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* OrcusOnHisThrone: The ''Outer Reach'' supplement brings us the Overlord-Regent Ahhotekh, the ruler of the Necron Suhbekhar dynasty. He commands an entire army of undead warriors and is an enormous threat to the region, though he is also described as not being prone to facing his opponents face to face and relying on his underlings and schemes instead. Therefore, he is likely to fit this trope during any interactions he might have with the Deathwatch Kill-Teams.
30th Jul '17 2:37:49 PM Gosicrystal
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* TheAce: ''Deathwatch'' really hammers home that this is the Ultramarines' [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Not only do the Ultramarines get a bonus to interactions with other Imperial soldiers because of how well-respected they are, but their Chapter-specific Squad Mode abilities are both based on the Ultramarine's Fellowship -- meaning that a Kill-team that includes an Ultramarine will actually fight better ''because'' he has a Ph.D. in being handsome and wonderful. What a guy!
** This is taken so far that the Ultramarine's Primarch's Curse (caused by getting too many Insanity points) actually causes the Ultramarine in question to lower squad cohesion if he ISN'T put in charge.

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* TheAce: ''Deathwatch'' really hammers home that this is the Ultramarines' [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Not only do the Ultramarines get a bonus to interactions with other Imperial soldiers because of how well-respected they are, but their Chapter-specific Squad Mode abilities are both based on the Ultramarine's Fellowship -- meaning that a Kill-team that includes an Ultramarine will actually fight better ''because'' he has a Ph.D. in being handsome and wonderful. What a guy!
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guy! This is taken so far that the Ultramarine's Primarch's Curse (caused by getting too many Insanity points) actually causes the Ultramarine in question to lower squad cohesion if he ISN'T put in charge.



-->''"Yesss! [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Just_As_Planned Just as planned!]]"'' -- Spoken by Xi’aquan, Lord of Change, in [[ThanatosGambit its death throes]]

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-->''"Yesss! --->''"Yesss! [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Just_As_Planned Just as planned!]]"'' -- Spoken by Xi’aquan, Lord of Change, in [[ThanatosGambit its death throes]]



* BadassBookworm: Dark Angels characters, in addition to being {{Stone Wall}}s, are also this, since their chapter-specific advances have the most options for Scholastic Lore and Forbidden Lore out of any core chapter. Among non-core chapters, the [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Blood Ravens]] from ''Honor The Chapter'' go UpToEleven with this, with even more Scholastic, Common, and Forbidden Lore.

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Dark Angels characters, in addition to being {{Stone Wall}}s, are also this, since their chapter-specific advances have the most options for Scholastic Lore and Forbidden Lore out of any core chapter. Among non-core chapters, the [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Blood Ravens]] from ''Honor The Chapter'' go UpToEleven with this, with even more Scholastic, Common, and Forbidden Lore.



* TheBerserker: Blood Angels characters tend towards this, unsurprisingly. Their Chapter-specific abilities revolve around hitting better and harder in melee, and taking fewer Wounds by virtue of simply [[FeelNoPain not feeling any pain]].
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Flesh Tearers]] (a Blood Angels successor Chapter given rules in ''Rites of Battle'') are [[UpToEleven even worse]]; with the right combination of talents and wargear, they can bring down boss-level monsters in one or two rounds of combat, simply due to the insane bonuses they get from charging and the raw power their many MANY attacks provide.

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* TheBerserker: TheBerserker:
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Blood Angels characters tend towards this, unsurprisingly. Their Chapter-specific abilities revolve around hitting better and harder in melee, and taking fewer Wounds by virtue of simply [[FeelNoPain not feeling any pain]].
** With the right combination of talents and wargear, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The the Flesh Tearers]] (a Blood Angels successor Chapter given rules in ''Rites of Battle'') are [[UpToEleven even worse]]; with the right combination of talents and wargear, they can bring down boss-level monsters in one or two rounds of combat, simply due to the insane bonuses they get from charging and the raw power their many MANY attacks provide.



