History TearJerker / HorusHeresy

17th Feb '17 3:49:54 AM Stranrep
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* The destruction of Monarchia and the humiliation of the Word Bearers Legion. Imagine Lorgar and his Legion, who loved the Emperor so much that he believed he was a god, even writing a book that argued that same point, and went from world to world proselytizing his religion, building grand cathedrals and inspiring masses of people. How did the Emperor respond to their efforts? By having the city of Monarchia (people included), one of the Word Bearer's crowning achievements, burned to ash by their rival Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines, and then forcing the entire legion to kneel in the ruins of the city, and then condeming the Word Bearers for their efforts, (efforts, by the way, had been allowed to occur for the better part of a century)[[note]]Technically speaking, The Ultramarines ordered the people to evacuate the city, gunning down those who resisted. However by the time the Word Bearers arrived to the planet, only seven survivors were found.[[/note]]. and say that they all pretty much were failures, with the implication that they better straighten up or they would be purged from existence. Whatever your beliefs or philosophies, it's heartbreaking for a sincere devout son to be slapped down so hard (and perhaps unsurprising that Lorgar's reaction to such would be fury and hate). Seems that a lot of the Horus Heresy could have been avoided if the Emperor treated his Primarchs more like people instead of just soldiers.

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* The kickstarter of the Horus Heresy: the destruction of Monarchia and the humiliation of the Word Bearers Legion. Imagine Lorgar and his Legion, who loved the Emperor so much that he believed he was a god, even writing a book that argued that same point, and went from world to world proselytizing his religion, building grand cathedrals and inspiring masses of people. How did the Emperor respond to their efforts? By having the city of Monarchia (people included), one of the Word Bearer's crowning achievements, burned to ash by their rival Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines, and then forcing the entire legion to kneel in the ruins of the city, and then condeming the Word Bearers for their efforts, (efforts, by the way, had been allowed to occur for the better part of a century)[[note]]Technically speaking, The Ultramarines ordered the people to evacuate the city, gunning down those who resisted. However by the time the Word Bearers arrived to the planet, only seven survivors were found.[[/note]]. and say that they all pretty much were failures, with the implication that they better straighten up or they would be purged from existence. Whatever your beliefs or philosophies, it's heartbreaking for a sincere devout son to be slapped down so hard (and perhaps unsurprising that Lorgar's reaction to such would be fury and hate). Seems that a lot of the Horus Heresy could have been avoided if the Emperor treated his Primarchs more like people instead of just soldiers.
10th Jan '17 1:22:11 AM NathJag
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* Angels of Caliban
** [[spoiler: Sanguinius finds out through Cruze and the Lion that he is going to die and what does he do he just accepts it and says "To die at Horus's hand is a fate I gladly accept, if it means that the Emperor yet lives ad fights for mankind, I would speed to this confrontation on the swiftest of wings if it means the enduring reign of the Emperor." This guy now knew he would die but was ready to do so regardless of it, also a chapter or more before that the Lion after getting kicked out of Imperium Secundus, he wonders if he had not been blinded by his hunt for Cruze would he have been able to save Sanguinius. Despite being banished by said brother he still wanted save him and blames himself for not being able to.]]
26th Dec '16 4:27:00 AM outlander2012
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* The destruction of Monarchia and the humiliation of the Word Bearers Legion. Imagine Lorgar and his Legion, who loved the Emperor so much that he believed he was a god, even writing a book that argued that same point, and went from world to world proselytizing his religion, building grand cathedrals and inspiring masses of people. How did the Emperor respond to their efforts? By having the city of Monarchia (people included)one of the Word Bearer's crowning achievements, burned to ash by their rival Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines, and then forcing the entire legion to kneel in the ruins of the city, and then condeming the Word Bearers for their efforts, (efforts, by the way, had been allowed to occur for the better part of a century)[[note]]Technically speaking, The Ultramarines ordered the people to evacuate the city, gunning down those who resisted. However by the time the Word Bearers arrived to the planet only seven survivors were found.[[/note]]. and say that they all pretty much were failures, with the implication that they better straighten up or they would be purged from existence. Whatever your beliefs or philosophies, it's heartbreaking for a sincere devout son to be slapped down so hard. Seems that a lot of the Horus Heresy could have been avoided if the Emperor treated his Primarchs more like people instead of just soldiers.

