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Colour Scheme Legion Info Symbol
Name: Legio Defensor
Alternative name: Nova Guard
Affiliation: Imperium
Founded: Unknown
Forge World: Satyraes XII[4]
Colours: Black and light grey with a green stripe
Strength: 136 Titans (Horus Heresy)[5]

The Legio Defensor, also known as the Nova Guard[2], are a Loyalist Titan Legion. Its symbol is the stag of their homeworld Satyraes XII lit by the Forge World's twin suns. It is said that the people of Satrayes XII once worshipped the great forest stags as gods, who they saw as the forerunner manifestation of the Emperor.[4]


During the early days of the Great Crusade the Nova Guard became infatuated with the teachings of the Lectitio Divinitatus. This was due to the influence of the Word Bearers Space Marine Legion, whom they frequently Crusaded alongside in the time before their treachery against the Emperor. Of all the Titan Legions, the Nova Guard contained the largest numbers of those sworn to the early Imperial Creed. Its Princeps were known for their righteous wrath. Utterly devoted to the Emperor, they rarely gave ground to enemies and preferred to martyr themselves.[4]

However, after the destruction of Monarchia, the Legio Defensor withdrew its support from the Word Bearers openly while many of its members continued the Imperial Cult in secret. During the ensuing Horus Heresy they remained true to the Emperor, gaining a reputation for brutal righteousness and increasingly religious fanaticism. By the start of the Heresy the Legion numbered some 136 Titans, two-thirds of which were Warlords while the remainder were mostly Reavers and Nightgaunts. The use of Scout Titans was a rarity within the Legion; they only numbered some two dozen.[5]

During the Heresy, the Nova Guard made a brutal example of traitor-allied cities during the Tarren Suppression.[2] They later took part in the Battle of Beta-Garmon alongside their allies, the Legio Solaria.[3a] The Beta-Garmon campaign devastated the Legion, and they were only able to provide three Titans to the Siege of Terra.[6]




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