=P*R*I*M*A*R*C*H*S= Is a Forum-based Script Fic based on the background of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} (and its many plot holes) created by Warseer Forum member Lastie, affectionately refered to as the [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Chaos God-Emperor of Fankind ]]
by his more devout fans. He has built up a rather large cult following on Warseer forum, referring to themselves as the '=L= Inquisition' or 'Linquisition' in a parody of the Imperial Inquisition.

Originally started as a humourous answer to a serious question by a completely unrelated poster ("Do the daemon Primarchs still hang out?"), the one-shot story lit a conflagration and soon the thread had to be moved because it was WAY off topic. Lastie went on to post over 200 chapters of the Primarchs' adventures over the course of 3 arcs, gathering a series of spin-offs as time went on, each with their own takes on the P*R*I*M*A*R*C*H*S altered universe. These included Chief L Rome's "Favoured Moments" and [=FarseerMatt's=] Eldar {{MST}}, which eventually had their own mini-story running in the background. Forum member [=BladeWolf=] even went so far as to write a complete homage fanfic.

The P*R*I*M*A*R*C*H*S story begins with the titular {{super soldier}}s getting together in a pub in the Eye of Terror, and bemoaning the fact that they never get coverage in the official Games Workshop background any more. Uniting under their father the [[strike:Emperor]] [[/folder]]

[[folder: Emperor of Mankind! ]]
, the dysfunctional family resolve to strike back at the forces of {{Retcon}} that are ruining their grimdark universe, and to do this by defeating the gratuitously-shoehorned C'tan and putting them back in their place. Things get worse, however, when they discover that the C'tan have nothing less than a full-blown GenreShift on their minds, and are planning to sell the [=40K=] franchise to another company who want to Japanify it into something more marketable to kids (cue cameo by Aerith of FinalFantasy fame, among others). By a VERY circuitous route, and picking up [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many secondary characters]] along the way, the Primarchs eventually collect the {{Plot Coupon}}s they need to access the laptop of GW fluff-writer Alan Merrett. A final battle with the C'tan to decide the future of the [=40K=] franchise follows...

After the conclusion of the Retcon arc, the 18 canon Primarchs are reunited with their 2 missing siblings - [[TheSlacker Carl]], who was too lazy to lead his space marine legion in the Great Crusade, and [[LadyOfWar Hecate]], who was forcibly removed due to fan rage at the concept of female space marines. But a new threat looms, for despite the grimdark of their universe being restored, the constant retconning of background has left the franchise rife with inconsistencies. An EldritchAbomination known only as the Plot Hole is now invading - after chewing its way through other universes such as VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, FinalFantasy, StarWars and Franchise/HarryPotter - and has an army of characters from these devoured franchises at its disposal. Martialing their own forces, the Primarchs meet the new enemy head on with all the subtlety you can expect from a team of {{God Mode Sue}}s. Highlights include time travel, Alpharius privatising the Tau Empire, and Horus hitting the Death Star with a baseball bat (yes, [[StarWars that]] Death Star). But against an enemy that can [[AssPull rewrite the story]] to its own advantage, how can the Primarchs prevail? Why, with [[ThisWiki the Tome of Tropes]] of course. Against a creature that devours {{canon}} (making Alan Merrett's laptop useless), it seems that ''{{fanon}}'' is the best weapon. And so the stage is set for a grand [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover multi-universe]] showdown between our heroes and the forces of the Plot Hole. Eventually, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of bad writing is defeated, but the only way the Primarchs can salvage the mess left behind is to DELETE THE LAST 80 CHAPTERS OF THE STORY, much to the Narrator's chagrin.

But despite this SnapBack, this is not the end of the Primarchs' troubles, as evinced by a series of workers' strikes and by rebellion on Holy Terra itself. The Primarchs are baffled enough that worker's unions have even come to ''exist'' in their [[CrapsackWorld crapsack universe]], but it turns out they have been inspired by the LighterAndSofter ideals of Lion'el Jonson's ex-girlfriend Aerith. There follows another series of extremely random adventures, during which [[MagnificentBastard Eldrad]] goes so far as to enlist the help of {{Canon Foreigner}}s from other posters in Lastie's thread. It turns out that [[spoiler: Aerith is none other than the Plot Hole returned; while the Primarchs used fanon to plug the gaps in their main narrative, their satellite franchises are still rife with bad writing, allowing the Plot Hole to return at the head of the Blood Ravens from DawnOfWar.]] This revelation culminates in (yet another) UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny. The third arc ends on a massive cliffhanger with [[spoiler: Eldrad screwing over the Primarchs at the last minute because one of the {{Canon Immigrant}}s refused to have sex with him, resulting in the Plot Hole's apparent victory and the Primarchs being scattered throughout time and space (and other franchises)]].

