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{{Topquote|Happy indeed will you be if he finds you faithful in your stewardship. You are called shepherds; see that you do not act as hirelings. But be true shepherds, with your crooks always in your hands. Do not go to sleep, but guard on all sides the flock committed to you. For if through your carelessness or negligence a wolf carries away one of your sheep, you will surely lose the reward laid up for you with God.|Pope Urban II.}}
In the Warhammer 40K universe, a Chaplain is a basically a [[Space Marine]] version of the [[Ecclesiarchy|Ecclesiastical]] priest, but with guns and power armor. they They are also the most badass type of space marine.
Chaplains were originally formed by [[Lorgar]] as part of the religious slant he brought to the [[Word Bearers]], charging them with spreading the cult of the Lectitio Divinatus, his early form of [[God-Emperor of Mankind|Emperor]]-worship. After assuming control of the Council of [[Terra]], [[Malcador the Sigillite]] instructed the Space Marine Legions to employ Chaplains to enforce the [[Council of Nikaea|Decree of Nikaea]], the Emperor's restrictions on [[Librarians]], as a sort of proto-[[Commissar]].
[[File:DreadnoughtChaplain01.jpg|300px|thumb|left|This Chaplain is a dreadnaughtDreadnought, [[Chaos Space Marines|your]] [[Heresy|argument]] is invalid]]
In the present, a Chaplain's role in a chapter is to root out [[heresy]], inspire other Marines by chanting a litany of verses, maintain the Chapter's relics and traditions, and basically make the Marines around him righteously angry. Unlike [[Commissar]]s of the Imperial Guard, he isn't keen on executing his own men for simple cowardice, mainly because Space Marines only retreat to gain a better tactical advantage and the fact that a Marine is more expensive to create than an expendable guardsman (plus the whole "And they shall know no fear"); but he does still torture/kill [[xenos]], mutants and heretics for tactical, religious, or recreational purposes. Chaplains are an HQ unit and use a Crozius Arcanum. It is their badge of office, a fuckhueg [[power weapon|energy-wreathed mace]] capable of going straight through armour and utterly shattering your head right off of your shoulders in a single swipe. All the while looking totally sweet in his black Power Armour and skull visage helmet while scaring the living shit out of the enemy (Well, in fluff. On the tabletop it's just a Power Mace in 8th ed.), higher ranked Chaplains may also be issued Terminator armour. Outside of the company Chaplains, you have the Master of Sanctity or High Chaplain oversees the [[Space Marine Chapter|Chapter]] Chaplaincy and is a senior advisor to the [[Chapter Master]], and the Reclusiarch, who oversees the Reclusiam, where the Chapter's sacred relics and trophies are displayed. Many Chapters combine the two posts, but not always.
===Iron Hands Iron Father===
Among the [[Iron Hands]], the Chaplains are known as an "Iron Father", which combines the role of Chaplain and [[Techmarine]] together, which reflects the Iron Hands heavy preference for augmentics. Also unique in the fact that they're completely separated from the Ecclesiarchy altogether, considering the chapter's predilection towards machinery and the like. The spat ended with them splitting off and the Iron Hands unable to have Rosarii. To compensate that, the Iron Hands have to fabricate their own equivalents using some special [[Adeptus Mechanicus]] schemes. Needless to say, when comparing the technological prowess of the Ecchlesiarchy Ecclesiarchy and the Mechanicus...
===Space Wolves Wolf Priest===
===Alpha Legion Chaplains===
All Alpha legion Legion chaplains are secretely secretly Alpharius, just as all other Alpha Legionnaires are secretly Alpharius. or maybe not. They are used to spread propaganda and misinformation amongst Imperial citizens, though they might not be. Alpharius himself may have been a chaplainChaplain, though he might not have been.
===Primaris Chaplains===
==Notable Chaplains==
*'''Varnus''': An [[Ultramarines]] Chaplain whose defining deed (making him a potential mary sue Mary Sue (IT WAS [[AWESOME]] NONETHELESS)) is single-handedly [[AWESOME|pwning a fuck-mothering]] [[Bloodthirster|BLOODTHIRSTER]]. Needless to say, [[Khorne]] was very [[RAGE|salty]].
*'''[[Asmodai]]''': Interrogator-Chaplain of the [[Dark Angels]]. A major buzzkill, and batshit crazy, but more famous than his boss.
*'''Sapphon''': High-Interrogator of the Dark Angels, at odds with Asmodai over practically everything.