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* MalevolentMutilation: The Chaos Cult in the book has a way to etch Chaos sigils on their bones without disturbing the flesh over them. The Inquisitor investigating the Cult is very curious to know how they manage this.


* ShoutOut: Children of Khorne to Stephen King's ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''. As a bonus, they come from corn-producing planet.

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* ShoutOut: Children of Khorne to Stephen King's ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''.''Literature/ChildrenOfTheCorn''. As a bonus, they come from corn-producing planet.


* LawOfInverseFertility: Antoni never had children.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Antoni never had children.children [[spoiler: because of whatever Priad injects her with when she's suffering from radiation sickness at the end of the first chapter. It's implied that it's his own, genetically enhanced, blood]].

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Played for laughs in the denouement. When Antoni, now the governor of her world, marvels at Autolochus, she refers to the dreadnought as "it", having never seen one before and not knowing there's a marine inside the vehicle shell. After a bit of this, Autolochus decides he's had enough and declares "IT can HEAR you", which gives Antoni quite a shock.


* AngryGuardDog: Priad has to calm one.

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* AngryGuardDog: A heroic one Priad has to calm one.down and turns friendly. It helps him in his mission, and later returns as a plot element.



* BlueBlood: A whole swathe of them in the chapter [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Blue Blood"]]. Turns out Imperial aristocrats have a hard time with being told "no" by other Imperial servants, even by Space Marines, who are by no means required to answer to them.



* CasualDangerDialogue: When they first meet, Petrok takes a moment to compliment Priad's hunting skills after having one-shotted a serpent as an initiate, much to Priad's flattery, while they were under Dark Eldar suppressive fire. Turns out there was a point: Priad's squad and Petrok were under fire because they failed an ambush to destroy the Dark Eldar's hard point with one shot from a plasma cannon, and Priad needed to be reminded that hitting it multiple times was going to be necessary rather than just taking for granted that the tactic failed altogether.



* ComeToGawk: Khiron thinks that this is what Priad's doing when he comes to his cell. Subverted, as Priad has come to [[spoiler:recruit him for his squad.]]

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Khiron thinks that this is what Priad's doing when he comes to his cell. Subverted, as Priad has come to [[spoiler:recruit him for his squad.]]]]
** How the Imperial nobles reacted to seeing Space Marines for the first time.



* DieLaughing: One of the dark eldar raiders killed by Priad and Antoni on Baal Solock has the last laugh after realising that [[spoiler: the plan to lure a WAAAGH! using an Ork relic will succeed, despite the entire raiding party being wiped out.]]

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* DieLaughing: One of the dark eldar raiders killed by Priad and Antoni on Baal Solock has the last laugh after realising that [[spoiler: the plan to lure in a WAAAGH! using an Ork relic will succeed, and the locals just destroyed the only chance they had at turning it away, despite the entire raiding party being wiped out.]]



* TheEvilPrince: Upon learning that the old queen was murdered, Priad quickly concludes that the new king is the murderer. The Inquisitor tells him that one doesn't have to be a detective to take such a guess.

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* TheEvilPrince: Upon learning that the old queen was murdered, Priad quickly concludes guesses that the new king is the murderer. The Inquisitor tells him to leave the investigation to him, since that one doesn't have to be a detective to take such a guess.conclusion was all too obvious.


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* FishOutOfWater: The entire squad when dealing with the environment Imperial nobles built around themselves. Space Marines live a very spartan life dedicated to war and training. When put into an environment of luxury and intrigue, all they can do is stare in curiosity and try not to step on anybody's toes.


* OneRiotOneRanger: In first story, the Iron Snakes decided that one Priad is enough to deal with ''primuls'' invasion of the planet. They are proven correct.

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* OneRiotOneRanger: In first story, the Iron Snakes decided that one Priad green Battle-Brother (Priad) is enough to deal with ''primuls'' invasion of the planet. They are proven correct.


* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: The trench dive, where young initiates and Iron Snakes dive a very deep trench and leave an offering at the bottom. It used to be an unofficial tradition of the chapter, but is now officially forbidden due to too many deaths attempting the dive. Aekon makes the trench dive in order to prove himself, given he's the youngest member of Damocles. Priad is incensed when he later learns that ''everyone'' in Damocles has done the trench dive except him. [[spoiler: He's also thrown for a loop when he learns that Chief Librarian Petrok has also made the dive.]]

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* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: The trench dive, where young initiates and Iron Snakes dive a very deep trench and leave an offering at the bottom. It used to be an unofficial tradition of the chapter, but is now officially forbidden due to too many deaths attempting the dive. Aekon makes the trench dive in order to prove himself, given he's the youngest member of Damocles. Priad is incensed when he later learns that ''everyone'' in Damocles has done the trench dive except him. [[spoiler: He's also thrown for a loop when he learns that Chief Librarian Petrok has also made the dive. At the end of the story, he makes the dive himself.]]


** Zigzagged and Lampshaded by Priad when he returns to Baal Solock. He's surprised to find that Antoni is now an elderly but still sprightly woman who became the ruler of the world after her adventures with Priad many decades before gave her prestige. Priad notes that he didn't really consider how fast time can move outside the warp or for non-Astartes.



* WouldNotShootACivilian: They try to protect the farmers.

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* WouldNotShootACivilian: They try to protect the farmers. Later almost averted when an irredeemably stupid aristocrat tries to browbeat and threaten Damocles Squad into guarding her.


* BigBad: The [[SpaceElves Dark Eldar]], or more specifically, an unnamed [[EvilOverlord Archon]]. While they have been raiding and plaguing the Reef Stars for decades, they eventually lured an entire WAAAGH! there to make life difficult for the Iron Snakes. That was a plan that was [[TheLongGame at least ''50 years'' in the works]].

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* BigBad: The [[SpaceElves Dark Eldar]], or more specifically, an unnamed [[EvilOverlord Archon]]. While they have been raiding and plaguing the Reef Stars for decades, they eventually lured an entire WAAAGH! there to make life difficult for the Iron Snakes. That was a plan that was [[TheLongGame at least ''50 years'' least]] ''[[TheLongGame 50 years]]'' [[TheLongGame in the works]].


* BookEnds: Both first and last story end up on Baal Solock, and in both Priad refuses to take part in post-battle festives to his honor.

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Both first and last story end up on Baal Solock, and in both Priad refuses to take part in post-battle festives to his honor.honor.
** The last story opens and closes with a trench dive, although it's two different people who make it.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Autolochus' line as cited under DeadpanSnarker? The second thing he says upon his arrival, in fact.


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* MoodWhiplash: The beginning of the last story starts with the Marines getting out-ambushed by their trainees and everyone laughing, but then suddenly turns serious when it turns out that one of the trainees used to commotion to attempt the trench dive and died as a result.

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* HotBlooded:
** Xander has little patience and is quick to get annoyed.
** Once Autolochus is awoken, he can't stay in one place and keeps on prowling the ship from one end to the other.


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* IMeantToDoThat: When one of the Space Marines misses the shot that's supposed to blow the laid charges, he claims he was just checking the distance.


* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Natus]] loses both of his eyes in fight against the greenskins.

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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Natus]] loses both of his eyes in fight against the greenskins.greenskins, but has his hearing improved to compensate for it before artificial replacements can be put in place. The impact was so strong, his head has to be wrapped in metal band so that the skull won't fall apart.


* CallARabbitASmeerp: In the Reef Worlds, the Dark Eldar are known as ''primuls''.

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* BookEnds: Both first and last story end up on Baal Solock, and in both Priad refuses to take part in post-battle festives to his honor.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: In the Reef Worlds, Stars, the Dark Eldar are known as ''primuls''.



* FireForgedFriends: Antoni and Princeps, human clerk and Space Marine.

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* FireForgedFriends: Antoni and Princeps, Priad, human clerk and Space Marine.

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