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21st Jan '17 2:59:48 PM Malady
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* EvolutionaryStasis:
** The major genetic evolution in humanity has been the emergence of psykers, and even then they're around one in a million. Somewhat enforced, however, in that FTL travel is far from easy: the populations of planets become known for very particular traits (every Catachan looks like Franchise/{{Rambo}} and the Franchise/{{Predator}} squad) and there is little opportunity for interbreeding. The other major modification, which involves taking the cloned genes of a long-dead superhuman warrior and injecting them into a human until they're seven feet tall and bulletproof also makes them sterile.
** This is actually averted with the various "Abhumans" who sometimes show up as Imperial Guard auxiliaries. In contrast to the various mutants created by Chaos energies and genetically altered supersoldiers, Abhumans are new races who have evolved naturally on planets with different environments than Earth, most notably the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Squats]], [[HeavyWorlder who evolved on a high-gravity planet]].
13th Jan '17 9:26:30 PM rmctagg09
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* BornUnderTheSail: Among the ''Literature/SpaceWolves'' (Basically SpaceVikings), Engir Krakendoom's tribe are known for being the best sailors, hunting sea monsters with nothing but oars, harpoons and axes. Their skills translate well when SpaceIsAnOcean, and so his Company excels at boarding and ship-to-ship combat.
1st Jan '17 8:49:36 PM SFH
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* ArcWords: "There is only war."
28th Dec '16 8:16:32 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Official GW policy is that beyond the broad strokes each author gets to choose what counts as canon. "All of it is real, and none of it is real."

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** Official GW policy is that beyond the broad strokes each author gets to choose what counts as canon. "All of it is real, and none of it is real."" UnreliableCanon is in full effect.
19th Dec '16 7:26:00 PM GRZombie
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** In the ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novels, Ragnar and co. fight off what we can estimate to be 40 odd genestealers [[TooDumbToLive in close combat]]. In-game, that many Genestealers spell a one way ticket to rending claw ''buttrape'' for anything short of a super-heavy tank.

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** In the ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novels, Ragnar and co. fight off what we can estimate to be 40 odd genestealers [[TooDumbToLive in close combat]]. In-game, that many Genestealers spell a one way ticket to rending claw ''buttrape'' ''doom'' for anything short of a super-heavy tank.
12th Dec '16 10:11:47 PM Deathhacker
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* HeroicWillpower: Both played straight and inverted -- ''Villainous'' Willpower determines which of the two possible OneWingedAngel routes a follower of Chaos goes down, mutating into either a mindless Chaos Spawn, or a PhysicalGod.

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* HeroicWillpower: HeroicWillpower:
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Both played straight and inverted -- ''Villainous'' Willpower determines which of the two possible OneWingedAngel routes a follower of Chaos goes down, mutating into either a mindless Chaos Spawn, or a PhysicalGod.PhysicalGod.
** The Eternal Warrior rule often denotes a character with unusually high HeroicWillpower that they can tank wounds that should have obliterated a lesser man. The name has caused no small amount of fridge logic, as many big Daemons (who are literally eternal) or other ancient warriors (like the Swarm Lord) do not have this rule while various mortals (including normal humans like Yarrick) have it.
12th Dec '16 10:08:21 PM Deathhacker
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The very existence of the Grey Knights chapter is kept secret from the rest of the Imperium. If circumstances dictate that they must fight alongside other Imperial forces, then the secret is maintained after the fighting is over with [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness executions]] or when the soldiers in question are valuable enough to be allowed to live (such as in the case of other Space Marines) with LaserGuidedAmnesia.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: HeKnowsTooMuch:
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The very existence of the Grey Knights chapter is kept secret from the rest of the Imperium. If circumstances dictate that they must fight alongside other Imperial forces, then the secret is maintained after the fighting is over with [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness executions]] or when the soldiers in question are valuable enough to be allowed to live (such as in the case of other Space Marines) with LaserGuidedAmnesia.LaserGuidedAmnesia.
** The Inquisition regularly executes anyone who might have come into contact with Daemons or the Ruinous powers due to potential corruption, especially psykers who delve too deep into forbidden lore. However what constitutes "contact" can range from either physically touching a tainted artifact, to being ''on the same planet'' as said artifact, depending on the Inquisitor at hand.
** The Dark Angels are highly paranoid about anyone knowing about the Fallen. For members of the Chapter, they do give one moment of reprieve, where the Chapter's Inner Circle gather to deem whether or not the member is mentally capable of accepting the new "truth". This is why the Death Wing (the highest non-command rank a Dark Angel can achieve) is so bloated with recruits; a lot of them weren't promoted due to combat skill, but because someone spilled the beans within hearing distance. If deemed unworthy though, either a quick painless death or lobotomy is ordered. As for non-Dark Angels who get wind of this...Let's just say the Inquisition often treats it's guilty better than the Dark Angels.
12th Dec '16 10:01:10 PM Deathhacker
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* HealingFactor: The entire gimmick of the Necrons and their "We'll Be Back" special rule, C'tan shards with their Necrodermis "skin", and certain Tyranid monstrous creatures.

