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** [[spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parallel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]

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** [[spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers Taldeer's visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for the Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister Sisters of Battle being able to summon a Living Saint with a demon daemon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parallel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]



** This is {{Subverted}} in Chapter 30, where Taldeer ends up coming clean about her agenda: [[spoiler:she had seen a future where Black ended up allying with the Tau to fight the Imperium forces on Kronus, only to be backstabbed by the Tau, which provided the Imperium the chance to destroy Kronus while he was busy dealing with the Tau. This drives Black insane, causing him to shed parts of his personality until he becomes an eintity like the Tyranid HiveMind, only interested in consuming things and growing stronger. In most of the timelines that Taldeer saw, he ended up enslaving the Eldar to harness their psychic power. She initially planned to destroy him, but changed her mind after seeing ''another'' future that ended up being ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' then that one (apparently, it was TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt). Upon seeing ''that'' future, Taldeer decided slavery to Black was ''very much the preferable outcome for her people'']].

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** This is {{Subverted}} in Chapter 30, where Taldeer ends up coming clean about her agenda: [[spoiler:she had seen a future where Black ended up allying with the Tau to fight the Imperium forces on Kronus, only to be backstabbed by the Tau, which provided the Imperium the chance to destroy Kronus while he was busy dealing with the Tau. This drives Black insane, causing him to shed parts of his personality until he becomes an eintity entity like the Tyranid HiveMind, only interested in consuming things and growing stronger. In most of the timelines that Taldeer saw, he ended up enslaving the Eldar to harness their psychic power. She initially planned to destroy him, but changed her mind after seeing ''another'' future that ended up being ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' then that one (apparently, it was TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt). Upon seeing ''that'' future, Taldeer decided slavery to Black was ''very much the preferable outcome for her people'']].



** Interlude: Thomas Servarion: [[spoiler:It's revealed that Thomas is actually the Primarch of the XI Legion, and that both the Emperor and Magnus have been watching him and Commander Black. He's also outed as a psyker after he's loses dcontrol of his powers due to the dream]].
** Chapter 30: The Day the Galaxy Stood Still:[[spoiler:An enormous scream rips the warp, Black's Commander is DESTROYED, a daemon manages to possess TALDEER, and Ozman is sent into a coma.]]
** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED.]]

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** Interlude: Thomas Servarion: [[spoiler:It's revealed that Thomas is actually the Primarch of the XI Legion, and that both the Emperor and Magnus have been watching him and Commander Black. He's also outed as a psyker after he's loses dcontrol control of his powers due to the dream]].
** Chapter 30: The Day the Galaxy Stood Still:[[spoiler:An enormous scream rips through the warp, Warp, Black's Commander is DESTROYED, a daemon manages to possess TALDEER, and Ozman is sent into a coma.]]
** Chapter 31: putting Putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting indicating that the Emperor has DIED.]]


* {{Adorkable}}: Magos Vacille. Also Larissa.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Magos Vacille. Also Larissa.Larrissa.



** This is {{Subverted}} in Chapter 30, where Taldeer ends up coming clean about her agenda: [[spoiler:she had seen a future where Black ended up allying with the tau to fight the Imperium forces on Kronus, only to be backstabbed by the Tau, which provided the Imperium the chance to destroy Kronus while he was busy dealing with the Tau. This drives Black insane, causing him to shed parts of his personality until he becomes an eintity like the Tyranid HiveMind, only interested in consuming things and growing stronger. In most of the timelines that Taldeer saw, he ended up enslaving the Eldar to harness their psychic power. She initially planned to destroy him, but changed her mind after seeing ''another'' future that ended up being ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' then that one (apparently, it was TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt). Upon seeing ''that'' future, Taldeer decided slavery to Black was ''very much the preferable outcome for her people'']].

