History Literature / WordBearers

24th May '15 3:54:15 PM nombretomado
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. There are also a couple of short stories in the Horus Heresy novel series that act as backstory for several of the characters. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[labelnote:*]]A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*[[/labelnote]].
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. There are also a couple of short stories in the Horus Heresy novel series that act as backstory for several of the characters. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[labelnote:*]]A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Literature/HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*[[/labelnote]].

* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Blood Brother]]: Kol Badr has it in for Marduk for killing his closest blood-brother during the HorusHeresy.
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* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Blood Brother]]: Kol Badr has it in for Marduk for killing his closest blood-brother during the HorusHeresy.Literature/HorusHeresy.
22nd Feb '15 10:15:48 PM Calandir
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[labelnote:*]]A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*[[/labelnote]].
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. There are also a couple of short stories in the Horus Heresy novel series that act as backstory for several of the characters. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[labelnote:*]]A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*[[/labelnote]].
30th Nov '14 9:10:47 PM SoapyTroper
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BLAD FOR THA BLAD GAD
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Played with, with the kathartes. In their visible form they look like terrifying daemon furies, but in the Warp they appear as angelic, predatory beings made of light. Of course, in order to appreciate something like that you'd have to go into the Warp, which means you have [[AlwaysBiggerFish bigger]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation things]] [[DemonicPossession to worry]] [[GrandTheftMe about]].
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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Played with, with the kathartes. In their visible form they look like terrifying daemon furies, but in the Warp they appear as angelic, predatory beings made of light. Of course, in order to appreciate something like that you'd have to go into the Warp, which means you have [[AlwaysBiggerFish [[AlwaysABiggerFish bigger]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation things]] [[DemonicPossession to worry]] [[GrandTheftMe about]].
8th Oct '13 11:07:40 AM Yozzy
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** Kol Badar, who is noted to have been around since the Horus Heresy.

* SupportingLeader: Kol Badar, this is his position as [[NumberTwo Coryphaus]] in a nutshell. And he is very, very good at this.
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* SupportingLeader: Since the Word Bearers are a religious institution before a military institution, leadership goes to the Dark Apostle. Kol Badar, this is his Badar's position as [[NumberTwo [[TheDragon Coryphaus]] in a nutshell. And he puts him as the Dark Apostle's militant leader. While he's noted to have some difficulty with thinking laterally and unconventional tactics, Badar is very, very good at this.
4th May '13 1:32:10 PM Calandir
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* OhCrap: Marduk's reaction at Calth when the station he is one is boarded by Guilliman's squad of Ultramarines. Seeing as it includes Guilliman himself and a BFS armed Aeonid Thiel, it's quite justified.
31st Jan '13 4:09:05 PM digitamer2
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* [[RealMenLoveJesus RealMenLoveTheChaosGods]]: The Word Bearers never lack for faith in the Dark Gods and are unstoppable killing machines all. This trope is also what has allowed the Warmonger to maintain some modicum of lucidity.
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* [[RealMenLoveJesus RealMenLoveTheChaosGods]]: Real Men Love The Chaos Gods]]: The Word Bearers never lack for faith in the Dark Gods and are unstoppable killing machines all. This trope is also what has allowed the Warmonger to maintain some modicum of lucidity.
30th Aug '12 7:37:16 AM Whitecroc
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[hottip:*:A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*]].
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The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[hottip:*:A canon]][[labelnote:*]]A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*]]. breath*[[/labelnote]].
29th Aug '12 9:57:54 AM Cider
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29th Aug '12 9:57:48 AM Cider
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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Played with, with the kathartes. In their visible form they look like terrifying daemon furies, but in the Warp they appear as angelic, predatory beings made of light. Of course, in order to appreciate something like that you'd have to go into the Warp, which means you have [[CosmicHorror bigger]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation things]] [[DemonicPossession to worry]] [[GrandTheftMe about]].
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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Played with, with the kathartes. In their visible form they look like terrifying daemon furies, but in the Warp they appear as angelic, predatory beings made of light. Of course, in order to appreciate something like that you'd have to go into the Warp, which means you have [[CosmicHorror [[AlwaysBiggerFish bigger]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation things]] [[DemonicPossession to worry]] [[GrandTheftMe about]].
20th Jul '12 6:07:33 AM FELH2
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Please resist the urge to put examples on this page or link to this page on tropes unless you are citing from 40K '''novels''' in which the Word Bearers feature. Examples which are specific to rulebooks and other in-universe fluff should go on either the [[{{Warhammer40000}} 40K]] page or in the Space Marines section of the Characters/Warhammer40000ForcesOfChaos page. The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[hottip:*:A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*]].
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Please resist the urge to put examples on this page or link to this page on tropes unless you are citing from 40K '''novels''' in which the Word Bearers feature. Examples which are specific to rulebooks and other in-universe fluff should go on either the [[{{Warhammer40000}} [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 40K]] page or in the Space Marines section of the Characters/Warhammer40000ForcesOfChaos page. The ''Word Bearers'' trilogy of books by Anthony Reynolds consists of ''Dark Apostle'', ''Dark Disciple'' and ''Dark Creed'', set in the ''{{Warhammer ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. The series focuses on the titular legion of [[EvilCounterpart Chaos]] SpaceMarines, rather than 40K's "good guys" like the Space Marines or the Tau. The books also go into more detail about the traditions and beliefs of the Word Bearers, expanding upon the threadbare picture of one of the [[TheDreaded most infamous legions in 40k canon]][[hottip:*:A brief history of the Word Bearers Legion, assuming you know the story behind the HorusHeresy: Their Primarch, Lorgar, was particularly devout and fanatical during the Great Crusade that united humanity, and encouraged the building of great cathedrals dedicated to the Emperor. The Emperor, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions trying to dispel silly superstition,]] rebuked him for it - while the Chaos gods offered Lorgar an alternative faith, swaying him to their worship. He corrupted the rest of the Legion through their Chaplains, which is why they were the only Traitor Legion to retain the majority of their Chaplains - or Dark Apostles, as they were now known - while those belonging to the other Traitor Legions had tended to be killed by their traitorous brethren, being more likely to remain loyal to the Emperor. Worse than all of this, however: the Word Bearers, through Chaplain Erebus, were responsible for the corruption of Horus, directly leading to the GRIMDARK *deep breath*]].

