Gods and Empires
The Imperial Guard is the military arm of the Imperium, responsible for defending and expanding Imperial territory, providing law enforcement in urban areas, defending government buildings and officials and even protecting the Imperator himself. Although the phrase ‘Imperial Guard’ is used in a general sense to describe all soldiers of the Imperium, there are actually two distinct branches of the military: the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Legion. The Guards are those most familiar to average citizens since they are tasked with defense and law enforcement. The task of the Legion is to defend the borderlands and to increase the Imperial borders by claiming lands held by the more savage races such as orcs and goblins.