A Sagittarum Guard Squad was a less-common formation utilised by the Legio Custodes, the elite bodyguard of the Emperor of Mankind, during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy in the 30th and 31st Millennia. Serving as a part of the Tharanatoi caste that served the Custodes as heavy shock troops, the Sagittarum Guard utilised potent portable firepower, whose weapons included those few dark relics known as Adrathic Weapons -- disintegration beams of phenomenal destructive potential, long gathered to the Emperor's household and entrusted to no other. It is unknown if this particular formation is still deployed by the Adeptus Custodes of the 41st Millennium.
Though less common within the ranks of the Legio Custodes than their peers, those warriors who comprised the Sagittarum Guard Sodalities nevertheless fulfilled a number of vital roles within the Custodians' order of battle. Their art of war, in contrast to the rest of the Custodian Guard, was focussed on slaying the foe primarily at distance and upon the devastating application of firepower on the battlefield.
In addition to this, the Sagittarum had entered legend as the hawk-sighted sentries of the Terran walls, charged with vigilance over the external borders of the Imperial Palace in ready anticipation of attack. Through solar decades of duty, their ability to recall movement patterns, faces and speech even standard years after the original incident was honed even more so than that of their peers, and as such their enhanced ability to analyse crowds for anticipated response grew in import upon the battlefields of the Great Crusade.
That oversight cultivated on the walls of the Imperial Palace served to ensure that their presence among the detachments of the Emperor's guard was tailored to precisely excise the greatest threats of the enemy assault, annihilating it in the actinic fire of weapons the likes of which had not been seen in such concentration since the dreaded Dark Age of Technology.
- 3-10 Sagittarum Guard
The entire Sagittarum Guard may be equipped with any of the following options:
One member of the Sagittarum Guard Squad may exchange their Adrastus Bolt Caliver for the following:
A Coronus Grav-Carrier often served as a designated transport for a Sagittarum Guard Squad if they numbered six Custodians or less.
- The Horus Heresy - Book Seven: Inferno (Forge World Series) by Alan Bligh, pp. 116, 277
- Forge World Webstore - Legio Custodes Sagittarum Guard