History Awesome / GauntsGhosts

26th Mar '16 11:50:48 AM USABobcat
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* ''First & Only'' features an extended vehicle chase where Gaunt is being pursued by troopers from a rival regiment. The chase ends with Gaunt's vehicle barreling into a barn where a large group of Ghosts are having a party. He simply leaps from the vehicle, snatches a bottle out of a trooper's hand, downs a swig of sacra and says "Lads, I could use a hand!" Then the rival troopers charge in to find EVERY GUN IN THE ROOM pointed at them.

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* ''First & Only'' features an extended vehicle chase where Gaunt is being pursued by troopers from a rival regiment. The chase ends with Gaunt's vehicle barreling into a barn an illegal gambling den where a large group of Ghosts are having a party.party with the booze they stole from local gangsters. He simply leaps from the vehicle, snatches a bottle out of a trooper's hand, downs a swig of sacra and says "Lads, I could use a hand!" Then the rival troopers charge in to find EVERY GUN IN THE ROOM pointed at them.
17th Dec '15 11:31:36 AM USABobcat
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** Colonel-Commissar Gaunt gets his very own moment in ''Straight Silver'', where he comes across some local troops beating up his medics, who caught them stealing the Ghosts' medical supplies.

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** * Colonel-Commissar Gaunt gets his very own moment in ''Straight Silver'', where he comes across some local troops beating up his medics, who caught them stealing the Ghosts' medical supplies.



** Gaunt, in Honour Guard. After [[spoiler: the Citadel explodes]] he goes into depression briefly, drinking very heavily. The Lord-General Lugo, a complete idiot, comes to reprimand him, arriving one hour later. Gaunt shows up to the parade ground five seconds after Lugo arrives. The encounter goes like this:
*** "Lugo sniffed suddenly. 'Have you been drinking, Gaunt?' 'Yes, sir. A cup of altar wine during the morning obeisance conducted by the ayatani (Local Priests). It was symbolic and expected of me.'
*** Undermined a bit by the fact that he ''is'' DrowningMySorrows, which is not exactly productive. In fact, later on, Rawne gets his own Moment by [[WhatTheHellHero calling Gaunt out on that]] and demanding some evidence that he's actually making a moral stand, rather than just self-destructing in despair.
** Abnett seems to favour Mkoll getting these. Even earlier in ''Ghostmaker'', an ADayInTheLimelight section reveals that he destroyed a [[HumongousMecha Chaos Dreadnought]] singlehandedly and then tells the trooper accompanying him not to tell the others. Then in ''Sabbat Martyr'', he out-stealths a Dark Eldar Mandrake. To quote the ScarilyCompetentTracker page: "who is essentially a psychic master assassin space elf who's been tracking down and killing others like himself for ''centuries''. Mkoll, in turn, makes him look like an ''amateur'' right before he blows his head clean off."
*** It is worthwhile to point out that Mkoll does say, (Paraphrased) "You're good. I'm better" and that the Mandrake was pretty overconfident.
** Likewise, Mkvenner, who's badassery is second only to Mkoll, is able to fight off hordes of cultists and daemons in ''hand to hand combat'' with nothing more than an empty lasgun or wooden staff thanks to his Kung Fu skills.
*** [=MkVenner=] gets a [[spoiler: supposedly posthumous]] one in ''The Armour of Contempt'' when he frees an entire band of resistance fighters ''from the goddamned Inquisition'' without alerting ''anyone.''
** Ana Curth gets hers when she faces down a Commissar, pulls rank on him, and basically ''orders'' him to do her bidding.
** [[spoiler: Saint Sabbat, reincarnated.]]

