History Literature / HorusHeresy

19th Jun '16 10:33:37 AM SFH
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* LawfulStupid: It doesn't matter how effective psykers are against the Chaos powers the Traitor Legions are now wielding. As far as the Legio Custodes, the Imperial Fists, and the Space Wolves are concerned, the Edict of Nikaea is in effect until the Emperor says otherwise, even though Malcador, who was named Regent of the Imperium by the Emperor, has given tacit approval for the Legions to begin employing Librarians again. And they will try to enforce this on Loyalist Legions.
12th Jun '16 9:15:31 PM dvorak
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** The Big E appears as an AmbiguouslyBrown man in golden glowing masterwork PoweredArmor, since his true form is one of such masculine perfection that people either cream their jeans hard enough to brain damage themselves or fall to their knees in worship.
6th Jun '16 6:17:04 PM dvorak
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** "I was there when Horus slew the Emperor" started out as a joke one Luna Wolves legionaire used to tell; the "emperor" in question being the ruler of the planet graviton weapons were recovered from. Horus killed him, hence the joke. Horus, of course, kills the Big E at the climax of the series.
23rd May '16 4:23:47 AM valar55
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** A mild example would be that of [[GoodShepherd the Priest]] in the short story "The Last Church". He openly defies [[spoiler:the Emperor]], willingly choosing death rather than to embrace the new ideology of the Imperium. This is an old man, alone in the last Church on Terra. He is surrounded by proto-astartes. After this Imperial officer has spent the last hour trying to destroy the preist's faith via argument, he defies [[spoiler:the Emp]] to his face. It's hilariously ironic given [[spoiler:it was the Emperor who unintentionally inspired him to turn to faith in the first place]] and therefore not even [[spoiler:the being he thought was {{God}}, telling him not to believe]] could break his faith.

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** A mild example would be that of [[GoodShepherd the Priest]] in the short story "The Last Church". He openly defies [[spoiler:the Emperor]], willingly choosing death death, rather than to embrace the new ideology of the Imperium. This is an old man, alone in the last Church on Terra. He is surrounded by proto-astartes. After this Imperial officer has spent the last hour trying to destroy the preist's priest's faith via argument, he defies [[spoiler:the Emp]] Emperor]] to his face. It's hilariously ironic given [[spoiler:it was the Emperor who unintentionally inspired him to turn to faith in the first place]] and therefore not even [[spoiler:the being he thought was {{God}}, telling him not to believe]] could break his faith.
7th Apr '16 9:57:58 AM DoctorMengele
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** Horus Lupercal in ''Horus Rising''. [[spoiler: When negotiations break down with the Interex, Horus picks up a fallen Luna Wolf's power sword and combi-bolter and says that if the Interex fears them, then the Luna Wolves are going to give the Interex a ''reason'' to fear them.]]

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** Horus Lupercal in ''Horus Rising''. [[spoiler: When negotiations break down with the Interex, Horus picks up a fallen Luna Wolf's power sword and combi-bolter and says that if the Interex fears them, then the Luna Wolves are going to give the Interex a ''reason'' to fear them.]].
**More than a dozen books later in ''Vengeful Spirit'' he [[spoiler:brings down a two gunships with his mace by jumping on them, with a help of Mortarion (who harpooned one with his scythe) and Fulgrim (who partially shield them all and brought down the third gunship with sorcery), and later fights multiple Imperial Knights pretty much by his own, destroying two single-handedly, untill the rest of them run away in fear.
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6th Apr '16 2:23:00 AM Yozzy
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* GoodVersusGood: The Burning of Prospero. Really, during the start of it, it was one loyalist legion against another loyalist legion. One deliberately manipulated to wipe out another, and one deliberately manipulated by deceit and using their overconfidence in using now-outlawed techniques. While it damaged the Wolves, it was the point that tipped the Sons into becoming traitors for their "betrayal" and just to survive.



* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Some battles have participants (usually main protagonists and antagonists) take place without their helmets.
** Many main characters choose to eschew a helmet, in spite of the protection it provides. Some of the most notable offenders are Kor Phaeron, Abaddon, and most primarchs.
** Most Space Wolves tend to go without. On one side of the argument is that it stifles their senses which they rely on more than other Legions. The other side of the argument is that they're too aggressive to bother. This lead to quite a few deaths that might have been prevented during the Burning of Prospero, as the Thousand Sons were [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy more than wise enough]] to exploit this.



* WellDoneSonGuy: At least half the Primarch are like this, notably Konrad Curze, who became evil for the Emperor. Too bad the Emperor is kind of a dick.

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* WeirdnessCensor: In ''A Thousand Sons'', Ahriman notices the number seven being a recurring element with Mortarion and his Legion, while he seems not to notice the [[{{Foreshadowing}} recurrence of the number nine within his own legion]] which was a running theme of that particular book.
* WellDoneSonGuy: At least half the Primarch are like this, notably Konrad Curze, who became sees himself as having become evil for the Emperor. Too bad the Emperor is kind of a dick.
28th Mar '16 7:29:15 PM Steam_Lord
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** ''The First Heretic'', which shows the Emperor at his worst.
** ''The Outcast Dead'', which (besides the Wham Line below) has [[spoiler: Kai Zulane's vision imply that there is a win condition for humanity against the Chaos Gods.]]
** ''Vengeful Spirit'', which is a Wham Episode for the series [[spoiler: exploring [[DealWithTheDevil why]] the Emperor is so powerful and [[SuperEmpowering empow]][[TrainingFromHell ering]] a now completely evil Horus to a similar extent.]]
8th Mar '16 10:37:20 PM Steam_Lord
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* The ''Ahriman'' series directly continues the plot of the titular character.

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* The ''Ahriman'' ''ThousandSons'' series directly continues the plot of the titular character.Ahriman.
10th Feb '16 11:24:19 AM Kakai
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%%* TheStoic

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%%* TheStoic* StealthHiBye: Malcador does that to Garro when the latter goes AWOL to do some investigating, and going by Space Marine's thoughts, this isn't the first time. Garro's theory on this is that Malcador never actually leaves the Palace, but contacts people telepahically and manifests an image of himself ifor the purpose of a talk.
* TheStoic: Rogal Dorn is unflappable and has a rather calm personality, taking most of what happens in with grim resolve. This being said, when this cracks, he goes off with the power of a nuclear bomb.



* TranquilFury: {{Inverted}} by Angron, who drives himself into such huge fits of rage that it turns him insensate to the point that it's almost a trance, which are the only times he gets Zenlike periods of peace.

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* TranquilFury: {{Inverted}} by Angron, who drives himself into such huge fits of rage that it turns him insensate to the point that it's almost a trance, which are the only times he gets Zenlike Zen-like periods of peace.



* WasItReallyWorthIt: Usually, if asked this, most traitor marines reply with "Yes" and a bolter to the face. [[spoiler: Implied by the Eldar that, were he to win, Horus's grief and remorse would overcome him, causing him to declare war on.. everyone left, in shame. Perhaps most disturbingly of all is that Horus going mad with grief and slaughtering the ''entire'' Imperium of Man... might be the best possible outcome of the Heresy!]]

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: Usually, if asked this, most traitor marines reply with "Yes" and a bolter to the face. [[spoiler: Implied by the Eldar that, were he to win, Horus's grief and remorse would overcome him, causing him to declare war on..on... everyone left, in shame. Perhaps most disturbingly of all is that Horus going mad with grief and slaughtering the ''entire'' Imperium of Man... might be the best possible outcome of the Heresy!]]


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* WholePlotReference: ''Deathfire'' is pretty clearly based on ''Literature/{{Odyssey}}''.
10th Feb '16 9:30:49 AM Kakai
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* ''Ghost Speak Not'', an e-book exclusive by James Swallow

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* ''Ghost ''Ghosts Speak Not'', an e-book exclusive by James Swallow
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