History Literature / GauntsGhosts

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).
23rd May '16 3:43:08 PM LBHills
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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Very rarely the result of incompetence, but it has happened, particularly when some Chaos psyker gets close enough to employ his PsychicPowers.



* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cuu]] again, in ''Sabbat Martyr'', about damn time too.

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cuu]] again, in ''Sabbat Martyr'', Martyr.'' And about damn time too.



* MobileMaze: The forests of Tanith

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* MobileMaze: The When Tanith existed, its forests were dominated by nalwoods, which were migratory trees. The last generation of TanithTanith were the descendants of people who wouldn't get lost in a mobile maze.



* MoralMyopia
* {{Mordor}}

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* MoralMyopia
MoralMyopia: Extremely common in the Imperial forces: the Inquisition in particular seems prone to atrocities.
* {{Mordor}}{{Mordor}}: Chaos, or at least the leaders who represent it in the Sabbat Worlds, seems determined to warp and scar and mutilate every inch of every planet they infest.



* TheNeidermeyer: There's always at least one in every book.

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* TheNeidermeyer: There's always at least one They appear in almost every book.book, usually (but not always) in non-Ghost units.



* NiceToTheWaiter

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* NiceToTheWaiterNiceToTheWaiter: Some commissars are courteous and supportive to the men under their command.



* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Applies to over half the cast. [[AnyoneCanDie Sometimes]].

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* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Applies alongside AnyoneCanDie, because there's just so much death to over half the cast. [[AnyoneCanDie Sometimes]].distribute.



* NotAGame

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* NotAGameNotAGame: While the Ghosts can cooperate with other regiments who have a code of honor, they have very poor relationships with those who regard war as a way of displaying how honorable they are.



* OneManArmy: Saint Sabbat. In ''Sabbat Martyr'', it is recounted that she once slew 1800 enemy soldiers single-handedly in a single battle and it is very safe to assume her total kill-count is higher than that. In the same book, she destroys a superheavy tank with a sword and a pipe bomb.

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* OneManArmy: Saint Sabbat.Sabbat is a beatific entity (or an occupying psychic entity, or a HumanoidAbomination - take your pick). In ''Sabbat Martyr'', it is recounted that she once slew 1800 enemy soldiers single-handedly in a single battle and it is very safe to assume her total kill-count is higher than that. In the same book, she destroys a superheavy tank with a sword and a pipe bomb.



* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou In ''In Rememberance'', Rawne tells the unconscious Gaunt that he can't die, because Rawne wants to kill him.

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: In ''In Rememberance'', Rawne tells the unconscious Gaunt that he can't die, because Rawne wants to kill him.him. [[spoiler: He eventually decides that this isn't the death he wants for Gaunt, although he still wants to be there to see it.]]



* OracularUrchin

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* OracularUrchinOracularUrchin: Some of the warp-stricken, particularly the witch in ''First and Only.''



* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Gaunt is The Commissar Who Doesn't Shoot His Men Very Often. Justified as his late mentor, Commissar-General Oktar, also practised such a style. Do note the ''Not Very Often''. Commissars who follow the usual style may get immediate results, but morale in their companies tends to tank up until the point that the commissar [[TheUriahGambit suddenly and tragically dies.]]
*** 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 failing to show leadership]].

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Gaunt is The Commissar Who Doesn't Shoot His Men Very Often. Justified as Imperial commissars are famous for summary executions. Gaunt, like his late mentor, Commissar-General Oktar, also practised such a style. Do note the ''Not Very Often''. Commissars who follow the usual style may get immediate results, but morale in their companies tends to tank up until the point 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 suddenly and tragically dies.]]
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 failing abject failure to show leadership]].train and motivate his men]].



* ThePlan:
** Gaunt pulls off one in ''First & Only''.

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* ThePlan:
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ThePlan: Gaunt pulls off one in ''First & Only''. Only'', and the Ghosts perform one in ''The Guns of Tanith,'' but in general the plot twists they're thrown result in them making it up as they go along.



** In ''Necropolis'', Gaunt's life is saved by a metallic rose he is wearing. He is still badly hurt and the rose breaks to imbed pieces of it in him, rendering him unconscious for almost a month and almost dying anyway, but it was still better than getting a bolt shell completely in him.

