[[caption-width-right:250:"My jaw set slightly at his mention of “faith.” Faith was an utterly idiotic concept that never, ever, fit within the realms of reality..." Attelus Kaltos.]]

[[index]]A ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fan fiction from the perspective of a young assassin apprentice "Secret War" has drawn inspiration from many sources but the most prolific being the {{Ravenor}} series by Dan Abnett.

After his mercenary organization is hired by a rogue trader to hunt down a highly influential gang leader on the Hive world of Omnartus. Attelus Kaltos is embroiled even deeper into the complex and convoluted world of the hired killer.
Soon he finds that not all is what it seems and that his enemies and allies are not at all what he believed them to be. That this is the mission which will truly test him mentally and physically and change him, for the better or for the worst, forever more.

"Secret War" is finally finished and is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5967026/1/bSecret_b_bWar_b_bWarhammer_b_b40_000_b Here]]

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'''Secret War Includes examples of'''
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene
* AlliterativeName: Karmen Kons who's also [[spoiler: Estella Erith.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationofLove; although the word "love" isn't used Attelus to Elandria:
--> "Because Elandria," I sighed, "I don't want you to die, it's because I know what you have been through."
--> I paused trying to swallow back the lump in my throat, "and I know that you never had any choice in the matter, no choice to be what you wanted to be, to do what you wanted to do. That-that any real choice in your life was stolen from you when you were so young a-and you didn't deserve that Elandria, no one does, I-I want you to live so you could one day have your own life to escape this crap, to, to."
-->My left hand clenched into a tight ball while the right gripped my sword's hilt all the harder, "and that maybe in your new life that I'd be able to be part of it, that I'd like be by your side to help you through I-I."
* AndThisIsFor; Attelus delivers a pretty epic one before [[spoiler: cutting off Inquisitor Edracian's head.]]
-->[[spoiler: "This is it!" I bellowed as I drew back my sword. "This is for all the people you've killed! This is for Callague and Jarvus and Olinthre!"]]
-->[[spoiler:The lightning continued to consume me, to crackle and weave around the shield, but there was no resistance. I ran without hindrance and in the last few metres I lunged into the air.]]
-->[[spoiler:"This is for all the innocents you've slaughtered and sacrificed! This is for Taryst! This is for Castella! And most of all, this is for Elandria!"]]
-->[[spoiler:Roaring like I've never roared before or would ever since with one slash, I severed Edracian's head from his shoulders.]]
** Which is then brutally mocked and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by [[spoiler: by [[ManBehindTheMan Inquisitor Etuarq]] a few seconds afterward.]]
** The next chapter Garrakson gets one too, just before [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]] to kill Glaitis.]]
* AnyoneCanDie; [[spoiler: y'know a story where anyone can die when four out of five of the characters first introduced wind up dead, (the only one still alive is Attelus who's perspective it's FROM) so far of the main cast and [[MauveShirt MauveShirts]] killed off in order are, Taryst, Elandria, Olinthre, Feuilt, Castella, Wesley, The Mimic, Garrakson and Glaitis and that's excluding the deaths relevant to the plot that happened before the story started, Amanda Heartsa, Barhurst and Edracian]]
* TheApprentice: Attelus and Adelana seems to be shaping up to be his.
* AscendedMeme; an in-universe one after the as yet unnamed captured throne agent refers to himself as [[Film/ThePrincessBride "No one of Consequence"]] Attelus, Karmen Kons and even Darrance refer him so.
* AuthorAppeal: There seems to be a lot of effort to detail the faces of each female character.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Glaitis and Inquisitors Brutis Bones and Jelcine Enandra.
* AxeCrazy: it seems that [[spoiler: Etuarq's elite spies all are eventually driven insane by the soul magics used to enhance them beyond normal human beings, shown by the unhinged states of both Rodyille and Feuilt.]]
