History Literature / Titanicus

21st Dec '17 5:14:58 AM Bissek
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** [[spoiler:The toymaker is last seen hiding in his store after nearly getting caught up and killed in an anti-Mechanicus riot. Kids are shown playing with his toys after the war is over, but nothing is said over whether they had been freshly bought or if they were purchased early, so whether or not he survived the riots is unknown.]]
23rd Oct '17 9:25:08 PM Erivale
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* AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:While most of the story threads are tied up its left ambiguous whether Varco and Kell die when the Chaos tower collapses with them simply being described as knocked unconscious and second last paragraph implying they at the very least made it back to the halt.]]

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* AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:While While most of the story threads are tied up its up, the fates of many characters are deliberately left ambiguous whether ambiguous. To wit:
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Varco and Kell die when the Chaos tower collapses with them simply being described as knocked unconscious flat and second last paragraph of the book implying they at the very least made it back to the halt.]]
** [[spoiler:Max Orfuls and ''Morbius Sire'' are last seen in the pitched titan battle cornered by three archenemy warhounds, with imperial Warlord ''Tantamount Stridex'' moving to assist. Whether ''Stridex'' arrived in time is unknown.]]
** [[spoiler:Lau is reported killed in the ground fighting of the same battle, though it is specified that these reports are unconfirmed, and they remain such for the rest of the novel.]]
** [[spoiler:Tarses, Prinzhorn, and ''Dominatus Victrix'' are last seen doing well in the fight, but taking damage and facing down an archenemy warlord. Though the crew are confident, whether they won this duel, or survived the battle, is unknown.
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Many of the titans have appropriately awesome names. Hell, even the very legio's name is its own BadassBoast: Invicta, the undefeated.
** ''Invictus Antagonistes'' which translates from [[CanisLatinicus High Gothic]] as "Undefeated Adversary."
** ''Divinitus Monstrum'' - "Divine Monster"
** ''Dominatus Victrix'' - "Dominating Victor"
** ''Sicarian Faero'' - "Killer"


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** Adept Senorius Imanual is another example. A throw-away comment shows that he has the exact same theological stance as the rest of the forge, and even shows contempt for the idea that the Emperor and the Omnissiah are one. However, he is also smart enough to know that a schism would destroy both the Imperium and the Mechanicum, so even when presented with "proof" of his views, he refuses to use it, and instead destroys it.
10th Jul '17 8:24:34 AM Jasin_Moridin
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* PardonMyKlingon: The novel includes a number of curse words used by the Adeptus Mechanicus. For a group so dedicated to logic, they can still get incandescently error shunt abort (pissed off) enough to call someone a scrapshunt (heavily implied to be an insult on the level of "motherfucker").
8th Dec '16 4:50:23 PM ThraggLootrippa
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* GunsAreWorthless: Horrifyingly played straight in the opening where the PDF team are unable to even scratch the Chaos Titan stalking them. Lampshaded when Valkryie Gunships are sent to help and the PDF commander says they won't be able to do a thing against.

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* GunsAreWorthless: Horrifyingly played straight in the opening where the PDF team are unable to even scratch the Chaos Titan stalking them. They use every last round they have, and the PDF commander literally throws his damaged radar at the Titan since he had nothing left. Lampshaded when Valkryie Gunships are sent to help and the PDF commander says they won't be able to do a thing against.against the giant robot-monster stalking them.
19th Jul '16 9:02:19 PM Berrenta
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* CoversAlwaysLie: There are no Space Marines in this book.
** The Black Library France cover averts it, showing a Warlord titan instead.
It's actually just a closer crop of the same cover artwork, originally from Epic: Armaggeddon, which did in fact feature Space Marines (and Titans)

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* CoversAlwaysLie: There are no Space Marines in this book.
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book. The Black Library France cover averts it, showing a Warlord titan instead.
It's actually just a closer crop of the same cover artwork, originally from Epic: Armaggeddon, which did in fact feature Space Marines (and Titans)
instead.
7th Mar '16 5:14:56 PM Bissek
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* ActionPrologue The book opens following a doomed PDF regiment trying to survive against a Chaos Titan.
* AmbiguousEnding [[spoiler:While most of the story threads are tied up its left ambiguous whether Varco and Kell die when the Chaos tower collapses with them simply being described as knocked unconscious and second last paragraph implying they at the very least made it back to the halt.]]

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* ActionPrologue ActionPrologue: The book opens following a doomed PDF regiment trying to survive against a Chaos Titan.
* AmbiguousEnding AmbiguousEnding: [[spoiler:While most of the story threads are tied up its left ambiguous whether Varco and Kell die when the Chaos tower collapses with them simply being described as knocked unconscious and second last paragraph implying they at the very least made it back to the halt.]]



