DORN STEPPED FORWARDS, through the ranks of his Astartes.
‘Put up your weapons,’ he said gently.
The Imperial Fists smartly raised the boltguns to their shoul-
‘I meant everyone,’ added Dorn, looking at the custodes.
Amon and Haedo kept their spears aimed at the canopied
‘My lord, Pherom Sichar is a traitor and spy,’ replied Amon carefully. ‘He is using the networks of his extensive mercantile empire to communicate with the Warmaster and his benighted rebels. We have just cause and evidence enough to hold him and interrogate him. He will come with us.’
‘Or?’ asked Dorn with a soft, almost amused smile.
‘He will come with us, my lord,’ Amon insisted.
‘An object lesson in determination and loyalty, eh, Archamus?’
‘Indeed, my lord,’ replied the commander of the huscarls.
‘They would fight six Astartes and a primarch in order to ac-
complish their duty,’ Dorn said.
‘My lord,’ Amon said, ‘please stand aside.’
‘I’m half-tempted to let you attempt to go through me,’ said
Dorn. ‘I would, of course, hurt you both.’
‘You would try,’ replied Haedo. ‘My lord,’ he added.
‘Enough,’ said Dorn. ‘Archamus?’
The retinue commander stepped forwards.
More complete story, next Dorn reveals that the guy Custodes captured was actually a double agent and commends them. The point is that Custodes can beat Dorn (they can't, it is not even implied), it's that they're loyal to Emperor alone and would go against even the leader of Terra's defences if duty demanded regardless of their chances.