|This article is about the Titan operator; for the dog, see Princeps (Dog).|
|This article is about the Titan operator; for the ruler of a Questor Mechanicus Knight House, see High King.|
A Princeps is a member of the Collegia Titanica and the main operator of an Imperial Titan. They, together with two or more Moderatii are mentally linked with the Titan's "spirit". In effect, they are the Titan.
A Princeps is trained at the Collegia Titanica. Unlike most of the Adeptus Mechanicus personnel, Princeps recruits are not only selected from the Forge Worlds' own civilians, but from anywhere the Mechanicus may find suitable candidates. This is because only the strongest of will can sustain a mind-link with the Titan's powerful spirit with their sanity intact, and the rarity of such specimens requires a larger selection pool. Princeps also undergo minimal augmentation to their bodies, unlike most members of other Adeptus Mechanicus sub-factions, as having an organic body gives them a "anchor-point" to help differentiate themselves from their Titan's machine-spirit and thus help prevent losing their consciousness within it. As such when their bodies become too old or injured to allow them normal function, Princeps are instead interred within amniotic-fluid filled pods within their Titan's command chambers.[4a]
Known ranks of Princeps
- Princeps Senioris
- Princeps Majoris[4a]
- Princeps Ultima
- Princeps Penultima
- Princeps Primus
- Princeps Captain
- Amasat — Princeps of Bane-Sidhe, Warlord Titan of the Legio Invigilata.[4b]
- Bassanius — Princeps of Magnificum Incendius, Imperator Titan of the Legio Ignatum.
- Camulos — Legio Mortis.
- Enoch — Legio Astraman.
- Ervin Hekate — Princeps of Imperius Dictatio, Warlord Titan of the Legio Tempestus.
- Esau Turnet — Legio Mortis.
- Ferantha Krezoc — Princeps Captain of Gloria Vastator, Warlord Titan of the Legio Pallidus Mor.
- Hagan Raal — Princeps of Sanctus Venator, Warhound Titan of the Legio Gryphonicus.
- Indias Cavalerio — Legio Tempestus.
- Jernay — Legio Ignatum
- Kadashi — Legio Metalica.
- Kallistra Lennox- Former Princeps of the Collegia Titanica.
- Kel Sharaq — Legio Tempestus.
- Kurtiz Mannheim — Legio Metallica.
- Malas Tiron — Legio Vulcanum.
- Nishome Alvarek — Legio Ignatum.
- Pietor Gearhart — Legio Invicta.
- Rufus Aquila — Legio Mortis.
- Sidarius Calvin — Legio Praetor.
- Tevera — Legio Agravides.
- Zarha Mancion — Princeps of Stormherald, Imperator Titan of the Legio Invigilata.[4a]
- 1: Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, pg. 121 - Adeptus Mechanicus
- 2: Imperial Armour Update 2002, pg. 45
- 3: The Binary Succession (Audio Drama)
- 4: Helsreach (Novel) - Armageddon (Anthology)
- 5: Warlord: Fury of the God Machine (Novel)[Needs Citation]
- 6: Imperator: Wrath of the Omnissiah (Novel)[Needs Citation]
- 7: Gates of the Devourer (Short Story) - Servants of the Machine-God (Anthology)
- 8: Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, pg. 41