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Roboute GuillimanOne of the twenty Primarch created by the Emperor of Mankind, he and his brothers were scattered to the stars by the Chaos Gods to preventing the coming of the Imperium. Landing on Macragge, the boy was found by Konor Guilliman, one of the two Consuls of Macragge, who named him Roboute and raised him as a son. Quickly growing to manhood, Roboute helped to pacify Macragge's wild men. After returning from a campaign, Roboute found that his father's co-consul had launched a coup and killed Konor over his anti-aristocratic policies. Roboute avenged his adoptive-father and became sole Consul of Macragge, rewarding those who showed merit and skill and ignoring aristocratic privileges. By the time the Emperor found Macragge, Roboute had ruled for five years and established an alliance of mutual aide with eight other star systems, forming the future realm of Ultramar. Roboute was made commander of the XIII Legion of the Adeptus Astartes, redubbed the Ultramarines.During the Great Crusade, the Ultramarines and the Luna Wolves were the largest and most efficient of the Space Marine legions. However, Guilliman earned the eternal hatred of Lorgar of the Word Bearers when the Ultramarines were ordered to destroy the city of Monarchia as part of the Emperor's rebuke of Primarch Lorgar spreading the Cult of the Emperor. The Word Bearers would launch a surprise attack on Calth, but were eventually repulsed, delaying Guilliman from reinforcing the Emperor at the Siege of Terra. As his Legion suffered few losses during the Horus Heresy, Guilliman emerged as the most powerful Primarch in the aftermath of the Emperor's ascension to the Golden Throne. Assuming the post of Lord Commander of the Imperium, Guilliman formed the High Lords of Terra to rule in the Emperor's name and published the Codex Astartes, breaking down the nine loyalist legions into one thousand strong chapters. During a battle with the fallen Primarch Fulgrim of the Emperor's Children, Guilliman was slashed across the throat. He was placed in a stasis field and placed in a shrine on Macragge, where pilgrims visiting hold that he is healing.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Guilliman's back story has this.
- Badass Boast: In Know No Fear:"What does not kill me is not trying hard enough."
- Badass Bureaucrat: Organisation was his strong point.
- Big Book of War: The Codex Astartes.
- Hollywood Tactics: See big book of war.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Guilliman may have been autocratic and personally unlikable but he actually cared about the common people, believing anyone could rise to greatness regardless of social status.
- King in the Mountain: His body is perfectly preserved in a stasis field in the Ultramarines fortress-monastery, where pilgrims insist that he is healing. Many point out that this is impossible, but those who insist he is healing ascribe it to the power of the Emperor. It says something about the Imperium that the doubters concede that this is a good point. It says something about the setting in that the fans also believe this is a good point.
- He's Back: In Gathering Storm.
- Heartbroken Badass: You can feel the pain when reading his words about how far the Imperium has fallen:"Why do I still live? What more do you want from me? I gave everything I had to you, to them. Look what they have made of our dream. This bloated, rotten carcass of an empire is driven not by reason and hope, but by fear, hate and ignorance. Better that we had all burned in the fire of Horus' ambition than lived to see this."
- Hope Bringer: Desperately needed in the closing days of the 41st millennium.
- Power Fist: The Gauntlets of Ultramar.
- The Good King: The Eldar themselves decided he was the best option as a new ruler for Mankind who may be capable of joining forces with them to fight Chaos, it speaks volumes of Guilliman's virtues as a ruler that the Eldar have such a good opinion from a (super)human.
- Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Fulgrim. It must have been a hell of slash to endanger the extremely tough and massively redundant biology of the god-like Primarchs, not to mention the massive healing factor he must have. On top of that, consider that the enormously potent medical science of the Imperium was unable to save him. And despite the Imperium's technological atavism, their medicine must still be enormously advanced, especially considering they'd almost certainly break out all the good stuff they don't have the resources to provide to all one quadrillion humans for a literal son of their god. And people insist it's healing.
