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Conrad Raege

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The de facto leader of the group, a Commissar who endured a court-martial and transfer for suffering a psychotic break and murdering her own regiment. Has mellowed out since then, and distrusts her ability to command the Edges.


  • Abusive Parents: Her father wanted a boy and blamed her for the death of her mother, and raised her as a boy, gave her her facial scars, and mentally conditioned her. When the guy was found out, it didn't go well for him.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Pretty much from every angle.
  • Artificial Limbs: Her right shoulder is augmentic, and when it was hit by an electromagnetic pulse, she eventually had to just replace her whole arm.
  • Asexuality: Functionally this, at least for most of the story. Her father's conditioning apparently killed a lot of her romantic or sex drive. It's implied, though, that she has extremely strong feelings for Boone, but she doesn't really know how to handle them.
  • A-Team Firing: It's noted a few times that Conrad isn't a very good shot; less due to lack of training and more due to overenthusiasm.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: It's stated that she can defeat just about any member of the team in a straight-up fight, though her high-quality equipment doesn't hurt.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Tends to enjoy this kind of thing - in particular, she uses a plasma pistol in combat, despite it having burned her hand multiple times (and hers is an unusually well-crafted one).
  • Badass Longcoat: She's a Commissar; it's part of the look.
  • Bad Boss: In her tenure with the Boomslangs, she made a habit of executing troops for literally any reason. After her exile, she became the opposite.
  • Bifauxnen: Until she was about thirteen, anyway. After that, she seems to have made a point of dressing feminine.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even without her Power Fist, she once managed to take on orks with a sword. Not a chainsword, just a choppa stolen off a corpse. (In fairness, she did nearly rip off her own arm using it.)
  • Chaste Hero: Owing to her asexuality.
  • Death by Childbirth: Born like this.
  • Expy: Has a lot in common with the Boss, between being an older woman, having a prominent chest scar, and having mentored another character. She even dressed as the Boss at one point for a party. The origin of her name is similar to George from Gunnerkrigg Court.
  • Fantastic Racism: Loathed psykers for most of her life, owing to her abusive father having been one.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Part of the whole "raised as a boy" angle. Her father filled out her military application form before she was even born, as a display of power. Didn't work out for him.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Considers herself "the world's worst Commissar."
  • Hypocritical Humor: Dislikes Myers because he's emotional, and "personal feelings have no place on the battlefield." Cuddles's response was to chuckle and whip out the chocolate she was going to give to Boone.
  • Idiot Hero: Well, she's not stupid, but she's got a lot of blind spots in strange places.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Has no sexual awareness whatsoever, hence why she doesn't see the oddness in wearing a miniskirt in combat. Ironically, she is terrible at trying to be sexy.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Was told that she had killed her mother at least once.
  • Minidress of Power: The teacher uniform for the academy on Heterodyne, which she wears into combat (much to Zune's exasperation).
  • My Greatest Failure: Pretty much anything to do with her time with the Boomslangs.
  • The Neidermeyer: In her first run as a Commissar, she was basically loathed by her troops - and in fairness, she pretty much deserved it.
  • Nice Hat: She's a Commissar; it's part of the look.
  • Oblivious to Love: Years of blushing and chocolate exchanges, and she hasn't caught on. She seems to be pretty much one of the few members of the Edges who hasn't, for that matter.
  • Older Than They Look: Is in her eighties by the beginning of the story, despite looking middle-aged at most. Since the universe has drugs to slow aging, this is pretty normal.
  • Power Fist: Her Weapon of Choice most of the time.
  • Rugged Scar: A prominent one right over her face.
  • A Scar to Remember: When she was demoted, she had to get a snake-shaped chest tattoo removed... without anesthetic. She's had a fairly big one ever since.
  • Sergeant Rock: Post-exile, anyway, she makes a point of caring for the fitness and well-being of her troops, and refuses to use the execution option - though she remains fairly stern and unforgiving.
  • Silver Fox: She's visibly greying by the start and ends up mostly grey by the end, but remains one of the more attractive members.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: When her father committed suicide, she was decidedly not mournful.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Six-foot-one, and pretty much seen as stunning by the rest of the group.
  • Super Soldier: Dietrich has suggested that Conrad has unusually strong bones and muscles, suggesting her genes have been enhanced in some way. Given that her mother was the daughter of Magos Horsythe, it makes one wonder.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: In her youth, she was enrolled in the male academy.
  • Training from Hell: Her youth apparently involved things like being sent into the underhive to kill ten animals with a small knife.
  • The Un-Smile: When trying to smile for a calendar pinup, it ended up like this.
  • When She Smiles: Her occasional genuine smiles are seen as this.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Type A, with garters.

