History Literature / GauntsGhosts

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.
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.
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