon the battlefields of Ghosaris during the Moirae Schism, and crushed the servants of the Dark Mechanicus without mercy. I stood immovable in the face of the Blood Cults of Tsydon, and slew all who came against me. Still I fight, and so shall I always, for my debt to the Emperor shall never be paid. Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 66


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Yorta'karin Desmodages, Shield-Captain With but a handful of Custodians at his side, the Emperor crushed the anarchist warlords of Old Night and took Terra for his own. With but a few hundred he cemented that conquest and laid low the Thunder Warriors’ revolt. Now there are ten thousand of us, ready to strike out into the galaxy with all of our might. Ten. Thousand. Exactly what chance do you think your traitorous brothers stand against us, cur?
---during the interrogation of Varsidious the Whisperer
Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 14