Alice Boone

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Raege's Commissarial Aide, a former noble girl who was discovered to have very minor psychic abilities. Saved from the Golden Throne by her father's wealth, she was Sanctioned and placed with the Edges to keep her out of trouble. Since then, she's fallen in love with her boss.


  • Action Survivor: By Boone Quest, anyway.
  • Bad Dreams: Due to her Sanctioning, she suffers from recurring nightmares.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Raege in her presence is a terrible idea. She willdestroyyou .
  • Big Stupid Doo Doo Head: Appears to be fond of the insult "biscuit-head."
  • Born Lucky: Cuddles considered her to be this for avoiding a fate that nobody else could, a message Boone took to heart.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Her relationship with Raege is typified by this, but it doesn't help that she thinks actually doing so would place too much stress on them both.
  • Character Development: Grows the most out of any in the group, from a Fragile Flower to an Action Survivor.
  • Covert Pervert: Fond of this - for instance, tricking Raege into wearing a sundress.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her time between being discovered and joining the Edges left quite a few mental scars.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: In the overall organization.
  • Fragile Flower: It's stated that she started crying within her first hour of joining the Edges.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Her powers have triggered this a few times - almost always with Raege.
  • Groin Attack: Tends to favor this.
  • Guile Hero: In Boone Quest; her only abilities are extremely limited psychic powers and an Emergency Weapon, so she ends up relying mostly on wit, puzzle-solving, and her natural charm.
  • Healing Hands: She can heal small injuries, though nothing impressive.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: In-universe, she considers herself "all fat and bones" and a few characters (typically villains) usually remark on her as if she's overweight; in reality, she's at most a bit voluptious and just has body issues when everyone around her is an Amazonian Beauty.
  • I See Dead People: In the finale of Boone Quest, she gained the ability to see warp ghosts.
  • Light 'em Up: She knows the Flashbang power, which comes in handy occasionally.
  • Locked into Strangeness: The other side effect of her Sanctioning; her hair is now mostly white and grey. It's not immediately evident, due to dyeing it.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Downplayed; she can indeed get drunk, but she gets drunk way less easily than one would think, to the point that Zune is convinced she heals the alcohol out of herself somehow. According to her, "paradise worlds don't have a legal drinking age."
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Wears a dark brown one over her clothes.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her psychic abilities are usually marked by pink sparks or auras.
  • Power Incontinence: Due to being a 40k psyker, her abilities have a fairly high chance of either not working at all or backfiring.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her standard outfit.
  • Psychic Powers: Well, yeah.
  • Riches to Rags: From daughter of a planetary governor on a Paradise World to eating munitorium chocolate and getting coffee for the boss.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She's stated a few times that, while she may be into either gender, Raege is pretty much the only person she's ever really been in love with.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Her eyes appear to be purple, suggesting her heritage.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Received a "miracle" from a dying Sister of Battle. Currently, it takes the form of being able to see warp ghosts, but she's suggested it might have a greater purpose.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Technically, her favorite food is fettuccine carbonara, but she's most associated with chocolate.
  • Uncertain Doom: The story is very deliberately vague on her fate after the Battle of Paradise Lost.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Her psychic abilities are very weak even while enhanced, can't be used frequently, and often backfire.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: This is most of her duties, due to not being combat-oriented at all and being explicitly directed to stay out of trouble.

