The Novamarines' use of a quartered livery as their Chapter colours is based upon Lucretius Corvo's own personal heraldry.
He led his company in countless successful engagements during the Great Crusade and served as one of the Ultramarines' Champions during the vicious fighting against the apostate Word Bearers Traitor Legion on the planet Astagar during the Heresy.
In this particularly brutal six-solar-day-long battle, Corvo commanded a desperate counterattack against an enemy force many times his own unit's number.
His chosen band managed to destroy a Traitor Warlord-class Titan and break the siege. As recognition for his tenacity and heroic actions, a Laurel of Defiance was awarded to Corvo by Primarch Roboute Guilliman himself.
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