History Literature / GauntsGhosts

21st Jun '17 6:35:47 PM kraas
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* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Blood Pack wear hideous metal masks, often with exaggerated hooked noses or chins. The masks of the rank and file are typically black while the officers wear more elaborate masks of gold or silver.

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The Blood Pack Pact wear hideous metal masks, often with exaggerated hooked noses or chins. The masks of the rank and file are typically black while the officers wear more elaborate masks of gold or silver.silver.
** The Chaos-tainted Zoicans in ''Necropolis'' all wear masks that fully conceal their faces.
20th May '17 4:52:39 PM erttheking
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* ActionSurvivor: Most of the Ghosts who join on Vervunhive. While a handful of them, such as Daur, were members of the PDF, the majority of them were common workers or gangers that didn't have any formal training.
17th May '17 6:18:30 AM GentlemensDame883
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In both ''First and Only'' and ''Ghostmaker'' the Ghosts encounter [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marines]] and manage to kill them without too much trouble, essentially treating what were supposed to be nearly unstoppable angels of death as merely above average mooks. It's rather telling that many of them are brought down by standard weapons that shouldn't even be able to dent their armor. There's a bit of deviance when Mkoll takes out a Dreadnought [[WorfHadTheFlu that had already been badly damaged in a previous battle]] and it requires a lot of creative thinking and ingenuity on his part, but it was an exception to the norm. After those books, the Ghosts fought mainly rank and file Chaos forces, and when the Traitor Marines showed up, they were MUCH harder to beat. In ''Sabbat Martyr'' another Chaos Dreadnought appears, and requires a combination of [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Gaunt's power sword]] opening holes in the armor, a local office using a grenade to blow out the ground underneath the Dreadnought to knock it off balance, [[KillItWithFire and a pack of Ghost flame troopers all unloading on it at once.]] Likewise a group of Chaos Marines encountered in ''Traitor General'' are much harder to kill than early on in the series, as well as eliciting an OhCrap reaction from Gaunt the second he sees them.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In both ''First and Only'' and ''Ghostmaker'' the Ghosts encounter [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marines]] and manage to kill them without too much trouble, essentially treating what were supposed to be nearly unstoppable angels of death as merely above average mooks. It's rather telling that many of them are brought down by standard weapons that shouldn't even be able to dent their armor. There's a bit of deviance when Mkoll takes out a Dreadnought [[WorfHadTheFlu that had already been badly damaged in a previous battle]] and it requires a lot of creative thinking and ingenuity on his part, but it was an exception to the norm. After those books, the Ghosts fought mainly rank and file Chaos forces, and when the Traitor Marines showed up, they were MUCH harder to beat. In ''Sabbat Martyr'' another Chaos Dreadnought appears, and requires a combination of [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Gaunt's power sword]] opening holes in the armor, a local office officer using a grenade to blow out the ground underneath the Dreadnought to knock it off balance, [[KillItWithFire and a pack of Ghost flame troopers all unloading on it at once.]] Likewise a group of Chaos Marines encountered in ''Traitor General'' are much harder to kill than early on in the series, as well as eliciting an OhCrap reaction from Gaunt the second he sees them.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A plot point in ''His Last Command'' is why the Imperium are engaged in a prolonged and bloody ground war to take heavily fortified and compartmentalized cities, complete with vicious predators that stalk Imperium forces at night, instead of just having the Navy [[OrbitalBombardment glassing all enemy positions on the planet.]] The reason given is that the cities may be sacred to the Imperial faith. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Once Gaunt and his men prove that they could not be further from this, being active work portals that Chaos is sending men through, Van Voytz promptly decides that the planet can go to hell and orders said bombardment be carried out as soon as his men are pulled back.]]]]

