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Early Black Shields
In The Horus Heresy Book 1: Betrayal, Death Guard loyalist Crysos Morturg is repeatedly listed in his testimonies as a Black Shield.
A Black Shield as described in Deathwatch is a Space Marine who has removed his chapter heraldry and painted his left shoulderpad black in order to conceal his chapter of origin. His reasons for doing so are kept secret from his brothers in the Deathwatch, but it varies from Black Shield to Black Shield - sometimes it's because his chapter was destroyed and he is one of the if not the last survivor, and other times it's because his chapter turned traitor and he stayed loyal, or any number of things. In any case, he commits himself to the Deathwatch and the Ordo Xenos and undertakes a life of atonement.
There's no set date of establishment for the Deathwatch itself - although it's mentioned to have happened "centuries ago" (Deathwatch: Core Rulebook, pg. 305) - but it most likely came after the formation of the Ordo Xenos. However, Crysos Morturg and the loyalists he gathered "would live to revenge themselves against their former brothers".
Basically what I'm asking is, how does the Heresy-era Black Shield relate to the Deathwatch Black Shield, or is there a relation? I guess I can be pretty sure of the role that a Heresy-era Black Shield, in contrast to a Deathwatch Black Shield, would play in this case, but would this then imply that there are Black Shields outside of the Deathwatch organization? I guess it's hard to say without knowing Morturg's fate outside of the Istvaan III betrayal.
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