Cuddles

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Real name Jonquil Lancaster, Cuddles is a voidborn and a Sanctioned Psyker, and by far the most powerful member of the group. She suffers from significant mutations that render her practically disabled and horrifying in appearance, but she stays loyal nonetheless.


  • Biomanipulation: Her specialty.
  • Bookworm: She has an unusual fondness for books, and her quarters are basically filled with them.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: By far one of the weirdest members and one of the quickest to disrespect her superiors, but it's tolerated because, you know, horribly powerful psyker.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: To the point of dressing up as the cat for Halloween once.
  • Covert Pervert: Having Psychic Powers makes it very easy to do this sort of thing.
  • Disposable Love Interest: It's noted that Cuddles's lovers have a weird tendency to die in battle, something that has sparked rumors along the lines of her being cursed.
  • Face of a Thug: A lot of readers wondered if she was supposed to be a daemon at first, but she is indeed a genuine hero.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The apparent reasoning behind being named "Cuddles."
  • French Maid Outfit: Wore one for a mission once. Apparently it involved a man with a voidborn fetish.
  • Frozen Face: Her teeth are too big to do any other expression.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her mechanical eyes appear to glow red.
  • Heroic Albino: Voidborns have a higher chance of this, and she's no exception.
  • Incompatible Orientation: It's implied that Nada is attracted to her, but Cuddles is straight. Nada doesn't really mind.
  • Kavorka Woman: A wire-thin albino with multiple horrifying mutations, who has had no fewer than eight different lovers.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Part of her mutation. Unfortunately Blessed with Suck; she has so many teeth that she can't open her mouth or eat solid food.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tends to take part in this, as a chunk of readers do find her weirdly attractive.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The main reason for her friendship with Nada; she finds the sensation of fear incredibly invigorating. Also has a number of followers who see exactly this in her.
  • Noodle People: Extremely skinny and stretched-out.
  • Odd Friendship: A Culexus Temple Asssassin and a Sanctioned Psyker are about as far apart from natural friends as any. Somehow, they make it work.
  • Painting the Medium: Her telepathy is written in an unusual manner, featuring repeated words, bizarre capitalization, and switching between fonts, aside from being green and black. It's stated that her voice is intended to sound like SHODAN.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: At her peak, anyway; she's a Delta-level psyker (fourth from highest and stated to be roughly one in a billion) and can pull off some pretty ridiculous stuff.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Redding's implied she's done this.
  • Psychic Powers: Well, yeah.
  • The Speechless: Due to her mutated mouth, she can't talk at all, and communicates entirely through telepathy and sign language.
  • Spy Catsuit: Wears a blue one at most times.
  • Square-Cube Law: Her full height is stated to be around eight or nine feet, but she rarely actually gets there because it's actively painful for her.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In the eyes of her following, anyway; she can vary her height but usually clocks in at two meters.
  • Trickster Mentor: Often operates as one to Boone.
  • Voice of the Legion: Her voice is basically an attempt to do this in a textual medium.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Due to her biomancy, she's capable of this. She doesn't change the way she looks, though, because she prefers it.

Zune Lockwood

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Major Zune Lockwood, formerly of the Cadian Kasrkins, is the highest-ranking field member of the Edges, and one of the most well-rounded and competent. She tends to serve as the voice of reason and the main field commander, when she isn't drunk.