* FromBadToWorse: Very likely to happen -- the Deathwatch doesn't get sent in until things get ''a lot'' worse than usual in the CrapsackWorld of 40K.
** The Jericho Crusade is like this. They thought they found a few a few xeno-corrupted worlds, then it turned out to be a powerful Tau base. They thought they were facing a few scattered heretics and then it turned out there was a massive Chaos presence. Then the Tyranid hive fleet showed up. Then, as of the latest expansion book, a whole Necron empire is waking up well behind the front lines with the power to take all the other factions on at once...
* GeneralRipper: Lord Commander Sebiascor Ebongrave, leader of the Canis Salient of the Achilus Crusade fighting the Tau across the Greyhell Front. He rose to his position after the previous Canis Salient Lord Commander was assassinated by a Tau-sympathizer at the same time that xenophile organized rebellions hit several Imperial worlds that the Crusade had already conquered and assumed secure. The final straw was when a group of Tau sympathizers claimed credit for nearly annihilating his headquarters on a fortress world via ColonyDrop with a captured starship. Trying to avoid his predecessor's fate, Ebongrave began a great program to purge the population of xenophiles, [[PropagandaMachine aggressively propagandize the Imperial anti-Tau cause]], and eliminate any potential Tau-sympathizers from his own staff. Unfortunately, as forces have been diverted to deal with more pressing threats of the [[BugWar Tyranid incursion]] and the Imperial offensive against the Tau has ground to a stalemate, his normally commendable zealous hatred of xenos and their sympathizers has gone into full paranoia. [[ConspiracyTheorist He sees Tau conspiracy]] all around him, resulting in [[CrushingThePopulace brutal crackdowns on planetary populations]] and public executions on even the merest rumor. Members of his own staff who suggest brokering a cease-fire with the Tau to [[EnemyMine better deal with more pressing threats]] are quickly [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to the front line]] or [[YouHaveFailedMe executed]], resulting in Imperial forces being tied down and occupied in a demoralizing quagmire of a conflict.
** As much as they hate him holding up the peace process, the Tau have found him useful in other ways, as his continuing brutal actions are excellent propaganda for recruiting other humans to ''their'' side. Harsh on the human populations as his crackdowns may be, this also means more military resources are devoted to suppressing the human population and less to fighting the Tau, giving them more time to dig in and build their strength. This aspect has the crusade's higher leadership disapproving of Ebongrave's approach, as the loss of Imperial momentum could cost them the conflict.
** Ironically, his paranoia of conspiracies against him has actually ''spawned'' several conspiracies against him. Many on his staff know that he is too zealous and proud to appreciate the reality of the situation, and so they try to broker limited cease-fires with the Tau in secret while keeping a pretext of persecuting the campaign against them. The Deathwatch actually ''excludes'' him from most of their operations, only cooperating with him when convenient to keep him reassured he has their support while keeping the rest of their operations clandestine. Even the Inquisition is plotting to have him suitably removed at some point. See VetinariJobSecurity for why this has not happened yet.