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** In ''Necropolis'', Gaunt's life is saved by a metallic rose he is wearing. He is still badly hurt and the rose breaks to imbed pieces of it in him, rendering him unconscious for almost a month and almost dying anyway, but it was still better than getting preferable to a bolt shell completely in him.foot-wide exit wound.



* PokemonSpeak: In ''Salvation's Reach'' Chaos warships broadcast their names endlessly.

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* PokemonSpeak: In ''Salvation's Reach'' Chaos warships (which seem almost like a HiveMind or a single malevolent being) broadcast their names endlessly.endlessly, as a sort of BadassBoast.



* ThePowerOfHate: Invoked by Gaunt in ''The Armor of Contempt,'' as the title indicates. He cannot fully explain why his handful of Ghosts (and the few Gereon resistance) did not succumb to TheCorruption. But he quotes the WarriorPoet Ravenor, saying that embracing one's wrath at Chaos, and disgust at what it does, renders a human capable of denying it any foothold.



* PutOnABus: Brin Milo in ''Sabbat Martyr''. Subverted with [[spoiler:Agun Soric, who gets sent away on a Black Ship at the end of ''Sabbat Martyr'' apparently never to return, but eventually returns in ''Only in Death'' as a Sanctioned Psyker]].

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* PutOnABus: Brin Milo in ''Sabbat Martyr''. Subverted with [[spoiler:Agun Soric, who also gets sent away on a Black Ship at the end of ''Sabbat Martyr'' apparently never to return, but eventually returns in ''Only in Death'' as a Sanctioned Psyker]].wretched and mutilated 'sanctioned' psyker]].



** In ''Sabbat Martyr'', following some exposition from [[spoiler: Pater Sin]] about the mysterious soldier they've selected to turn into [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a Chaos meat-puppet]], the book switches to [[spoiler: Milo, the Saint's chosen sidekick]], suffering from major headaches. [[spoiler: He's not the puppet, but it's suggested his latent psychic abilities are altering him to the danger the Saint is in]].

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** In ''Sabbat Martyr'', following some exposition from [[spoiler: Pater Sin]] about the mysterious soldier they've selected to turn into [[BrainwashedAndCrazy a Chaos meat-puppet]], the book switches to [[spoiler: Milo, the Saint's chosen sidekick]], suffering from major headaches. [[spoiler: He's not the puppet, but it's suggested his latent psychic abilities are altering alerting him to the danger the Saint is in]].



* ReplacementGoldfish: A steady trickle of new Ghosts replace the ones who have been killed.

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* ReplacementGoldfish: A steady trickle of new The Ghosts replace suffer casualties in every book. Sometimes - after Vervunhive, Herodor, and Hinzerhaus, for example - those replacements come close to outnumbering the ones who established Tanith. And a lot of those replacements have been killed. died since.



* {{Revenge}}

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* {{Revenge}}{{Revenge}}: Every surviving Tanith trooper is the survivor of a dead world. Gaunt's promise to them, as retold in ''Ghostmaker,'' is to grant them revenge on as many servants of Chaos as they can kill.



* RockBeatsLaser: A Chaos Space Marine gets killed... by ''crossbows''. This is most likely a jab at the trend to model marine squad leaders without helmets to make them more badass. Which CAN get them killed when angry natives start putting the village's whole supply of poisoned arrows through their faces. These weren't normal poisoned bolts either- one of the members of the Chaos retinue died when a moth (which the poison is made from) ''landed on him.'' Also, the Marine's face was described as a "pin cushion," With 30+ bolts lodged there.

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* RockBeatsLaser: A Chaos Space Marine gets killed... by ''crossbows''.''poisoned crossbows''. This is most likely a jab at the trend to model marine squad leaders without helmets to make them more badass. Which CAN get them killed when angry natives start putting Ordinarily the village's whole supply of poisoned arrows through their faces. These weren't normal poisoned bolts either- one of fight would go the members other way, but we're talking here about a ''lot'' of the Chaos retinue died when a moth (which the poison is made from) ''landed on him.'' Also, the Marine's face was described as a "pin cushion," With 30+ bolts lodged there.crossbows.



* ScarsAreForever: Of particularly note are Gaunt's chainsword scar across his stomach which identifies him at the end of ''Only In Death'', and Merrt's jaw.

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* ScarsAreForever: Of particularly note are Gaunt's chainsword scar across his stomach which identifies him at the end of ''Only In Death'', and Merrt's jaw.the various examples mentioned in ArtificalLimbs.