** Attelus too due to all his trauma could easily go this way.
* {{Badass}}: almost every character shows some badassery in one way or another but the one of the most outright has to be Glaitis [[spoiler: who single handily takes on both Wesley and Brutis Bones, kills Wesley, the Mimic, a whole bunch of Hammers. Then injures both Arlathan and Torris badly before Garrakson has to perform a HeroicSacrifice to finally, permanently take her down. Despite seeing all of this Attelus is still convinced he'd take her down if they had fought one on one.]]
** Attelus manages to kill [[spoiler: three! Count that THREE, Space Marines! Sure, he's now [[BadassAbnormal enhanced]], [[CombatPragmatist cheats]] and catches them off guard each time, but frigging hell.]]
* BadassCrew: the main crew (or at least starting) are able to fight a war against the Moody Hammer for six months, sure they suffered casualties (Reduced from ten to four over much of that time, two of whom die in the first paragraph) Fighting ALMOST EVERY DAY! In various skirmishes. If that doesn't make up a BadassCrew, what does?
** Those under Glaitis more than qualify too, Darrance and Castella are hugely experienced assassins and [[MasterSwordsman blade masters]] Castella is very skilled with her Plasma pistol, while Darrance is a very good void craft pilot. Hayden Tresch is a extraordinarily skilled sniper and a supreme JackOfAllTrades, being a brilliant hacker, explosives expert, tech user (although he says he only dabbles) Attelus who is still considered an [[TheApprentice apprentice]] is also a very skilled (perhaps, even the most skilled) MasterSwordsman and assassin in his own right and that's not even going into [[AssKickingEqualsAuthority Glaitis.]]
* BadassArmy: Taryst's mercenary force is vastly skilled considering both Torris and Garrakson are considered mere soldiers. This is shown [[OffScreenMomentOfAwesome (sorta)]] for how long [[spoiler: they manage to hold off the Space Marines attacking Taryst's tower for, sure Karmen Kons was mind controlling them, but still.]]
** Also, Brutis Bones' army of Hammers [[spoiler: they manage to fight a DAEMONIC HORDE and SURVIVE (well quite a few anyway) proving they are more than just Mooks.]]
*** Then there's [[spoiler: Inquisitor Enandra's Storm Troopers who also qualify as an EliteArmy managing to fight and defeat Torathe's own forces despite being out numbered, but again it's an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome.]]
* BadassBoast: could be this or Narm but Attelus says this before the fire fight with the as yet unnamed man;
---> "Well, either way you're fighting me now and either way you are going to pay the consequences!"
** Also Attelus get's one much later when fighting [[spoiler: [[TheMole Feuilt.]]]]
----> “I still have a purpose, [[spoiler: Feuilt,]] and that’s why I won't die. Not here, not now”
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Attelus and Elandria, {{Lampshaded}} by Darrance and even earlier by Garrakson.
* BerserkButton: don't betray Glaitis and don't call the Mimic "pet" as Attelus found out the hard way.
** Which Attelus intends to exploit if given the choice.
* BigBad; [[spoiler: Inquisitor Edracian.]]
** He is also a OutsideContextVillain, for Attelus, and the reader, anyway.
*** Turns out[[spoiler: Edracian was just a puppet (a literal one too!) To the Bigger Bad Inquisitor Etuarq.]]
* {{Bishounen}}; Darrance.
* BondOneLiner; After shooting a mook through the head Attelus says and also as a shout out to;
-->[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins "Shame about the face."]]
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler: Etuarq attempts this on Attelus and it's truly horrific and cruel, but it doesn't work.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler: the first time Attelus does it is when Taryst's psykers attack the Twilight Bar while Attelus and Elandria are trying to infiltrate it which also may count as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him]]
-->[[spoiler: I don't know if you had thought I had forgotten about Taryst's little psyker cadre or you had forgotten, but this, this I had actually seen coming this I knew was coming, yes.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Glaitis for pretty much everyone even [[spoiler: Darrance.]]
* CardCarryingVillain; [[spoiler: Edracian/Etuarq.]]
* TheCasanova: Olinthre implied by Attelus although [[spoiler: he doesn't live long enough to show it.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Attelus' father, Serghar Kaltos, according to Inquisitor Etuarq.]]