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* FromBadToWorse: Very likely to happen -- the FromBadToWorse:
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Deathwatch doesn't get sent in until things get ''a lot'' worse than usual in the CrapsackWorld of 40K.
** The Jericho Crusade is like this. They thought they found a few a few xeno-corrupted worlds, then it turned out to be a powerful Tau base. They thought they were facing a few scattered heretics and then it turned out there was a massive Chaos presence. Then the Tyranid hive fleet showed up. Then, as of the latest expansion book, a whole Necron empire is waking up well behind the front lines with the power to take all the other factions on at once...
* GeneralRipper: Lord Commander Sebiascor Ebongrave, leader of the Canis Salient of the Achilus Crusade fighting the Tau across the Greyhell Front. He rose to his position after the previous Canis Salient Lord Commander was assassinated by a Tau-sympathizer at the same time that xenophile organized rebellions hit several Imperial worlds that the Crusade had already conquered and assumed secure. The final straw was when a group of Tau sympathizers claimed credit for nearly annihilating his headquarters on a fortress world via ColonyDrop with a captured starship. Trying to avoid his predecessor's fate, Ebongrave began a great program to purge the population of xenophiles, [[PropagandaMachine aggressively propagandize the Imperial anti-Tau cause]], and eliminate any potential Tau-sympathizers from his own staff. Unfortunately, as forces have been diverted to deal with more pressing threats of the [[BugWar Tyranid incursion]] and the Imperial offensive against the Tau has ground to a stalemate, his normally commendable zealous hatred of xenos and their sympathizers has gone into full paranoia. [[ConspiracyTheorist He sees Tau conspiracy]] all around him, resulting in [[CrushingThePopulace brutal crackdowns on planetary populations]] and public executions on even the merest rumor. Members of his own staff who suggest brokering a cease-fire with the Tau to [[EnemyMine better deal with more pressing threats]] are quickly [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to the front line]] or [[YouHaveFailedMe executed]], resulting in Imperial forces being tied down and occupied in a demoralizing quagmire of a conflict. \n** \\
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As much as they hate him holding up the peace process, the Tau have found him useful in other ways, as his continuing brutal actions are excellent propaganda for recruiting other humans to ''their'' side. Harsh on the human populations as his crackdowns may be, this also means more military resources are devoted to suppressing the human population and less to fighting the Tau, giving them more time to dig in and build their strength. This aspect has the crusade's higher leadership disapproving of Ebongrave's approach, as the loss of Imperial momentum could cost them the conflict. \n** \\
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Ironically, his paranoia of conspiracies against him has actually ''spawned'' several conspiracies against him. Many on his staff know that he is too zealous and proud to appreciate the reality of the situation, and so they try to broker limited cease-fires with the Tau in secret while keeping a pretext of persecuting the campaign against them. The Deathwatch actually ''excludes'' him from most of their operations, only cooperating with him when convenient to keep him reassured he has their support while keeping the rest of their operations clandestine. Even the Inquisition is plotting to have him suitably removed at some point. See VetinariJobSecurity for why this has not happened yet.



* HighlyVisibleNinja: Most battle-brothers are actually fairly skilled at remaining unseen and silent, as most chapters will have them serve in scout companies before being elevated to full battle-brothers, in addition to being trained to carefully spot others hiding [[ProperlyParanoid for potential ambushes]]. However, while wearing Astartes PowerArmor, a battle-brother receives significant penalties to his ability to hide or move quietly due to the bulk of his armor and the noise it makes while moving. Any battle-brother trying to stay undetected will fall squarely into this unless he takes great pains beforehand to wear something other than his iconic armor.
** [[StealthExpert Raven Guard]] are an exception, as their matte black armor is relatively inconspicuous, and special modifications made to it combined with the marine's own training to properly employ them ensures that they have no penalty to moving quietly or hiding in shadows while in their PoweredArmor.

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* HighlyVisibleNinja: Most battle-brothers are actually fairly skilled at remaining unseen and silent, as most chapters will have them serve in scout companies before being elevated to full battle-brothers, in addition to being trained to carefully spot others hiding [[ProperlyParanoid for potential ambushes]]. However, while wearing Astartes PowerArmor, a battle-brother receives significant penalties to his ability to hide or move quietly due to the bulk of his armor and the noise it makes while moving. Any battle-brother trying to stay undetected will fall squarely into this unless he takes great pains beforehand to wear something other than his iconic armor.
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armor. [[StealthExpert Raven Guard]] are an exception, as their matte black armor is relatively inconspicuous, and special modifications made to it combined with the marine's own training to properly employ them ensures that they have no penalty to moving quietly or hiding in shadows while in their PoweredArmor.