** Most planets in Warhammer 40K are derived from one Earth culture or another, and Tanith was the generalised "Celtic naturey" one. Many of the Ghosts use Scottish or Welsh elements in their names -- the Scottish Mk- prefix and Welsh w's, l's, and y's (Wheln is a good example). This may be another Sharpe influence, as Sharpe has a lot of Irish characters and dwells on the theme of their homeland being "lost", albeit in a different way.

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** Most planets in Warhammer 40K are derived from one Earth culture or another, and Tanith was the generalised "Celtic naturey" "pastoral Celtic" one. Many of the Ghosts use Scottish or Welsh elements in their names -- the Scottish Mk- prefix and Welsh w's, l's, and y's (Wheln is a good example). This may be another Sharpe influence, as Sharpe has a lot of Irish characters and dwells on the theme of their homeland being "lost", albeit in a different way.
23rd May '16 2:59:18 PM LBHills
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* AnyoneCanDie: Starts hitting ''hard'' in the later novels.
** And sadly, probably will. The Ghosts have no home to return to and the number of original Tanith dwindles within their own regiment, replaced by soldiers from other worlds. The ultimate fate probably awaiting most of the cast is death in combat- Guard regiments operate for decades at a time.
** In fact, by the end of the tenth novel, less than 10 characters actually named in the first are still alive [[spoiler:Gaunt, Dorden, Mkoll, Rawne, Larkin, Varl, Domor and possibly Milo, though he was PutOnABus so we can't be sure [[note]]Dan has stated Milo will be back once he works how what to do with him, the only way characters can leave the series is to die.[[/note]]. Various command staff also count]]. Significantly more remain from the first trilogy, but even then a great deal of named characters have died.
*** [[spoiler:And as of Blood Pact Dorden is dying of Leukemia]].
*** [[spoiler:And as of Salvation's Reach, he is dead.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Starts hitting ''hard'' in the later novels.
** And sadly, probably will. The Ghosts have no home to return to and the number of original Tanith dwindles within their own regiment, replaced by soldiers from other worlds. The ultimate fate probably awaiting most of the cast is death in combat- Guard regiments operate for decades at a time.
** In fact, by the end of the tenth novel, less than 10 characters actually named in the first are still alive [[spoiler:Gaunt, Dorden, Mkoll, Rawne, Larkin, Varl, Domor and possibly Milo, though he was PutOnABus so we can't be sure [[note]]Dan has stated Milo will be back once he works how what to do with him, the only way characters can leave the series is to die.[[/note]]. Various command staff also count]]. Significantly more remain from the first trilogy, but even then a great deal of named
Strongly, repeatedly invoked: although some prominent characters have died.
*** [[spoiler:And
been spared by chance, the God-Emperor or PopularityPower, many beloved ones have died... or worse. Naming the exceptions would probably qualify as of Blood Pact Dorden is dying of Leukemia]].
*** [[spoiler:And as of Salvation's Reach, he is dead.]]
a spoiler for the entire series.



** On the bright side, the Belladon seem to finally have a proper recruitment pool (unlike the Tanith and Vervunhive elements, both of which come from {{Doomed Hometown}}s), so they'll be able to replace casualties.
*** Vervunhive is slowly being rebuilt, and a small contingent of new Vervunhivers join the Tanith First in ''Salvation's Reach''.



* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight with the Jantine Patricians in the first book. Subverted in the second by the Volpone Bluebloods, who aren't ''all'' evil. Played straight again in ''Necropolis'', where Vervunhive's ruler is corrupted by Chaos comm chatter, and a merchant that shoots up a packed train car to get on, pays no attention to the city's destruction, and then randomly shoots his bodyguards in the back for no reason.
* ArmchairMilitary: The Guard brass. Some (Van Voytz) are better than others (Lugo).
* ArtificialLimbs: Augmetics, but not just on limbs - one major character has eye augmetics ('Shoggy' Domor) while another has voicebox augmetics (Murtan Feygor). Played straight with Varl, who lost his shoulder in battle, being forced to have his entire arm replaced. His new arm allows him to punch an enemy's head clean off. Larkin [[spoiler:gets a nalwood foot after having to have his cut off by Gaunt and Gaunt himself is given top-of-the-line augmetics to replace his own lost eyes at the end of ''Only In Death'']].