  • The Ace: Raege simply notes "that's why she's the Major" when asked about Zune's competence, and she's overall one of the most skilled people in the group.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Every time she does something stupid while drunk, she swears to never get that drunk again. This usually lasts until the next party.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Among other things, she becomes extremely willing to accept dares.
  • BFG: Her hellgun, which is about as impressive as las weapons get for a Guardsman.
  • Big Breast Pride: They may give her backache, but she doesn't mind.
  • Boobs of Steel: Reportedly the bustiest person in the Edges, and also one of the best soldiers.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her standard look.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Overlapping with Fanservice, Zune has something of a Running Gag associated with her regarding losing her pants (especially when drunk).
  • Drunken Glow: Given all her other drinking tropes, she's either in-uniform or this.
  • Expy: Based very loosely on an old character named "Cadian-chan", essentially the Moe Anthropomorphism of the Cadians.
  • A Father to His Men: Well-liked among just about all the crew, and very open and kindly.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When she was in school, she saved the life of a young girl who carried the pariah gene. That girl grew up to be Nada, who is now one of her coworkers. Zune barely remembers it and wouldn't recognize her even if she did.
  • Functional Addict: Though she was apparently a lot worse in her teens.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: It's suggested she took her first drink (ceremonial wine) at the age of five, and kinda spiraled from there.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: On a drunken dare, she decided to prove that a chip dip could make anything taste good... by pulling parasites off C-16 and eating them with it. Downplayed, in that she was more embarrassed about violating an underling's personal space than the fact that she ate bugs.
  • Incompatible Orientation: With Nada... though, really, being a girl is hardly the biggest obstacle between them.
  • The Lad-ette: Hard-drinking, never takes off her uniform, and looks pretty tomboyish.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: To Nada, of all people. Zune was very apologetic. Nada didn't mind.
  • Large and in Charge: Inverted; she's actually the second-shortest member of the group, only being taller than Boone.
  • Majorly Awesome: She's the Major, and the highest-ranked member. She eventually gets bumped up to being a Colonel Badass.
  • Nice Girl: Exceptionally friendly and open.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, the other four aren't crazy (except Nada), but Zune is still the most sensible of HQ.
  • Sommelier Speak: Fond of this when describing the many alcoholic beverages she's had - not at all limited to wine, though. A good amount of them fall into A Tankard of Moose Urine, though.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: She often ends up asking this.

Nada

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MMCLX-MXVII, better known as Nada, is a Culexus Temple Assassin, a modified human that feeds on psychic energy. Due to significant brain modifications, she carries a number of eccentricities, and her status as a Null makes her feared among the group... well, except Cuddles.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Constantly fidgets, speaks bizarrely, has a near-perfect memory, forms obsessions quickly... it's definitely something.
  • Brown Note: The presence of a being that's essentially soulless will put anyone on edge, and the Culexus Temple modifications are mostly there to make it even worse.
  • The Dreaded: The rest of the Edges are generally terrified of her.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Tends to get bizarrely into random things (guitar-playing, dancing, art, whittling) and then abandon the hobby just as quickly. The crew makes it an object to come up with hobbies for her, since on her own terms she comes up with things like "stroking people's faces and hair and then reviewing it as if doing a wine tasting."
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: To Zune. It's also suggested that Nada herself doesn't actually know why she's in love with Zune, only that she is "first friend best friend."
  • Genius Ditz: She's just as skilled as any other Culexus Assassin, but she's also borderline insane.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Aside from her love for Zune, it's implied she has similar feelings for Cuddles. In both cases, though, she's content with how their relationship currently stands.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: In fairness, it's not a very easy codename to say out loud.
  • Mad Artist: Had a brief run as a playwright - the resulting script was sixteen hours long, not counting periods of silence, switches between languages repeatedly (including hexadecimal and semaphore), and featured at least five explicit sex scenes. Needless to say, it's never been performed, though Myers thought it was surprisingly good.
  • Mage Killer: As a Culexus Assassin, she's basically the 40k equivalent.
  • Multicolored Hair: Green and grey, and it used to be orange.
  • Mysterious Past: Nobody in the Edges knows who she is or where she came from, not even Cuddles.
  • The Nicknamer: One of her many speech quirks; she seems borderline incapable of using people's real names. Examples include "Breadcrumb" (Boone), "Lanky" (Cuddles), and "Ten-to-Five" (Raege). Zune seems to be the only exception.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cuddles, who finds her mere presence viscerally terrifying... but she's a Nightmare Fetishist and enjoys the sensation. The fact that Nada can feed off her powers doesn't hurt.
  • Old Flame Fizzle: Is in love with Zune, but for many, many reasons (Zune is straight, doesn't remember their first meeting, and can't tolerate Nada's presence for long), she's very aware it's not going to go anywhere.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her standard look.
  • Talkative Loon: It's suggested the language center of her brain is basically wrecked, and most of her speech requires a thesaurus to untangle.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pears. Why? Because she brings dis pear.
  • Word-Salad Horror: Speaks mostly in this.
  • Yandere: Not normally, but assumes this persona in a one-off joke.
  • You Are Number 6: Her name reads "2160-1017" in Roman numerals.

