History Literature / Eisenhorn

25th May '18 2:38:34 PM StoneBasilisk
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* AttackAttackAttack
* BadDreams

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** Then again, [[spoiler: his lower torso is robotic, so it's unlikely he has physical needs to attend to]]. When he has human passengers, Eisenhorn observes that he's delighted simply to have someone to show his art collections and talk to.

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** Then again, [[spoiler: his lower torso is robotic, so it's unlikely he has physical needs to attend to]]. When he has human passengers, Eisenhorn observes that he's delighted [[IJustWantToHaveFriends simply to have someone to show his art collections and talk to. to]].



* ColdBloodedTorture

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* ColdBloodedTortureColdBloodedTorture: Eisenhorn suffers this at the hands of the Glaw family, which ends with the nerves in his face being irreversibly paralyzed and leaving him a PerpetualFrowner.



* ConverseWithTheUnconscious

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* CryonicsFailure
* DividedWeFall
* DreamingOfThingsToCome

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* CryonicsFailure
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CryonicsFailure: The opening to ''Xeno'' features this on a large scale: In an attempt to slow down Eisenhorn, Eyclone prematurely triggers the defrosting process in a vast cryogenics facility housing the nobility of Hubris (who traditionally enter cryrosleep to wait out their world's eleven-month-long winters). Without medical staff present to help them, thousands of people suffer deadly freezer burns, are trapped in caskets, or are slaughtered in the crossfire as they stumble around blinded by their improper revival.
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* DueToTheDead

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* FiveManBand

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* InHarmsWay

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* MercyKill: Invoked as Eisenhorn explains why he could not do it to the dying victims at the opening of ''Xenos''.

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* MercyKill: Invoked and subverted as Eisenhorn explains why he could not do it to the dying victims at the opening of ''Xenos''.''Xenos''. Although the nobles of Hubris [[CryonicsFailure are in horrible pain and as good as dead anyways]], Eisenhorn knows that if he even shoots a single one of them to quell their misery, he could face months or years of bureaucratic paperwork that would give his enemies time to escape his grasp in the long run.



* NewMeat: Subverted in ''Xenos''

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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necroteuch and Malus Codicium]]. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, as it's ''sentient'' and overtly attempting to take control of its holder's mind and force their submission to Chaos. The Malus Codicium, 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.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necroteuch and Malus Codicium]]. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, as it's ''sentient'' and [[DemonicPossession overtly attempting attempts to take control of its holder's mind and force their submission to Chaos.Chaos]]. The Malus Codicium, 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.



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** Also an example of CursedWithAwesome - it comes in handy when Eisenhorn is trying to conceal his emotions.

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** Also an example of CursedWithAwesome - it comes in handy when Eisenhorn is trying to conceal his emotions.emotions from non-psykers, since he has the ultimate poker-face.



* TheSmartGuy: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]] with Aemos' meme-virus, which leads him to [[spoiler:memorize the whole of the ''Malus Codicium'']].

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* TheSmartGuy: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]] with Aemos' meme-virus, [[ConstantlyCurious meme-virus]], which leads him to [[spoiler:memorize the whole of the ''Malus Codicium'']].Codicium'']].
* SoulJar: The "Pontius" turns out to be one for an Imperial nobleman-cum-dangerous chaos cultist named Pontius Glaw, whose mind and possibly soul now exist in a small sphere of black crystal. [[spoiler:When a mechanical body is built for him, the Pontius crystal is revealed to be its core, located in the machine's head.]]



* TellMeAboutMyFather

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* TellMeAboutMyFatherTellMeAboutMyFather: Medea Bentacore asks this of Eisenhorn, in regards to her father Midas Bentacore (who was Eisenhorn's team pilot in the first book until [[BusCrash he died between books]]).



* ToThePain: In ''Xenos''.

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* ToThePain: In ''Xenos''.''Xenos'', Eisenhorn.



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* VillainCorner

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* WickedCultured: Pontius Glaw.
* WorthyOpponent: Between Eisenhorn and Glaw.

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* WickedCultured: Pontius Glaw.
Glaw was an Imperial nobleman in life, and displays both wit and a learned mind when bantering with Eisenhorn (though his reference pools are a few centuries outdated).
* WorthyOpponent: Between Eisenhorn and Glaw.Glaw, to the point where Eisenhorn muses that - in a very different universe - they would probably have been very close friends.
15th Mar '18 5:19:22 PM ViperMagnum357
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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necroteuch and Malus Codicum]]. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, as it's ''sentient'' and overtly attempting to take control of its 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.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Discussed in-story with regards to the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Necroteuch and Malus Codicum]].Codicium]]. The Necroteuch is obviously dangerous from the get-go, as it's ''sentient'' and overtly attempting to take control of its holder's mind and force their submission to Chaos. The Malus Codicum, Codicium, 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.



* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Eisenhorn regularly finds himself pitted against other Inquisitors with ideological stances either more [[KnightTemplar Puritan]] or [[WellIntentionedExtremist Radical]] than his own. He states outright that his possession of the [[spoiler: Malus Codicum]] would prompt half the Inquisition to try and kill him for having it and the other half would do the same in the hopes that ''they'' could get their hands on it.

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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Eisenhorn regularly finds himself pitted against other Inquisitors with ideological stances either more [[KnightTemplar Puritan]] or [[WellIntentionedExtremist Radical]] than his own. He states outright that his possession of the [[spoiler: Malus Codicum]] Codicium]] would prompt half the Inquisition to try and kill him for having it and the other half would do the same in the hopes that ''they'' could get their hands on it.



* TheSmartGuy: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]] with Aemos' meme-virus, which leads him to [[spoiler:memorize the whole of the ''Malus Codicum'']].