* HopelessWar: The Achilus Crusade seemed quite promising when it began as a military venture to re-take Imperial worlds that had been isolated for a few millennia due to warp storms, where re-established Imperial control would form a buffer against the Tau Empire's expansion into the sector. When Lord Militant Achilus' ship suffered a geller field failure in-warp, the crusade was split into three fronts, but fate was not kind to the new strategy:

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* HopelessWar: HopelessWar:
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The Achilus Crusade seemed quite promising when it began as a military venture to re-take Imperial worlds that had been isolated for a few millennia due to warp storms, where re-established Imperial control would form a buffer against the Tau Empire's expansion into the sector. When Lord Militant Achilus' ship suffered a geller field failure in-warp, the crusade was split into three fronts, but fate was not kind to the new strategy:



** Finally, the crusade's other arm, which had been successful and untroubled up to now, has been set upon by [[BugWar Hive Fleet Dagon]], which grows stronger with [[PlanetEater each world it consumes]] and threatens to overrun the entire crusade as [[UnstableEquilibrium equilibrium swiftly turns in its favor]].
*** And did we mention that the base of the Deathwatch [[spoiler:is a [[AbusivePrecursors Necron]] Tomb-World, with its inhabitants already stirring? Because that seems important.]]

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** Finally, the The crusade's other arm, which had been successful and untroubled up to now, has been set upon by [[BugWar Hive Fleet Dagon]], which grows stronger with [[PlanetEater each world it consumes]] and threatens to overrun the entire crusade as [[UnstableEquilibrium equilibrium swiftly turns in its favor]].
*** And did we mention that the ** The base of the Deathwatch [[spoiler:is a [[AbusivePrecursors Necron]] Tomb-World, with its inhabitants already stirring? Because that seems important.stirring.]]



* LightningBruiser: The Assault Marine -- strong and tough as any other Space Marine, able to make two melee attacks straight off the bat, and thanks to his [[JetPack Jump Pack]], very, ''very'' fast.

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* LightningBruiser: LightningBruiser:
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The Assault Marine -- strong and tough as any other Space Marine, able to make two melee attacks straight off the bat, and thanks to his [[JetPack Jump Pack]], very, ''very'' fast.



* StoneWall: Dark Angels characters tend towards this, with abilities that trade movement ability for heightened defenses, temporary Wounds and improved firing capabilities.
** Their Librarians even get a psychic power that lets them essentially become an actual stone wall, with massive amounts of armor as long as they don't move.

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* StoneWall: Dark Angels characters tend towards this, with abilities that trade movement ability for heightened defenses, temporary Wounds and improved firing capabilities.
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capabilities. Their Librarians even get a psychic power that lets them essentially become an actual stone wall, with massive amounts of armor as long as they don't move.
23rd Jul '17 5:34:36 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: One of the writers for Deathwatch has described the Storm Wardens as "[[BraveScot Scottish]] {{Samurai}}".

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* XMeetsY: One of the writers for Deathwatch has described the Storm Wardens as "[[BraveScot Scottish]] {{Samurai}}".
30th Apr '17 12:34:55 PM nombretomado
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** The basic rulebook also has a few quotes from [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Captain Davian Thule]] of the BloodRavens.