- The Strategist
Marneus Augustus CalgarMarneus Augustus Calgar is the Chapter Master of the Ultramarines and Lord of Macragge, leading both the Ultramarines and the realm of Ultramar. He has served in this position for over three hundred years.
- Badass Transplant: Received augmentics following the First Tyrannic War.
- Cyborg: Lost all four limbs and most of his body during the First Tyrannic War.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to kill M'kar, and simply binding it in the Indomitable.
- And failing to stop Hive Fleet Behemoth from slaughtering the Entire First Company during The Battle of Macragge.
- Nice Guy: Hell yes, especially by Imperial standards.
- Nice to the Waiter: Will treat you with dignity and resepct, whether you are a Marine, a Lord, or even a Common Human Serf.
Varro TiguriusThe Chief Librarian of the Ultramarines. So far he is the only psyker in the Imperium who has been able to make contact with the Tyrannid Hive Mind.
- Incendiary Exponent: The Hood of Hellfire, which amplifies his psychic powers and gives an appearance that his head is on fire.
- Sole Survivor: The only psyker who has been able to make contact with the Tyranid Hive Mind and survive the experience.
- "Praise the sun that brings the dawn of our final doom."—Captain Invictus Famous Last Words
- Last Stand: He and the First died holding the northern polar fortress against the Tyranids.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "The Unconquerable Sun".
- Number Two: As Captain of the First Company.
Severus AgemmanCaptain of the First Company, and by virtue of his post Regent of Ultramar. Former Captain of the Second Company, he was promoted to First Captain after the Battle of Macragge saw the death of the entire First Company.
- Ascended Extra: One of the default models for an Ultramarines First Company Captain is now confirmed to be Severus.
- Number Two: Officially, as First Captain...
- Passed-Over Promotion: ...but Calgar's more likely successor is Sicarius. Which doesn't please Agemman at all.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Actually sympathized with Uriel's decisions over violating the Codex Astartes, but realized that the Codex is needed to keep them on the straight and narrow, or risk becoming like Chaos Space Marines.
- The Stoic: Unless you do something to dishonor the Ultramarines or the First Company, in which case he gets really emotional.
- You Are in Command Now: Of the First Company.
Cato SicariusCaptain of the Second Company, he was promoted to his position after Agemman was promoted to First Captain.
- BFS: His Tempest Blade.
- Beyond the Impossible: He killed what amounts to a god, in single combat; a transcendent c'tan By cheating and using a Vortex bomb.
- The Captain
- Glory Seeker: Some suspect him of this in trying to succeed Marneus Calgar as Chapter Master. He's pretty defensive about such implications, though.
- It's Personal: His dislike of Ventris is due to blaming him for the death of Idaeus who Cato served as Champion.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Sicarius" in High Gothic translates to "man of the sicae". Sicae means a small dagger, the sort that could be concealed and carried within the Imperial City, where bearing arms was restricted to the Emperor and his agents. Colloquially, the best translation is "assassin" or "terrorist".
- Sword and Gun: A simple plasma pistol in one hand, the Tallassarian Tempest Blade in the other.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Cato Sicarius, Captain of the Ultramarines Second Company, Master of The Watch, Knight Champion of Macragge, Grand Duke of Talassar, High Suzerain of Ultramar, and Master of the Household.
Ortan CassiusThe Master of Sanctity (head of the Chaplaincy) of the Ultramarines. Having served in the position for over four hundred years, he is one of the few people who can still refer to Lord Calgar as "young Marneus".
- Absolute Xenophobe: Part of his job, but he has a special hatred of the Tyranids. Not surprising, given what the Tyranids did to Ultramar.
Torias TelionThe Veteran Sergeant of the 10th Company, having served under three Chapter Masters and many of the Chapter's greatest heroes.
Uriel VentrisThe Protagonist of the Ultramarines novels by Graham McNeill. He became Captain of the 4th company after the death of his predecessor, Idaeus.
- The Atoner: For violating the Codex Astartes on Tarsis Ultra.
