History Literature / GauntsGhosts

16th Sep '16 10:10:27 PM TechPriest90
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** [[EyeScream Qux of the Eyeless]]
** [[ImAHumanitarian Nokad the Blighted]]
** [[AffablyEvil Sholen Skara]]
** [[MadScientist Heritor Ashphodel]]

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** [[EyeScream Qux of the Eyeless]]
Eyeless]] - Alive.
** [[ImAHumanitarian Nokad the Blighted]]
Blighted]] - Dead, sniped by Larkin.
** [[AffablyEvil Sholen Skara]]
Skara]] - Spared by Caffran and Gaunt, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice killed by Brother-Sergeant Orpheus of the Iron Snakes.]]
** [[MadScientist Heritor Ashphodel]]Ashphodel]] - Dead, stabbed by Gaunt.



** [[DarkMessiah Archon Nadzybar]]

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** [[DarkMessiah [[TheAntichrist Archon Nadzybar]]



** [[XanatosGambit Khul Kholesh]]
** [[TheBerserker Enok Innokenti]]

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** [[XanatosGambit [[GeneralRipper Khul Kholesh]]
Kholesh]] - Dead, killed during Operation Hell Storm, Balhaut, by Gaunt [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropping a tower on him.]]
** [[TheBerserker Enok Innokenti]]Innokenti]] - Dead, killed by the reincarnated Saint Sabbat on Herodor (with some help from the Tanith).
** [[SociopathicSoldier Sharenidy]] - Jailer of the Damned.
16th Sep '16 9:55:21 PM TechPriest90
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Most of the Chaos Warlords (or Magisters, in universe) have names that fall squarely into this territory, [[MeaningfulName with good reason.]] Here's a partial listing. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that some of them were killed by the Tanith - anytime this happens doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** [[EyeScream Qux of the Eyeless]]
** [[ImAHumanitarian Nokad the Blighted]]
** [[AffablyEvil Sholen Skara]]
** [[MadScientist Heritor Ashphodel]]
** [[BloodKnight Shebol Red-Hand]]
** [[DarkMessiah Archon Nadzybar]]
** [[AxCrazy Archon Urlock Gaur]]
** [[TheChessmaster Anakwanar Sek]] - [[VaderBreath He Whose Voice Drowns Out All Others]]
** [[XanatosGambit Khul Kholesh]]
** [[TheBerserker Enok Innokenti]]
26th Jun '16 11:44:52 PM Calandir
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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Imperial commissars are famous for summary executions. Gaunt, like his mentor Oktar before him, believes that the authority to kill anyone for disloyalty is best used very rarely, and usually not on field troops. The series in general derides the 'execution-happy' commissar as a man who may get better results for the moment, but will degrade his unit's overall effectiveness until his [[TheUriahGambit unexpected but inevitable scragging]].
*** Hark is a particularly interesting example. On one occasion he sees some soldiers running from combat. When he attempts to rally them, they ignore him. He lets him go, and is promptly asked why he didn't shoot them, to which he basically replies that it would be a waste of time. Instead, [[spoiler:he shoots their commanding officer, for abject failure to train and motivate his men]].

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Imperial commissars are famous for summary executions. Gaunt, like his mentor Oktar before him, believes that the authority to kill anyone for disloyalty is best used very rarely, and usually not on field troops. The series in general derides the 'execution-happy' commissar as a man who may get better results for the moment, but will degrade his unit's overall effectiveness until his [[TheUriahGambit unexpected but inevitable scragging]].
scragging]]. Part of this is due to Gaunt's rather unusual rank as a Colonel Commissar, which is why he later has dedicated commissars assigned to his unit.
*** Hark is a particularly interesting example. On one occasion he sees some soldiers running from combat. When he attempts to rally them, they ignore him. He lets him go, and is promptly asked why he didn't shoot them, to which he basically replies that it would be a waste of time. Instead, [[spoiler:he shoots their commanding officer, for abject failure to train and motivate his men]]. Even this was an evolution for him where he had previously threatened to shoot troopers for their entirely reasonable retreat from a traitor Baneblade.
13th Jun '16 11:10:19 AM TechPriest90
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** [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke For those who don't get it,]] it comes out as "Faggot".]]
13th Jun '16 10:09:35 AM Austin
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* CrazyPrepared: How Gaunt describes his late Warmaster Slaydo: the reason he gained so much success is that he expected ''anything'' to happen.
3rd Jun '16 11:30:42 PM Doug86
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* RecycledInSPACE: Abnett takes familiar historical battle settings and transposes them to the 40k universe. ''The Guns of Tanith'' features an Operation Market Garden-esque mass paradrop... onto a mountaintop city sticking out of poisonous clouds. ''Straight Silver'' has UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne trench fighting... with lasers. ''Double Eagle'' is the Battle of Britain and the earlier Battle of France with vector-engined supersonic jet fighters. ''Necropolis'' seems to be somewhat based off of the Battle of Stalingrad itself, with the intense urban fighting that goes on.

