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* Filler: The subplot involving the Legio Sirius and their princeps has little to no bearing on the main plot and can easily be excised from the story.

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* Filler: {{Filler}}: The subplot involving the Legio Sirius and their princeps has little to no bearing on the main plot and can easily be excised from the story.


* Filler: The subplot involving the Legio Sirius and their princeps has little to no bearing on the main plot and can easily be excised from the story.



* RoyalWe: Galatea refers to itself using plural pronouns, reflecting its nature as a network of {{Wetware CPU}}s.

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* RoyalWe: Galatea refers to itself using plural pronouns, reflecting its nature as a network of {{Wetware CPU}}s. [[spoiler: At least until Linya manages to seriously hurt it and it drops the pretense. Telok is the one in charge]]



* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The creators of the Breath of the Gods are described as such. [[spoiler:Turns out they were Necrons, and the Breath of the Gods itself is powered by a C'tan shard.]]

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* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: SufficientlyAdvancedAliens:
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The creators of the Breath of the Gods are described as such. [[spoiler:Turns out they were Necrons, and the Breath of the Gods itself is powered by a C'tan shard.]]]]
** Whatever now long lost race that created the Tindalosi probably also qualify.

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* LowerDeckEpisode: More like Lower Deck Plot - Coyne, Abrehem and Hawke are just ratings aboard the ''Speranza'', but their daily activites and occasional adventures make up a good third of the plot.
* MadeASlave: Coyne, Hawke, and Abrehem are forcibly recruited as ratings for the Speranza before it begins its voyage. Their chapters show exactly how badly ratings suffer under thee Priests of Mars.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: The three main plots of the story consist of Kotov and the fleet's upper brass trying to find the Breath of the Gods, the Aeldari under Bielanna trying to stop them, and Abrehem and his fellow bondsmen trying to survive. By the third book, all three plots have merged together due to [[spoiler:Telok trying to capture ''Speranza'', which could cause an ApocalypseHow in the Class Z range]].


** Several references to heavy metal bands abound: Two of the Titan Princeps have nom de guerres referencing Finnish metal bands Moonsorrow and Wintersun. The mission fleet has two ships who share names with Iron Maiden songs ("Moonchild" and "Wrathchild"). There are probably some more scattered around as well.

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** Several references to heavy metal bands abound: Two of the Titan Princeps have nom de guerres referencing Finnish metal bands Moonsorrow and Wintersun. The mission fleet has two ships who share names with Iron Maiden songs ("Moonchild" and "Wrathchild"). Blaylock has a Mechanicus version of an ouija board called a Mars Volta, after the prog rock band. There are probably some more scattered around as well.

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* NoSell: In ''Gods'', Blaylock tries to paralyze [[spoiler:Telok]] with a shouted binary command. [[spoiler:Telok]] just laughs the attempt off before giving Blaylock a taste of his own medicine.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The protagonists have stopped Telok and prevented the destruction of time itself, but these victories came at a cost. Abrehem, Linya, Adar, Colonel Anders and all but one of the Black Templars are dead, and apart from the ''Speranza'', the entire expeditionary fleet has been destroyed. Worse, it’s heavily implied that Telok has cheated death and will continue to menace the Imperium in the future.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The protagonists have stopped Telok and prevented the destruction of time itself, but these victories came at a cost. Abrehem, Linya, Adar, Adara, Colonel Anders and all but one of the Black Templars are dead, and apart from the ''Speranza'', the entire expeditionary fleet has been destroyed. Worse, it’s heavily implied that Telok has cheated death and will continue to menace the Imperium in the future.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The protagonists have stopped Telok and prevented the destruction of time itself, but these victories came at a cost. Abrehem, Linya, Adar, Colonel Anders and all but one of the Black Templars are dead, and apart from the ''Speranza'', the entire expeditionary fleet has been destroyed. Worse, it’s heavily implied that Telok has cheated death and will continue to menace the Imperium in the future.]]


* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:Telok’s crystalline body freezes up like a statue upon his death, and shatters once Yael knocks it down.]]



* SoleSurvivor: Roboute was the only survivor of the ''Preceptor'', a Gothic-class cruiser that was destroyed by a Chaos ship. He owes his survival to the Eldar, who drove off the Chaos ship and rescued him from the wreckage.

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Roboute was the only survivor of the ''Preceptor'', a Gothic-class cruiser that was destroyed by a Chaos ship. He owes his survival to the Eldar, who drove off the Chaos ship and rescued him from the wreckage.
** [[spoiler:Yael is the last living member of the Black Templars squad by the end of the trilogy.]]

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* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: In ''Gods of Mars'' a minor argument ensues over who will get to kill [[spoiler:Telok. The last of the Black Templars claims vengeance for Telok's role in murdering his brothers, Roboute claims it's him because Telok caused the death of one of his crew members, and Kotov says it will be him as Telok is a traitor to the Mechanicus. Rather than continue arguing their points, Roboute says that all three will kill Telok, and is only partly joking.]]


* SequelHook: The epilogue reveals that Vodanus has snuck aboard the _Speranza_ and is laying low until the ship reaches Mars. It also implies that [[spoiler:Telok has taken control of Blaylock’s body]].

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* SequelHook: The epilogue reveals that Vodanus has snuck aboard the _Speranza_ ''Speranza'' and is laying low until the ship reaches Mars. It also implies that [[spoiler:Telok has taken control of Blaylock’s body]].

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* DontThinkFeel: Magos Dahan believes that he can defeat any opponent thanks to a database which analyzes their fighting style to predict how they’ll act. Then he encounters a shapeshifter which never stays in one form long enough to be analyzed. Realizing that his database can’t keep up, Dahan switches it off and improvises.


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* FusionDance: [[spoiler:In the final battle, Abrehem and Linya merge their spirits with Kotov and Telok respectively. The former is done to empower Kotov, while the latter is done to [[AssimilationBackfire weaken Telok]] by poisoning his mind with kill-code.]]


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* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:At Linya’s urging, the other brains which make up Galatea’s neuromatrix kill themselves in order to cripple the murderous android. She then takes their spirits into herself and merges with Telok, poisoning him at the cost of her own life.]]


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* SequelHook: The epilogue reveals that Vodanus has snuck aboard the _Speranza_ and is laying low until the ship reaches Mars. It also implies that [[spoiler:Telok has taken control of Blaylock’s body]].

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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Class Z. Bielanna foresees that the damage Telok’s usage of the Breath of the Gods has done to the space-time continuum, if left unchecked, will lead to the unraveling of time itself. The entire galaxy will cease to exist, and will never have existed in the first place.]]
* AssimilationBackfire: [[spoiler:In ''Lords'', Galatea steals Linya’s brain and adds her to its neuromatrix. This proves a costly mistake, as once Linya has gotten over her initial horror, she realizes that Galatea cannot parse modern hexamathic code and starts exploiting this vulnerability to sabotage it from within.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: In ''Gods'', [[spoiler:Bielanna harnesses Roboute’s love for his ship and crew to open a portal connecting the surface of Exnihlio to his stateroom aboard the ''Renard'']].

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** Roboute once spent some time on Alaitoc and met the bonesinger Yrlandriar, a minor character from Gav Thorpe’s ''Literature/ThePathOfTheEldar'' trilogy.

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