!!'''Attelus Kaltos'''
->''[[DeadpanSnarker "I am not a partier I am an assassin, who kills people for a living and it being the dangerous job it is and that I would quite like to live past my twenties, I spend every waking hour training. Making sure I have the necessary skills to live to see the next day".]]''

A young apprentice assassin whose father, Serghar Kaltos, was perhaps the greatest assassin to ever set up shop in the Calixis Sector. Attelus has to constantly live in his father's shadow. Born and raised in the recently discovered Agri world Elbyra, he is a bit more idealistic and kind than an assassin should be but this could soon change. He is a chain smoker but ironically is strongly against the use of harder drugs.

* {{Adorkable}}: Especially shines through in the early chapters of Upon Blood Sands.
* AlmightyJanitor: Despite being just as skilled (if not more skilled) than his colleagues he is still a lowly Apprentice. Perhaps [[JustifiedTrope justified]] due to him being recruited far older than most assassins and the extreme experience he was forced to gain when he was a teenager.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: An in-universe example as quite a few characters have outright questioned his true motives and methods.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Serghar Kaltos, Glaitis.
** Hell almost everyone.
* AntiHero
* AntiVillain: Is this while in [[spoiler: Taryst's employ.]]
* TheApprentice: A subversion as Attelus, while he is an apprentice, is far older than most assassin apprentices (most, including Elandria, would already be a full assassin by twenty three). But it's obvious to most people except Attelus that Glaitis is grooming him to be her replacement. He already has skill in combat down, but everything else, not so much.
* AuthorAvatar
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* {{Badass}}: and how!
* BadassBookworm: was this when he was a teenager and even a [[ChildSoldier Child]] due to the copious amounts of training his father had put him through, but never wanted to be a soldier or an assassin, he wanted to be a Imperial Historian. Now has thrown out most of the bookworm so he can focus more on the Badass.
* BadassLongcoat: [[http://pre10.deviantart.net/a027/th/pre/i/2014/338/2/e/attelus_kaltos_smoking_by_adrassil-d88oehn.jpg He wears one]].
* BadassNormal
** BadassAbnormal; due to [[spoiler: Farseer Faleaseen's enhancements.]]
* BadDreams: He suffers these during his injured state. They are basically horrific scenes taken straight out of his past. [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that these dreams are actually [[MindRape a test of his willpower]].]]
* BerserkButton: Don't steal Attelus' Lhos or betray him, just don't.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] to hell and back [[spoiler:at Attelus' expense by the Mimic and Karmen Kons. It accuses Attelus of "looking like a girl" and says that he's a hypocrite for claiming to be a CombatPragmatist but still keeping his hair long, which would obviously be a disadvantage in combat]].
** DudeLooksLikeaLady.
* BloodKnight: Has always been one, right from the start of the story, Elandria saw this. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is him finally realising this and accepting it.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A very rare protagonist example, when a Hammer confronted him about killing his brother, he can't remember killing him because over the last six months, he's killed so many, it doesn't help the way he killed his brother was his SignatureMove.
* BreakTheCutie: whether Attelus is cute or not is up for interpretation, but to break him mentally seems to be Glaitis' main objective. But so far she is losing.
* TheCassandra: He even Lampshades this [[spoiler: saying this is what she must feel like when he trues to convince the Elbyrans that his father is a fraud and a mass murderer.]]
* CatchPhrase:
-->"Just in Case."\\
"Quite depressing really."\\
"The first time, in along time."\\
"That's the understatement of the century/Millennium/Millennia."\\
"I could hazard a guess."\\
"Wish me luck."\\
"Why hadn't I thought of that."\\
"Is a long and sordid story."
* ChaoticNeutral: Even {{lampshaded}} by Glaitis. [[invoked]]