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* HealingFactor: HealingFactor:
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The entire gimmick of the Necrons and their "We'll Be Back" special rule, C'tan shards with their Necrodermis "skin", and certain Tyranid monstrous creatures.creatures.
** In terms of universal rules, this is represented in two ways; really efficient combat medics or regenerative creatures have "feel no pain" to either represent them shrugging off an otherwise fatal wound or rapidly regenerating said wound. The more rarely seen "It Will Not Die" is a more straight application of this trope, giving the model a 1/3rd of a chance to heal one wound every turn. The reason It Will Not Die is much rarer than Feel No Pain is because a lot of the models are OneHitPointWonder and due to the way It Will Not Die works (i.e: the model has to survive the wound), it can only be applied to particularly huge monsters.
12th Dec '16 9:53:35 PM Deathhacker
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* HappinessInSlavery: Aversions abound, but there is one straight example: the Chapter Serfs of the Space Marine Chapters. They fill all positions in a chapter not involving leadership or infantry combat, and are better trained and equipped than any non-Astartes. The Space Marine Chapters, in turn, recognize the skill and dedication of their serfs, and chapter serfs are full members of the chapter cult, and enjoy a better lifestyle than all except the richest citizens of the Imperium.

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* HappinessInSlavery: HappinessInSlavery:
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Aversions abound, but there is one straight example: the Chapter Serfs of the Space Marine Chapters. They fill all positions in a chapter not involving leadership or infantry combat, and are better trained and equipped than any non-Astartes. The Space Marine Chapters, in turn, recognize the skill and dedication of their serfs, and chapter serfs are full members of the chapter cult, and enjoy a better lifestyle than all except the richest citizens of the Imperium.Imperium.
** Some Dark Eldar willingly submit themselves to other Dark Eldar for torture and humiliation. This has less to do with them enjoying it, and more with the fact that they're just that jaded with freedom.
12th Dec '16 8:59:20 PM Deathhacker
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* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Sisters of Battle "Sisters Repentia", entire squads of young women wearing scraps of parchment and carrying ''[[{{BFS}} eight-foot-long]] [[ChainsawGood chainsaw swords]]'', driven on by an armoured woman with a [[WhipItGood barbed cat-o-nine-tails]] [[DualWielding in each hand]], who are apparently assigned to these squads to "repent" for perceived acts of immorality. FetishFuel much?

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* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: GirlWithPsychoWeapon:
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Sisters of Battle "Sisters Repentia", entire squads of young women wearing scraps of parchment and carrying ''[[{{BFS}} eight-foot-long]] [[ChainsawGood chainsaw swords]]'', driven on by an armoured woman with a [[WhipItGood barbed cat-o-nine-tails]] [[DualWielding in each hand]], who are apparently assigned to these squads to "repent" for perceived acts of immorality. FetishFuel much?much?
** In a similar vein, Death Cult Assassins. These are lithe and acrobatic girls in gimp suits wielding a pair of power swords. And disturbingly, they are not considered to be actual Imperial Assassins. Why? Because they are literally from random unsanctioned cults that are dedicated to murder, with the belief that it pleases the Emperor in some way (unsurprisingly a lot of these cults eventually fall to Khornate worship). In essence they are ''literal murderous fangirls''.
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