- Country Mouse: Being from Calth makes Uriel seem unsophisticated in the eyes of Macragge natives like Learchus, which contributed to the friction between them when they were aspirants.
- Electronic Eyes: After surviving a shot to the head by the Newborn, all he gets for it is a shiny new bionic eye.
- Field Promotion: Received one from Idaeus, which was confirmed by Calgar.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Uses a power sword.
- Honor Before Reason: Refuses to employ Exterminatus on planets which can still be saved. This ends up backfiring on the Imperium spectacularly. Also why he went on the Deathwatch mission to the Hive Ship instead of staying with his company.
- It Was a Gift: His power sword was previously wielded by his predecessor, Idaeus.
- Made of Iron: Even by Space Marine standards Uriel has the habit of surviving things which should outright kill him. These include being shot in the face at point blank range, being tortured by the Iron Warriors and having all the blood in his body simultaneously clot.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Partially responsible for unleashing the Nightbringer back on the galaxy. And for your information, the Nightbringer is the entity who instilled the fear of death in sentient beings at the dawn of creation.
- Suicide Mission: Is sent on a death oath to destroy daemon wombs on Medrengard. And succeeds.
- Was It Really Worth It?: Asks himself this after meeting a normal Guardsman on Tarsis Ultra, in giving up the chance of a normal life, and decides that yes, it was.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: They're the Emperor's subjects, and the Ultramarines are meant to be their defenders.
Pasanius LysaneA Veteran Sergeant in the Ultramarines 4th company, and Uriel's best friend.
- Artificial Limbs: Lost a limb on Pavonis. And the Nightbringer's actions caused it to become self-repairing.
- The Atoner: For having said arm, and violating the Codex Astartes.
- The Big Guy: So huge that they needed to incorporate Terminator armor into his wargear.
- Chainsaw Good: Uses a Chainsword as a main melee weapon.
- Kill It with Fire: Uses a flamer.
- Suicide Mission: Is sent on a death oath to destroy daemon wombs on Medrengard. And succeeds.
Learchus AbantesA Veteran Sergeant in the 4th Company, and once Uriel's main rival at Agisalus.
- BFS: Uses a power sword.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Puts the Imperial Guardsmen through hell in prepping them for the Tyranid invasion. And he loves them for surviving.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Uriel, after working behind enemy lines in Courage & Honor gives him a new perspective of what being in command is like.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As far as the setting allows, at least.
- The Rival: With Uriel when they were Aspirants.
- You Are in Command Now: Given command of the 4th Company when Uriel and Pasanius are exiled.
Lazlo TiberiusLord Admiral and Master of the Fleet of Ultramar, a title which traditionally goes to the Captain of the Fourth Company, but which Uriel gave to Tiberius.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Came within a hair's-breadth of killing an inquisitor for wiping out a planet of innocent civilians to slow the Tyranid Invasion in Warriors of Ultramar.
- You Are in Command Now: Was made Master of the Fleet, a title which would have gone to Uriel.
Judd ClauselChaplain of the 4th Company.
- Drop the Hammer: His Crozius Arcanum.
SelenusThe Apothecary of the 4th Company.
- Combat Medic: As most Apothecaries are.
- Deadly Doctor: Uriel notes that his knowledge of the body's weak points makes him very dangerous.
- Due to the Dead: Part of his job is to recover gene-seed.
- Genius Bruiser: Fighting's not his major specialty, but he can do it if he must.
Scipio VorolanusA Tactical Sergeant in the 2nd Company.
- Ambition Is Evil: Is disgusted when he realizes that he's concerned failing to find the Corsair Queen might hurt his standing in the 2nd Company.
IdaeusThe former Captain of the 4th company, and mentor of Uriel Ventris.
- BFS: Wielded a power sword which he gave to Uriel before his death.
- Combat Pragmatist: Unique among the Ultramarines, Idaeus considered the Codex Astartes to be a guide for Space Marines, and not something they were to follow by route.
