Though they were initially suspicious of him, Mortarion proved himself one of their kind, and moulded them into an army that at first defied the hunting parties of the overlords, and then turned the tables upon them.

At length, the only one left was he who had been Mortarion's master, residing so high in the toxic strata that not even Mortarion could pursue him.

When the XIV Legion was reunited with its Primarch Mortarion on the world of Barbarus, he renamed the Legion the Death Guard.

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At length, he reached the grim keep of his former master and raged for the overlord to face him.

Yet, even the Primarch's superhumanly enhanced body could not withstand the toxic atmosphere, but as he succumbed, he saw the golden figure of the Emperor step between him and the overlord, entirely unaffected by the poisonous air.

With a single stroke of his mighty blade, the Emperor felled the last overlord, and Mortarion acceded to his fate.

Once the Primarch was united with his Legion, it was found that the Death Guard, as they were renamed by their new lord, were amongst the most resolute and resilient of all the Legions.

If he could not, Mortarion must accept his fate and join the Great Crusade.

Mortarion accepted the Emperor's challenge and ascended into the toxic clouds, higher than he had ever travelled before.

The Emperor of Mankind sought to unite all of humanity under one banner following the Long Night of the Age of Strife, and end inter-human conflict.

Once united, the Emperor intended to begin the next stage of His great plan to ensure human domination of the Milky Way Galaxy, which He judged to be necessary if humanity was to survive the never-ceasing threats to its existence embodied by Chaos, myriad xenos races and its own fragile human nature.

Apostles of Contagion, Bilious Ones, Carrion Hounds, Corpsemakers, Dolorous Gnaw, Empyrion's Blight, Favoured Sons, Fecund Ones, Filth-favoured, Glooming Lords, Heralds of Despair, Mouldering Claw, Pallid Hand, Poisoned Chalice, Prophets of the Seven, Putrid Choir, Rotworm Brotherhood, Rusted Claws, Smogrot Brotherhood, Sons of Sorrow, Sons of the Maggot, Suppurant Sting, The Tainted, Tainted Lung, Tainted Sons, Weeping Legion The Death Guard are one of the Traitor Legions of Chaos Space Marines.