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** The basic rulebook also has a few quotes from [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Captain Davian Thule]] of the BloodRavens.Literature/BloodRavens.
25th Apr '17 8:25:41 AM SorPepita
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* GeneralRipper: Lord Commander Sebiascor Ebongrave, leader of the Canis Salient of the Achilus Crusade fighting the Tau across the Greyhell Front. He rose to his position after the previous Canis Salient Lord Commander was assassinated by a Tau-sympathizer at the same time that xenophile organized rebellions hit several Imperial worlds that the Crusade had already conquered and assumed secure. The final straw was when a group of Tau sympathizers claimed credit for nearly annihilating his headquarters on a fortress world via ColonyDrop with a captured starship. Trying to avoid his predecessor's fate, Ebongrave began a great program to purge the population of xenophiles, [[PropagandaMachine aggressively propagandize the Imperial anti-Tau cause]], and eliminate any potential Tau-sympathizers from his own staff. Unfortunately, as forces have been diverted to deal with more pressing threats of the [[BugWar Tyranid incursion]] and the Imperial offensive against the Tau have ground to a stalemate, his normally commendable zealous hatred of xenos and their sympathizers has gone into full paranoia. [[ConspiracyTheorist He sees Tau conspiracy]] all around him, resulting in [[CrushingThePopulace brutal crackdowns on planetary populations]] and public executions on even the merest rumor. Members of his own staff who suggest brokering a cease-fire with the Tau to [[EnemyMine better deal with more pressing threats]] are quickly [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to the front line]] or [[YouHaveFailedMe executed]], resulting in Imperial forces being tied down and occupied in a demoralizing quagmire of a conflict.
** As much as they hate him holding up the peace process, the Tau have found him useful in other ways, as his continuing brutal actions are excellent propaganda for recruiting other humans ''their'' side. Harsh on the human populations as his crackdowns may be, also this means more military resources are devoted to suppressing the human population and less to fighting the Tau, giving them more time to dig in and build their strength. This aspect has the crusade's higher leadership disapproving of Ebongrave's approach, as the loss of Imperial momentum could cost them the conflict.

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* GeneralRipper: Lord Commander Sebiascor Ebongrave, leader of the Canis Salient of the Achilus Crusade fighting the Tau across the Greyhell Front. He rose to his position after the previous Canis Salient Lord Commander was assassinated by a Tau-sympathizer at the same time that xenophile organized rebellions hit several Imperial worlds that the Crusade had already conquered and assumed secure. The final straw was when a group of Tau sympathizers claimed credit for nearly annihilating his headquarters on a fortress world via ColonyDrop with a captured starship. Trying to avoid his predecessor's fate, Ebongrave began a great program to purge the population of xenophiles, [[PropagandaMachine aggressively propagandize the Imperial anti-Tau cause]], and eliminate any potential Tau-sympathizers from his own staff. Unfortunately, as forces have been diverted to deal with more pressing threats of the [[BugWar Tyranid incursion]] and the Imperial offensive against the Tau have has ground to a stalemate, his normally commendable zealous hatred of xenos and their sympathizers has gone into full paranoia. [[ConspiracyTheorist He sees Tau conspiracy]] all around him, resulting in [[CrushingThePopulace brutal crackdowns on planetary populations]] and public executions on even the merest rumor. Members of his own staff who suggest brokering a cease-fire with the Tau to [[EnemyMine better deal with more pressing threats]] are quickly [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to the front line]] or [[YouHaveFailedMe executed]], resulting in Imperial forces being tied down and occupied in a demoralizing quagmire of a conflict.
** As much as they hate him holding up the peace process, the Tau have found him useful in other ways, as his continuing brutal actions are excellent propaganda for recruiting other humans to ''their'' side. Harsh on the human populations as his crackdowns may be, this also this means more military resources are devoted to suppressing the human population and less to fighting the Tau, giving them more time to dig in and build their strength. This aspect has the crusade's higher leadership disapproving of Ebongrave's approach, as the loss of Imperial momentum could cost them the conflict.



* MartyTzu: {{Invoked|Trope}} {{in-universe}} by the reaction to Magratha von Karlack. A young scion of Karlack, the first world in the Jericho Reach to be liberated by the Achillus Crusade, she was inducted into command training early in her life, where she was intended to be used as a figurehead to rally the rest of the Jericho Reach to the Imperial reconquest, but not expected to actually exercise much power. When flagship ''Sword of Marchaius'' lost is bridge and Lord-Admiral while assaulting a Stigmartus world, [[YouAreInCommandNow she assumed command]] and lead the Imperial forces to a decisive victory. She demanded, and was granted, command of the Archeros Salient, and under her leadership it has had a stunning string of victories, far more than it had in the decades prior. The reactions to this range from seeing her as a miracle, one of the Emperor's Living Saints ([[AProtagonistShallLeadThem a view held by many of the troops under her command]]) to believing that such a ridiculously implausible success record could only come from [[DealWithTheDevil collusion with the dark powers and unholy assistance]] (a view popular with other senior members of Crusade command, [[TallPoppySyndrome particular those who's careers her ascension has stalled]].)