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* TheSmartGuy: [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed]] with Aemos' meme-virus, which leads him to [[spoiler:memorize the whole of the ''Malus Codicum'']].Codicium'']].



* TomeOfEldritchLore: The ''Necroteuch'' and ''Malus Codicum''.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: The ''Necroteuch'' and ''Malus Codicum''.Codicium''.
15th Mar '18 5:17:53 PM ViperMagnum357
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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Eisenhorn regularly finds himself pitted against other Inquisitors with ideological stances either more [[KnightTemplar conservative]] or [[WellIntentionedExtremist liberal]] than his own. He states outright that his possession of the [[spoiler: Malus Codicum]] would prompt half the Inquisition to try and kill him for having it and the other half would do the same in the hopes that ''they'' could get their hands on it.

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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Eisenhorn regularly finds himself pitted against other Inquisitors with ideological stances either more [[KnightTemplar conservative]] Puritan]] or [[WellIntentionedExtremist liberal]] Radical]] than his own. He states outright that his possession of the [[spoiler: Malus Codicum]] would prompt half the Inquisition to try and kill him for having it and the other half would do the same in the hopes that ''they'' could get their hands on it.
15th Mar '18 5:14:47 PM ViperMagnum357
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* NWordPrivileges: Mutants being called "twists."

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* NWordPrivileges: Mutants being called call themselves "twists."
15th Mar '18 5:12:28 PM ViperMagnum357
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** Considering how dangerous a psyker can be, executing a psyker rather than potentially bringing a Trojan TykeBomb into a secure location may be the smarter move. And while said witchhunter was (arguably) mistaken at the time, it is hard to deny that Eisenhorn became exactly what he feared by the end of the series.
15th Mar '18 5:11:14 PM ViperMagnum357
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* LawfulStupid: You'd be astonished how easily Inquisitors get caught by this, and others nominally charged with similar work.

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* LawfulStupid: You'd be astonished how easily Inquisitors get caught by this, and others nominally charged with similar lines of work.
15th Mar '18 5:10:27 PM ViperMagnum357
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* LawfulStupid: You'd be astonished how easily Inquisitors get caught by this.
** And ''Christ,'' does the witchhunter in Malleus fall under here. His ''first appearance'' is him [[spoiler: trying to execute Eisenhorn for heresy (though saving his life in the process) on absurdly stupid charges.]] Eisenhorn shortly thereafter recounts a mission where twenty-odd newly discovered psykers, all under 14 years old, were abducted by raiders before the Black Ships could pick them up. Seeing that psykers are ''extremely'' rare, and even rarer to find at such young ages, Eisenhorn launches a mission to rescue them while the witchhunter decides that kidnapping classifies them all as witches that are in dire need of execution.

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* LawfulStupid: You'd be astonished how easily Inquisitors get caught by this.
this, and others nominally charged with similar work.
** And ''Christ,'' does the witchhunter Witchfinder in Malleus fall under here. His ''first appearance'' is him [[spoiler: trying to execute Eisenhorn for heresy (though saving his life in the process) on absurdly stupid tenuous charges.]] Eisenhorn shortly thereafter recounts a mission where twenty-odd newly discovered psykers, all under 14 years old, were abducted by raiders before the Black Ships could pick them up. Seeing that psykers are ''extremely'' rare, and even rarer to find at such young ages, Eisenhorn launches a mission to rescue them while the witchhunter Witchfinder decides that kidnapping classifies them all as witches that are in dire need of execution.
15th Mar '18 5:02:07 PM ViperMagnum357
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Eisenhorn falls into this rather badly, starting out as a "conservative" inquisitor unwilling to accept that using Chaos against itself is a viable strategy. A combination of compromise and desperation, however, eventually leads him to [[spoiler:summon a Daemonhost of his own]]. Ravenor is of the opinion that Radicalism is inevitable for Inquisitors, and the only hope for them is to do as much good as they can and hope they die before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Eisenhorn falls into this rather badly, starting out as a "conservative" inquisitor staunch Puritan Inquisitor unwilling to accept that using Chaos against itself is a viable strategy. A combination of compromise and desperation, however, eventually leads him to [[spoiler:summon [[spoiler:conceal, protect and learn from an Arch-Heretic, engage in Warp Sorcery and summon a Daemonhost of his own]]. Ravenor is of the opinion that Radicalism is inevitable for Inquisitors, and the only hope for them is to do as much good as they can and hope they die before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.



*** FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that ''both'' of them are trying to self-justify. The series gives us several Inquisitors of long service who don't turn radical, such as Rorken, Voke, Bezier, Neve and Ricci.

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*** FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that ''both'' of them are trying to self-justify. The series gives us several Inquisitors of long service measured in centuries who don't turn radical, Radical, such as Rorken, Voke, Bezier, Neve and Ricci.
15th Mar '18 4:57:01 PM ViperMagnum357
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** In ''Herectus'', [[spoiler: the Chaos Titan has dirge casters that blast infrasound onto the battlefield.]] For reference, infrasound is a noise that inspires unfounded fear, dread, and paranoia in those that hear it.

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** In ''Herectus'', ''Hereticus'', [[spoiler: the Chaos Titan has dirge casters that blast infrasound onto the battlefield.]] For reference, infrasound is a noise that inspires unfounded fear, dread, and paranoia in those that hear it.
15th Mar '18 4:56:17 PM ViperMagnum357
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** [[spoiler: Considered nothing. He IS a rogue and a heretic. Albeit, a very well-intentioned one]]

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** [[spoiler: Considered nothing. He IS While he ''is'' a rogue and a heretic. Albeit, heretic, Eisenhorn remains a very well-intentioned one]]one who continues his service to the Throne in his own way.]]
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