Shortly after this the original thread was closed due to the actions of an over-zealous mod, however a couple of folks on FF.net have begun re-posting Lastie's work, albeit without the forum-signature different colored text for Gods. Read the AWESOME and WIN [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5645987/1/PRIMARCHS here]] (complete, but single chapters) or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5483979/1/PRIMARCHS_by_Lastie here]] (incomplete, 10 chapters at a go).

Meanwhile, Lastie herself has not been idle and the P*R*I*M*A*R*C*H*S fourth arc is now underway [[http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4781473#post4781473 here]]. In the absence of the Emperor and his Primarchs, Malcador and Eldrad have joined forces to turn the 40K universe into [[LighterAndSofter somewhere you might actually want to live]], but a crisis develops when [[spoiler: Eldrad]] merges with the Plot Hole and sets out to take control of the narrative. Luckily the Primarchs choose this moment to return (via a HandWave) and restore some GrimDark to the setting, but it seems that once again they cannot stay united in their cause...

!!Tropes found in this work:

* [[strike:SmallNameBigEgo]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Big Name MONOLITHIC Ego]]: The Emperor, Eldrad, [[strike:Horus]] ALL the Primarchs, and others. PlayedForLaughs of course.
* AbusiveParents: The Emperor is this. Not only did he obliterate the only mother figure the Primarchs ever had (a kind scientist named Julie) right in front of them, for reading a bed time story that he considered lame, he deliberately sent them to the warp jut so that he could have sex with Hecate's legions.
* AffectionateParody
* AmazonBrigade: Hecate's SpaceMarine legion, The Hell's Fury Bunnies. [[ValleyGirl They're not as amazonian]] as Hecate would like them to be.
* AmusingInjuries
* AnthropomorphicPersonification
* AscendedFanboy: Arguably forum member [=FarseerMatt=], who contributes a great deal of the so-called {{MST}}s of the story and the fan-made content, usually to the sounds of HilarityEnsues. Lastie took a character used by [=FarseerMatt=] and upgraded her to the ''Main Narrative'', causing her to become "Canon" - she in fact played an integral part in the finale of the third arc.
* AscendedMeme: AWESOME and WIN (caps optional) was the customary response to Lastie's posts. Lastie eventually started inserting the phrase into the story.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Fred]] aka [[spoiler: the Chaos god Malal]] aka [[spoiler: [[PortmanteauCoupleName Falal]].]]
* AuthorAvatar: The Narrator for Lastie herself.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Even Lastie herself is not safe from the power of the Emperor's REJECTION! Luckily [[spoiler: Eldrad brings her back to life]]
* AuthorFilibuster: Alpharius delivers one of these at the end the Plot Hole arc.
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: The reason why Farseer Kyli and her ranger sidekick Fenix keep an eye on the story in their {{MST}}
* {{Badass}}: Literally dozens of them trying to one-up each other throughout the story, but one deserves a special mention because his appearance prompted even [[GodModeSue Horus]] to raise an eyebrow - [[spoiler: Admiral Adama from the new Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}]].
* BadassBoast: In a rare serious moment of the series, Horus, having just awoken from his JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, delivers this:
--> '''Horus:''' Yes ... I am Warmaster ... I was not made for peace ... I was not made for the world my father saw ... my world is in endless bloodshed ... my world is the crucible of war ... my world is the grim darkness of the far future ...
--> I am Horus, Warmaster of Chaos. I bow to none but lords of war. Where my blade falls, death follows. Where my blade points; legions conquer. Dark has my dreams been of late, filled with moral values and family-friendly entertainment. No longer will this plague my domain! The grim darkness of the far future shall return, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by my command!]]
* BasementDweller: Carl
* BigBad: The Plot Hole from arc 2 onwards.
* BrotherSisterIncest: One very weird scene involving Rogal Dorn and his {{fanon}} sister, Hecate. Copped out by the fact that it was a Callidus Assassin in disguise, but...well...read Rogal's words yourself [[http://www.warseer.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3733128&postcount=2171 here]]
* TheCameo: C S Goto "guest narrates" one chapter. Several other authors appear (in the style of FinalFantasy summonings) during the battle against the Nightbringer.
-->'''Pete Haines''': "You are not Iron Warriors. Prepare for the Nerfhammer!"
-->'''Dan Abnett''': "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny I choose YOU as my shock death of the book!]]"
* CanonDiscontinuity: Technically, the entire second arc. Made so by the ''characters themselves''.
* CanonImmigrant: Farseer Kyli.
* CatchPhrase: '''The Emperor:''' "Rejected!"
* ChainMailBikini: Hecate's armor somehow combines this with ''PowerArmor.'' The Narrator advises us not to ask how that works.
* ChekhovsGun: All the time. For a CrackFic, Lastie likes to use a lot of plot twists and ForeShadowing.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Especially important characters such as the Emperor and the Chaos Gods get their lines in different-coloured text.
* CrackFic: And how!
* {{Crossover}}: Most notably with VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, but FinalFantasy, {{Starcraft}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} also feature. Not to mention the dozens of universes that become involved in the Plot Hole arc.
* CurbStompBattle: "I win. GG"
* DeadpanSnarker: Almost everybody at some point or other.
* DepravedBisexual: Asdrubael Vect, to the point that being raped by him is considered a rite of passage in this universe.
* EmoTeen: Mortarion. He even writes poetry.
** Corax as well. He's even referred as "Emo boy mk II."
** And Conrad Curze, though this is more apparent in his Night Haunter persona in the second arc.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Subverted with Slaanesh, whom Even The Girls Want. And inverted with Vect, who is after everyone, regardless of gender, race, age, or anything else.
** Shouldn't that be AnythingThatMoves?
*** Who said it had to move?
* EveryoneIsBi: The Eldar (or at least, the ones from Ulthwe), according to Vect. On the other hand, this is coming from the guy who thinks it's consensual if you shout "surprise!" beforehand.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The original thread is currently "removed for investigation" due to alleged spam (however, the full script is still available from the links given above).
* FaceHeelTurn: Of all people, [[spoiler: [[/folder]]

