|Imperial Household Bodyguard (Eastern Roman Empire)|
|Appears in||Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion|
|Type||Heavy Cavalry; Bodyguard|
|Special abilities||Good morale; Good stamina|
The Imperial Household Bodyguard is an elite force, equipped and trained to the highest standards, and loyal to the person of the Eastern Emperor. They are the perfect defenders of generals and family members on campaign.
These men are the "comites dominorum nostrorum" (the companions of our lords) or the "basilikon telos" in the Greek-speaking parts of the Empire, who are sworn to protect the persons of the Eastern Imperial household. The Praetorians were traditionaly the guardians of the Emperors, but they became overmighty and too willing to kill their employers for political and financial advantage. It was quite clear that an Emperor who wished to die of old age would have to disband the Praetorians and create a new military elite that would be loyal to him. Under the tetrarchy, the "comites dominorum nostrum" (the companions of our lords) came to fulfil many of the Praetorians' duties. Unlike the household guards in the Western Empire, foreigners are not the majority in their ranks.