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The Templars served as the Honour Guard of Primarch Rogal Dorn, as well as the Legion's First Company. The Captain who led the Templars was known as the Master of the Templars and they always wielded the Company's relic power sword, Imperator Rex. The Templars' rarely fell below 1,000 warriors and their members were drawn from veterans across the Legion. Those nominated for such an honour were then trained by the Company's Weapon Master, before undergoing the Templars' Temple Oath.
New Masters were chosen from the Templars through a combat ritual overseen by Rogal Dorn or a proxy sent by him. Those Templars who wished to lead their Company would need to face 200 of their brethren in one on one combat. The prospective Master would have to defeat them all, one after another, by causing their brethren to yield to them. No time was given for rest during the ritual or to have the potential Master's injuries treated. A challenger who successfully defeated all 200 would be declared the new Master of the Company and then given the Imperator Rex to wield.
- Sigismund — First Captain.
- Boreas — First Lieutenant.
- Aeolus - Master during the Great Crusade
Templar Brethren miniatures
- 1: The Dark King (Short Story)
- 2: Riven (Short Story)
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book Three - Extermination, pg. 62
- 4: Forge World (last accessed 6 February 2019)
- 5: Champion of Oaths (Short Story)