** General Havorn is this too. * AssKickingEqualsAuthority: This is how Marduk got his job. With a healthy dosage of ColdBloodedTorture and MindRape to make sure he was quite up to standards ''after'' he had already established his copious asskicking credentials. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Par for the course in a {{Warhammer 40000}} series.
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** General Havorn is this too. too. * AssKickingEqualsAuthority: This is how Marduk got his job. With a healthy dosage of ColdBloodedTorture and MindRape to make sure he was quite up to standards ''after'' he had already established his copious asskicking credentials. credentials. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Par for the course in a {{Warhammer TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} series.

** BadassArmy: The Word Bearers. A single squad of Terminators manages to tear down a [[HumongousMecha TITAN]].
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** BadassArmy: The Word Bearers. A single squad of Terminators manages to tear down a [[HumongousMecha TITAN]].

** BadassGrandpa: The Warmonger. * {{BFS}}: Marduk has a [[EvilWeapon daemon sword]] known as Bohrg'ash. It's huge, can kill with the merest blow, and drinks blood. Possibly implying it is inhabited by a daemon of Khorne.
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** BadassGrandpa: The Warmonger. Warmonger. * {{BFS}}: Marduk has a [[EvilWeapon daemon sword]] known as Bohrg'ash. It's huge, can kill with the merest blow, and drinks blood. Possibly implying it is inhabited by a daemon of Khorne.

* CoolHelmet: Kol Badar had one, which was wrought with the visage of a snarling daemon.
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* CoolHelmet: Kol Badar had one, which was wrought with the visage of a snarling daemon.

* TheMagnificent: Jarulek the Blessed.
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* TheMagnificent: Jarulek the Blessed.

* OneManArmy: All the Chaos Marines, but Marduk gets bonus points for going to the [[SpiritWorld warp]] and fighting off an army of daemons to prove his strength as a follower of the Dark Gods.
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* OneManArmy: All the Chaos Marines, but Marduk gets bonus points for going to the [[SpiritWorld warp]] and fighting off an army of daemons to prove his strength as a follower of the Dark Gods.

* [[RealMenLoveJesus RealMenLoveTheChaosGods]]: The Word Bearers never lack for faith in the Dark Gods and are unstoppable killing machines all. This trope is also what has allowed the Warmonger to maintain some modicum of lucidity.
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* [[RealMenLoveJesus RealMenLoveTheChaosGods]]: The Word Bearers never lack for faith in the Dark Gods and are unstoppable killing machines all. This trope is also what has allowed the Warmonger to maintain some modicum of lucidity.

* TheStrategist: Kol Badar was this, having been capable of gaining victory in every battle he commanded due to his immense tactical genius.
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* TheStrategist: Kol Badar was this, having been capable of gaining victory in every battle he commanded due to his immense tactical genius.

* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Blood Brother]]: Kol Badr has it in for Marduk for killing his closest blood-brother during the HorusHeresy.
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* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Blood Brother]]: Kol Badr has it in for Marduk for killing his closest blood-brother during the HorusHeresy.
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