[[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 still a work in progress 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 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]]
* 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.
* BadassBoast: could be this or Narm but Attelus says this before the fire fight with the as yet unnamed man;
---> "Well either way your 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.]]
* 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.]]]]
* ChekhovsGunman; a few; medicae Feiult, Major Olinthre and perhaps colonel Barhurst.
** And Vex Carpompter.
*** [[RunningGag No One of Consequence.]]
* 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.
* ColdSniper; Hayden Tresch which is 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.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife; Attelus.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight;[[spoiler: Elandria dies while cradled in Attelus' arms]]
* DisappearedDad; Serghar Kaltos to Attelus.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 handedly 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]]
* 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.
* 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, Garrakson and Glaitis, the last four being with a chapter, hell the last three all in one chapter!]]
* 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 ignorant innuendo with Elandria.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero; [[spoiler: Attelus taking the pict of the dead Interrogator is heavily implied to follow this trope.]]
* 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!"
* 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?]]
* 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; [[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}} [[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/CasinoRoyale "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 Consquence's real name just had to turn out to be: [[spoiler: [[Film/ThePrincessBride Wesley.]]
* 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.
* 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}}''.
* 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]]
* TraumaCongaLine: The line started back when Attelus was but a child and it just seems to keep going and going for the poor bastard.
* 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]]]]
* 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.
* 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]]]]

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