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The War Council was an Imperial institution formed before the Great Crusade to organise and shape the course of the Crusade and the Imperial Military, but its remit extended to managing the Imperium as a whole.[1] After the formation of Council of Terra to manage civilian affairs, the War Council was reorganized under Warmaster Horus to only manage military affairs and to secure the new Imperium. A new War Council under Malcador the Sigillite was convened on Terra following the outbreak of the Horus Heresy.[5]

Presumably, it was disbanded along with the Council of Terra during the reformations of Roboute Guilliman.[2]

Members of the War Council

Great Crusade

The War Council expanded with the discovery of each of the Primarchs, and the signing of the Treaty of Mars, allying the Martian Mechanicum with the Imperium of Man.[1]

Horus Heresy: Terran War Council

With the primarchs scattered across the galaxy, many of their loyalties unknown, a new War Council was convened on Terra during the Horus Heresy:[5]

Horus Heresy: Traitor War Council

Following his turn against the Emperor, Horus gathered a court of like-minded advisers to serve as his new War Council. By the time of the Battle of Isstvan III these included:

Later additions included:[4]