* GunsAreWorthless Horrifyingly played straight in the opening where the PDF team are unable to even scratch the Chaos Titan stalking them. Lampshaded when Valkryie Gunships are sent to help and the PDF commander says they won't be able to do a thing against.

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* GunsAreWorthless GunsAreWorthless: Horrifyingly played straight in the opening where the PDF team are unable to even scratch the Chaos Titan stalking them. Lampshaded when Valkryie Gunships are sent to help and the PDF commander says they won't be able to do a thing against.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone Enhort and Egan when [[spoiler: they realise they were used by Tolemy so he could make a power grab, Egan feels so guilty he shoots himself.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone TheMerch: InvokedTrope. One subplot is a toymaker who thinks to repair his declining fortunes by selling model Titans. It works, then he starts making more money by painting them in the colors of the two Legios defending Orestes, then even more by painting them in the heraldry of specific Titans that had recently distinguished themselves in battle. [[spoiler:Then the Mechanicus schism breaks out, and he nearly gets killed by a rioter.]] What happens to the toymaker after that is never specified.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
Enhort and Egan when [[spoiler: they realise they were used by Tolemy so he could make a power grab, Egan feels so guilty he shoots himself.]]



* RedShirt Pretty much everyone in the PDF, examples include the PDF in the opening, the PDF in Varcos armour column who who don't survive and most of Cally's Tertiary PDF.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure Princeps Maximus Gearheart is this [[spoiler:when the threat of Civil war starts by trying to maintain the status quo, supporting the Imperial Governor and refusing to fire the first shot at Legio Tempestuous.]]

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* RedShirt RedShirt: Pretty much everyone in the PDF, examples include the PDF in the opening, the PDF in Varcos armour column who who don't survive and most of Cally's Tertiary PDF.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Princeps Maximus Gearheart is this [[spoiler:when the threat of Civil war starts by trying to maintain the status quo, supporting the Imperial Governor and refusing to fire the first shot at Legio Tempestuous.]]



* SociopathicSoldier The Skitarii are described as this, they're augmetically enhanced to be deadly killing machines, brainwashed into being psychopathic and as soon as the fighting starts they're pumped full of drugs to send them into a murderous fury. They also deliberately invoke with with battle dress that's made to look more like barbaric armour for the intimidation factor. Lampshaded by some of the characters reaction to the head Skitarii.

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* SociopathicSoldier SociopathicSoldier: The Skitarii are described as this, they're augmetically enhanced to be deadly killing machines, brainwashed into being psychopathic and as soon as the fighting starts they're pumped full of drugs to send them into a murderous fury. They also deliberately invoke with with battle dress that's made to look more like barbaric armour for the intimidation factor. Lampshaded by some of the characters reaction to the head Skitarii.



* SuicideMission [[spoiler:Varco's groups assault on the Chaos Shield tower is one of these although its implied Varco and Kell managed to survive.]]
* TitleDrop The wheelbarrow Cally's PDF group put the [[spoiler:recovered Tempestuous Princeps]] in is jokingly named 'Titanicus'

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* SuicideMission SuicideMission: [[spoiler:Varco's groups assault on the Chaos Shield tower is one of these although its implied Varco and Kell managed to survive.]]
* TitleDrop TitleDrop: The wheelbarrow Cally's PDF group put the [[spoiler:recovered Tempestuous Princeps]] in is jokingly named 'Titanicus'



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse The fate of the toymaker after the [[spoiler:riots due to the revelation]] isn't given.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of the toymaker after the [[spoiler:riots due to the revelation]] isn't given.given. There is a scene at the end with children playing with some of his model Titans, but they could easily have been toys that he had sold much earlier, rather than an indication that he's still making and selling them.
25th Feb '16 8:29:42 AM ead101
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*WeHaveReserves: {{Inverted}} - while Orestes has vast manpower resources, it being a Forge World and all, and while the governor is more than happy to use them, the call-up of the Tertiary Reserves of the PDF (including Cally) makes it clear that the war is going really, really badly for them.
25th Feb '16 8:18:22 AM ead101
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It's actually just a closer crop of the same cover artwork, originally from Epic: Armaggeddon, which did in fact feature Space Marines (and Titans)
16th Jan '16 1:53:13 PM Bissek
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* IKnowYourTrueName: Invoked in an non-standard way. Most of the Chaos Titans in the enemy army were Imperial Titans before the Heresy. Knowing this, a Mechanicus research team works out what they were originally commissioned as, and cross-referencing against other records on those Titans from the pre-Heresy days, acquire information about their performance and weaknesses that the Imperial Titan legions can use against them.
12th Jan '16 5:48:36 PM Bissek
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* UnusualChapterNumbering: The chapters are numbered in binary (1, 10, 11... instead of 1, 2, 3...).

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* UnusualChapterNumbering: UnusualChapterNumbers: The chapters are numbered in binary (1, 10, 11... instead of 1, 2, 3...).
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