Space Marine Standards
Standards are ceremonial objects of the Space Marine Chapters, bearing the symbol of the Chapter and marked with sacred motifs and the battle honours gained in past wars. They are revered as the embodiments of the honour and fighting spirit of the Companies and the Chapter. Standards are sometimes carried into battle.
The Chapter Banner is the physical manifestation of Chapter's honour. Marines accompanying the standard bearer will furiously prevent the banner from falling to the enemy. Chapter banners are a source of fierce pride for any chapter, taken into battle only when the Space Marine Chapter Master takes to the field, or when a large part of a chapter is deployed to battle. Chapter banners are said to be created on Holy Terra and given to a chapter upon its founding.
Known Chapter Banners
- Dark Angels - Unusually, the Dark Angels have 3 Chapter Banners - Standard of Fortitude, Standard of Devastation, Standard of Retribution
- Excoriators - Stigmartyr
Similar to the Chapter banner, the Company Standard represents the honour of a particular company and will bolster the morale abilities of nearby Space Marines.
The sacred standard embodies the faith and resolution of the Space Marines, bolstering the resolve of nearby Marines. Sacred standards are only carried by standard bearers within a Reclusiam squad.
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compendium, p. 137
- 2: Codex: Angels of Death (2nd Edition), p. 44
- 3: Legion of the Damned (Novel) by Rob Sanders, Chapter One, p. 34