* CharacterAlignment; Castella Lethe is ChaoticNeutral Glaitis is NeutralEvil actually being mostly about assassins allot of the cast are Neutral Evil.
* ChaseScene: A brief one when Attellus attempts to escape Edracian and his Mooks.
** Now with a far more intense one with [[spoiler:[[LeParkour Attelus running over roof tops and through abandoned old buildings in the underhive while daemons are chasing him.]]]]
*** Now there's another [[spoiler: but with Darrance, Attelus and an Ornithopter!]]
* ChekhovsGun: Attelus' [[spoiler: krak grenades which he uses to kill a Space Marine! Lucky he took them from Taryst's armory before they attacked Edracian's mansion-fortress. [[DramaticIrony Ironic]], as he initially wondered why he bothered to take them instead of more frag grenades which would've helped more in [[StormingTheCastle the attack of Edracian's fortress.]]]]
** Could also be ChekhovsSkill but [[spoiler: Karmen's psychic blocks qualify not once but twice as it allows her to mind control Taryst's mercs on a large scale, allowing the main characters to escape Omnartus.]]
* ChekhovsGunman; a few; medicae Feiult, Major Olinthre and perhaps colonel Barhurst.
** And Vex Carpompter.
*** [[RunningGag No One of Consequence.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Attelus' extreme skill of accurately throwing things, and Hayden's hacking ability.
* TheChessmaster; Glaitis, Taryst and Brutis Bones.
** Why Edracian, [[LargeHam OF COURSE!!]]
* ChessMotifs; Edracian and [[spoiler: the Eldar Farseer]] seem to love to call Attelus their "pawn".
* CloudCuckooLander; Castella Lethe is knee deep in this trope.
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: Etuarq's influence is hinted to delve deeply into the Calixis sector.]]
* ColdSniper; Hayden Tresch which is even Lampshaded by Attelus.
* CoolDownHug: Attelus does this to [[spoiler: to Karmen as under the influence of the warp, she is tearing her own face apart. He also pins her arms at her sides to stop her from doing it.]]
* CrowningMomentofHeartwarming [[spoiler: when Attelus finally manages to confess his affection for Elandria.]]
* CrowningMomentofSadness:[[spoiler: Then Elandria's sudden and cruel death when Taryst shoots her in the back.]]
* DeadPanSnarker; Castella Lethe, Glaitis has a few too.
** Vex, the Mimic, No One of Consequence, Torris, practically everyone.
*** Darrance seems to be the best snarker by far.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife; Attelus.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight;[[spoiler: Elandria dies while cradled in Attelus' arms]]
* DisappearedDad; Serghar Kaltos to Attelus.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: the ultimate fate of Omnartus. The Exterminatus is ordered by Torathe mainly because of the murder of his Interrogator and daughter, ONE PERSON! Although we never find out the exact contents of the message Etuarq/Edracian had sent him.]]
* ExpositionIntuition: Attelus' genre savviness tends to come off allot like this but it is mostly subverted in that he isn't always right.
* {{Expy}}; both Garrakson and Elandria are Expys of Wilkenson and Latashe from an earlier story and one could say that Attelus is an expy of Company Master Remiel the main character from an another old fiction about the Dark Angels.
* EyeScream: Attelus throws a knife into a mercenary's eye during the storming of [[spoiler: Edracian's]] mansion. Then he does it again [[spoiler: to a Space Marine! Allowing him an opening to stick a primed grenade into the Marine's [[YourHeadASplode screaming mouth.]]]]
* FacePalm
* FateWorseThanDeath; apparently if you betray Glaitis your fate won't be pretty.
* FinalSpeech;[[spoiler: in her last words Elandria tells Attelus that he did actually save the people in the Twilight Bar.]]
** Could be also a CrowningMomentofHeartwarming she also call him out on his idiotic paranoia in not believing Castella earlier.
* FiveManBand: Garrakson's crew, although they don't really make five.
