Characters: Secret War

Attelus Kaltos

The main character is a young apprentice assassin whose father, Serghar Kaltos, was perhaps the greatest assassin to ever set up shop in the Calixus 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.

  • Almighty Janitor: Despite being just as skilled (if not more skilled) than his colleagues he is still a lowly Apprentice. Perhaps 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: An in-universe example as quite a few characters have outright questioned his true motives and methods.
  • Always Someone Better: Serghar Kaltos, Glaitis.
    • Hell almost everyone.
  • The Apprentice: 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.
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  • Badass Bookworm: was this when he was a teenager and even a 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.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears one.
  • Badass Normal
  • Bad Dreams: He suffers these during his injured state. They are basically horrific scenes taken straight out of his past. It is heavily implied that these dreams are actually a test of his willpower.
  • Berserk Button: Don't steal Attelus' Lhos or betray him, just don't.
  • Bishōnen: Lampshaded to hell and back 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 Combat Pragmatist but still keeping his hair long, which would obviously be a disadvantage in combat.
  • Blood Knight: Has always been one, right from the start of the story, Elandria saw this. Part of his Character Development is him finally realising this and accepting it.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: 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 Signature Move.
  • Break the Cutie: 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.
  • Catch Phrase:
    "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?"
  • Chaotic Neutral: 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 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: One of the very first things Attelus does is kick a ganger in the shin, with a boot knife.
  • Cool Loser
  • Covert Pervert: Shows shades of this.
  • Cowardly Lion.
  • Chick Magnet: like his 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, 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 'pretty.'
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's a 40k fan fiction.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: After being brutally beaten for ages, he still manages to defeat the invisible mimic 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.
  • Dirty Coward: Attelus sees himself as one of these, and it's not too far from the truth.
  • Emotional Bruiser
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Attelus does this to almost everyone, much to the annoyance of Glaitis in particular.
  • Genre Savvy: Attelus is up to Dangerously Genre Savvy levels.
    • One example: When confronted with a ganger who puts Honour Before Reason, 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: his reaction to Elandria's death shows that he kind of knows he's the main character and is therefore highly selfish and paranoid.
  • Heroic Willpower: Almost the epitome.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: 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, Hayden and Darrance but is exceptionally arrogant about some other things.
  • Hidden Depths: So many that even he doesn't know about them.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He can be really good at understanding some people but when it comes to understanding women, he has no clue.
  • Hot for Teacher: 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 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.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: 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 drawbacks if he and her aren't careful to hide it.
  • Iam A Humanitarian: Had to resort to cannibalism to survive in the ruins of his home city, Varander as a teenager.
  • Karma Houdini: He has dodged the consequences of many of his actions.
  • Knife Nut: A heroic(ish) example: he has a boot knife and hidden compartments of throwing knives up the sleeves of his flak jacket.
  • Love Makes You Dumb
  • Made of Iron: Almost literally his 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.
  • Magnetic Hero
  • Man Child: Although he is 23, he can still act like a child in many circumstances, a fact which he is constantly reminded of by Glaitis.
  • Master Swordsman: Even Castella who has years of experience over him, says he's better than her.
  • One-Man Army: Especially in the later chapters.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: he has this to cover the horrific scar given him by Elandria.
  • Kick the Dog: Poor Vex...
  • Nay-Theist: 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."
  • Properly Paranoid
  • Resurrective Immortality: 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.
  • Selective Obliviousness
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: is very much the sensitive guy to Garrakson's manly man, being unafraid to cry on many occasions.
  • Scars Are Forever: A horrific one is now on his left cheek.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: As implied by his nightmares.
    • Out right stated by Torris who says Attelus still suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Attelus is always having to deal with Serghar Kaltos' legacy as one of the greatest assassins to ever work in Calixis sector.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Subverted. He knows it's a filthy habit but he can't stop.
    • Also helps with his severe PTSD
  • Smug Smiler: can be this according to Garrakson.
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Super Reflexes: 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.
  • Super Senses: one of the reasons why he can Dodge the Bullet is because he can sense a millisecond before they pull the trigger, even when they are shooting at his back!
  • Trauma Conga Line: Just a bloody bit.
  • There Are No Coincidences: After having to work under a Chessmaster for so long, Attelus is this trope .
  • Training from Hell: Everything he goes through under Glaitis is training from hell.
  • Understatement: Used a lot when he is in Sarcasm Mode.
  • Verbal Tic: 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 Sarcasm Mode.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years


"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.


"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.


'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.

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