The Laurel of Defiance is the sixtieth short story published in the The Horus Heresy series that was not originally part of an anthology novel. The Laurel of Defiance was first published in the limited-edition Sedition's Gate anthology novel.
The horrors of the Shadow Crusade are over -- the Word Bearers and their World Eaters allies have been driven back, and peace restored to Ultramar. But a new danger has arisen -- a political one, as Primarch Roboute Guilliman and his brothers have declared themselves rulers of a new Imperium. Lucretius Corvo, Ultramarines Captain and survivor of many battles, is unsure. But he is to be honoured by the Primarchs with the Laurel of Defiance for his heroism, and it would be foolish to voice his doubts in such a time...
- The Laurel of Defiance (Short Story) by Guy Haley