History Literature / GauntsGhosts

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.
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.
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