** TheLeader: Garrakson, although he is more laid back in his leadership style than many. Despite once being a Cadian squad sergeant.
** TheLancer: Attelus, being an assassin his whole philosophy at times puts him at odds with Garrakson on a few occasions at times steps in as TheLeader.
** TheSmartGuy/TheChick: Torris can fulfill both these roles being the voice of reason on a few occasions to the others, he is also the one who most actively tries to help Attelus with his [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD.]]
** TheBigGuy: Elandria is a bit of a blunt instrument, usually kept out of undercover operations in a reinforcement role if shit hits the fan. (Although she isn't as blunt as she [[HiddenDepths seems.]]
* ForcefulKiss: Karmen Kons does this to Attelus, [[spoiler: doing it even though he's still in mourning over Elandria's death and is in shock. This doesn't stop her from being surprised when he pulls away, though.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A drinking game could be made for the amount of times this trope is used allot of what has happened has been foreshadowed before although it's not hugely obvious.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
** Garrakson is Phlegmatic.
** Elandria is Choleric (though she really isn't at all a leader)
** Attelus is Melancholic/Choleric
*** Now [[SixthRanger Torris]] has recovered he seems to be Sanguine.
* FridgeBrilliance
** One example is when Attelus attempts to [[spoiler: storm the Twilight Bar single handily without any real intel besides a brief look at the schematics but once you realize that the psychic influence on everyone in the building allowing him to move almost unopposed (Though this doesn't last very long due to the presence of a blank)]]
*** Also [[spoiler: that Attelus knew of the psyker attack on the Twilight Bar as after the brain washing of Vex he knew that Taryst was using them in a large capacity]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: It doesn't take long, for Attelus to fall in love with the pretty civilian redhead, Adelana.
* GambitPileup; ''Everyone'' has their own agenda and it is still only the icing on the proverbial [[FromBadToWorse cake]]
* GenreSavvy; almost everyone but medicae Feuilt is by far the most genre savvy.
** Glaitis, perhaps even more so than Feuilt.
* GreyAndGreyMorality; very much so far.
** BlackAndGreyMorality; now there's a properly established villain, but it's not who you'd think.
* GunsAkimbo; Attelus plays this trope straight when storming the Twilight Bar.
** Perhaps justified as he uses it only in extremely confined areas, in hand to hand combat
* HeroAntagonist; Brutis Bones is looking more and more to be one of these.
* {{Heroic BSOD}} [[spoiler: Attelus has an epic one after Elandria dies in his arms.]]
* HeroicSacrifice; [[spoiler: subverted as Attelus attempts it but is revived.]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Brutis Bones, and [[spoiler: Taryst's psyker cadre]]
* HonourBeforeReason; as stated in the above GenreSavvy.
* IronicEcho
* {{Jerkass}}; Darrance.
** After Attelus goes through hell to earn at least some of his respect he shows himself to be more a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkassHasAPoint: a InUniverse example, Darrance is almost always right, much to Attelus' annoyance this is even lampshaded by [[spoiler: Etuarq]] it also shows Darrance's HiddenDepths.
* KilledMidSentence; The HonourBeforeReason Mook.
** He was also TooDumbtoLive; also as lampshaded by Attelus
** and[[spoiler: Elandria.]]
* KilledOffForReal; [[spoiler: Elandria, Colonel Barhurst and Taryst.]]
** Now it's also [[spoiler: Feuilt, Castella Lethe, Wesley, The Mimic, Garrakson and Glaitis, the last four being within one chapter, hell the last three all in one chapter!]]
*** averted by [[spoiler: Wesley who turns out in [[WhamEpisode the epilogue]] to actually be a Tzeenchian daemon in disguise.]]
* KnightTemplar: Inquisitor Torathe, is heavily implied to be one of these due to his SanitySlippage.
* LampshadeHanging; taken to the point that the protagonists even ''name the trope''.
* LargeHam; Taryst, just Taryst.
** And now Torris as {{Lampshaded}} by Garrakson
-->“Yeah, yeah keep it down Tor,” said Garrakson, “by the Emperor I swear you and Taryst should have a competition to see which of you can chew more scenery.”