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* The destruction of Monarchia and the humiliation of the Word Bearers Legion. Imagine Lorgar and his Legion, who loved the Emperor so much that he believed he was a god, even writing a book that argued that same point, and went from world to world proselytizing his religion, building grand cathedrals and inspiring masses of people. How did the Emperor respond to their efforts? By having the city of Monarchia (people included)one included), one of the Word Bearer's crowning achievements, burned to ash by their rival Roboute Guilliman and his Ultramarines, and then forcing the entire legion to kneel in the ruins of the city, and then condeming the Word Bearers for their efforts, (efforts, by the way, had been allowed to occur for the better part of a century)[[note]]Technically speaking, The Ultramarines ordered the people to evacuate the city, gunning down those who resisted. However by the time the Word Bearers arrived to the planet planet, only seven survivors were found.[[/note]]. and say that they all pretty much were failures, with the implication that they better straighten up or they would be purged from existence. Whatever your beliefs or philosophies, it's heartbreaking for a sincere devout son to be slapped down so hard.hard (and perhaps unsurprising that Lorgar's reaction to such would be fury and hate). Seems that a lot of the Horus Heresy could have been avoided if the Emperor treated his Primarchs more like people instead of just soldiers.



** A large part of A Thousand Sons qualify as a tearjerker, considering it deals with the fall of one of most loyal legions. From what we see not only did the Thousand Sons comprise of some of the best and most open minded scholars in the whole Imperium, most of them were truly nice and polite and their homeworld a veritable paradise. Too bad, that they became unwitting pawns of Tzentech.

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** A large part of A Thousand Sons qualify as a tearjerker, considering it deals with the fall of one of the most loyal legions. From what we see see, not only did the Thousand Sons comprise of some of the best and most open minded scholars in the whole Imperium, most of them were truly nice and polite and their homeworld a veritable paradise. Too bad, that they became unwitting pawns of Tzentech.



* Serena D'Angelus's story in '''Fulgrim''' is one long BreakTheCutie TearJerker with sides of NightmareFuel. A kind and gentle painter who is friends with Ostian Delafour she is one of the Remembrancers sent down to the Laer homeworld after the conquest, though she only goes after Ostian convinces her to even though he can't because he spurned another Remembrancer's unwanted advances and was actually quite prepared to not go because her friend can't, and is [[spoiler: infected by the Laer Temple's Slaaneshi taint. The corruption preys on her already existing low self-esteem and convinces her that her work, which is actually extremely good, is sub-par and that she is a fraud. She slowly begins going mad, and when Ostian attempts to help her she insults him for his pity which results in him severing ties with her, though as he leaves she begs him not to. After this she seduces another Remembrancer and brings him to her room, sleeps with him and murders him at the climax, using his blood and other bodily fluids for paint. After a long period of blankness, where it is implied she did this a lot more, the corruption fades and she seeks out the one person she thinks might be able to help her, only to find that Ostian has already been murdered whereupon she realizes that he was only trying to help her. With nothing left Serena declares that she loved Ostian but was too afraid to tell him, and kills herself by driving herself onto the same marble blade that Ostian is impaled on.]] A truly tragic story that shows just how insidious the taint of Slaanesh really is.

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* Serena D'Angelus's story in '''Fulgrim''' is one long BreakTheCutie TearJerker with sides of NightmareFuel. A kind and gentle painter who is friends with Ostian Delafour she is one of the Remembrancers sent down to the Laer homeworld after the conquest, though she only goes after Ostian convinces her to even though he can't because he spurned another Remembrancer's unwanted advances and was actually quite prepared to not go because her friend can't, and is [[spoiler: infected by the Laer Temple's Slaaneshi taint. The corruption preys on her already existing low self-esteem and convinces her that her work, which is actually extremely good, is sub-par and that she is a fraud. She slowly begins going mad, and when Ostian attempts to help her she insults him for his pity which results in him severing ties with her, though as he leaves she begs him not to. After this she seduces another Remembrancer and brings him to her room, sleeps with him and murders him at the climax, using his blood and other bodily fluids for paint. After a long period of blankness, where it is implied she did this a lot more, the corruption fades and she seeks out the one person she thinks might be able to help her, only to find that Ostian has already been murdered whereupon she realizes that he was only trying to help her. With nothing left left, Serena declares that she loved Ostian but was too afraid to tell him, and kills herself by driving herself onto the same marble blade that Ostian is impaled on.]] A truly tragic story that shows just how insidious the taint of Slaanesh really is.



** The heartbreaking final scene in the book [[spoiler: when the Emperor admits to Diocletion that no matter how the Heresy goes now, Chaos has won and humanity is doomed to a slow agonziing extinction. The dream he had was beautiful and he knows now that because of one idiot's ignorance and another's childish petulance, humanity will never escape the grip of Chaos. It becomes even worse when he admits at the very end that he doesn't know what to do next, this almost-god who has always known what he needs to do next and what must be done is blind.]]

