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Shield-Captain Dawneagle Jetbike

A Vertus Praetor of the Adeptus Custodes sits astride a powerful Dawneagle Pattern Jetbike.

The Dawneagle Jetbike, or more formally the Dawneagle Pattern Jetbike, is a highly mobile, customised Imperial Jetbike design utilised exclusively by the Adeptus Custodes. These vehicles serve as the airborne mounts of the Custodians known as Vertus Praetors.

Armed with powerful Hurricane Bolters and Salvo Launchers, these master combatants are able to place perfect kill shots even while screaming at a breakneck pace, laying down a salvo of deadly fire that can slay a heavily armoured foe in a single pass.

History

The Adeptus Custodes have access to an incomparable armoury of technology, much of it dating back thousands of years. The sleek Dawneagle Jetbike is an incredible vehicle, a Great Crusade-era relic wrought in auramite and adamantium. Flown by the airborne squads of Vertus Praetors, these veteran Custodian warriors are able to not simply bring the enemy to battle, but to direct their might precisely where and when it is most needed. These Jetbikes are almost as large as light fighter craft and -- while they are still grav-skimmers -- can deliver a near-supersonic turn of speed. Their hulls are phenomenally durable, allowing their riders to slam through walls and enemy warriors without being unseated, and they react pugnaciously to the slightest touch of the controls, able to jink effortlessly through incoming fire.

When armed with Hurricane Bolters, the Dawneagle can plough bloody furrows through enemy hordes. However, it is when equipped with Salvo Launchers that Vertus Praetors truly come into their own as lightning-fast tank hunters. They scream across the battlefield, rapidly outflanking and encircling the heaviest enemy vehicles before annihilating them with strafing runs of Melta Missiles. Even enemy aircraft are not safe, for by combining their fire the Vertus Praetors are able to weave airborne webs of flakk blasts into which hurtling enemy aircraft slam with terminal results.

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Sources

  • Codex: Adeptus Custodes (8th Edition), pp. 15, 37, 41, 51, 60, 67
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