!!'''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".]]''

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.

* 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.
* 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
* 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://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/111/2/e/Attelus_Kaltos2_by_Adrassil.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.
* 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?"
* 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''.
* 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.
* DirtyCoward: Attelus sees himself as one of these, and it's not too far from the truth.
* 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, Hayden 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.
* 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...]]
* 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."
* ProperlyParanoid
* 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.]]
* 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!
* 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.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears

->''"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.

* BadassNormal
* BloodKnight
* CatchPhrase:
--> "What are you doing?"
--> "What ever."
* DeadpanSnarker
* DualWielding: Uses two mono blades; one named [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Setsukia]], and the other Katrina.
* 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 [[{{Incredibly Lame Pun}} 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?
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Anyone who thinks he's a typical HonourBeforeReason ex-military type, think again.
* [[spoiler:StraightGay]]
** [[spoiler:BadassGay]]: To an extreme degree.
* TrueNeutral [[invoked]]
* 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.

* BadassNormal
* HiddenDepths
* LargeHam: He can go a bit overboard sometimes.
* 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.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Is never seen not using one.
* WarriorTherapist.