    Other Soldiers 

Aloysious Abrykos

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From Armageddon, Abrykos is one of the Ork Hunters, a division of Imperial forces that deliberately emulate their opponents. He takes it fairly far.


Clark Bobrovski

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Once an arbite, Bobrovski considers himself part of the Valhallan Ice Warriors. He's never lost that old cop spirit, though.


Augustine Boddicker

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Formerly of a Penal Legion, Augustine Boddicker of Gunpoint serves as a sharpshooter and one of the less morally-upright members of the regiment.


Mik Branz

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The other Mordian in the Edges, Second Lieutenant Mik Branz is a goodhearted and determined soldier, albeit an unambitious one.


  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed; McClannahan called him "about as sharp as a sack of wet mice", but he's never been shown to be stupid, just fairly basic in his way of thinking.
  • Killed Off for Real: One of the casualties at Siren's Den, and by most accounts, one of the more missed ones.
  • Nice Guy: By all appearances, he's about as friendly as anyone in the gang, and was even one of the first to approach Boone despite the common anti-psyker prejudices.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's pretty short (only five foot seven), but he's considered one of the best all-around soldiers of the group.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Daneel.
  • Worthy Opponent: Raege considered him to be this, after they got into a fistfight.

Daneel Calliban

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Formerly of the Praetorian Hussars, and brother to Wesk, Lieutenant Daneel Calliban is a determined gentleman and an experienced carouser.


  • Artificial Limbs: One of his feet is bionic.
  • Carpet of Virility: In the shape of an Imperial aquila, even.
  • The Casanova: It's stated that he can sweet-talk a woman from pretty much any planet.
  • Ethical Slut: When asked how many people he'd bedded, said "It would be crass and ungentlemanly to keep score, doubly so to discuss said score."
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Has bedded men, women, cyborgs, and every single kind of abhuman.
  • Modern Major General: A master linguist, a skilled horseman, a champion wrestler, and an excellent carouser and diplomat, he's good at basically everything... except the ground infantry combat he has to actually do most of the time, where he's mostly average.
  • Omniglot: He can speak just about any language, and is the only person who can talk to C-16 most of the time.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: His main personality trait, being a Praetorian and all.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: He has this going on something fierce.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: As a space Brit, this is his main strength; the guy basically cannot back down.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mik, his roommate, thanks to the Interservice Rivalry between Mordians and Praetorians.

Wesk Calliban

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Daneel's sister and Myers's girlfriend, Lieutenant Wesk Calliban is cheery, optimistic, and enthusiastic, excelling at salvage operations and scouting.


Milly Carlyle

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A Drookian demolitions expert and the tank gunner of the group, Milly is about as far into the Drookian stereotype as one can go.