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A plot point in ''His Last Command'' is why the Imperium are engaged in a prolonged and bloody ground war to take heavily fortified and compartmentalized cities, complete with vicious MadeOfIron predators that stalk Imperium forces at night, instead of just having the Navy [[OrbitalBombardment glassing all enemy positions on the planet.]] The reason given is that the cities may be sacred to the Imperial faith. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Once Gaunt and his men prove that they could not be further from this, being active work portals that Chaos is sending men through, Van Voytz promptly decides that the planet can go to hell and orders said bombardment be carried out as soon as his men are pulled back.]]]]
17th May '17 12:42:29 AM erttheking
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In both ''First and Only'' and ''Ghostmaker'' the Ghosts encounter [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marines]] and manage to kill them without too much trouble, essentially treating what were supposed to be nearly unstoppable angels of death as merely above average mooks. It's rather telling that many of them are brought down by standard weapons that shouldn't even be able to dent their armor. There's a bit of deviance when Mkoll takes out a Dreadnought [[WorfHadTheFlu that had already been badly damaged in a previous battle]] and it requires a lot of creative thinking and ingenuity on his part, but it was an exception to the norm. After those books, the Ghosts fought mainly rank and file Chaos forces, and when the Traitor Marines showed up, they were MUCH harder to beat. In ''Sabbat Martyr'' another Chaos Dreadnought appears, and requires a combination of [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Gaunt's power sword]] opening holes in the armor, a local office using a grenade to blow out the ground underneath the Dreadnought to knock it off balance, [[KillItWithFire and a pack of Ghost flame troopers all unloading on it at once.]] Likewise a group of Chaos Marines encountered in ''Traitor General'' are much harder to kill than early on in the series, as well as eliciting an OhCrap reaction from Gaunt the second he sees them.
27th Apr '17 5:26:33 PM erttheking
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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A plot point in ''His Last Command'' is why the Imperium are engaged in a prolonged and bloody ground war to take heavily fortified and compartmentalized cities, complete with vicious predators that stalk Imperium forces at night, instead of just having the Navy [[OrbitalBombardment glassing all enemy positions on the planet.]] The reason given is that the cities may be sacred to the Imperial faith. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Once Gaunt and his men prove that they could not be further from this, being active work portals that Chaos is sending men through, Van Voytz promptly decides that the planet can go to hell and orders said bombardment be carried out as soon as his men are pulled back.]]]]
20th Mar '17 4:44:54 AM SebastianGray
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* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Blood Pack wear hideous metal masks, often with exaggerated hooked noses or chins. The masks of the rank and file are typically black while the officers wear more elaborate masks of gold or silver.
8th Feb '17 8:21:00 AM erttheking
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* CruelMercy: One of the several battles in ''Ghostmaker'' involves the leader of a Chaos army being captured. Caffran essentially single handily tricked his entire army into thinking that they had been routed, whereupon they committed ritualistic suicide. As a reward, Gaunt offers Caffran the honor of executing the enemy leader. Caffran refuses however, not out of sympathy, but because the Chaos leader worships death and was actually looking forward to being killed. The second the Chaos leader hears this, he begins to suffer a VillainousBreakdown and Gaunt remarks that he'll probably be promoting Caffran soon.
31st Dec '16 10:53:16 PM Erivale
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** The Volpone Bluebloods as a whole, especially their line troopers and officers. They are, almost to a man, colossally arrogant and unlikeable pricks, and it seems at first that the fine reputation their regiments have is completely unmeritted, not helped by the presence of the completely selfish and incompetent [[GeneralFailure General Sturm]]. However, despite their appalling behaviour off the battlefield, they are also extremely devoted and skilled servants of the Emperor who show as much courage in the face of the enemy as the Ghosts do. Even Gaunt comes to respect them as soldiers.
12th Dec '16 11:27:17 PM VutherA
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Toyed with in Saint Sabbat's first few appearances, but it doesn't last. Also, the Larkin's mysterious encounter in ''Ghostmaker''. In a mission to sneak into a Chaos-held city and snipe its leader, Larkin loses it and abandons the mission team. He holes up in a room high up on a tower with a statue of an Imperial Angel - which he imagines talking to him, convincing him to do his duty and giving him a strip of cloth to help steady his aim. He ends up taking out the Chaos warlord, then passes out. When he comes to, other Ghosts are helping him up, and Angel is just a statue again - but his long-las is sitting in the corner with a band of silk tied to it.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Toyed with in Saint Sabbat's first few appearances, but it doesn't last. Also, the Larkin's mysterious encounter in ''Ghostmaker''. In a mission to sneak into a Chaos-held city and snipe its leader, Larkin loses it and abandons the mission team. He holes up in a room high up on a tower with a statue of an Imperial Angel - which he imagines talking to him, convincing him to do his duty and giving him a strip of cloth to help steady his aim. He ends up taking out the Chaos warlord, then passes out. When he comes to, other Ghosts are helping him up, and the Angel is just a statue again - but his long-las is sitting in the corner with a band of silk tied to it.it, and the stone statue's robe is missing a strip from it that matches the silk wrapping his weapon.
29th Oct '16 7:52:05 AM dlchen145
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* DiagonalCut: [[spoiler: Gaunt pulls this against a Chaos Space Marine]] {{Badass}}.

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* DiagonalCut: [[spoiler: Gaunt pulls this against a Chaos Space Marine]] {{Badass}}.badass.



* InferredSurvival: In ''Armour of Contempt'', Mkvenner, who is literally one of the most {{Badass}} Ghosts in existence, is stated to have been killed in action, though they NeverFoundTheBody and the Resistance deliberately pretends that he's still alive. There are a number of clues in the book to suggest that he actually is.

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* InferredSurvival: In ''Armour of Contempt'', Mkvenner, who is literally one of the most {{Badass}} badass Ghosts in existence, is stated to have been killed in action, though they NeverFoundTheBody and the Resistance deliberately pretends that he's still alive. There are a number of clues in the book to suggest that he actually is.



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Cuu's real competent, but he's also vengeful and AxCrazy. Larkin is a good sniper, but he suffers from fits. Averted with Mkoll and Mkvenner, who seem well-adjusted despite being super-{{Badass}}es amongst {{Badass}}es, as well as the female Verghastite snipers.

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Cuu's real competent, but he's also vengeful and AxCrazy. Larkin is a good sniper, but he suffers from fits. Averted with Mkoll and Mkvenner, who seem well-adjusted despite being super-{{Badass}}es super-badasses amongst {{Badass}}es, badasses, as well as the female Verghastite snipers.
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