One of the most important parts of any battle is getting there safely. And the techpriests of the Adeptus Mechanicus know how to get there in style.
Gather ’round loremasters and loremaster-initiates. Today we embark upon a journey, not physically–ours is a journey of the mind. We shall be journeying into the heady realm of knowledge, sit down Loremaster-initiate Crenshaw, wherein we shall see how one of the Imperium’s guiding principles–bigger is better–is enacted throughout the Imperium. Today’s lecture focuses on the Adeptus Mechanicus, who specialize in vehicles that embody this philosophy. Only instead of Knights and Titans, today we’re going to focus on the journey, and those vehicles that will help loyal subjects arrive safely at their destination. We’re speaking on the Centurio Ordinatus who oversee the Ordinati.
Ordinati are leviathan sized warmachines created by the Adeptus Mechanicus overseen by the Centurio Ordinatus.
The Centurio Ordinatus is the Mechanicus organization responsible for all aspects of these machines. Every individual Ordinatus is a unique construction and named for the world on which it was first employed or built. Each Ordinatus is unique in that it was designed for specific purpose, for a particular battle. This is why the different Ordinatii have very specialized weapons configured for their intended role. Some were designed to devastate whole cities with a single shot, some devoted to dealing with enemy Titans, while others can transport entire regiments of soldiers under the earth. When the Adeptus Mechanicus was torn apart by civil war during the Horus Heresy, both sides unleashed all manner of Ordinatus upon each other.
After the Heresy, many Ordinatus were abandoned, lost or simply forgotten, remaining hidden in secret armouries, deep underground or in remote locations. Perhaps the greatest military weapons ever conceived, the rediscovery of an Ordinatus often results in civil war, as the finders begin fighting over the great prize. Before they can be sent to war, Ordinatus must be ritually blessed by the Lord of the Centurio Ordinatus. Their crews are highly trained tech-guard warriors. They are protected by an energy-intensive dispersion field which deflects projectiles and energy bolts.
The Ordinatus Minoris Macro Engine was a sub-type of more commonly encountered Ordinatus during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. Smaller than the colossal Ordinatius Primaris, these vehicles were nonetheless still gargantuan and rarer than a Battle Titan. Few Macro-Engines followed a broad class, and most were unique constructs designed by their Forge World of origin. Only a handful of Forge Worlds had the resources or authority to construct these engines.
Here are a few famous Ordinati, featured across the battlefields of the Imperium:
The Ordinatus Aktaeus is a type of Ordinatus engine used by the Mechanicum during the Horus Heresy. Essentially a massive assault drill, the super-heavy transport allowed for the delivery of troops directly into the heart of battle. The weapon also unleashes potent seismic forces upon the enemy in the process.
Ordinatus Armageddon aka “Oberon” – bears a massive plasma-based Nova Cannon, normally only mounted on Voidships, capable of blasting apart enemy Titans with one shot or destroying a tank detachment with a single salvo. It was originally constructed for the First War for Armageddon against the forces of Chaos and partially reawakened to be used against the Orks by the Black Templars for the Third War for Armageddon.
Ordinatus Mars – armed with the devastating sonic disruptor. This immense weapon can level buildings with ease and annihilate enemy tank formations. Ordinatus Mars was created when civil war broke out on Mars during the Horus Heresy. It was intended to break through the defences of the rebels holding up in the city of Castellum Jericho.
Each of these massive warmachines easily dwarfs tanks, transports, even cities. They are civilizations unto themselves, to hear the Mechanicum talk about it. And by studying the tools of their journey, we may safely undertake our own.
Be wary, Loremasters, and remember, knowledge is power and power corrupts