  • Brave Scot: Well, Drookian, but same difference.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the most violent, brash, and bawdy members of the group, and also a damn good demolitions expert.
  • Expy: The speech pattern and job are both meant to invoke the Demoman, while her war paint suggests William Wallace.
  • Funetik Aksent: The most consistently written with one, and probably the thickest of the bunch.
  • Going Commando: Being a Drookian, she prefers going regimental. The Commissar objects, but it's hard to catch her at it.
  • Mundane Utility: Her near-savant-level skills with grenade launching also happens to make her very good at golf.
  • Power Trio: Forms one with the rest of the tank crew, being the id.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Scotland may not exist anymore, but don't tell her that.

Toomaga Colton

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Formerly of the Armageddon Steel Legion, First Lieutenant Toomaga Colton is the crew's main doctor and surgeon. She's also a despondent stoic who chainsmokes constantly.


  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Implied to be the reason for her smoking so much.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A genuinely excellent and caring physician, who seems to ignore every single piece of advice when it applies to herself. She lives off snack cakes, rarely exercises, vacations even less, and only sleeps when it's that or unconsciousness. (People have actually tricked her into vacations by showing her her own medical documents and asking her opinion.)
  • Combat Medic: She doesn't fight often, but she's of the Steel Legion for a reason.
  • The Cynic: A perpetual grump and pessimist.
  • Dr. Jerk: Has no interest in the slightest in bedside manner.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: Always has them.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Being from the Steel Legion.
  • The Insomniac: A deliberate example; she's claimed to sleep far less than she should, and usually has to get dragged to bed.
  • Insufferable Genius: Often operates as this to her patients. She's mostly right, though.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Despite her attitude, she does have a genuine concern for the people around her, and frequently gives safety or medical advice.
  • Must Have Nicotine: She doesn't seem addicted, but it's taken its toll on her health quite a bit.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in the same batch as Boddicker; a bit more obvious on her part, since the main doctor is a role that'd probably come up more frequently.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: A bit of artwork shows her walking around topless, with her clothes in the laundry. She just doesn't seem to care about it.
  • The Smart Guy: Extremely well-versed in medical affairs, weapons, and anything to do with either.
  • Workaholic: She has to be dragged into vacations most of the time.
  • Worst Aid: One of her more common things is telling people to never attempt the medical methods they see in media, with her being particularly venomous towards a Sly Marbo holovid where he cauterized a wound with ignited gunpowder.

C-16

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One of the Attilan Rough Riders, C-16, born Khutulun Ganbaatar, was the Sole Survivor of a disastrous charge, including losing her horse. Consequently, she's basically gone crazy.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Even before her tragedy, it's implied that she was pretty badly messed-up; Colton claims she has brain damage that goes back a good ways, and C-16 claims she "think different. Not wrong."
  • Born in the Saddle: Which creates problems when you lose your horse. She doesn't even want a new one.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Once ripped a Tyrannosaurus-sized mutant hybrid to pieces while barely getting scratched.
  • Covered in Scars: Not hard to guess where they came from.
  • Death Seeker: She calls herself "walking dead" at one point.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Has one.
  • Hulk Speak/You No Take Candle: What little she speaks outside of Attilan falls right into this.
  • Informed Equipment: Lampshaded and parodied in a No-Gear Level in Boone Quest, where C-16's model is unchanged despite it including a grenade belt. She reveals that the grenades on her grenade belt are actually empty grenade-shaped containers. Boone is baffled.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Gets naked with some frequency.
  • Mondegreen: Invoked, in that she owes her name to one - specifically, the author mishearing the name of a guest on Top Gear who was named "Seasick Steve."
  • The Pig Pen: She routinely goes months between baths and is infested with parasites. As Attilans worship the dirt to some degree, this is expected, but she's bad even by those standards.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Her main motivation.
  • Shout-Out: Her mechanics in Boone Quest are based on Dynasty Warriors.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Her name is the code printed on her hunting lance.

Lagasse Daal

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A heavy infantry trooper hailing from Catachan, Daal's main role in the group is as the cook. Horribly savaged by Kroot, which has caused problems.


Josef Firch

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A Cadian and a vox operator, Firch is also one of the bigger jerks on board, surpassing even Jacobi. He favors pranks and bad jokes.


