History Literature / Eisenhorn

29th May '16 8:22:19 AM davetheorist666
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The first book, ''Xenos'', starts with Gregor Eisenhorn and his crew pursuing a heretic in a seemingly routine task when they uncover a mysterious artifact bearing the preserved mind of the heretic Pontius Glaw. In the subsequent investigation, Eisenhorn and crew find themselves embroiled in a heretic group's plan to contact aliens for a demonic text.

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The first book, ''Xenos'', starts with Gregor Eisenhorn and his crew pursuing a heretic in a seemingly routine task when they uncover a mysterious artifact bearing the preserved mind of the heretic Pontius Glaw. In the subsequent investigation, Eisenhorn and crew find themselves embroiled in a heretic group's plan to contact aliens for a demonic daemonic text.
25th May '16 7:15:07 AM NativeJovian
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* TheChessmaster: Both {{Big Bad}}s fall handily into this. Eisenhorn himself flirts with the trope; in many ways, he is like a Cold War spymaster, only with PsychicPowers and a [[ImplausibleFencingPowers way with a sword]].

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* TheChessmaster: Both {{Big Bad}}s fall handily into this. Eisenhorn himself flirts with the trope; in many ways, he is like a Cold War spymaster, only with PsychicPowers and a [[ImplausibleFencingPowers [[MasterSwordsman way with a sword]].
19th Feb '16 9:25:29 AM Kafkesque
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* HonorBeforeReason: Eisenhorn on a several occasions, most notably [[spoiler: honoring an agreement to build a new body for the dangerous heretic Glaw]] and [[spoiler: rebinding Cherubael into a new daemonhost just because he couldn't stand the fact that he'd been manipulated into returning Cherubael to the warp.]] Both end up biting him in the ass in a major way.
6th Nov '15 6:00:38 PM nombretomado
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** Also, Aemos twice mentions Tyranids in passing, while {{Ravenor}} would reveal that both stories took place before they were named or (officially) encountered.

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** Also, Aemos twice mentions Tyranids in passing, while {{Ravenor}} Literature/{{Ravenor}} would reveal that both stories took place before they were named or (officially) encountered.



* ContinuityNod: Inquisitors Heldane and {{Ravenor}} both appear in Abnett's earlier ''GauntsGhosts'' novels. Titan Princeps Hekate (from the Graphic Novel series ''Titan'') is also mentioned in ''Malleus'', albeit as an old man near retirement, which was a pleasant surprise for fans, as his own series by that point seemed to have ended in a HeroicSacrifice.

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* ContinuityNod: Inquisitors Heldane and {{Ravenor}} Literature/{{Ravenor}} both appear in Abnett's earlier ''GauntsGhosts'' novels. Titan Princeps Hekate (from the Graphic Novel series ''Titan'') is also mentioned in ''Malleus'', albeit as an old man near retirement, which was a pleasant surprise for fans, as his own series by that point seemed to have ended in a HeroicSacrifice.
9th Jun '15 7:13:17 PM DarkbladeWraith
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** A couple of times throughout the trilogy, Eisenhorn makes an off-hand reference to someone 'seeing his expression of disbelief' or similar occasions. Even Dan Abnett sometimes forgets that Eisenhorn has no facial expressions, due to the result of torture that was described in detail in the first book.
9th Jun '15 7:06:30 PM DarkbladeWraith
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** Eisenhorn himself. He is in his 40's when first introduced, and by the end of the third book he is still active at over 180 years old. By the time of the Eisenhorn vs. Ravenor he is nearly 300 years old and, though physically a wreck, more dangerous than ever.
17th Mar '15 10:19:54 AM Thecommander236
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* ItIsDehumanizing: Eisenhorn refers to Cherubael as an "it" while others identify him as a male. As daemons are made from the psychic manifestations of sapient beings, they can develop a dominate gender identity. However, being buddy buddy with demons is a good way to let your guard down and have your soul consumed so the trope is justified. When Eisenhorn starts referring to to Cherubael as a "he" in the [i]Ravenor[/i] series, the titular character starts to get a little leery. Eisenhorn claims that Cherubael and he came to an understanding leaving it ambiguous to whether or not Eisenhorn has fallen or not.

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Eisenhorn refers to Cherubael as an "it" while others identify him as a male. As daemons are made from the psychic manifestations of sapient beings, they can develop a dominate gender identity. However, being buddy buddy with demons is a good way to let your guard down and have your soul consumed so the trope is justified. When Eisenhorn starts referring to to Cherubael as a "he" in the [i]Ravenor[/i] ''Ravenor'' series, the titular character starts to get a little leery. Eisenhorn claims that Cherubael and he came to an understanding leaving it ambiguous to whether or not Eisenhorn has fallen or not.
6th Mar '15 3:58:19 PM Yozzy
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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the Necroteuch and Malus Codicum. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, overtly attempting to take control of its user's mind and force their submission to Chaos. The Malus Codicum, on the other hand, is just a small black book. [[ParanoiaFuel A nondescript, unremarkable book that one might find anywhere]]. Naturally the latter is much more dangerous.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necroteuch and Malus Codicum. Codicum]]. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, as it's ''sentient'' and overtly attempting to take control of its user's holder's mind and force their submission to Chaos. The Malus Codicum, on the other hand, is just a small black book. [[ParanoiaFuel A nondescript, unremarkable book that one might find anywhere]]. Over the course of the series, Eisenhorn starts getting paranoid that the Malus Codicium may also sentient and, if so, is exerting its influence much more discreetly. Naturally the latter is much more dangerous.



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Eisenhorn's retinue. Included in their number: a gunslinging pilot, an aging scholar who's literally addicted to knowledge, an ex-cop, an anti-psychic prostitute, and a flamboyant [[spoiler:cyborg]] starship captain. And that's just the ''first'' novel.

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Eisenhorn's retinue. Included in their number: a gunslinging pilot, an aging scholar who's literally addicted to knowledge, an ex-cop, an anti-psychic prostitute, and a flamboyant [[spoiler:cyborg]] starship captain. And that's just the ''first'' novel.
29th Dec '14 4:04:24 PM Thecommander236
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* ItIsDehumanizing: Eisenhorn refers to Cherubael as an "it" while others identify him as a male. As daemons are made from the psychic manifestations of sapient beings, they can develop a dominate gender identity. However, being buddy buddy with demons is a good way to let your guard down and have your soul consumed so the trope is justified. When Eisenhorn starts referring to to Cherubael as a "he" in the [i]Ravenor[/i] series, the titular character starts to get a little leery. Eisenhorn claims that Cherubael and he came to an understanding leaving it ambiguous to whether or not Eisenhorn has fallen or not.
21st Dec '14 12:20:15 AM Thecommander236
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*** Could also merely be another inquisitor by that name. It is, after all, a vast organisation.

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*** Could also merely be another inquisitor by that name.name, maybe an offspring of the original. It is, after all, a vast organisation.
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