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Played Flip-flopped, but on the whole, played straight with the Jantine Patricians in the first book. Subverted in the second by the Volpone Bluebloods, who aren't ''all'' evil. Played straight again in ''Necropolis'', where Vervunhive's ruler is corrupted by Chaos comm chatter, and a merchant that shoots up a packed train car to get on, pays no attention to the city's destruction, and then randomly shoots his bodyguards in the back for no reason.
more often than it's subverted.
* ArmchairMilitary: The Guard brass. Some (Van Voytz) supreme commanders of the Guard. Some, most notably Van Voytz, are better than others (Lugo).
of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure type, but they seem outnumbered by more callous or outright GeneralRipper types.
* ArtificialLimbs: Augmetics, but not just on limbs - one major character has eye augmetics ('Shoggy' Domor) while another has voicebox augmetics (Murtan Feygor). Played straight Body parts of many kinds can be replaced with Varl, who lost his shoulder in battle, being forced to 'augmetics', inexpensive cyborg parts. Surviving Tanith have his entire arm replaced. His new arm allows him to punch an enemy's head clean off. Larkin [[spoiler:gets a nalwood foot after having to have his cut off by Gaunt and received synthetic eyes, voiceboxes, feet, shoulders, arms, etc. [[spoiler: Even Gaunt himself is given top-of-the-line augmetics to replace his own lost eyes at the end of ''Only In Death'']].eventually mutilated and subsequently provided with new eyes.]]



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Usually inverted, as Gaunt is usually seen bossing around men with significantly higher rank and social status than him.

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Usually inverted, as Gaunt is usually seen bossing around men with significantly higher rank and social status than him. This is justified in the case of Commissars like Gaunt and Hark, who are permitted - and in a few cases ''required'' - to perform summary executions for dereliction of duty.



* BackAlleyDoctor: Dr. Kolding, who first appears in ''Blood Pact''. The fact that he's an albino in the xenophobic Imperium, that often treats people with deformities or mutations as being impure or touched by Chaos even when they really aren't, explains why he's specifically a BackAlleyDoctor.

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* BackAlleyDoctor: Dr. Kolding, who first appears in ''Blood Pact''. The fact that he's an albino in the xenophobic Imperium, that which often treats people with deformities or mutations as being impure or touched by Chaos even when they really aren't, explains why he's specifically a BackAlleyDoctor.



* BadassNormal: Pretty much the ''entire'' Imperial Guard.

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* BadassNormal: Pretty much the ''entire'' The Imperial Guard.Guard, despite its many flaws, is regarded this way by the entire series. While the titular regiment gets most of the attention, the author takes time to provide details of other regiments all laboring toward victory in the Crusade.



* TheBait:



* BattleAura: ''Sabbat Martyr'':
--> The Beati herself was lit up in a halo of green fire.

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* BattleAura: ''Sabbat Martyr'':
--> The Beati herself was lit up in
Martyr'' presents one - for once, a halo of green fire.supernatural being on the ''Imperial'' side:



* BattleCouple: Criid and Caffran.
* BattleInTheRain: The climactic battle at the end of ''Ghostmaker'' takes place during a driving rainstorm

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* BattleCouple: Criid and Caffran.
Caffran. [[spoiler: For a long time.]]
* BattleInTheRain: The climactic battle at the end of ''Ghostmaker'' takes place during a driving rainstormrainstorm.



* BearerOfBadNews: Aside from dead Ghosts, this usually happens when the Ghosts are stuck on a mission for which they're ill suited. The First and Only are stealth and infiltration experts, not heavy assault troops.

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* BearerOfBadNews: Aside from dead Ghosts, this usually happens when the Ghosts are stuck on a mission for which they're ill suited. The First and Only are stealth and infiltration experts, not heavy assault troops. When somebody puts out a call to 'throw all available bodies at the enemy', they tend to take very high losses.



** There's also Sanian. She starts as wishing for a purpose. Then finds out that purpose is war. [[spoiler:Then she gets taken over by the very saint the war is being fought for.]]

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** There's also Sanian. She starts as wishing for a purpose. Then finds out that purpose is war. [[spoiler:Then she gets taken over is inhabited by the very saint the war is being fought for.]]