** And now Inquisitor Edracian who is also quite [[AxeCrazy unhinged]] as well.
* MamaBear: Castella Lethe is hinted to be this to Attelus [[spoiler: that her ruthless beating of No One Of Consequence was in revenge for him setting the Arco Flagellent on Attelus at the Twilight Bar. Of course when Attelus sees this he misinterprets it completely.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Or Woman behind the woman or [[spoiler: The Xenos Behind the Woman as it seems that Glaitis owes allegiance to the Eldar for reasons as yet unknown]]
* {{Mangst}}: [[spoiler: major Olinthre over the horrific end implied to his and Garrakson's Imperial Guard regiment.]]
* ManipulativeBitch; Glaitis, just Glaitis.
** and Attelus is becoming a ManipulativeBastard, as Lampshaded by the Mimic.
* ManlyTears: Attelus sheds tears before [[spoiler: attempting to sacrifice himself to save the club goers from a rampaging Arco Flagellent in the Twilight Bar and afterward due to being [[MindRape Mind Raped]] during his recovery.]]
** And when [[spoiler: when he confesses his love for Elandria and at her death mere seconds afterwards.]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler: poor, poor Olinthre...]]
** Actually most of the supporting cast could be interpreted as being [[MauveShirt Mauve Shirts.]]
*** A better example are Verenth and Selg two of Brutis' senior Hammers, Verenth in particular getting his own sub story line, almost.
* [[spoiler:TheMole; Feuilt is Taryst's medicae, Glaitis' spy and also Edracian's agent, epic triple agent]]
* MoodWhiplash: One example from one moment Attelus is lamenting how much of a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack universe]] it is and in the next second, making not to subtle joking InnocentInnuendo with Elandria.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero; [[spoiler: Attelus taking the pict of the dead Interrogator is heavily implied to follow this trope.]]
** Yes it does and it's frigging taken UpToEleven [[spoiler: when it's revealed that pict led directly to the complete destruction of Omnartus a Hive world what has billions upon billions of people living on it.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Attelus gets beaten very brutally by the Mimic, so much so that even he is surprised he didn't come out of it worse.
* ObviousTrap; subverted (maybe) Glatis thinks that [[spoiler: that Edracian letting Attelus live with the information he knows was so they would ally with Brutis Bones in desperation to hunt down the Inquisitor, so it would lead both groups together into a trap, she thinks this is obvious. But no one else ever even began to think of it.]]
* OffhandBackhand; Attelus does this to one of Edracian's Mooks.
* OffstageVillainy: Glaitis, Taryst and Brutis Bones seem to get this treatment, though who is really the villain isn't quite clear yet and maybe justified as it is always in first person perspective and all of them being Chessmasters who seem to work exclusively through subordinates.
* OhCrap: Attelus when Garrakson sees through his BatmanGambit.
* ParanoiaFuel; [[spoiler: Now Attelus knows that Farseer Faleaseen is able to mimic Karmen's thoughts in his mind, what's stopping her from mimicking his? All his thoughts could actually be hers. Which would just be a completely and utterly terrifying realization.]]
* PlayfulHacker; Vex Carpompter and due to Garrakson's training becoming a BadassBookworm.
* PowersDoTheFighting; The [[fight against Edracian in a nutshell.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Attelus' mother in a dream.
* ProfessionalKiller
* ProperlyParanoid; Taryst, [[spoiler: which ironically is his downfall, having all his Mooks minds easily readable to Karmen Kons but not his top officers Major Olinthre and [[TheMole Colonel Barhurst]] was what allowed the Mimic to get close and ultimately assassinate him and having Attelus and Elandria's minds read during the briefing for the Twilight Bar incident was what led him to fall for Glaitis' incredibly elaborate [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] GambitRoulette.]]
** It was more of a BatmanGambit as Glaitis' plan hinged in Taryst sending in his psyker to the Twilight bar.
** Attelus too.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->Attelus: "Do. You. Have. Any idea the crap. I have been through to find you!"