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** This is {{Subverted}} in Chapter 30, where Taldeer ends up coming clean about her agenda: [[spoiler:she had seen a future where Black ended up allying with the tau Tau to fight the Imperium forces on Kronus, only to be backstabbed by the Tau, which provided the Imperium the chance to destroy Kronus while he was busy dealing with the Tau. This drives Black insane, causing him to shed parts of his personality until he becomes an eintity like the Tyranid HiveMind, only interested in consuming things and growing stronger. In most of the timelines that Taldeer saw, he ended up enslaving the Eldar to harness their psychic power. She initially planned to destroy him, but changed her mind after seeing ''another'' future that ended up being ''[[FromBadToWorse even worse]]'' then that one (apparently, it was TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt). Upon seeing ''that'' future, Taldeer decided slavery to Black was ''very much the preferable outcome for her people'']].people'']].
* HowWeGotHere: Black's chapters are told this way, with him addressing his mysterious listener(s) or alluding to future events from time to time.



** [[spoiler:Black decides to spare the Sisters of Battle after defeating Saint Anais, after which he lets Stubbs place in refugee camps (With guards, of course). When the Scream hits Kaurava, they become Angyls and begin corrupting the natives]].

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** [[spoiler:Black decides to spare the Sisters of Battle after defeating Saint Anais, after which he lets Stubbs place them in refugee camps (With guards, of course). When the Scream hits Kaurava, they become Angyls and begin corrupting the natives]].



** While Black may have the body of a commander that let's him build an army from scratch, his opponents have been fighting for much longer than he has, so he frequently finds himself losing his initial battles.

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** While Black may have the body of a commander that let's lets him build an army from scratch, his opponents have been fighting for much longer than he has, so he frequently finds himself losing his initial battles.



** [[spoiler:When Black goes up against Eliphas' Wordbearers, they summon a Bloodthirster to destroy his armies. Black responds by building a giant mech to fight it and equips it with a sword that can double as a railgun. During the fight, the sword is rendered unable to transform due to damage sustained from blocking an attack from the demon.]] However, [[spoiler:this ends up working against the Wordbearers, as Black's completely robotic army lacks both blood and skulls, which causes the Bloodthirster to turn on them.]]
** After the events of Kronus, [[spoiler: where Black killed the ethereal overseeing the planet's defense]], the Tau massively upgrade their defenses at Kaurava.

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** [[spoiler:When Black goes up against Eliphas' Wordbearers, Word Bearers, they summon a Bloodthirster to destroy his armies. Black responds by building a giant mech to fight it and equips it with a sword that can double as a railgun. During the fight, the sword is rendered unable to transform due to damage sustained from blocking an attack from the demon.daemon.]] However, [[spoiler:this ends up working against the Wordbearers, Word Bearers, as Black's completely robotic army lacks both blood and skulls, which causes the Bloodthirster to turn on them.]]
** After the events of Kronus, [[spoiler: where Black killed the ethereal Ethereal overseeing the planet's defense]], the Tau massively upgrade their defenses at Kaurava.



** The second time, [[spoiler:against a Nigthbringer shard, he has to search for help to beat it]].

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** The second time, [[spoiler:against a Nigthbringer Nightbringer shard, he has to search for help to beat it]].

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* DeadFic: Hasn't been updated in well over a year, and the author hasn't really spoken with anyone about it.


* {{Adorkable}}: Magos Vacille.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Magos Vacille. Also Larissa.



* HiddenAgendaVillain: Taldeer and her see council, [[GreyAndGrayMorality for a given value of villain]]. The only thing we know about their plans is that they involve getting Black to fight the Necrons.

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: Taldeer and her see seer council, [[GreyAndGrayMorality for a given value of villain]]. The only thing we know about their plans is that they involve getting Black to fight the Necrons.



** After Black defeats the Orks, he tries to replicate their technology, like any good PA Self-Insert would. Since Ork technology relies on the WAAAGH!! field emitted by Orks to work, he;s unable to do so.

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** After Black defeats the Orks, he tries to replicate their technology, like any good PA Self-Insert would. Since Ork technology relies on the WAAAGH!! field emitted by Orks to work, he;s he's unable to do so.so.
--->'''Black:''' No, I won’t elaborate on it. You can guess the results yourself. Hint: they were [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs embarrassing, explosive, and explosively embarrassing]].



** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED.
*** If we ignore the fact that the Astronomican is ''directed'' by the Emperor, it is ''powered'' by a psychic choir. Without the Emperor, it would still be visible, but dimmer and Warp travel would be less precise and likely take longer. Astropathic communication would still be possible as the Emperor separated with a bit of his power, so it is no longer to connected to the Astropaths. Even if it was gone, the piece merely helps the Astropaths stay strong against the Warp, they aren't necessary for Astropaths to do their job. This suddenly puts a rather dark spin on the worth of keeping Emperor alive...oops.]]

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** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED.
DIED.]]
*** If [[spoiler:If we ignore the fact that the Astronomican is ''directed'' by the Emperor, it is ''powered'' by a psychic choir. Without the Emperor, it would still be visible, but dimmer and Warp travel would be less precise and likely take longer. Astropathic communication would still be possible as the Emperor separated with a bit of his power, so it is no longer to connected to the Astropaths. Even if it was gone, the piece merely helps the Astropaths stay strong against the Warp, they aren't necessary for Astropaths to do their job. This suddenly puts a rather dark spin on the worth of keeping Emperor alive...oops.]]


** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED. If we ignore the fact that the Astronomican is ''directed'' by the Emperor, it is ''powered'' by a psychic choir. Without the Emperor, it would still be visible, but dimmer and Warp travel would be less precise and likely take longer. Astropathic communication would still be possible as the Emperor separated with a bit of his power, so it is no longer to connected to the Astropaths. Even if it was gone, the piece merely helps the Astropaths stay strong against the Warp, they aren't necessary for Astropaths to do their job.]]
** Interlude-Selena Agna:[[spoiler:The majority of the Sisters of Battle are revealed to have become angel-like monsters, indicating that the Emperor has become the Star Father and that the 40k universe is now heading toward becoming ''Fanfic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome''.]]

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** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED. DIED.
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If we ignore the fact that the Astronomican is ''directed'' by the Emperor, it is ''powered'' by a psychic choir. Without the Emperor, it would still be visible, but dimmer and Warp travel would be less precise and likely take longer. Astropathic communication would still be possible as the Emperor separated with a bit of his power, so it is no longer to connected to the Astropaths. Even if it was gone, the piece merely helps the Astropaths stay strong against the Warp, they aren't necessary for Astropaths to do their job. This suddenly puts a rather dark spin on the worth of keeping Emperor alive...oops.]]
** Interlude-Selena Agna:[[spoiler:The majority of the Sisters of Battle are revealed to have become angel-like monsters, indicating that the Emperor has become the Star Father and that the 40k universe is now heading toward becoming ''Fanfic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome''. Well, either that, or a much better place and this is all a misunderstanding by the characters.]]


** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED.]]

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** Chapter 31: putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again:[[spoiler: Taldeer's mutations are revealed to the rest of Black's companions, it's revealed that the Ar'ka cannon was destroyed by demons during the Scream, and Stubbs reveals that his astropaths can no longer see the Astronomican, inidacting that the Emperor has DIED. If we ignore the fact that the Astronomican is ''directed'' by the Emperor, it is ''powered'' by a psychic choir. Without the Emperor, it would still be visible, but dimmer and Warp travel would be less precise and likely take longer. Astropathic communication would still be possible as the Emperor separated with a bit of his power, so it is no longer to connected to the Astropaths. Even if it was gone, the piece merely helps the Astropaths stay strong against the Warp, they aren't necessary for Astropaths to do their job.]]


** Given this is a setting in which said religious extremism is enforced due to the psychic effect it has on reality and the Warp and is central to survival of mind, body, and soul...either the writer forgot this detail (and the rest of the necessities of Imperial policies) or he will eventually learn the hard way. To say nothing of Chaos being fully capable of corrupting technology.