** In ''Straight Silver'', a few unlucky Alliance troopers learn that stealing vital medical supplies from Gaunt's Ghosts and threatening his LoveInterest is the best way to make him behave like an actual Imperial Commissar - that is, to carry out a summary execution.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* BewareTheHonestOnes

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** In ''Straight Silver'', a few unlucky Alliance troopers learn that stealing vital medical supplies from Gaunt's Ghosts and threatening his LoveInterest is the best way to make him behave like an actual a more typical Imperial Commissar commissar - that is, to carry out a summary execution.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
BetterToDieThanBeKilled: An opinion expressed by some characters.
* BewareTheHonestOnesBewareTheHonestOnes: Rawne is probably the foremost example.



* BigGood: Warmaster Slaydo and Saint Sabbat herself are pretty much the closest this series has to this trope.
* BittersweetEnding: Pretty much how ''every single book'' ends.
** The perfect example of this is in ''Sabbat Martyr'', where Saint Sabbat is reincarnated, Kolea's brain damage is healed, and Chaos Warlord Enok Innokenti is slain... [[spoiler: but the last assassin is killed too late to prevent the death of beloved Colonel Corbec; Milo leaving with Saint Sabbat, and Soric being taken by the Black Ships]]

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* BigGood: Saint Sabbat seems to act as one for the book's second arc: Warmaster Slaydo and Saint Sabbat herself are pretty much provided one in the closest this series has to this trope.
backstory. General van Voytz performed as one in the third, but he wound up nearly destroying the Ghosts through honest misjudgements.
* BittersweetEnding: Pretty much how ''every single book'' ends.
Commonly used: about as good as it gets for war stories in this CrapsackWorld.
** The perfect example of this is in ''Sabbat Martyr'', where Saint Sabbat is reincarnated, Kolea's brain damage is healed, and Chaos Warlord Enok Innokenti is slain... [[spoiler: but the last assassin is killed too late to prevent the death of beloved Colonel Corbec; Milo leaving with Saint Sabbat, and Soric being taken by the Black Ships]]Ships.]]



** Even Gaunt gets in on it. When he's stuck in a Mexican and Rawne's squad comes in to back him up, Gaunt asks Rawne if everybody's armed and pointing their guns at the other guy, not him. When Rawne replies with an affirmative, Gaunt asks, "Even Cant?"

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** Even Gaunt gets in on it. When he's stuck in a Mexican standoff and Rawne's squad comes in to back him up, Gaunt asks Rawne if everybody's armed and pointing their guns at the other guy, not him. When Rawne replies with an affirmative, Gaunt asks, "Even Cant?"



* CallBack: ''Salvation's Reach'' has two. The fruit of a certain dalliance Gaunt had all the way back in ''Necropolis'' turns up looking for him, and one of the characters introduced here is the brother of another one who died in an earlier book.

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* CallBack: ''Salvation's Reach'' has two. The fruit of a certain dalliance Gaunt had all the way back in ''Necropolis'' turns up looking for him, and one of the characters introduced here is the brother of another one character who died in an earlier book.''His Last Command.''



** Subverted when [[spoiler: Caffran]] tries to rescue a starved child [[spoiler: and it shoots him]].

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** Subverted in the retaking of corrupted Gereon, when [[spoiler: Caffran]] tries to rescue a starved child [[spoiler: and it the child shoots him]].



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Lijah Cuu fits this trope so well that it's rather shocking that nobody really called him out on it earlier. This is also the possible reason behind Mabbon's multiple changes of allegiance, first from the Imperium to Guar, Gaur to Sek, and then from Sek to [[spoiler: the Imperium.]]
** And then ''Salvation's Reach'' implies that Mabbon [[spoiler:might be switching from the Imperium back to Gaur!]]

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Lijah Cuu fits this trope so well that it's rather shocking that nobody really called him out on it earlier. This is also the possible reason behind Mabbon's multiple changes of allegiance, first from the Imperium to Guar, Gaur, Gaur to Sek, and then from Sek to [[spoiler: the Imperium.]]
** And then ''Salvation's Reach'' implies that Mabbon [[spoiler:might be switching from the Imperium back to Gaur!]]



* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Feth Bomb]]: Feth is a tanith tree-god, but you wouldn't know it from the way the ghosts are using the word.
* ColdBloodedTorture: From the forces of Chaos naturally, sometimes the Inquisition as well.
* CollapsingLair: Most clearly used at the end of First and Only.