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** Gaunt, Rawne, in Honour Guard. After [[spoiler: the Citadel explodes]] he Gaunt goes into depression briefly, drinking very heavily. The Lord-General Lugo, a complete idiot, comes to reprimand him, arriving one hour later. Gaunt shows up to the parade ground five seconds after Lugo arrives. The encounter goes like this:
*** "Lugo sniffed suddenly. 'Have you been drinking, Gaunt?' 'Yes, sir. A cup of altar wine during the morning obeisance conducted by the ayatani (Local Priests). It was symbolic and expected of me.'
*** Undermined a bit by the fact that he ''is'' DrowningMySorrows, which is not exactly productive. In fact, later on,
Rawne gets his own Moment by [[WhatTheHellHero calling Gaunt out on that]] and demanding some evidence that he's actually making a moral stand, rather than just self-destructing in despair.
** * Abnett seems to favour Mkoll getting these. Even earlier in ''Ghostmaker'', an ADayInTheLimelight section reveals that he destroyed a [[HumongousMecha Chaos Dreadnought]] singlehandedly and then tells the trooper accompanying him not to tell the others. Then in ''Sabbat Martyr'', he out-stealths a Dark Eldar Mandrake. To quote the ScarilyCompetentTracker page: "who is essentially a psychic master assassin space elf who's been tracking down and killing others like himself for ''centuries''. Mkoll, in turn, makes him look like an ''amateur'' right before he blows his head clean off."
*** ** It is worthwhile to point out that Mkoll does say, (Paraphrased) "You're good. I'm better" and that the Mandrake was pretty overconfident.
** Likewise, * Mkvenner, who's badassery is second only to Mkoll, is able to fight off hordes of cultists and daemons in ''hand to hand combat'' with nothing more than an empty lasgun or wooden staff thanks to his Kung Fu skills.
*** ** [=MkVenner=] gets a [[spoiler: supposedly posthumous]] one in ''The Armour of Contempt'' when he frees an entire band of resistance fighters ''from the goddamned Inquisition'' without alerting ''anyone.''
** * Ana Curth gets hers when she faces down a Commissar, pulls rank on him, and basically ''orders'' him to do her bidding.
** * [[spoiler: Saint Sabbat, reincarnated.]]



*** [[spoiler: Saint Sabbat]] then singlehandedly destroys a Baneblade super-heavy tank with nothing but a ''sword'' and a ''tube charge''.
** Better yet, any named character that lasts longer than a page will likely get their own CMOA. There's just too many to count.

** We cannot neglect Dorden, despite his being "just" TheMedic. In ''First And Only'' his acting gets some Ghosts out of a tight spot. Then in ''Necropolis'' he takes out a ruffian with a nerve pinch explicitly compared to something an assassin could do.
** Okay, guys, let's just admit it. ''Necropolis'' as a whole is a Crowning ''Novel'' of Awesome. You've got:
*** Gaunt's speech to Modile, right before he blows his head off.
*** The entire defense of Veyver Gate.
*** Gaunt and General Sturm ransacking the VPHC stockade to rescue General Grizmund.
*** General Grizmund's subsequent ''serving'' of the Zoican tank divisions with his Narmenian armor charge.
*** Gaunt ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]]'' [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Heritor]] [[HumanoidAbomination Asphodel]] in [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice close combat.]]
*** A short-lived EnsembleDarkHorse for this troper is Culcis of the Royal Volpone. His first appearance is in ''Ghostmaker'', where, despite being wounded, he takes it upon himself to be the ColdSniper in Dorden's defense of the farm. He doesn't miss, and Mkoll thinks that his eye is as good ''as Larkin's.'' He turns up again, now a Major, in ''Necropolis'', and, during the First Storm, gets hit by the heaviest of the enemy assaults. Despite 70% casualties and the ''loss of his hand'', he stills beats them off. Then he gets his injury seen to.
*** Commissar Kowle's HeroicSacrifice while fighting Sondar's Chaos Beast by letting it ''bite his arms off'' while he was holding a belt of primed grenades.
** One of the short stories making up ''Ghostmaker'' starts with the Ghosts ambushing a group of World Eater Chaos Marines ambushing an Imperial tank group. Lampshaded by the commander of the regiment they saved: "Takes discipline to ambush an ambush".
** ''Ghostmaker'' can best be summed up as a series of short stories that effectively consist of "Today, this Ghost does something awesome." Today, Mkoll kills a Chaos Dreadnought. Tonight, Corbec and Dorden and a single squad of Ghosts hold off a battalion of Chaos troops to ensure a field hospital full of wounded troopers is held safe until the morning. Today, Bragg uses his status as TheBigGuy to trick an entire army of brigands into emerging to get blasted by an air strike. Tonight, Caffran tricks an entire hive city of Khornate cultists into committing ritual suicide. And so on, and so forth. The novel culminates with a single platoon of Ghosts (and a squad of [[EnemyMine Eldar]], but pretty much nobody knew about them) killing so many Chaos troops that Imperial High Command ''dismisses the entire battle'' as being a massive shared delusion.
** Tona Criid, freshly sergeanted, beating the snot out of [[AxCrazy Cuu]] and refusing to let him go until he repeats her orders back ''politely''. Then Feygor comes in to relay Rawne's request that they keep the noise down, and the conversation basically goes "Should he be bleeding like that?" "Yes." "Okay."
*** And in ''Blood Pact'', Tona Criid [[spoiler: ''kicks an Inquisitor holding her prisoner in the face''.]] That same scene is also a CMOA for Commissar Blenner, a flabby, overweight officer who spends all his time in the rear, for [[spoiler: telling off that same Inquisitor with an endless wave of witty responses.]]
*** While the whole fight with the Chaos Space Marines in ''Traitor General'' was a crowner for the entire infiltration force, Tona Criid giving one of them an explosive necklace rather stands out. Not least because her reaction to an attack by Chaos Space Marines was to ''attack them right back''.
** While he isn't killed, Corbec and Larkin managed to curb stomp Inquisitor Heldane in ''First and Only'', who had previously been shown as an incredibly intimidating psyker far above the lowly men of the Guard.