* DiabolusExMachina: Downplayed. [[spoiler:While the scream appears to come out of nowhere, several of the readers on spacebattles noted that Thomas' rejection of the Emperor in his interlude may have been enough to finally kill Big E, as it amounts to his last uncorrupted son (assuming the Primarch of Legion II is dead/corrupted) basically calling him a monster. For someone who is literally a living corpse, being told by their last hope that they are, essentially, a failure, may have been too much]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]

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* DiabolusExMachina: Downplayed. [[spoiler:While the scream appears to come out of nowhere, several of the readers on spacebattles noted that Thomas' rejection of the Emperor in his interlude may have been enough to finally kill Big E, as it amounts to his last uncorrupted son (assuming the Primarch of Legion II is dead/corrupted) basically calling him a monster. For someone who is literally a living corpse, being told by their last hope that they are, essentially, a failure, may have been too much]].
much. It also indicates how much Thomas misunderstands the situation. Believing someone's achievements and all that completely different people did after him somehow means all of his good achievements (every single thing except being a terrible father) should be thrown out the window. Also, it ignores that the Imperium's and Emperor's ways are the absolute only ways to survive. Which is effectively why everything is doomed. Thanks to Thomas.]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel parallel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]


** [[Spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]

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** [[Spoiler:Subverted.[[spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]


** [[Spoiler: Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]].

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** [[Spoiler: Subverted.[[Spoiler:Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]]. ]]

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** [[Spoiler: Subverted. There have been hints throughout nearly the whole story. Taldeers visions were one of the earliest warning signs, with the less concrete ones being as fitting for Star-Father as for a rouge Commander Black. Everyone just assumed it was about Black. The next big warning sign was the ability of the Sister of Battle to summon a Living Saint with a demon summoning ritual. They summoned a demon of order. And lastly, this very possibilty was even brought up in story, with Black drawing a parralel between the Birth of She-Who-Thrists and the Imperiums last ten thousend years of worship.]].


** This is made even more impressive by the fact that Black was going to hide the fact that he knew the Eldar language up until that point.



** This is made even more impressive by the fact that Black was going to hide the fact that he knew the Eldar language up until that point.

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** This is made even more impressive by the fact that Black was going to hide the fact that he knew the Eldar language up until that point.


* WorthyOpponent: This is how Shas'O Kais feels toward Black, after he goes out of his way to arrange for all of the Tau's colonists to be rescued when they pull off planet (due to [[spoiler:Black killing the Ethereal overseeing the defenses]]).

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* WorthyOpponent: This is how Shas'O Kais feels toward Black, after he goes out of his way to arrange for all of the Tau's colonists to be rescued when they pull off planet (due to [[spoiler:Black killing the Ethereal overseeing the defenses]]).defenses]]).
**The Orks becomes very giddy fanboys over Black as they deem his actions to be so "Orky" [[spoiler:after he has sent a moon smashing into Lacunae, which they consider it as a beautiful work of "art,"]] to the point of even referring him as the Avatar of Gork and Mork. Hence they see Black as a very worthwhile enemy to fight.


* WhatsUpKingDude: The Exodite King is pleasantly pleased to talk with Black's very crass attitude because he had grown tired of "clever men who dance around important issues like over-stimulated harlequins."

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* WhatsUpKingDude: The Exodite King of Alnara is pleasantly pleased to talk with Black's Black and his very crass and blunt attitude because he had grown tired of "clever men who dance around important issues like over-stimulated harlequins."


* TeethClenchedTeamwork: [[spoiler:How Black's companions work together. Considering that this group includes a Wraith Seer, three elder seers and one farseer, a Lord General, a Comissar, an Imperial Priest, a Mechanicus Magos, a sanctioned psyker, a kaskrin, a Necron Lord and a BABY PRIMARCH, most of whom are taught to actively view the other as less than human(or whatever race they are), and that the Eldar are actively trying to manipulate Black toward an unknown agenda (which Black is aware of), this is very much justified]].

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: [[spoiler:How Black's companions work together. Considering that this group includes a Wraith Seer, three elder seers and one farseer, a Lord General, a Comissar, an Imperial Priest, a Mechanicus Magos, a sanctioned psyker, a kaskrin, a Necron Lord and a BABY PRIMARCH, most of whom are taught to actively view the other as less than human(or human (or whatever race they are), and that the Eldar are actively trying to manipulate Black toward an unknown agenda (which Black is aware of), this is very much justified]].

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