[[folder: THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND! ]]
in the second arc. He comes back though.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Lion'el Jonson]] in the Dawn of War arc.
** And [[spoiler: Robute Guilleman]] (briefly) in the Retcon arc. His decision comes back to bite him in the arse in a decidedly squicky manner.
** [[spoiler: Eldrad]] in the Lords of Canon arc - that is, [[JerkAss if he counted as a good guy to begin with]].
** [[HeelFaceMole Face Heel Mole]]: [[spoiler: Konrad Curze]] in the Plot Hole arc.
* FailedASpotCheck: Lampshaded when the Primarchs have a "random encounter" with some daemons on their way to meet Abbadon.
* FanFic: Pretty much what this is.
** Also there are ''Fan Fics of the Fan Fic.''
*** That's just plain unholy.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: Played for laughs in what various characters consider this to be. A common one is to have to read the DawnOfWar omnibus.
* GenreSavvy: Sometimes [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously]] so, sometimes [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong]], and at least as often TooDumbToLive.
* GroinAttack: The first thing Hecate does to Horus when she's introduced. With a ''sword'', no less. [[ShareTheMalePain A lot of male pain is passed around]].
* HannibalLecture: [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft The Lich King]] gives one to the [[/folder]]

[[folder: EMPEROR OF MANKIND! ]]
, taunting him with how much his Imperium has strayed from his vision. Subverted when [[spoiler:the Emperor actually turns evil, and a bewildered Arthas admits he was just trying mess with him.]]
* HostileShowTakeover
* HypocriticalHumour: Duh.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Between Eldrad Ulthran and Conrad Curze/Night Haunter, culminating in [[spoiler:Night Haunter revealing that Eldrad himself has been replaced by one of his servants.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic
* InstantFanClub: The =L= ("Fail begets retribution!")
* InteractiveNarrator
* JiveTurkey: Robute Guilleman.
** The rest of his chapter happily follows suit.
* JustAsPlanned
* LampshadeHanging: On an epic scale, and no small amount of {{Deconstruction}} as well.
** Not surprising when one of the plot arcs revolves around the acquisition of "the Tome of Tropes".
* LargeHam: Often lampshaded by another character.
* LemonyNarrator: Lastie often snarks and argues with his characters.
** Well, can you blame him when they constantly [[RunningTheAsylum hijack the plot]] and [[CanonDiscontinuity delete his work]]?
*** Did you expect anything else from a bunch of self-confessed [[BlackHoleSue Black Hole Sues]]?
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MasterOfDisguise: Alpharius again (see above spoiler). Taken to fourth-wall-breaking levels even from his first introduction, where he reveals himself by climbing down from the banner at the top of the webpage the story is typed on.
** Though Konrad's assassins also get in on the act.
* MediumAwareness: Most of the characters, including one very memorable battle against the Nightbringer where they throw dice at each other. At the end of that same battle, [[WrenchWench Tech-priest Fred]] even opens her hand to reveal a D6 showing a 1, announces she has failed her armour save, and keels over dead.
* {{MST}}: Both [=FarseerMatt=] and Lord Crull provided light-hearted analysis of the story's more funny or ridiculous moments, although to prevent spamming of the main thread said [=MSTs=] have been moved to the Lastie's Brotherhood fan page.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling:
--> '''Roboute Guiliman:''' I felt a great disturbance in the Force ... as if a thousand voices cried out in anger and were silenced by my awesome style.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Deliberately ''invoked'' by the Primarchs - as GW has never given them a "canon" statline/power level, they are free to make themselves as powerful as they like.
* NoFourthWall: Frequently played for laughs.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Played with:
--> '''Lorgar (to Horus):''' Sometimes I'm not sure when you're acting dumb, or when you want me to '''think''' you're acting dumb ...
* OldMaster: Pie May.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever it was that Horus did over the summer.
* ParentalIssues: As in the normal [=WH40K=], this runs rampant with the Primarchs. [[OedipusComplex And Malekith]].
