History Awesome / GreyKnights

24th Jan '16 11:36:16 AM LordoftheNight
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* A Grey Knight Paladin is a CMoA in post-human form. They are basically Chaos Champions but for the Emperor instead of Chaos, to become one a Grey Knight must pass some of the most harrowing challenges in the entire Imperium, tests that even the Grey Knights consider near impossible. First they must spend a day and a night in the haunted caverns beneath Mount Anarch on Titan without losing their sanity or their purpose. Next he must match his will against the unsleeping evil of the dread tome Abbiallach, which lies chained in the Chapter fortress-monastery's Sanctum Sanctorum. After that he must trave to Lansel's Tomb on the doomed moon of Tethys, wearing no armour to protect him from the Warp-spawned beasts trapped there, and kill one of each of the four types of Daemon Herald in service to the Chaos Gods, returning with a horn or tooth from each to prove his victory. More trials follow until the final one where the potential Paladin must seek out and banish one of the 666 most powerful Daemons in creation using their true name taken from the Iron Grimoire; some of the names on that list are An'ggrath the Unbound (whose very manifestation can destroy planets), Zarakynel (who has eaten entire Craftworlds), Fateweaever (who can see the future perfectly), and the Daemon Primarchs (who are pointedly NOT at the top of the list). Only once he has done that, is he truly a Paladin.
24th Jan '16 11:27:03 AM LordoftheNight
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* In reality just being a Grey Knight is a Crowning Moment of Awesome for any young boy who actually manages to pass the trials to become one. For starters he must be a psyker, of which only one in a million humans are, and only one in a million psykers even has the potential to become a Grey Knight. Then he must survive 666 of the most horrific, dangerous and mind-bending challenges, some of which include; trekking across the freezing and thin-atmosphereic surface of Titan for thousands of leagues just to reach the Grey Knights fortress-monastery, only to have an explosive collar clipped to their nexts and told to go back out and reach the Xanadu Region, a place filled with hallucingenoc chemicals that make those who breathe them in feel as if reality is falling apart around them. To reach that they must pass through a myriad of hellzones across Titan including a chasm where a single whisper can cause a rockslide, deserts filled with rabid combat-Servitors, and ancient rock mazes filled with the spirits of those who fought against the Emperor during his conquest of Saturn. If the aspirant reaches Xanadu he must prove he has the strength to withstand the horrors there without using his psychic powers, if he fails the collar goes off and leaves nothing but a headless skeleton to mark another failure; fewer than one in a thousand survive this trial. If he should survive that, weeks of pain, sacrifice and trial await him as he continues his journey across Titan to prove that he has the strength of will necessary to survive. Finally if he passes all of that he is officially accepted as a Neophyte of the Chapter, and the true training can begin...
** Just goes to show, even the youngest Grey Knight has been through so much more horror than the oldest Captains and Battle-Brothers of the normal Astartes Chapters.


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* Justicar Tancred gets an incredible one when he rises up after the possessed corpse of Saint Evisser nearly kills him, marches up to the Saint while roaring the battlecry of the Grey Knights, and then decapitates the heretic. [[spoiler: He doesn't survive the resulting explosion, but he went out like any great Grey Knight should; giving his life to hold back the darkness.]]
---> '''Tancred''': I am the hammer, I am the sword in His hand, I am the point of His spear, I am the gauntlet about His fist, I am the bane of His foes, and I am the woes of the treacherous, I am the end.
24th Jan '16 11:12:16 AM LordoftheNight
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** And yet as Alaric points out this is also a Crowning Moment for the Grey Knights, as yes Ghargatuloth did do all that, but he HAD to do all that. Everything in the above list was a necessary for his attack on the Grey Knights, and none of that stuff was easy or simple. It took moving an entire star system like chess pieces just for this Greater Daemon of Tzeentch to have a shot at hurting the 666th Chapter, and they know it;
---> '''Alaric''': You had to use the whole Trail. Saint Evisser, the cardinals, every single citizen, you had to move them all into position to beat us. Remember that. You put your plan in motion before the Trail even existed, because you knew it would take nothing less. We made you work, daemon. You feared us so much you had to move star systems to make us dance to your tune.
7th Nov '12 10:31:36 AM Scardoll
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** In the same novel, Logan Grimnar gets one when he takes down [[spoiler: Grandmaster Jorus before he can even unsheathe his blades.]]
** And [[spoiler: Bjorn the Fell-Handed]] receives one when even [[spoiler: Hyperion]] bows to him in respect.
14th Apr '12 1:36:47 PM troublegum
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* Another one from the ''Warhammer 40K'' line, this time from the ''GreyKnights'' novel. Justicar Alaric and a small team of his Grey Knights were about to face one of the most terrible daemons in the galaxy. In fact, it was one so terrible that it once massacred over 300 GreyKnights in one battle. To inspire his men, he gave this awesome speech:

