The Legacy of the Blood Ravens is a sprawling fan fiction written by multiple authors that covers key points in the history of the Blood Ravens chapter of Space Marines. Each story puts emphasis on expansion, including dozens of new characters while also giving the events a more cinematic feel. The results are stories that seem much more like novels than video games.In chronological order, The Legacy of the Blood Ravens includes:Firestorm Over Kronus by TheBloodyMagpie, also known as math792d. It marks the exploits of Akileus, a Space Marine in the 1st Company of the Blood Ravens chapter. Under the command of 4th Company Captain Davian Thule, and his own Captain Gaius, Akileus battles traitors, aliens and heretics on the contested world of Kronus. It is still in progress and can be found here.Battle Lines by Arcsquad12, who is the troper of the same name, Arcsquad12. It outlines the defeat of the Blood Ravens in the Kaurava system. From the perspective of Captain Cyrus of the 10th Company, the story shows the folly of Captain Boreale and the devastating losses that the Blood Ravens suffer. It is still in progress and can be found here.Nothing But A List of Names to Mark His Ascension by Darkeldar, also known as Augustine. The largest story in the Legacy, Nothing But A List of Names to Mark His Ascension spans the entirety of Dawn of War II. It provides perspectives from every faction involved and some that are never mentioned. As the largest of the stories, it has more divergences than the others, but not enough to move into full AU territory. It is still in progress (and will be for some time), and is found here.Additionally, there is a planned series of short stories set during the conflict on Meridian, written by Arcsquad12. The first of these, By the Will of the Emperor, can be found here.When adding tropes, please ensure that they are not used the same way as the sourcematerial.
The Legacy of the Blood Ravens as a whole provides examples of:
Bloodier and Gorier: It may seem impossible, but the very first chapter of Ascension manages to be even more violent and visceral than the game it is based on, which itself was regarded as ridiculously over the top to begin with. It also helps that the ones doing the fighting are barely children.
Continuity Nod: Many between the different stories of the Legacy, as well as the universe as a whole.
Hero of Another Story: Each story has a different main character, but it doesn't mean that the others don't show up occasionally.
OC: Dozens of them, the most important being Akileus, Sergeant Major Merrick's squad, and the trio of new Blood Ravens in Nothing But a List of Names to Mark His Ascension.
Firestorm Over Kronus provides examples of:
Apologetic Attacker: Few Blood Ravens want to attack the Imperial Guard on Kronus, the major exception being 1st Captain Gaius.
Bald of Awesome: Like many Space Marines, Akileus is bald. Unusually, he still receives lighthearted ridicule for it.
Elite Mooks: Later in the fight against the Guard, General Stubbs sends in contingents of Stormtroopers and Ogryns to fight the Space Marines.
Fallen Hero: Captain Gelden feels immense regret for his failure to act during the disaster.
A Father to His Men: Cyrus is fiercely protective of his initiates, and questions Boreale's dangerous tactics, which often put his students in danger.
Captain Hethforn also has shades of this, almost to a fault. He abandons the defense of the Blood Raven's main base to search for survivors from his own company.
Foregone Conclusion: The Blood Ravens will lose the Kaurava Crusade, and Captain Cyrus will become a Sergeant.
General Failure: Captain Boreale's Steel Rain tactic results in dozens of Drop Pods falling off course, separating the majority of the Blood Ravens, who are then overwhelmed by the Guard's superior numbers.
Handicapped Badass: Mieron loses the use of his right arm after a grenade explosion shreds it. Doesn't stop him from fighting tooth and nail.
Hot Blooded: Vaenor becomes increasingly agitated by Cyrus' efforts to keep him safe. To the point where he disobeys direct orders to go fight on his own.
The Peter Principle: Captain Boreale was a very skilled scout that was promoted one too many times. The battle of Kaurava is a testament to his overall competence.
Nothing But a List of Names to Mark His Ascension provides examples of:
Action Girl: Commissar Connor and Howling Banshee Arcadia.
Alien Geometries: The Monument of Sin's corridors have no concept of distance. One simply has to want to arrive at their destination, and the ship will ensure that it happens.
Ancestral Weapon: Many, including Remembrance, the Alexian Blade, Thanatos, and Ocella Lyon's bolter.
Badass Preacher: Chaplain Automemos for the Blood Ravens, and Eliphas the Inheritor for the forces of Chaos.
Body Horror: The "whispers" that the Imperial Guard face in Spire Legis are really the Hive's residents turned into mindless automatons.
Butt Monkey: Private Alek from the Daredevils squad suffers near constant injuries, and is the worst guardsman stationed on Meridian.
The Cavalry: Several moments stand out. Some particular ones include the Thunderhawk rescue of Sergeant Ariston when obtaining the prime gene sample, and the famous Chapter Drop courtesy of Gabriel Angelos.
Combat Medic: Harkon and Gordian, with the latter expressing special interest of using a chainsword when put in the battlefield.
Power Trio: Ocella Lyon, Nathaniel Augustine, and Nikephoros.
Running Gag: Alek gets severely injured in every fight he participates in. Vornas jokes that each wound he receives gives their squad another year to live. He most recent estimates put them at around eleven years.
Scars Are Forever: Thaddeus' face is burned by bio-acid. Even Harkon says it would take extensive surgery to fix.
Screw Destiny: Eldar Farseers and Warlocks can see the threads of fate that all living things possess, allowing them to see deadly situations before they happen.
Teleporters and Transporters: Bercastle understands the Monument of Sin so well that he can use it to appear at will. He also admits that he is quite adept at teleportation even without the influence of the ship.