--->'''Glaitis''':"I know you young Attelus, to all but the most educated you seem...chaotic, strange, random but you really are not. There is some [[{{Hamlet}} method to your madness]]. Some surprisingly sane reasoning as to why, ironically nothing like your father who was always as straight and narrow as anyone can get, that is a trait I can admire, one that would help you if you ever meet the requirement of making you a full fledged assassin...That is if you live that long of course, but for me it makes you predictable."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: It would be a hell of a lot harder to understand Attelus' actions if they were shown from another character's perspective; it's hard even when it's ''from'' his perspective.
* CombatPragmatist: One of the very first things Attelus does is kick a ganger in the shin, with a ''boot knife''.
** Embraces Pragmatism as his whole philosophy, he sometimes doesn't live up to it, though.
* CoolLoser
* CovertPervert: Shows shades of this.
* CowardlyLion.
* ChickMagnet: like his [[TheCasanova father]] he proves quite popular with the ladies, this includes, Elandria, Karmen Kons, Adelana, some random mercenary woman in Taryst's force, and even Helma show attraction toward him, [[spoiler: even Inquisitor Enandra almost gushes at how 'beautiful' he is. But this is subverted as she quickly reveals he isn't her type, being too [[PrettyBoy 'pretty.']]]]
** EvenTheGuysWantHim.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[CaptainObvious It's a 40k fan fiction]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}: After being brutally beaten for ages, he still manages to defeat the invisible mimic [[spoiler:by smashing an alcohol bottle over its head, identifying where it is by looking at his blood on its fists]].
** Now even more so, though he almost gives up a few times Attelus still manages to make it to the church, despite almost literally running through hell.
** Just the fact after all the horrific things he's been through hasn't driven him insane or caused him to give up makes him this trope UpToEleven.
* DirtyCoward: Attelus sees himself as one of these, and it's not too far from the truth.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The poor guy seems to suffer from this constantly [[spoiler: taken to eleven in Upon Blood Sands that despite managing to last seventeen minutes in a sparring match against a veteran sergeant Space Marine of the Raven Guard and almost managing to defeat it. The guardsmen who watched still insist on calling him 'fairy boy.' Much to his annoyance.]]
* EmotionalBruiser
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: Attelus does this to almost everyone, much to the annoyance of Glaitis in particular.
* GenreSavvy: Attelus is up to DangerouslyGenreSavvy levels.
** One example: When confronted with a ganger who puts HonourBeforeReason, Attelus betrays the guy, and when he shoots the ganger he shoots him many times to make sure that he was actually dead.
--->"I knew it was over kill but these "Honour Before Reason" idiots were usually tough bastards and that was the only way I could make sure he wasn't ever getting back up."
** His genre savviness is used as a character flaw: [[spoiler: his reaction to Elandria's death shows that he kind of knows he's the main character and is therefore highly selfish and paranoid]].
* HeroicWillpower: Almost the epitome.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Has severe self esteem issues, takes him along time to truly realise how good he is at the blade that he's actually on par with the more experienced Castella and Darrance but is exceptionally arrogant about some other things.
* HiddenDepths: So many that even he doesn't know about them.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He can be ''really'' good at understanding some people but when it comes to understanding women, he has no clue.
* HotForTeacher: [[spoiler: Attelus is very much into Glaitis, and he didn't even know until Taryst points it out. This is made extra [[{{Squick}} squicky]] because she isn't just his mother figure, but is three times his [[OlderThanTheyLook age]]]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: He is oh so contemptuous of Taryst's paranoia, but in reality he is as, if not even more, paranoid than Taryst. Especially after the Twilight Bar incident.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: thanks to [[spoiler: Faleaseen's enhancement she can speed his metabolism to heal his wounds faster, although this power in the 41st millennium can have great [[BlessedWithSuck drawbacks]] if he and her aren't careful to hide it.]]
* IamAHumanitarian: Had to resort to cannibalism to survive in the ruins of his [[DoomedHomeTown home city, Varander]] as a teenager.
* KarmaHoudini: He has dodged the consequences of many of his actions so far.
* KnifeNut: A heroic(ish) example: he has a boot knife and hidden compartments of throwing knives up the sleeves of his [[BadassLongcoat flak jacket]].