Imperium of Man
Ario BarzanoAn Adept of the Administratum, sent to assess Pavonis's inability to pay its tithes to the Imperium. Secretly a member of the Inquisition.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Subverted, as he's not obstructive. And he's not a bureaucrat.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even for a member of the Inquisition, he's willing to perhaps sacrifice any opportunity to take down the Nightbringer in order to perhaps save the planet.
Mykola ShonaiThe Governor of Pavonis in Nightbringer.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Is beaten to death by Prelate Culla. Even Sharben, who notes that she would have died anyway, thought it was a cruel punishment and that she should have died quickly.
- Face–Heel Turn: In Courage and Honour.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her attempts to get the Tau to repair Pavonis only led to the planet becoming a permanent military outpost.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She honestly wanted the Tau to help the planet recover from the horrifying cartel war that had happened. Unfortunately, such an action is punishable by death and inadvertently leads to even more fighting.
Lourten PerjedAn Adept of the Administratum sent with Ario Barzano.
- Simple Staff: His cane. And it's housing a transmitter.
Kasmir de ValtosThe head of the de Valtos cartel on Pavonis. Was tortured by the Dark Eldar but survived.
- Asshole Victim: He dies, begging for the Nightbringer to make him immortal.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Tortured by the Dark Eldar. And he still makes an alliance with them.
Vergil OrtegaThe head of the Adeptus Arbites on Pavonis.
- Badass Normal: The man keeps fighting as best he can, in spite of his having no superpowers.
Jenna SharbenA member of the Adeptus Arbites on Pavonis.
- Action Girl: The girl can definitely fight, can't be denied.
KryptmannAn Inquisitor Lord of the Ordo Xenos, who has persecuted the war against the Tyrannids for two hundred and fifty years.
- Absolute Xenophobe: The whole point of his order.
BannonA Captain of the Imperial Fists and leader of the Deathwatch kill team on Tarsis Ultra.
Sebastien FontaineThe Fabricator-Marshal of Tarsis Ultra.
- Honor Before Reason: Decides to pick up a gun and join the front line after the fighting starts.
Vianco LocardA Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus serving Kryptman on Tarsis Ultra. Later returns to help the Ultramarines fight the Bloodborn.
- The Stoic: Until he sees The Black Basisilica explode, thinking it's a new Warp threat. He gets a lot happier when he see it for what it is.
Ardaric VaanesFormer Captain of the Raven Guard's 4th Company. Exiled for an unspecified crime and sentenced to death.
- I Work Alone: He never felt the brotherhood of the Space Marines.
- Wolverine Claws: Most Raven Guard Captains have them.
The Lord of the UnfleshedThe leader of the Unfleshed, once a human boy who was a failed birth of the Daemonculaba on Medrengard.
- Mouth of Sauron: Unwillingly becomes this for Sylvanus Thayer.
Leto BarbadenThe Governor of Salinas and former CO of the Achaman Falcatas.
- A Million Is a Statistic: As a quartermaster, he was used to thinking of war in terms of mathematics and statistics with little regard for the human element. This mindset carried over to both his command of the Falcatas and his governorship of Salinas.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Sylvanus Thayer in The Killing Ground.
- Egopolis: He renamed the capital of Salinas 'Barbadus' after he installed himself as Planetary Governor.
- Governor Evil
- Karmic Death: Is ripped to shreds by the dead of Khartuian.
- Lack of Empathy: See A Million Is a Statistic. To Barbaden, human lives mean little, and to accomplish his goals he is willing to go to any lengths necessary without any regard for the cost of lives, either the enemy's or his own.
- We Have Reserves: And you thought the Generals of the Imperial Guard took this troop and ran with it.
- You Are in Command Now: He was originally the Falcatas' quartermaster, and only became commander of the regiment when its previous commanding officer was killed in the field.
Sylvanus ThayerThe founder of the Sons of Salinas, who was brutally injured during the final battle.