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*** ** [[spoiler: Saint Sabbat]] then singlehandedly destroys a Baneblade super-heavy tank with nothing but a ''sword'' and a ''tube charge''.
** * Better yet, any named character that lasts longer than a page will likely get their own CMOA. There's just too many to count.

** * We cannot neglect Dorden, despite his being "just" TheMedic. In ''First And Only'' his acting gets some Ghosts out of a tight spot. Then in ''Necropolis'' he takes out a ruffian with a nerve pinch explicitly compared to something an assassin could do.
** Okay, guys, let's * Let's just admit it. ''Necropolis'' as a whole is a Crowning ''Novel'' of Awesome. You've got:
*** ** Gaunt's speech to Modile, right before he blows his head off.
*** ** The entire defense of Veyver Gate.
*** ** Gaunt and General Sturm ransacking the VPHC stockade to rescue General Grizmund.
*** ** General Grizmund's subsequent ''serving'' of the Zoican tank divisions with his Narmenian armor charge.
*** ** Gaunt ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]]'' [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Heritor]] [[HumanoidAbomination Asphodel]] in [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice close combat.]]
*** ** A short-lived EnsembleDarkHorse for this troper is Culcis of the Royal Volpone. His first appearance is in ''Ghostmaker'', where, despite being wounded, he takes it upon himself to be the ColdSniper in Dorden's defense of the farm. He doesn't miss, and Mkoll thinks that his eye is as good ''as Larkin's.'' He turns up again, now a Major, in ''Necropolis'', and, during the First Storm, gets hit by the heaviest of the enemy assaults. Despite 70% casualties and the ''loss of his hand'', he stills beats them off. Then he gets his injury seen to.
*** ** Commissar Kowle's HeroicSacrifice while fighting Sondar's Chaos Beast by letting it ''bite his arms off'' while he was holding a belt of primed grenades.
** * One of the short stories making up ''Ghostmaker'' starts with the Ghosts ambushing a group of World Eater Chaos Marines ambushing an Imperial tank group. Lampshaded by the commander of the regiment they saved: "Takes discipline to ambush an ambush".
** * ''Ghostmaker'' can best be summed up as a series of short stories that effectively consist of "Today, this Ghost does something awesome." Today, Mkoll kills a Chaos Dreadnought. Tonight, Corbec and Dorden and a single squad of Ghosts hold off a battalion of Chaos troops to ensure a field hospital full of wounded troopers is held safe until the morning. Today, Bragg uses his status as TheBigGuy to trick an entire army of brigands into emerging to get blasted by an air strike. Tonight, Caffran tricks an entire hive city of Khornate cultists into committing ritual suicide. And so on, and so forth. The novel culminates with a single platoon of Ghosts (and a squad of [[EnemyMine Eldar]], but pretty much nobody knew about them) killing so many Chaos troops that Imperial High Command ''dismisses the entire battle'' as being a massive shared delusion.
** * Tona Criid, freshly sergeanted, promoted to Sergeant, beating the snot out of [[AxCrazy Cuu]] and refusing to let him go until he repeats her orders back ''politely''. Then Feygor comes in to relay Rawne's request that they keep the noise down, and the conversation basically goes "Should he be bleeding like that?" "Yes." "Okay."
*** ** And in ''Blood Pact'', Tona Criid [[spoiler: ''kicks an Inquisitor holding her prisoner in the face''.]] That same scene is also a CMOA for Commissar Blenner, a flabby, overweight officer who spends all his time in the rear, for [[spoiler: telling off that same Inquisitor with an endless wave of witty responses.]]
*** ** While the whole fight with the Chaos Space Marines in ''Traitor General'' was a crowner for the entire infiltration force, Tona Criid giving one of them an explosive necklace rather stands out. Not least because her reaction to an attack by Chaos Space Marines was to ''attack them right back''.
** * While he isn't killed, Corbec and Larkin managed to curb stomp Inquisitor Heldane in ''First and Only'', who had previously been shown as an incredibly intimidating psyker far above the lowly men of the Guard.