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* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Feth Bomb]]: Feth is a tanith Tanith tree-god, but you wouldn't know it from the way the ghosts are using Ghosts employ the word.
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* ColdBloodedTorture: From the forces of Chaos naturally, naturally: sometimes the Inquisition as well.
* CollapsingLair: Most clearly used at the end of First ''First and Only. Only.''



*** The Eisenhorn / Ravenor stories were also foreshadowed by Gaunts Ghosts. In one book, Gaunt recalls Ravenor describing the terrible fate of his master. Although Eisenhorn had become a radical by the end his series and was well established as one in Ravenor, it was hardy a terrible fate. There is also the implication in ''Salvation's Reach'' that Ravenor suffers a DownerEnding. The fact that Abnett has referred to the next series of Inquisitor books as Eisenhorn versus Ravenor would seem to support this.

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*** The Eisenhorn / Ravenor stories were also foreshadowed by Gaunts Ghosts. In one book, Gaunt recalls Ravenor describing the terrible fate of his master. Although Eisenhorn had become a radical by the end his series and was well established as one in Ravenor, it was hardy hardly a terrible fate. There is also the implication in ''Salvation's Reach'' that Ravenor suffers a DownerEnding. The fact that Abnett has referred to the next series of Inquisitor books as Eisenhorn versus Ravenor would seem to support this.



* CoolSword: Gaunt's swords are not only [[ChainsawGood chainswords]] but possessed of personal and historical significiance.

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* CoolSword: Gaunt's swords are not only [[ChainsawGood chainswords]] but possessed of personal and historical significiance.significance.



* TheCorruption: One of Chaos' main weapons. In ''His Last Command'' Gaunt and his team from the Gereon mission are briefly put on trial to prove they are not tainted by Chaos, due to being stuck on a Chaos-occupied world for more than a year. The title of the next book, ''The Armour of Contempt'', references an aphorism from another Abnett character, Gideon Ravenor, which states that one can resist Chaos's influence by girding one's soul with the armour of contempt.

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* TheCorruption: One of Chaos' main weapons. In ''His Last Command'' Gaunt and his team from the Gereon mission are briefly put on trial to prove they are not tainted by Chaos, due to being stuck on a Chaos-occupied world for more than a year. The title of the next book, ''The Armour of Contempt'', references an aphorism from another Abnett character, Gideon Ravenor, which states that one can resist Chaos's influence not by girding one's soul with ignorance of it, but by knowing it and contemplating its repulsiveness - the armour 'armor of contempt.contempt'.



* CrapsackWorld: Some are worst than others, most specifically Gereon and Jago.

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* CrapsackWorld: Some are worst than others, most specifically Gereon As active-duty troops, the Ghosts visit one after another. Fortis Binary, an industrial wasteland scarred with craters and Jago.toxic gas: Monthax and its perpetually rainy, rotting marshes: Aexe Cardinal, a place of endless trench warfare in what amounts to a mass grave: Gereon, contaminated and stripped of all useful resources (including people): Jago, dessicated, dusty and haunted: Salvation's Reach, a mass of ancient space-junk riddled with mines and vaults of forbidden things: and on, and on.



* CrypticConversation

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* CrypticConversationCrypticConversation: On several occasions.



* CycleOfRevenge: Dercius got Gaunt's father and many of his men killed by retreating instead of providing support. Gaunt killed Dercius for this in a duel. Then Dercius' son [[spoiler:Flense]] tries to murder Gaunt and his entire command for that (And the loss of status he suffered from going from the son of a respected General to being the son of a man executed for cowardice and desertion).

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* CycleOfRevenge: Dercius got Gaunt's father and many of his men killed by retreating instead of providing support. Gaunt killed Dercius for this in a duel. Then Dercius' son [[spoiler:Flense]] tries to murder Gaunt and his entire command for that (And the to avenge his father's death (and his own loss of status he suffered from going from the son of a respected General to being the son of a man executed for cowardice and desertion).status).



* DeathOrGloryAttack: The Ghosts typically fight smart, but sometimes they charge the enemy when its clear they'll be overwhelmed no matter what they do. This happens, tragically, more than once.

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* DeathOrGloryAttack: The Ghosts typically fight smart, but sometimes they charge the enemy when its it's clear they'll be overwhelmed no matter what they do. This happens, tragically, more than once.
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