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* RecycledInSPACE: Abnett takes familiar historical battle settings and transposes them to the 40k universe. ''The Guns of Tanith'' features an Operation Market Garden-esque mass paradrop... onto a mountaintop city sticking out of poisonous clouds. ''Straight Silver'' has UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI trench fighting... with lasers. ''Double Eagle'' is the Battle of Britain and the earlier Battle of France with vector-engined supersonic jet fighters. ''Necropolis'' seems to be somewhat based off of the Battle of Stalingrad itself, with the intense urban fighting that goes on.
25th May '16 10:51:11 AM NativeJovian
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* ImplausibleFencingPowers: In ''First & Only,'' a {{Flashback}} shows then-Commissar Gaunt kill the man who left his father to die, [[spoiler: General Dercius]], in a chainsword duel by using a thrust after parrying his opponent's weapon, a move thought impossible with a chainsword.


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* MasterSwordsman: In ''First & Only,'' a {{Flashback}} shows then-Commissar Gaunt kill the man who left his father to die, [[spoiler: General Dercius]], in a chainsword duel by using a thrust after parrying his opponent's weapon, a move thought impossible with a chainsword.
23rd May '16 4:45:51 PM LBHills
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* TranslationConvention: The older form of Gothic spoken by the Nihtgane is represented as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. The 'common' language of Low Gothic is treated as English, but ''Only in Death'' seems to treat it ''as'' English: a rifle with the serial number 034TH is misread as 'Death', and Trooper Cant is treated as having an UnfortunateName that becomes a running gag.

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* TranslationConvention: The older form of Gothic spoken by the Nihtgane is represented as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. The 'common' language of Low Gothic is treated translated as English, but ''Only in Death'' seems to treat acts as if it ''as'' ''is'' English: a rifle with the serial number 034TH is misread as 'Death', and Trooper Cant is treated as having an UnfortunateName that becomes a running gag.
23rd May '16 4:44:17 PM LBHills
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* TranslationConvention: The older form of Gothic spoken by the Nihtgane is represented as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe.

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* TranslationConvention: The older form of Gothic spoken by the Nihtgane is represented as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. The 'common' language of Low Gothic is treated as English, but ''Only in Death'' seems to treat it ''as'' English: a rifle with the serial number 034TH is misread as 'Death', and Trooper Cant is treated as having an UnfortunateName that becomes a running gag.
23rd May '16 3:56:13 PM LBHills
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* NewMeat: Dalin.

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* NewMeat: Dalin. Dalin Criid experiences a terrible baptism of fire in the retaking of Gereon.



** In ''Straight Silver'', Dorden and Curth are working at an aid station near the front. The number designation of the station? [[Series/{{MASH}} 4077]].

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** In ''Straight Silver'', Dorden and Curth are working at an aid station near the front. The number designation of the station? station is [[Series/{{MASH}} 4077]].



* SmugSnake: Meryn is shaping up to be a not quite as competent Cuu.

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* SmugSnake: Meryn is shaping up to be has gradually developed into a not quite as competent Cuu.reprehensible, conniving, ruthless bastard - still largely unsuspected by Gaunt and even Rawne.



* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: Rawne's reaction to [[spoiler:believing Gaunt dead]] in ''Only In Death''.

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* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: Rawne's short-term reaction to [[spoiler:believing Gaunt dead]] in ''Only In Death''.



* TheSquadette: After ''Necropolis'', the Tanith First and Only became one of the few Guard units to integrate females into what was once an all male regiment. Naturally, this was met with mixed feelings until they proved to be just as good as, or in some cases ''better'' than, the men.

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* TheSquadette: After ''Necropolis'', the Tanith First and Only became one of the few Guard units to integrate females into what was once an all male regiment. Naturally, this was met with mixed feelings until they proved to be just as good as, or in some cases ''better'' than, the men.themselves.



** The demon-possessed tank, which stalks the Gaunt's party during the liberation of Gereon, behaves like a preying animal and probably can catch their scent, although this remains ambiguous.

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** The demon-possessed tank, which stalks the Gaunt's party during the liberation of Gereon, behaves like a preying animal predator and probably can catch their scent, although this remains ambiguous.



* TreacheryCoverUp

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* TreacheryCoverUpTreacheryCoverUp: Cuu during the second major arc: Meryn in the fourth.



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Sobile from ''Armour of Contempt'' is a more traditional [=Warhammer 40K=] commissar. He executes his men and uses a whip to inspire his men. Surprisingly enough, he survives.

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Sobile from ''Armour of Contempt'' is a more traditional [=Warhammer 40K=] commissar. He executes his men and uses a whip to inspire his men. Surprisingly enough, he survives. (More precisely, it's surprising ''anybody'' in that unit survived, but particularly surprising that he didn't die in suspicious circumstances.)



* YouShallNotPass: Happens many, many times. Sometimes the Ghosts even live...

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* YouShallNotPass: Happens many, many times. Sometimes This is ''not'' the sort of combat the Ghosts even live... are best at, but they have done it at Vervunhive and Hinzerhaus, taking appalling casualties in the process. On a smaller scale, individual squads and companies of the Ghosts have had to make this kind of last stand in ''First and Only'' (Sgt. Blane's squad didn't make it), ''Straight Silver'' (most of Corporal Meryn's did), and ''His Last Command'' (Col. Wilder and his men were vaporized to the last man).
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