** From Traitor General, Brostin's trick with the fuel bowser is impressive. He's just gotten chastised for being a failure as a scout, then finds himself staring at a mostly-full fuel bowser with some Chaos goons around it. He sprays the fuel everywhere along the road, then

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** * From Traitor General, Brostin's trick with the fuel bowser is impressive. He's just gotten chastised for being a failure as a scout, then finds himself staring at a mostly-full fuel bowser with some Chaos goons around it. He sprays the fuel everywhere along the road, then



** Also, earlier in the novel, he [[spoiler:infiltrates a Commisariat facility just to prove a point that their security sucks. Oh, and he also happens to inadvertently interrupt an actual assassination plot at the same time.]]

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** Also, earlier in the novel, he [[spoiler:infiltrates a Commisariat Commissariat facility just to prove a point that their security sucks. Oh, and he also happens to inadvertently interrupt an actual assassination plot at the same time.]]



** A similar scene from ''Straight Silver'' demonstrates the precise level of [[KnifeNut Knife Nuttery]] to be found among the ghosts. Sergeant Varl has been doing his showman trick, hosting [[SpaceX space-chicken]] fights to amuse the Imperials and local soldiers. One of the locals starts causing trouble and raises a fist -- only to find his sleeve pinned to the doorframe by a Tanith warknife before he can react. One of his friends points out that sure, Varl has good aim, but now he's unarmed, so Varl casually [[GiveMeASword requests some assistance]]. An instant later, a dozen warknives are sitting in a semicircle at his feet, every one [[TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn stuck fast in the wood floor]]. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm The locals just go home]].

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** A similar scene from ''Straight Silver'' demonstrates the precise level of [[KnifeNut Knife Nuttery]] to be found among the ghosts.Ghosts. Sergeant Varl has been doing his showman trick, hosting [[SpaceX space-chicken]] fights to amuse the Imperials and local soldiers. One of the locals starts causing trouble and raises a fist -- only to find his sleeve pinned to the doorframe by a Tanith warknife before he can react. One of his friends points out that sure, Varl has good aim, but now he's unarmed, so Varl casually [[GiveMeASword requests some assistance]]. An instant later, a dozen warknives are sitting in a semicircle at his feet, every one [[TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn stuck fast in the wood floor]]. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm The locals just go home]].