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite being [[spoiler: an Inquisitor Jelcine Enandra seems like this, she's one of the few who truly sympathises with Attelus and his uhh [[NiceJobBreakingItHero many, many mistakes]] knows the names of all the [[BadassArmy many men]] under her command. Leads the boarding action against Torathe's forces from the front and helps Adelana through the trauma of the destruction of her world. But this might be subverted.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Inquisitor Brutis "Bones" Tybalt.]]
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: Darrance of all people gives a pretty good one to Glaitis.]]
** Attelus himself has been on the receiving end of a few, one pretty brutal one from Brutis Bones and a nearly severely traumatizing one from [[spoiler: [[BigBad Inquisitor Etuarq.]]]]
* RedHerring; [[spoiler: and you thought Taryst would be the BigBad, didn't you?]]
* RedemptionRejection; played straight by [[spoiler: [[TheMole Leonard Rodyille]]]]
* RedOniBlueOni; Elandria is the Red Oni, though while not exactly being straight on the archetype Attelus is most certainly her Blue, though it is an example of the Red Oni being more villainous.
* RoaringRampageofRevenge: Averted (so far) [[spoiler: Attelus intended to do this to Glaitis to get revenge on Elandria's death, but Karmen Kons has convinced him not to. She knows they need Glaitis alive still and she is GenreSavvy enough to know that it's exactly what Glaitis wants.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Attelus being an apprentice Assassin is always being tested but usually he is GenreSavvy enough to know it [[spoiler: but his BadDreams and MindRape during his recovery are now revealed to follow this trope.]]
* SecretWar: [[CaptainObvious Uhm...]]
* SelfDeprecation; Feuilt's WhatTheHellHero speech could also be taken as a TakeThat to the author and the plot Secret War as a whole.
* ShoutOut; a few.
** When in a particularly devious mood Attelus uses the VerbalTic, [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Yesss]].
** another along with the TakeThat to Twilight.
---> Attelus; [[WebVideo/BumReviews Pretentious, I can almost smell the pretentiousness in the air]].
** One conversation between Elandria and Attelus goes like this.
--->Attelus; No it means what it means “some semblance,” I’ll think of something, I’ m…Adaptable.
--->Elandria; [[VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune Adaptable? Is that what you are calling it now?]]
** "Some semblance" is also a line used allot by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment the Spoony one.]]
** In the latest part Attelus is ambushed by a group of well dressed axe wielding {{Mooks}} [[Film/KungFuHustle sound familiar?]]
** and this exchange of dialogue earlier
--->'''Attelus:''' “well that's anti climactic, who the hell are you anyway?”
--->'''Man With No Name:''' “No one of consequence.”
--->'''Attelus:''' “I must know.”
--->'''Man With No Name:''' [[Film/ThePrincessBride “Get used to disappointment.”]]
--->'''Attelus:''' “Hmm, okay.”
** and Attelus says [[spoiler: right after Elandria's death [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 "The Bitch is dead."]]]]
** Inquisitor Edracian seems to be a ShoutOut machine; he looks over his shoulder at the captured Attelus shouting [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses "Of Course!"]] and also is fond of saying [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Inconceivable!]]
** Attelus uses the quote, [[GauntsGhosts "there are no miracles, there is only men,"]]
** The way Attelus defeats [[spoiler: Feuilt in the church is almost a beat for beat remake of how Dinobot defeats Megatron in the BeastWars episode Code of Hero.]]
** And No One of Consequence's real name just had to turn out to be: [[spoiler: [[Film/ThePrincessBride Wesley]]]]
* ShirtlessScene: Attelus gets quite a few, near the end of the story, when he's training his blade work, he's 'stripped to the waist' and is is very uhh [[EatingTheEyeCandy appreciated]] by Adelana.
* ShowerOfAngst.