* PlotCoupons
* PunnyName: Pie May ("As in Pie may kick your ass if you do not do as you are told!")
** Also, Taldeer's full name - Taldeer Elphchik Phan'cervis
* RuleOfCool: Invoked, lampshaded, and played for laughs by turning it UpToEleven.
* ReallyGetsAround: Vect pretty much IS this trope.
* RuleOfFunny: And how!
* SamusIsAGirl: Lastie is a girl.
* [[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot Screw The Rules I Have Plot (Holes)]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: And when they're not invoking the above rules, they're usually making up their own.
* ScriptFic: One of the few genuinely good ones.
* SeriousBusiness: Horus and Sanguinius' golf rivalry.
* ShoutOut: Far, far too many to list.
** In a more recurring shout out, the captains of Vulcan's Salamanders chapter are called [[ChuckNorris Captain Norris]], [[Series/TwentyFour Captain Bauer]] and [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Captain L Jackson]].
* ShowyInvincibleHero: The Primarchs ''think'' they are this (and revel in it).
* TheSilentBob: Jaghatai Khan and his chapter, the White Scars, usually communicate only through ''penetrative gaze''. Conversations between them can be very...interesting.
* TheSlacker: Karl, one of the two missing Primarchs, is missing simply because he was too lazy to take part in the Great Crusade.
* {{Sorry I Left The BGM On}}: When Lion'el Jonson first appears, the others identify him by his theme tune ([[spoiler: One Winged Angel]])
** "Enjoy your duel of fates!" (a certain John Williams tune starts up)
* TakeThat: Frequently. Against anyone and everyone.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Lampshaded ("I don't want to fight you! You and I would have talked between blows like some crappy shonen anime! There would have been CharacterDevelopment!")
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* ThemeNaming: Ferrus Manus, the series' resident computer geek, names his flagship the ''Leet Haxxor''.
** [=RPG=]er Magnus' ship is the ''Natural Twenty''
** Alpharius, arch enemy of Robute and his Ultramarines, takes it one step further with the ''Up Yours Rob''.
** Horus has the ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome Ultimate Badass]]'', primarily so he can make an IncrediblyLamePun.
* TokenMinority: Roboute Guiliman ''challenges'' Vulkan (the ''actual'' token black guy) for the title of the token black guy. [[spoiler:He fails horribly.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The Primarchs will frequently accuse each other of this (the speaker [[HypocriticalHumour doing something similar down the line]] is, of course, a given).
* TooKinkyToTorture: Slaanesh (of course).
* {{TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life}}: A number of in-jokes reference tropes [[ConversationalTroping by name]], not to mention that ''aquiring'' the "[[ThisWiki Tome of Tropes]]" is a whole plot point in the 2nd arc. Happily, [[TropesAreNotBad TV Tropes Will Also Save The Universe]].
* TheUsualAdversaries: "[=****=]ing C'tan!"
* WeaksauceWeakness: In the Dawn of War arc, the Primarchs, the ultimate badasses in the galaxy, are defeated by fluffy kittens that are too cute to fight back against.
-->'''Asdrubael Vect''': ''Rocking back and forth'' "Can't sleep, kittens will cuddle me...can't sleep, kittens will cuddle me..."
* WeaponOfChoice: Frequently taking RefugeInAudacity, such as Angron's "bloodchucks" (nunchaku with BLOODTHIRSTERS tied to each end).
** Lion'el Jonson combines both the EmoTeen and FinalFantasy sides of his personality in a {{BFS}} that screams "[[LinkinPark CRAAAAWLING IIIIIN MY SKIIIIN!]]" when he draws it.
** [[{{Goth}} Konrad Curze]] has a pair of lightning claws called the Wrist-slitters of Doom.
* WriterRevolt: The first arc revolves around the Primarchs rebelling against the constant retcons of their universe's background (primarily, the constant shoe-horning involving the C'tan). The second involves fighting the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the plot holes consuming their franchise. Unfortunately, despite [[spoiler: solving the problem by the simple expedient of pressing the ResetButton]] they [[spoiler: forgot to similarly reset their satellite franchises (such as DawnOfWar), allowing the Plot Hole to return]] in the third arc.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: How the first arc starts.

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