* LoveMakesYouDumb
* MadeOfIron: Almost literally his [[spoiler: wraithbone skeletal structure allows him to shrug off attacks that would cripple or kill a normal human. Hell he almost literally shrugs off a BOLT ROUND as it bounces off his shoulder fired AT POINT BLANK RANGE! Although this is subverted as it can't withstand highly penetrative gun fire such as a Hell gun shots.]]
* MagneticHero
* ManChild: Although he is 23, he can still act like a child in many circumstances, a fact which he is constantly reminded of by Glaitis.
* MasterSwordsman: Even Castella who has years of experience over him, says he's better than her.
* OneManArmy: Especially in the later chapters.
* PeekABangs: he has this to [[spoiler: cover the horrific scar given him by Elandria.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Poor Vex...]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: can't remember much of his time living in the ruins of [[DoomedHomeTown Varander]] at first this seems due to severe PTSD but is later reveal Estella Erith tried to erase it from hims mind to prevent him becoming an [[ProfessionalKiller assassin.]]
* LightningBruiser: Especially after his [[spoiler: enhancement.]]
* TheLeader: Is supposed to be this in the Sequel Secret War: Upon Blood Sands. But is largely struggling in the role. [[spoiler: Having resorted to manipulation and lying too often and getting caught out for it. Making him even more of a {{Hypocrite}} for earlier deriding Glaitis for using the same tactics. He also let his sentimentality rule over his logic and pragmatism. But as always, he's [[CharacterDevelopment learning]].]]
* NayTheist: Attelus is a play on one of these; he holds to the belief that the Emperor was a great man rather than a god, but subverts it by acknowledging that the gods of Chaos do indeed exist.\\
His anti-faith position is becoming stronger due to his increasing bitterness and paranoia, with his distinct contempt of people with "faith."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: by the end of Secret War [[spoiler: he becomes indirectly responsible for the Exterminatus of Omnartus, a Hive world with billions of people living on it's surface!]]
* ProperlyParanoid
* PunchClockVillain: Again, when working for [[spoiler: Taryst.]]
* ResurrectiveImmortality: [[spoiler: later revealed that it wasn't just his strength, agility and bone structure enhanced by Faleaseen but his very soul as well, turning him into a Perpetual.]]
* SanitySlippage: Is very close to losing his mind.
* SelectiveObliviousness
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: is very much the sensitive guy to Garrakson's manly man, being unafraid to cry on many occasions.
* ScarsAreForever: A horrific one is now on his left cheek.
* ShellShockedVeteran: As implied by his nightmares.
** Out right stated by Torris who says Attelus still suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Attelus is always having to deal with Serghar Kaltos' legacy as one of the greatest assassins to ever work in Calixis sector.
* SmokingIsCool: Subverted. He knows it's a filthy habit but he can't stop.
** Also helps with his severe [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]
* SmugSmiler: can be this according to Garrakson.
* StepfordSmiler
* SuperReflexes: To such an extent that he can pick up a knife and get into a throwing position before ''Elandria could even consider pulling a trigger''.
** Even more so now after he TookALevelInBadass is able to dodge bullets with inhuman ease.
* SuperSenses: one of the reasons why he can DodgeTheBullet is because he can sense a millisecond before they pull the trigger, even when they are shooting at his back!
* SuperSpeed: While Not nearly as fast as most speedsters but can sprint twenty metres in a split second. Which for 40k terms is ridiculously fast.
* TraumaCongaLine: Just a bloody bit.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: After having to work under a ChessMaster for so long, Attelus is this trope .
* TrainingFromHell: ''Everything'' he goes through under Glaitis is training from hell.
* {{Understatement}}: Used a lot when he is in SarcasmMode.
* VerbalTic: Both in inner monologue and dialog, Attelus uses a lot of rhyming and alliteration and begins quite a few of his sentences with "hmmm", especially when in SarcasmMode.
* WarriorPoet: Shows much philosophical insight, especially in the sequel: Secret War: Upon Blood Sands.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Indirectly responsible for [[spoiler: for the Exterminatus of Omnartus and it's billions of people.]]

