History Literature / Titanicus

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...).
12th Jan '16 5:48:23 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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* EnemyMine / FireForgedFriends: [[spoiler:The discovery of the second Chaos Titan Legion forces the Legio Invicta and Legio Tempestus to set aside the theological dispute that was splintering the Mechanicus on Orestes to defeat them. Fighting side by side in the biggest Titan battle in millennia also unites them into a single force that was willing to take down Tolemy once the battle was over.]]
13th Dec '15 9:21:54 PM Servitor2152
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* {{Irony}}: Cally and Stefan are both afraid [[spoiler:the former]] won't make it home from the war. [[spoiler:Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Cally and Stefan are both afraid [[spoiler:the former]] the former won't make it home from the war. [[spoiler:Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]
13th Dec '15 9:20:45 PM Servitor2152
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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Cally and Stefan are both afraid]] the former won't make it home from the war. Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]

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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Cally Cally and Stefan are both afraid]] the former afraid [[spoiler:the former]] won't make it home from the war. Cally [[spoiler:Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]
5th Oct '15 12:24:35 AM Yozzy
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** The Chaos scrapcode is implied to have negative effects on the augmented members of the Mechanicus.

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** The Chaos scrapcode is implied painful to have negative effects on the augmented members of the Mechanicus.Mechanicus, and is implied to have other negative effects.



* CivilWar: The revelation about the God-Emperor and the Omnissiah threatens to split both the Imperium and the Mechanicum, as well as fracture the Mechanicum itself. Civil war is only narrowly averted by the novel's end.

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* CivilWar: The revelation about the God-Emperor and the Omnissiah threatens to split both the Imperium and Mechanicus from the Mechanicum, Imperium, as well as fracture the Mechanicum itself. Mechanicus itself between fractured loyalties. Civil war is put on hold as a secondary force of Chaos Titans are discovered on the far side of the planet and closing on the Mechanicus's forges, and only narrowly averted by the novel's end.



* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: [[spoiler: Egan, Feist's boss, ascribes to the belief in a separate and distinct Omnissiah, but he [[NotWhatISignedOnFor does not want to be party to murder]] and is distraught when Tolemy kills Imanual, and when Feist is slated to be killed as well. When Tolemy accidentally implies that he manipulated the data that caused the schism, he kills Tolemy to prevent him from killing Enhort (who was willing to call off the whole plot and reconcile with Invicta and the Imperium, since the reason for the schism was now in doubt), but then turns his bolt pistol on himself.]]

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* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: [[spoiler: Egan, Feist's boss, boss]], ascribes to the belief in a an Omnissiah separate and distinct Omnissiah, from the Emperor, but he [[NotWhatISignedOnFor does not want to be party to murder]] and is distraught when Tolemy [[spoiler:Tolemy kills Imanual, Imanual]], and when Feist [[spoiler:Feist]] is slated to be killed as well. When Tolemy [[spoiler:Tolemy accidentally implies that he manipulated the data data]] that caused the schism, he kills Tolemy [[spoiler:Tolemy]] to prevent him from killing Enhort [[spoiler:Enhort (who was willing to call off the whole plot and reconcile with Invicta and the Imperium, since the reason for the schism was now in doubt), doubt)]], but then turns his bolt pistol on himself.]]



** Also played straight with Varco's Vanquisher tanks where even though they have specially designed anti-armour cannons they don't cause any damage to the Titan they were sent to distract while it leisurely kills them all.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Varco's entire crew of survivors perishes in order to bring down the Chaos tower]]. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Imanual sacrifices his life own life in order to help Feist and Kalien escape the conspirators]].

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** Also played straight with Varco's Vanquisher tanks where tanks, even though they have specially designed anti-armour cannons cannons, they don't cause any damage most they do to the an enemy Titan is force it to take a single step back. The Titan they were sent to distract while it leisurely kills them all.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Varco's entire crew of survivors perishes in order to bring down the Chaos tower]]. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Imanual sacrifices his life own life in order to help Feist and Kalien escape the conspirators]].



* HumongousMecha: It's Imperial Titans verses Chaos Titans on a scale rarely seen since the Literature/HorusHeresy.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Cally and Stefan are both afraid she won't make it home from the war. Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]

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* HumongousMecha: It's Imperial Titans verses versus Chaos Titans on a scale rarely seen since the Literature/HorusHeresy.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Cally [[spoiler:Cally and Stefan are both afraid she afraid]] the former won't make it home from the war. Cally survives on the battlefield against all odds. Stefan gets himself gunned down by a hometown policeman.]]



* LittleHeroBigWar: The narrative is spread out among the various plot threads, the Titanicus princeps actually fighting the war, and the Imperial-Mechanicus and inter-Mechanicus politics take center stage, but the other plotlines follow around little folks.
** Stefan and Cally, a longshoreman who emigrated to Orestes, and his wife who got to join him by conditionally joining the PDF. As the war starts up, Cally is called out for support and possibly to fight, while Stefan tries to continue to work in wartime conditions and come to terms with the idea that his wife might not come home.
** Varcos is an armoured battalion commander who narrowly survives a brush with an enemy titan. Now in the wilderness with his small band of survivors with no tanks, no support, and no means of communicating with the Mechanicus, Varcos has to find a way back or do his part in the war.



* 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, lampshaded by some of the characters reaction to the head Skitarii.

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* ShowDontTell: {{Inverted}} in TheReveal ''how'' the God-Emperor and the Omnissiah are proven to be different entites. The reader [[TakeOurWordForIt is not told what it is or how it's framed]], only the characters' reaction and that the evidence is pretty much bulletproof.
** We get an explanation in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Mechanicum''. Turns out [[spoiler:the Omnissiah is actually a C'Tan]].
* 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, lampshaded 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.Skitarii.
** Made ''even worse'' with the Chaos Skitarii. When Cally meets one, she immediately knows she's looking at an enemy Skitarii. In fact, [[spoiler:he's actually a ''regular loyalist'' skitarii, but his looks were so fucked up, that Cally immediately thought that he was a traitor]].



* TakeOurWordForIt: The reader is not told ''how'' the God-Emperor and the Omnissiah are proved to be completely unrelated, only that the evidence is pretty much bulletproof.
** We get an explanation in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''Mechanicum''. Turns out [[spoiler:the Omnissiah is actually a C'Tan]].
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