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** The heartbreaking final scene in the book [[spoiler: when the Emperor admits to Diocletion that no matter how the Heresy goes now, Chaos has won and humanity is doomed to a slow agonziing agonizing extinction. The dream he had was beautiful and he knows now that because of one idiot's ignorance and another's childish petulance, humanity will never escape the grip of Chaos. It becomes even worse when he admits at the very end that he doesn't know what to do next, this almost-god who has always known what he needs to do next and what must be done is blind.]]
2nd Dec '16 8:21:26 PM SFH
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* [[spoiler: The heroic sacrifice of Stormseer Targutai Yesgeui in ''The Path of Heaven''. With the White Scars trapped by the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children, Yesgeui places himself inside a device that, like the Golden Throne, was part of the Emperor's plan to gain control of the Webway and thus remove the need for the Warp. Even knowing he will die, Yesgeui activates the device to allow his Legion and his primarch to escape their enemies and get back to Terra. His last act before the machine consumes him is to telepathically say goodbye to his three closest companions; Revuel Arvida, Ilya Ravallion and Jaghatai Khan. His last words to them are particularly heartrending]]:

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* [[spoiler: *** There is another scene in Guilliman's speech that is a bitter pill to swallow. While praising the actions of the 199th "Aegida" Company, he awards them a new company badge: [[spoiler:Twin scythes. The 199th Company are the Ultramarines who will form the Scythes of the Emperor, the Space Marine chapter which lived on Sotha, and is dying out now that the Tyranids have destroyed their homeworld and most of its battle-brothers.]]
* ''The Path of Heaven'' features [[spoiler:the
heroic sacrifice of Stormseer Targutai Yesgeui in ''The Path of Heaven''.Yesgeui. With the White Scars trapped by the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children, Yesgeui places himself inside a device that, like the Golden Throne, was part of the Emperor's plan to gain control of the Webway and thus remove the need for the Warp. Even knowing he will die, Yesgeui activates the device to allow his Legion and his primarch to escape their enemies and get back to Terra. His last act before the machine consumes him is to telepathically say goodbye to his three closest companions; Revuel Arvida, Ilya Ravallion and Jaghatai Khan. His last words to them are particularly heartrending]]:
2nd Dec '16 2:09:30 PM LordoftheNight
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* ''The Master of Mankind'' features one of the saddest moments in all of the Heresy. Forced to enact the "Unspoken Sanction" in response to the Daemonic incursion in the Webway, [[spoiler: it is revealed that this is the moment when the Imperium begins sacrificing psykers to the Golden Throne to keep it active. Gathering a thousand psykers to be sacrificed, a duty that even the Sisters of Silence don't enjoy, these poor souls are hooked up to the Golden Throne and used to fuel it so that the Emperor can leave it's confines, for a single day. And the reader sees this through the eyes of a teenage girl whose low-level psyker ability allows her to hear the dead, and who is the first to burn up and die.]]
** The heartbreaking final scene in the book [[spoiler: when the Emperor admits to Diocletion that no matter how the Heresy goes now, Chaos has won and humanity is doomed to a slow agonziing extinction. The dream he had was beautiful and he knows now that because of one idiot's ignorance and another's childish petulance, humanity will never escape the grip of Chaos. It becomes even worse when he admits at the very end that he doesn't know what to do next, this almost-god who has always known what he needs to do next and what must be done is blind.]]
14th May '16 10:10:14 AM outlander2012
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-->'''[[spoiler: Yesgeui]]''': [[spoiler: Know that [[ItHasBeenAnHonor I would have followed you to the end. I would have stood beside you on Terra. When I am gone, do not let them forget. Do not let them become that which is hateful]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Jaghatai Khan]]''': [[spoiler: Come back...[[PleaseDontLeaveMe I still ''need'' you]].]]