* TheSixthRanger: a subversion as that Torris was originally in the team he was badly injured, confined to a hospital bed during most of the story so far, but now he is up and about when it's [[spoiler: Attelus' turn to be bedridden]]
* SmugSnake: The Mimic, is this to an extreme, although he/she/it is more effective than the average SmugSnake, [[spoiler: shown after the [[CurbStompBattle utter beating]] it dealt to Attelus]]
* StealthInsult: a backhanded compliment to Attelus from Olinthre goes like this;
--> "Tathe was his name and he actually had a son working inside the regiment as a commissar, apparently his father forced him into the scolar progneium when he was young. Delan Tathe was his name he was an arrogant little punk, but very skilled with a blade, you kind of remind me of him actually."
** Subverted, as Attelus quickly realises that it's this trope and Olinthre didn't seem to do it on purpose.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Zigzagged, the first enemies fought are the relatively unskilled Moody Hammers under Brutis Bones and their leader No One of Consequence (who's a throne agent) then it ups the anti extremely, by [[spoiler: bringing in daemons. Then drops considerably when it's mercenaries and Throne Agents, including Death Cult assassins.Right after that is Adeptus Arbites and an Ornithopter. Then it's increased again with Space Marines (who are established to be not as strong as the earlier daemons, they were only defeated because their [[KeyStoneArmy conduit]] was destroyed by Attelus, so subverted even further) Then it goes back to being Inquisitorial Stormtroopers and the enhanced Leonard Rodyille as a definite threat. This is almost lampshaded as Attelus takes on both Death Cult assassins two on one as he claims, he's already fought daemons they would be a far lesser threat.]]
* StormingTheCastle; The taking of [[spoiler: of Edracian's fortress-mansion by Taryst's mercs, Arlathan's Magistratum Marshalls and Brutis Bones' Hammers.]]
* TakeThat; a not too subtle one toward ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Darrance and Attelus just don't get a long, but are forced to fight together on a few occasions.
* ThereAreNoTherapists; played straight and averted, Glaitis seemed to have no intention to help Attelus through his epic [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] instead using it to manipulate him, but his friends, Garrakson, Torris and Castella Lethe seem to be acting as his much needed therapists now.
* TortureAlwaysWorks; averted with [[Film/ThePrincessBride No One of Consequence]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Once Torris recovers, Garrakson and Torris, Roldar and Jelket, Verenth and Selg. [[spoiler: Garrakson, Rolar and Selg allwind up dead.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: The line started back when Attelus was but a child and it just seems to keep going and going for the poor bastard.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Glaitis has an epic one which ends in the deaths of the Mimic, Wesley, Garrakson and herself.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: After Attelus gets almost every bone in his body shattered he manages to survive, but this is also invoked by a case of; [[AWizardDidIt A psyker did it]]]]
* WhamEpisode; There are a few chapters that could be this but the biggest would be The Epilogue, which reveals [[spoiler: that Wesley was actually a daemon of Tzeench, that it was all part of a Tzeenchian plan and of a prophecy that involves the deaths of billions more by someone with the initials A.X.K. (which at first seems to be Attelus due to being named Attelus Xanthis Kaltos) BUT then it's revealed that Arlathan also has the same initials and that Inquisitor Enandra is considering him as her Interrogator Dun! Dun! DUUUNNN!]]
* WhamLine:
--> "I am [[spoiler: detective Arlathan Xathrian Karkin]] of the Omnartus Magistratum and I'm on your side! I'm on your side!"
* WhatTheHellHero; Attelus gets a harsh one from Medicae Feuilt after his highly selfish and paranoid reaction to [[spoiler: Elandria's death.]]
** Also how most people react this way after his treatment of Vex.
*** He gets yet another from Adelana because of his mostly selfish reason why he saved her.
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Edracian and Feuilt say this to Attelus on numerous occasions. Then the already dead Edracian and his ENTIRE organisation to Inquisitor Etuarq. In fact it was all part of Etuarq's [[XanatosGambit plan]] right from the beginning, to not only destroy Omnartus but Edracian along with it and anyone who [[HeKnowsTooMuch knew too much.]]]]
** He does the same to [[spoiler: Leonard Rodyille and Torathe's organisation.]]

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