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* MartyTzu: {{Invoked|Trope}} {{in-universe}} by the reaction to Magratha von Karlack. A young scion of Karlack, the first world in the Jericho Reach to be liberated by the Achillus Crusade, she was inducted into command training early in her life, where she was intended to be used as a figurehead to rally the rest of the Jericho Reach to the Imperial reconquest, but not expected to actually exercise much power. When flagship ''Sword of Marchaius'' lost is its bridge and Lord-Admiral while assaulting a Stigmartus world, [[YouAreInCommandNow she assumed command]] and lead the Imperial forces to a decisive victory. She demanded, and was granted, command of the Archeros Salient, and under her leadership it has had a stunning string of victories, far more than it had in the decades prior. The reactions to this range from seeing her as a miracle, one of the Emperor's Living Saints ([[AProtagonistShallLeadThem a view held by many of the troops under her command]]) to believing that such a ridiculously implausible success record could only come from [[DealWithTheDevil collusion with the dark powers and unholy assistance]] (a view popular with other senior members of Crusade command, [[TallPoppySyndrome particular particularly those who's careers her ascension has stalled]].)



* ThePerfectionist: The Iron Hands' Primarch's Curse turns them into this; mixed with JerkAss and InsufferableGenius.

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* ThePerfectionist: The Iron Hands' Primarch's Curse turns them into this; this, mixed with JerkAss and InsufferableGenius.
26th Jan '17 7:26:21 PM Juicehead_Baby
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** There's an angry, demented Dreadnought in ''Rising Tempest'' named Brother [[Film/TheBigLebowsky Szobczak]].

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** There's an angry, demented Dreadnought in ''Rising Tempest'' named Brother [[Film/TheBigLebowsky [[Film/TheBigLebowski Szobczak]].
26th Jan '17 7:24:44 PM Juicehead_Baby
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** There's an angry, demented Dreadnought in ''Rising Tempest'' named Brother [[Film/TheBigLebowsky Szobczak]].
28th Dec '16 7:37:17 PM PerpetualTarsier
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* CombatPragmatist: The entire Raptor chapter are extreme combat pragmatists, using sophisticated stealth tactics, camouflage, and every possible resource available to them. They rarely engage in dangerous melee combat, preferring long-range weaponry and speed, only ever directly attacking the enemy when their tactical advantage is crushing. They are notable for being the only Space Marine chapter who put successfully completing missions over honor.
10th Nov '16 2:03:26 PM erttheking
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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Actually used as a gameplay mechanic. Players can forgo a helmet at the start of a mission to earn more renown points as a reward. This comes with the obvious drawback of losing the armor the helmet provided, meaning an attack to the head is going to hurt a lot more.
5th Nov '16 8:52:49 PM Aargvark
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* AbnormalAmmo: Deathwatch Tactical Marines are issued boltguns with a dual-magazine system and a fire selector that allows them to switch which magazine the chamber is fed from. Typically, one magazine will use standard rounds, the other will have specialized rounds for combating specific kinds of threats. These are the same kinds of special rounds which are normally only issued to Sternguard Veterans in their home chapters, but no marine comes to the Deathwatch who is not already experienced and distinguished among his chapter peers.

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* AbnormalAmmo: Deathwatch Tactical Marines are issued boltguns with a dual-magazine triple-magazine system and a fire selector that allows them to switch which magazine the chamber is fed from. Typically, one magazine will use standard rounds, the other rounds and another will have specialized rounds for combating specific kinds of threats. These are the same kinds of special rounds which are normally only issued to Sternguard Veterans in their home chapters, but no marine comes to the Deathwatch who is not already experienced and distinguished among his chapter peers.
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