->''"Well if you call me “dear” one more time you will find yourself sorely lacking a head."''

She was recently employed by Glaitis. Though she is the same age as Attelus, she holds the rank of full assassin and is extremely ruthless while at it.

* AntiVillain
* BadassNormal: Not so much when high on combat drugs.
* BerserkButton: The anger she shows when she finds out Glaitis has been keeping secrets from her, is pretty scary.
* BloodKnight
* CatchPhrase:
--> "What are you doing?"
--> "What ever."
* DeadpanSnarker
* DualWielding: Uses two mono blades; one named [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Setsukia]], and the other Katrina.
* DrugsAreGood: Has a liberal use of combat drugs, allowing her to dodge bullets.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Much to everyone's shock, at first she could not understand Attelus' actions in the Twilight Bar. She figured that he must have used the people in there as {{human shield}}s for the Arcoflagellent]].
* HiddenDepths: She isn't as ignorant as she first seems.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Wears a skin tight [[CatSuit bodyglove]]? Check! Isn't very knowledgeable of human interaction? Check! Insanely hot while at it? Check!
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: She emotionally tortures Attelus after his horrific injury at the [[IncrediblyLamePun axes]] of the Arco Flagellent. Whether she did this of her own accord or under orders is, as yet, unclear, but it certainly confirms that she is more than she [[HiddenDepths initially seems]]]].
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* NeutralEvil [[invoked]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: The moment is {{lampshaded}} by Attelus' narrative.
--> '''Elandria''': So what is it that you improvise now oh you magnificent bastard you?\\
I looked over my shoulder at her shocked, was that an actual joke? A backhanded compliment, perhaps? Or something else entirely?
* PunchClockVillain
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Played sadly straight after Attelus' AnguishedDeclarationOfLove]].
* TheRival
* SheFu: Justified due to her enthusiastic use of Combat Drugs. {{Lampshaded}} by Attelus.
* SuperReflexes: Manages to dodge Attelus' shots with her acrobatics.

->''"And kid if you want to sheath your blade in her may I suggest using your “other” blade instead."''

A senior mercenary of Taryst's organization, he is an ex-guardsman, an explosives expert, and the leader of Elandria's and Attelus little squad.

* DeadpanSnarker:
--> "I don’t know sir, meaning that they are either still lying in the pools of blood we left them in or in a Magistratum mortuary either/or."
* AFatherToHisMen: [[spoiler:After his and Torris' lecture to Attelus at his bedside, Attelus compares the lecture to those given to him by his own father during his youth]].
* Badass: He kills a [[spoiler: daemon! He uses an [[MoreDakka autocannon]], but still! And it's a good bet he'd killed more before and after. And is the one to finally take down Glaitis, although he has to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifce himself to do it.]]]]
* BadassNormal
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Despite them breaking up before the events of Secret War, it's implied that he's still in love with Taryst, so don't mess with Taryst, ever]].
* CoolOldGuy: He's just so laid back.
* DemolitionsExpert
* DirtyOldMan: The way he teases Attelus for his crush on Elandria makes him seem like this.
* GatlingGood: Is extremely fond of using an Autocannon when he can.
** MoreDakka
* GenreSavvy: Not nearly as much as Attelus, but that could be due to his having a lot less screen time.
* HiddenDepths: He is one of the most upset when he finds out about [[spoiler: Attelus' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Vex]] and is [[SmarterThanYouLook far, far smarter]] than he seems.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* HurtingHero: [[spoiler: the death of Taryst hits him hard, so hard he performs a HeroicSacrifice to avenge him.]]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: {{Jerkass Taryst}} had Karmen Kons erase some of Garrakson's memory just to keep the password to his elevator secret. What was the password? Jgarrakson.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Anyone who thinks he's a typical HonourBeforeReason ex-military type, think again.
* [[spoiler:StraightGay]]
** [[spoiler:BadassGay]]: To an extreme degree.
* LargeAndInCharge: Is the Leader of the group.
* PunchClockVillain: Is a really nice guy but still working for [[spoiler: Taryst makes him this.]]
* TrueNeutral [[invoked]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Heavily hinted he's this toward Taryst [[spoiler: mostly because he was in love with him. This despite knowing more than most just how much of a Jerkass Taryst is]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to both the more sensitive Torris and Attelus.

-> 'Torris tilted his head, “like the old times, eh,” he echoed in good humour. “Kid you may have a very, very long list of issues and character flaws, but despite that we like ya. For some reason I can’t think of yet but maybe we’ll live long enough to figure that out one day.”'

Another senior mercenary under Taryst, Torris is an ex Arbitrator from Malfi and one could say the ''heart'' of the team. Like Garrakson he has a dirty sense of humour, but is more discerning and observant because of his background.

