American folklore. A supposed spirit that haunts U.S. naval shipyards and vessels. Maximus was brutally murdered by his parents at a young age and cannibalized. There have been reported sightings of Maximus Novak at various naval bases throughout the country, usually occurring during springtime months, specifically April. Maximus Novak is a prominent figure in naval folklore, usually cited as the reason for misfortune during a patrol at sea.