  • Bullying a Dragon: He got beaten up by Conrad for trying to "surprise" a poorly-controlled psyker, something with a none-too-insignificant chance of yielding daemons.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: invokedThe main reason people aren't fond of his pranks; they often take the form of him punching down.
  • Foil: To Jacobi. Both are Cadians, but Jacobi is a frontline trooper while Firch is in the back row. Both are jerks, but Jacobi targets people who can give as good as he's got while Firch aims at people who are too scared or unstable to fight back. And while Jacobi has a very well-hidden heart of gold, Firch... eh, not so much.
  • Jerkass: A bully and a coward who nobody seems to like.
  • Troll: Thinks of himself as one.

Gregory Gato

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A pious beastman and PDF trooper who aided Boone during the Trydusian Incident, Gato ended up joining the Edges not long after.
  • Boring, but Practical: His stats in Boonequest give him no particular standout skills, but he hits hard, is quite tough, and has several passive bonuses.
  • Face of a Thug: He may look like a creep and have a rough speech pattern, but he's a genuinely good person.
  • Fantastic Racism: When he was a PDF trooper, he was paid far less than his fellows. He didn't mind so much.
  • Hellish Pupils: Aside from his eyes being red, his pupils seem to be based on a goat's.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He was forced to kill dozens of mutated schoolchildren during the Trydusian incident. When he's first met, he's praying to the Emperor.
  • Religious Bruiser: Deeply faithful, especially for a beastman, and capable of dual-wielding autoguns.
  • Shout-Out: His color scheme is based on Thundercracker.

Kaz Grin

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A Cadian private, he's under the belief that he's a Red Shirt and if he doesn't find a gimmick, he's going to die. Because of this, he assumes a new one every week.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Whether he's legitimately mentally unhealthy, playing a joke, Believing Their Own Lies, or somewhere in between is hard to figure out. It doesn't help that he was involved in the same stuff as Jen, who is much more solidly the first.
  • Expy: A number of his personas were this, such as a stealth operative blatantly based on Big Boss and a Tuxedo and Martini secret agent who was his attempt at being James Bond.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He's donned one at least twice. Keep in mind, he has two functioning eyes.
  • The Generic Guy: He's determined to avert this, since "Cadian private" is about as Red Shirt as 40k characters get.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Part of the reason for his inferiority complex; his name sounds quite a bit like "Kasrkin." (To add insult to injury, he's not high-ranking enough to be one.)
  • I Just Want to Be Special: His motivation, more or less.
  • Master of None: Part of the reason none of his roles stick is that he's just not all that great at any of them. The closest thing to a focus he has is stealth and field medicine, and even then, he's fairly unimpressive next to the actual stealth operatives or medics.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's essentially trying to exploit this.
  • New Jobs As The Plot Demands: He's been a sniper, a medic, a priest, a stealth operative, a psyker... of course, he isn't actually good at any of those jobs.
  • Only Sane Man: He explicitly claims to be this. Whether or not he's right is anyone's guess.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Whenever he assumes a persona, you can count on him to treat himself as if he's an expert at it. This is rarely the case.
  • This Is Reality: The rest of the troops treat him with exasperation for exactly this reason.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks if he assumes a badass persona, it will make him no longer a Red Shirt. In point of fact, he already has a persona; that being the Plucky Comic Relief.

Klon Gwizdek

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A high-strung sniper hailing from Wierny, Specialist Klon Gwizdek first popped up in Boone Quest and ended up joining the group not long after.


Leebhr Jacobi

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A private formerly of the Cadian Kasrkins, Jacobi is the least-liked person in the crew, owing, simply enough, to him being a surly asshole.


"Mental Jen"

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An unstable Brontian Long Knife, Genivieve "Mental Jen" Kastijden has... issues, mostly owing to having been traumatized very badly by a rogue Hospitaler.