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-->'''[[spoiler: Yesgeui]]''': [[spoiler: Know that [[ItHasBeenAnHonor I would have followed you to the end. I would have stood beside you on Terra.Terra]]. When I am gone, do not let them forget. Do not let them become that which is hateful]].
hateful.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Jaghatai Khan]]''': [[spoiler: Come back...[[PleaseDontLeaveMe I still ''need'' need you]].]]
14th May '16 10:03:14 AM outlander2012
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* [[spoiler: The heroic sacrifice of Stormseer Targutai Yesgeui in ''The Path of Heaven''. With the White Scars trapped by the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children, Yesgeui places himself inside a device that, like the Golden Throne, was part of the Emperor's plan to gain control of the Webway and thus remove the need for the Warp. Even knowing he will die, Yesgeui activates the device to allow his Legion and his primarch to escape their enemies and get back to Terra. His last act before the machine consumes him is to telepathically say goodbye to his three closest companions; Revuel Arvida, Ilya Ravallion and Jaghatai Khan. His last words to them are particularly heartrending]]:
** [[spoiler: To Arvida, Yesgeui asks him to hold back the flesh-change threatening to consume him long enough to get the White Scars safely back to Terra, as he is the only one who can]].
** [[spoiler: Yesgeui tells Ilya that she was TheHeart of the legion, and says she shouldn't mourn him for doing what a Space Marine should]].
-->'''Yesgeui''': [[spoiler: Do not grieve. We were made to do this, ''[[AffectionateNickname szu]]''. We were made to die]].
** [[spoiler: To the Khan, Yesgeui asks his Primarch not to let the Legion slip into despair and hatred like their enemies, and to keep them safe and together in the battles to come, all while Jaghatai is desperately begging his old friend and mentor not to do it]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Jaghatai Khan]]''': [[spoiler: Targutai, this will end you. Do ''not'' do it. Return to the ship]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Yesgeui]]''': [[spoiler: Know that [[ItHasBeenAnHonor I would have followed you to the end. I would have stood beside you on Terra. When I am gone, do not let them forget. Do not let them become that which is hateful]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Jaghatai Khan]]''': [[spoiler: Come back...[[PleaseDontLeaveMe I still ''need'' you]].]]
30th Dec '15 2:37:23 AM Kakai
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*** Also, consider Polux's point of view on the entire situation. [[spoiler:Dantioch is now the ''second'' BigBrotherMentor whom Alexis considers better than himself and whom he loses to a HeroicSacrifice]].
29th Dec '15 3:15:05 PM LordoftheNight
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* Serena D'Angelus's story in '''Fulgrim''' is one long BreakTheCutie TearJerker with sides of NightmareFuel. A kind and gentle painter who is friends with Ostian Delafour she is one of the Remembrancers sent down to the Laer homeworld after the conquest, though she only goes after Ostian convinces her to even though he can't because he spurned another Remembrancer's unwanted advances and was actually quite prepared to not go because her friend can't, and is [[spoiler: infected by the Laer Temple's Slaaneshi taint. The corruption preys on her already existing low self-esteem and convinces her that her work, which is actually extremely good, is sub-par and that she is a fraud. She slowly begins going mad, and when Ostian attempts to help her she insults him for his pity which results in him severing ties with her, though as he leaves she begs him not to. After this she seduces another Remembrancer and brings him to her room, sleeps with him and murders him at the climax, using his blood and other bodily fluids for paint. After a long period of blankness, where it is implied she did this a lot more, the corruption fades and she seeks out the one person she thinks might be able to help her, only to find that Ostian has already been murdered whereupon she realizes that he was only trying to help her. With nothing left Serena declares that she loved Ostian but was too afraid to tell him, and kills herself by driving herself onto the same marble blade that Ostian is impaled on.]] A truly tragic story that shows just how insidious the taint of Slaanesh really is.
29th Dec '15 12:34:54 PM LordoftheNight
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* Pharos
** The Night Lords brothers Kellendvar and Kellenkir [[spoiler: each meeting a sad fate. Kellenkir becomes tainted through contact with a Daemon Weapon and ends up being mercy killed by the little brother he once protected when they were children, and goes out wishing he'd killed him years ago. While Kellendvar is forced to execute his brother after realizing he is beyond help, and accepting that his Primarch was right that there is no such thing as hope, the act leaves him so broken he simply stands up and lets the Ultramarines kill him without any resistance.]]
** When Sanguinius is confronted by [[spoiler: Konrad Curze, the Angel sees firsthand how broken the Night Haunter is through his hellish childhood on a world filled with the worst of humanity, a world that he tried to save and as soon as he was gone slid right back into depravity, through the agonizing visions that constantly bombard him with exactly how he is going to die and how miserable the galaxy is going to become, and through the simple fact that Curze always believed his brothers hated him because he was eerie and hard to be around, a fact that Sanguinius knows isn't true and tries to tell him, but Curze is too far gone to listen. The entire scene basically shows that underneath the torture, apathy and terrifying visage; Konrad Curze is somebody who tried so damn hard to be a better person, but could never quite reach that goal.]]
** Dantioch's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice to banish Krukesh the Pale and the Night Lords from the Pharos, his motivation being the desire to protect his friend Alexis Polux, results in his death. When the Ultramarines arrive they find Polux, an Imperial Fist, weeping over his friend's body and refusing to let anyone touch him. Even when the funeral bier arrives Polux carries it solo.]]
*** The Warsmith's [[spoiler: funeral is also a TearJerker, but doubles as a Heartwarming moment, as Guilliman himself declares Dantioch a Hero of the Imperium, and the Ultramarines give him a 21-bolter salute.]]
** While Guilliman's speech at the end [[spoiler: that Sotha will never again fall to an enemy]] is a moment of Awesome, those with foreknowledge of 40k will also consider it a sad moment, [[spoiler: as Sotha's death is already set in stone at the jaws of the Tyranids, the race ironically summoned to the Milky Way by the actions of the Legions at Sotha.]] Even as Guilliman gave his speech, [[spoiler: Sotha was already doomed.]]
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