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"Reiksguard Knights, your Emperor is calling! Death or glory awaits us, but if we die, we will die as warriors, with swords in hand, and there is no better death than that! "
Kurt Helborg, Grandmaster of the Reiksguard Knights.[1b]
Warhammer Empire Templar Grandmaster

A mighty Grandmaster leading his Knightly Order to war

Grand Masters are the highest ranking Knights within a Knightly Order, commanding the complete allegiance of all its members.

Overview

A Grandmaster is a warrior and leader of unparalleled valour, having fought in dozens of battles and whose military prowess is beyond question. An Elector Count can request that a Knightly Order fight alongside his army, but the decision to ride out lies solely with the Grand Master himself. This makes the Grand Master a very powerful individual within the Empire, a power that is equal to an Empire General. When an Elector Count petitions a Knightly Order for aid, it is sometimes a condition that the Grand Master himself takes command of the army. Most Elector Counts are only too happy for a general of such superlative ability to lead his troops into battle.[1a]

Each Grandmaster is a paragon of knightly virtue, and is not only one of the most fearsome warriors in the Old World, but also a legendary commander and leader of men. They are rare in number, for even amongst those dedicated individuals who have the skill and strength of mind to become a Knight of the Inner Circle, few have what it takes to reach the pinnacle of Imperial knighthood. A Grandmaster is always at the forefront of an army when it marches to war, and is usually among the most trusted of military advisors and generals. A Grandmaster of a templar order is often a leading personality within a religious cult as well, commanding total loyalty from its warriors.[2]

Famous Grand Masters

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 43
    • 1b: pg. 44
  • 2: WFRP: Career Compendium
  • 3: Games Workshop Webstore - Grand Master

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