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: He's so good at reading people Karmen Kons speculates he is a latent psyker.
* {{Badass}}: Doesn't get shown doing much [[spoiler: until Upon Blood Sands when he proves it without a doubt.]]
* BadassNormal
* DeadpanSnarker:
--> “For him to do that, what did you do? Give him a blow job? Must’ve been good, I’m sure you’ve had a hell of a lot of practice.”
* HiddenDepths
* HurtingHero: Doesn't take the [[spoiler: death of his friend and comrade Garrakson well.]]
* LargeHam: He can go a bit overboard sometimes.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Rarely seen not hanging out with his BFF, Garrakson.
* TokenMinority: Despite being from a hive world, Torris is described as having very dark skin and so far is the only character described that way.
** No longer due to the introduction of Inquisitor Enandra whose similarly dark skinned.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Is never seen not using one.
* ScaryBlackMan
* WarriorTherapist: Is a big part of his character in Upon Blood Sands.

!!'''Karmen Kons/[[spoiler: Estella Erith]]'''
-> "Vark, she hired me. I was a rogue, mercenary psyker. Of course she's a frigging radical and of course I don't mind she is one. I believe the God-Emperor is above all things but also believe that his rules he made during the birth of this Imperium of man were more suited to a different time. I believe that he now understands that much must be done for the continued survival of our species that ten thousand years ago would be deemed wrong."

An exceedingly powerful rogue psyker [[spoiler: employed by Taryst who specialises in telepathy but has some skill in other disciplines. Has a past with Attelus.]]

* AlliterativeName
* AntiHero: Is the utter paragon of pragmatism, even Attelus admits she can go too far.
* AntiVillain
* {{Badass}}: Even before she developed her psychic powers she was able to fight numerous of the infamous [[Novel/GauntsGhosts Blood Pact elite.]] single handed. As a mere Planetary Defense sergeant!
* BlessedWithSuck: comes naturally with being a psyker.
* BlueBlood: Was the daughter of a lord of Attelus' home country, Velrosia. Was a sergeant in the local PDF before the invasion from chaos and her goal in life was to become a scout in the Velrosian 1st regiment. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My. How. Things. Change.]]
* CombatPragmatist: She's pretty much the embodiment of the dark side of this. And she's a good guy!
* CripplingOverSpecialization: Feels this way [[spoiler: when they arrive on the surface of Sarkeath she finds herself unable to use her psychic power and almost has a break down due to this. Thinking she is useless now.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DualIdentityDisorder: Seems to be fighting an [[spoiler: an internal battle between her kind but prideful Estella Erith side, against her ruthless mercenary Karmen Kons side.]]
* DyeHard: [[spoiler: {{Invoked}} dyed her hair to blonde from black for her Karmen Kons persona.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDO: May as well be her CatchPhrase, although she hasn't said it word for word, yet.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of her specialties [[spoiler: she was even able to do it to Attelus before she even received training, she didn't quite manage it as well as she wanted to. But somehow didn't destroy him mind in the process!]]
** Doesn't remember [[spoiler: her time training under [[ManBehindTheMan Farseer Faleaseen]] due to this. She remembers what she learned, though. [[Irony Ironically.]]
* [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: [[spoiler: was one as Estella Erith in the Velrosian martial art: Valisuth but lost much skill when she dedicated her life to honing her sixth sense, or at least she thinks she has.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: [[spoiler: her controlling the minds of Taryst's mercenaries to fight the Space Marines to cover their escape. While many agree it was needed. Many still think it was wrong. It's what mostly makes Attelus reject her AnguishedDeclarationOfLove being sickened by the act and it making it realise how far she can fallen. This despite still feeling the same.]]
* PoweredArmor: Gets power armour in Upon Blood Sands. Mostly to protect her when she leaves her body.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Was described as this [[spoiler: as Estella Erith before dying her hair blonde to become Karmen Kons and is beautiful, of course.]]
* {{Pride}}: Her greatest flaw and almost causes her to throw away her life if Attelus hadn't convinced her to stand down.
* SanitySlippage: Like many psykers she's close to going off the slippery slope. Both her and Attelus have this in common and both help each other from falling completely.
* TheStoic: can come off like this sometimes, but she REALLY is NotSoStoic.
* WalkingSpoiler: Almost all her trope explanations have a spoiler tag!
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: She risked destroying Attelus' mind to rid him of his trauma so he could live a normal life. And she sacrificed Taryst's mercenary army to delay the Space Marines allowing their escape.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Not as bad as Attelus, but she's been through hell.
* WarriorTherapist: well, not exactly a warrior anymore. But she's helped Attelus through some horrible things and vice versa.