* This troper found this moment to be one of the most awesome in the entire series;
--> Gaunt found Sar Af talking to Dorden. The old medicae looked especially fragile beside the vast Space Marine in his heavy boarding armour

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* This troper found this moment [[spoiler: Dorden's inevitable death to be one of the most awesome his failing body comes up in the entire series;
conversation]] in ''Salvation's Reach''.
--> Gaunt found Sar Af talking to Dorden. [[spoiler: Dorden]]. The [[spoiler: old medicae medicae]] looked especially fragile beside the vast Space Marine in his heavy boarding armour



--> 'I'm not,' said Dorden.

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--> 'I'm not,' said [[spoiler: Dorden.]]
8th Oct '15 12:24:09 AM JamaicanCastle
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** A similar scene from ''Straight Silver'' demonstrates the precise level of [[KnifeNut Knife Nuttery]] to be found among the ghosts. Sergeant Varl has been doing his showman trick, hosting [[SpaceX space-chicken]] fights to amuse the Imperials and local soldiers. One of the locals starts causing trouble and raises a fist -- only to find his sleeve pinned to the doorframe by a Tanith warknife before he can react. One of his friends points out that sure, Varl has good aim, but now he's unarmed, so Varl casually [[GiveMeASword requests some assistance]]. An instant later, a dozen warknives are sitting in a semicircle at his feet, every one [[TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn stuck fast in the wood floor]]. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm The locals just go home]].
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** And when they advance further into the station, intent on simply annihilating the station, which the Guard [[spoiler: do not want since they want the Sons of Sek and the BloodPact to believe they're starting a civil war against each other, Ludd convinces them to back down.]] This is a normal human, talking down a trio of genetically enhanced soldiers who take HonourBeforeReason to whole new highs. BadAss.

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** And when they advance further into the station, intent on simply annihilating the station, which the Guard [[spoiler: do not want since they want the Sons of Sek and the BloodPact Blood Pact to believe they're starting a civil war against each other, Ludd convinces them to back down.]] This is a normal human, talking down a trio of genetically enhanced soldiers who take HonourBeforeReason to whole new highs. BadAss.{{Badass}}.
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*** Gaunt ''killing'' [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Heritor]] [[HumanoidAbomination Asphodel]] in close combat.

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*** Gaunt ''killing'' ***Gaunt ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing]]'' [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Heritor]] [[HumanoidAbomination Asphodel]] in [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice close combat. combat.]]
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***Gaunt ''killing'' [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Heritor]] [[HumanoidAbomination Asphodel]] in close combat.
18th Mar '15 2:22:38 PM USABobcat
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''The Guns of Tanith'', where Scout Sergeant Mkoll survives getting his ship blown up, climbs across a half-meter-wide span over the course of a day (in ''acid fog'' and with mutant predators hounding him every way) up the side of the hab-dome which is containing the Chaos Champion he's being sent to assassinate, sneaking into his mansion, and shooting him. When the Chaos Champion reacts with disdain at the attack due to his shields, Mkoll's only response? "This is just a distraction." Followed by six tube charges blowing up in the Champion's face.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''The Guns of Tanith'', where Scout Sergeant Mkoll survives getting his ship blown up, climbs across up a half-meter-wide span along the side of the mountain hab-dome over the course of a day (in ''acid fog'' and with mutant predators hounding him every way) up the side of the hab-dome which is containing the Chaos Champion he's being sent to assassinate, sneaking into his mansion, and shooting him. When the Chaos Champion reacts with disdain at the attack due to his shields, Mkoll's only response? "This is just a distraction." Followed by six tube charges blowing up in the Champion's face.
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** Gaunt ended the situation on Vervunhive before [[spoiler: Macaroth's fleet]] arrives to assist. Now that's something.
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--> ''Soric frowned. [[HeroicSacrifice "Duty, sir. What other way is there?"'']]

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--> ''Soric frowned. [[HeroicSacrifice "Duty, sir. What other way is there?"'']]there?"'']] ''
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--> ''Soric frowned. "Duty, sir. What other way is there?"''

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--> ''Soric frowned. [[HeroicSacrifice "Duty, sir. What other way is there?"''there?"'']]
** They traded one man for every tank. Talk about determination.
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