In order to become a member, a Custodian must have earned at least ten names before he can serve on the Tribunate and must have led his comrades victoriously in battle on at least three occasions. Membership of this body changes periodically to ensure a blend of established wisdom and fresh ideas, but once a Custodian joins the Tribunate, they must serve for at least ten years. During that time they will not see the front lines of battle, as they will be busy bending all of their considerable intellect to supporting – strategically and diplomatically – the Custodes' Captain-General.
Known Tribune Titles
- Tribune of the Stratarchis - Oversees all off-Terra operations.
- Tribune of the Hetaeron Guard - Oversees the personal protection of the Emperor himself.
- Heracleon — Master of the Hetaeron Guard
- Maldovar Colquan — Tribune of the Stratarchis
Notes on Size
In the Watchers of the Throne novel series, it is stated that there are only 2 Tribunes within the Custodes by the time of the 13th Black Crusade.[2a] However the post-Great Rift 8th Edition Custodes codex states the Tribunate is made up of 10 officers.
- 1: Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pg. 20 — A Host of Heroes
- 2: The Master of Mankind (Novel)
- 3: Exclusive Model, Tribune Ixion Hale by Forge World
- 4: Dark Imperium (Novel), Chapter Six
- 5: Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion (Novel), Valerian 1
- 6: The Gate of Bones (Novel), Chapter 9
|Adeptus Custodes Forces|
|Commanders||Captain-General • Custodian Tribunate • Captain-Commander • Shield-Captain|
|Elites||Blade Champion • Hetaeron Guard • Aquilon Terminator • Ephoroi • Allarus Custodian • Custodian Warden • Vexilus Praetor • Apothecary|
|Troops||Custodian Guard • Sentinel Guard • Sagittarum Guard|
|Fast Attack||Agamatus Jetbike Squadron • Vertus Praetor • Venetari|
|Dreadnoughts||Contemptor • Contemptor-Galatus • Contemptor-Achillus • Telemon|
|Vehicles||Coronus • Caladius • Pallas • Venerable Land Raider • Rhino • Grav-Rhino • Grav-Raider • Grav-Spartan|
|Aircraft||Stormbird • Storm Eagle • Orion • Ares • Aquila Lander • Talion • Equinox Interceptor • Zenith|