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* Another one from the ''Warhammer 40K'' line, this time from the ''GreyKnights'' ''Literature/GreyKnights'' novel. Justicar Alaric and a small team of his Grey Knights were about to face one of the most terrible daemons in the galaxy. In fact, it was one so terrible that it once massacred over 300 GreyKnights Grey Knights in one battle. To inspire his men, he gave this awesome speech:
1st Apr '12 2:27:15 PM LordoftheNight
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* The Emperor's Gift protagonist Hyperion has a CMOA mid-way through the book. [[spoiler: During the First War for Armageddon he used his psychic might to hold back Angron, who had become a vastly powerful Daemon Prince and was even bigger than the 14 Bloodthirsters that guarded him! Hyperion nearly dies doing it but he manages to break Angron's weapon, the Black Blade. Even Angron was shocked by it.]]

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* The ''The Emperor's Gift Gift'' protagonist Brother Hyperion has a CMOA mid-way through the book. [[spoiler: During the First War for Armageddon he used his psychic might to hold back Angron, who had become a vastly powerful Daemon Prince and was even bigger than the 14 Bloodthirsters that guarded him! Hyperion nearly dies doing it but he manages to break Angron's weapon, the Black Blade. Even Angron was shocked by it. It is so amazing that the Space Wolves chapter named him Hyperion Bladebreaker, and they are not easily impressed.]]
1st Apr '12 2:25:33 PM LordoftheNight
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* The Emperor's Gift protagonist Hyperion has a CMOA mid-way through the book. [[spoiler: During the First War for Armageddon he used his psychic might to hold back Angron, who had become a vastly powerful Daemon Prince and was even bigger than the 14 Bloodthirsters that guarded him! Hyperion nearly dies doing it but he manages to break Angron's weapon, the Black Blade. Even Angron was shocked by it.]]
16th Mar '12 7:19:54 PM Bones
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**** Not only knowing that the eldar was a spy, but also [[spoiler: not an Eldar as he claimed to be, but a Dark Eldar Mandrake (The grim-dark version of the Eldar Striking Scorpions when the novel was written).]]

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**** Not only knowing that the eldar was a spy, but also [[spoiler: not an Eldar as he claimed to be, but a Dark Eldar Mandrake (The grim-dark version of the Eldar Striking Scorpions when the novel was written).]]Mandrake]]
6th Jan '12 10:43:02 AM dereckrickit
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* At the final resolution of the second book Dark Adeptus, a high ranking tech priest named Saphentis won his last fight with awesome. Challenging a far more superior enemy, he was badly outmatched and quickly beaten. As his foe decided to indulge in some pre-execution taunting of the now broken and helpless Saphentis, the pragmatic tech priest taunted back to get his enemy to lower his face to his. Once close enough, he rerouted the power of his severely wounded mechanical body into his last prism eye to overload it, causing it to explode and riddle his enemy with glass fragments and giving Saphentis an opening for a last desperate charge that pinned them both in place to be crushed by a titan. Even for a half-man/half machine, it takes a special level of pragmatism to use your own eye for a directed explosion out of your very skull. Skull did not fare well, by the way.
2nd Oct '11 3:02:57 AM Night
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*** The strike cruiser is about to go down. They're on their final deployment run. Nobody in the crew is going to survive, only the Marines, because they're charging straight at the planet's atmosphere and it'll be like a brick wall. The following exchange occurs between Alaric and a crew member:

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*** * The strike cruiser is about to go down. They're on their final deployment run. Nobody in the crew is going to survive, only the Marines, because they're charging straight at the planet's atmosphere and it'll so they can launch drop pods before the ship blows up. Hitting the atmosphere will be like ramming the ship into a brick solid wall. The following exchange occurs between Alaric and a crew member:
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