- Big Bad Ensemble: with Barbaden in The Killing Ground.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He's been reduced to a charred, eyeless lump of flesh with only one intact limb, kept alive only by intravenous drips and his own hatred.
- Demonic Possession: He inflicts this upon the Unfleshed using the ghosts of Khaturian.
- Expy: A charismatic warrior who was horrifically burned to the point he needs machines to carry out all his bodily functions, and whose natural psychic powers grew stronger because of the trauma? He's basically Gideon Ravenor without his chair.
- Necromancer: His psychic powers allow him to control the ghosts of Barbaden's victims, compelling them to take bloody vengeance on the Achaman Falcatas.
- Not Quite Dead: Survived the final battle with the Falcatas, but was horribly injured.
- Psychic Powers: Developed some after his injuries.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: A downplayed example. Thayer used his psychic powers to torment the soldiers who took part in the Khaturian Massacre with visions of the atrocities they committed, driving many of them to kill themselves out of guilt.
- Revenge Before Reason: Anyone who was present at the Killing Ground must die, no matter how many innocents are harmed in the process.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His latent psychic powers only awakened after a combination of Barbaden razing the city of Khaturian (where the families of the Sons of Salinas had been living), and the horrific injuries he received after leading the Sons into a suicidal charge against the Falcatas.
Verena KainThe former commander of the Screaming Eagles company of the Achaman Falcatas, promoted to Colonel of the Salinas PDF after Barbaden became Governor.
- No Body Left Behind: Is burned alive by promethium. And after seeing the absolute relish of her role the Khartuian Massacre, Uriel believes she deserved worse.
Daron NisatoThe former Commissar of the Falctas and Chief of Police of Barbadus.
- Only Sane Man: In the leadership of Salinas.
- Scary Black Man: A Commissar and a cop.
- You Are in Command Now: Becomes Governor after Barbaden's death.
Pascal BlaiseThe leader of the Sons of Salinas following Thayer's death.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Used to be part of the planetary Administratum.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's getting sick of the war.
LeodegariusA Brother-Captain of the Grey Knights, who leads the investigation of Salinas.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses an arm during the battle of the House of Providence.
- Bishōnen: Uriel notes that he could pass as one of the Blood Angels.
Kodelkur ShonaiThe nephew of Mykola Shonai, and her successor as Governor.
Namira SuzakuAn Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus, sent to assist the Ultramarines in the war with the Bloodborn.
- I Did What I Had to Do: With regards to killing her own brother when he was tainted by Chaos.
- Made of Iron: Survives every bone in her body being broken by a cave in that tested Space Marines.
- Scary Black Woman: A psyker and an Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus. It doesn't get much scarier than that.
Aethon ShaanCaptain of the Raven Guard's 4th Company, sent to arrest Vaanes.
KesharqA Dark Eldar Archon and Space Pirate
- Big Bad Wannabe: Tried to overthrow Asdrubael Vect, supreme overlord of the Dark Eldar.
- Wound That Will Not Heal; Was skinned alive for plotting to overthrow Asdrubael Vect. After being tortured to the brink of death, Vect had his skin sewn back on and exiled from Commorragh. He can no longer feel anything, and his skin frequently comes loose from his musculature.
The NightbringerOne of the C'Tan, the star gods of the Nercons.
- Retcon: With the Change to the Nercons changed him form being the whole god to just a large piece of one.
Aun'raiThe lead Ethereal of the Tau invasion of Pavonis.
- Because I Said So: When he orders the Tau to sand down, they stand down.
Forces of Chaos
HonsouA Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, and villain protagonist of McNeill's Iron Warriors series.
- Artificial Limbs: Lost his right hand at Hydra Cordatus. And later replaced his right arm with Pasanius's Necron arm.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Kills Warsmith Berossus, allowing him command of the latter's Grand Company.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention his ancestry, or imply that Ventris beat him.
- Big Bad: Shares this position with M'kar in The Chapter's Due, and neither is happy about it.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Needs a moment to recall Tarsis Ultra.
- Combat Pragmatist: He mocks Uriel for believing that they're always going to have a Duel to the Death.
- Mixed Ancestry: Created with Iron Warrior and Imperial Fist gene-seed.
Caradas GrendelA Captain of the Iron Warriors, and Honsou's lieutenant.
- Blood Knight: He doesn't care who he's following, as long as he gets a good fight and lots of kills out of it.
- Death Ray: Uses a meltagun.
- Delinquent Hair: Has a mohawk.
- The Dragon: Ironically, in any other situation, he would be The Brute.
- Facial Horror: Suffers this during the battle for the Indomitable and taking a meltagun to the face.
OnyxA possessed Chaos Space Marine among the Iron Warriors.
- I Know Your True Name: Freely gives it to Honsou as a sign of fealty. Probably because Honsou couldn't pronounce it.
- Lightning Bruiser
ToraminoA Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, who engages in a war with Honsou for refusing to share gene-seed from Hydra Cordatus.
- Gorn: Refuses to clean the blood off his gauntlets as a sign of his ability. He's been alive since the Horus Heresy. That's a lot of blood.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Which is how Honsou convinces Berossus's men to join him.
BerossusA Chaos Dreadnought and Warsmith of the Iron Warriors, who engages in a war with Honsou for refusing to share gene-seed from Hydra Cordatus.
- Bearer of Bad News: In the Horus Heresy novella The Crimson Fist, he served as adjutant to Perturabo, and later had to tell Perturabo that Sigismund was not in command of the Imperial Fists Retribution Fleet, but Alexis Pollux. Perterabo responded by hitting Berossus twice, which is heavily implied to be what put him in the Dreadnought.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets torn apart by Honsou and Onyx, solidified when Honsou rips Berossus's skull and spine out and shatters them.
Omphalos DaemoniumA Daemon Prince of Khorne, who sends Uriel and Pasanius to Medrengard.
Heart of BloodA Bloodthirster of Khorne, imprisoned in Khalan-Ghul to make the fortress unconquerable.
M'karA daemon prince imprisoned by Marneus Calgar sixty years ago.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Ultramarines in general and Marneus Calgar in particular.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Honsou in The Chapter's Due, and neither is happy about it.
- Butt Monkey: For the longest time, it was something of a running gag within the fluff that M'kar was easily defeatable. The Chapter's Due and Codex: Grey Knights helped fix that perception.
- Daemon Lords And Arch Devils
- The Fundamentalist: Not that surprising. He was a Dark Apostle of the Word Bearers.
- I Know Your True Name: "I name thee Maloq Kartho."
- Red Baron: The Thrice Born, the Reborn.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Thanks to the Warp he did stuff while imprisoned, including sending the Grey Knight Supreme Grand Master into the warp
The NewbornAn Iron Warrior who was made from the genetic material of Uriel Ventris.
- Healing Factor: Which is amplified by Warp energy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- I Know Your True Name: "Samuquan!" But instead of freeing him, it drives him over the edge.
- Was Once A Boy
Etolph CycerinA former Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus who turned to Chaos.
- Was Once a Man: Now a blob like man...thing.
Vortheer TarkA member of the Dark Mechanicum who has been bonded to a fragmentary artificial intelligence and connected to his war machines.
- General Failure: He's a piss poor general, but what he lacks in strategy, he can make up for in sheer numbers.
- Tank Goodness: He can turn anything into a tank.
Notha EtassayThe Master of the Blade Dancers, a group of swordsmen devoted to Slaanesh.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Actually thanks Honsou for driving shards of bone into his lungs at the Skull Harvest, because apparently the pain was...exquisite.
- Sense Freak: He's addicted to sensation, but what do you expect with a follower of Slaanesh.
- Master Swordsman: Able to go toe-to-toe with an Eversor Assassin. Although he loses.
XiomagraEtassy's successor as The Mistress of the Blade Dancers.
- The Brute: If it weren't for Kaarja Salombar, she'd be the Dark Chick.