Ikram Malak

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Hailing from the Tallarn Desert Raiders, Malak is a deeply religious Sentinel pilot and stealth operative who tends to stay quiet.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Her social awkwardness, habit of focusing, and wordy speech patterns prompted one questioner to outright ask if she was on the spectrum.
  • Bi the Way: Is mentioned to have had a relationship with Minhelm at one point, though it didn't last long.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Her habit of using stealth to interrupt conversations has caused this.
  • Mini-Mecha: Her Sentinel.
  • Nature Lover: She has suggested that she really likes animals, which aren't naturally common on Tallarn. Her ideal job would be taking care of old ones, and her character in tabletop is a druid.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The initial artwork of her appeared to be based on Sharbat Gula, otherwise known as the Afghan Girl.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being overall one of the straightest members, can occasionally get silly, especially when dealing with animals.
  • Nude Nature Dance: Has done this at least once, as part of a tribute to slain enemies.
  • Religious Bruiser: One of the most pious members of the group.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: It's a shemagh, but it serves the same purpose.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Extremely wordy in her speech, and tends to talk in a formal manner.
  • Stealth Expert: Her job. Even her Sentinel is unusually quiet.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Fond of this kind of dialogue when speaking of abhumans and psykers. The exception seems to be Nada, whom she flat-out considers "an abomination."

Raffen Mar

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A Skitarii cyborg trooper, Raffen Mar serves as both one of the more boisterous members and something of a tech guy.


Lyle McClannahan

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The oldest member of the Edges, bar maybe Raege, Corporal Lyle McClannahan, formerly of Hesiod's Wake, serves as the sniper of the crew.


  • Charles Atlas Superpower: The guy once managed to pull back the gun on a Tau battlesuit, and he's been described sprinting while carrying multiple people. His only enhancement is an artificial heart; he doesn't even use juvenats.
  • Cold Sniper: He's not an open guy, and he was the best sniper of the bunch until Klon showed up.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's in his eighties, but he's still considered one of the strongest and toughest people around.
  • Expy: There's a grain or two of Kup in him, to the point of copying one of Kup's moves.
  • Hand Cannon: He carries a massive sidearm that nobody can identify.
  • Killed Off for Real: One of the Siren's Den casualties.
  • The Quiet One: Taciturn, and rarely says more words than "yup" or "mmhm."
  • Retired Badass: It's heavily implied he was a Vindicare at some point, which would mean he was even more ridiculous in his prime.

Lara Minhelm

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A Sergeant hailing from the Mordian Iron Guard, Minhelm is one of the more prominent soldiers outside of HQ. Very much the embodiment of the stern Mordian - on the surface, anyway.


  • Berserk Button: Insulting las weapons will provoke this response.
  • Beta Couple: With Zoya Yaroslava.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Favors this look.
  • Butch Lesbian: An openly gay woman, and one of the more boyish members. By extension, a Badass Lesbian.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shows occasional signs of this (for instance, flushing a bomb down a toilet) that stick out among the normally-straightforward Mordian attitudes.
  • Covert Pervert: One wouldn't expect it of her, but she's got a definite perverted side, bordering on being a connoisseur of it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The focus of the second Scattered Shots special, as well as being one of Boone's first companions in Boone Quest.
  • Facial Markings: Some rather heavy black tattoos around her left eye.
  • Has a Type: She's very... interested in the idea of size difference.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Being a Mordian, she wears a bright blue dress uniform with gold epaulettes at all times.
  • Insistent Terminology: She owns many magazines and pictures of women in states of partial undress... but it's not porn, it's deshabille, and it's art!
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Described as such in Boone Quest; she has reasonably good social skills and intelligence, is a decent melee combatant with her chainsword, and is a skilled sharpshooter at range, without truly excelling at any of the above.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: She was trained by Sergeant Garven, a Mordian a lot like her, who died in battle.
  • Reformed Criminal: Mordia is a Wretched Hive, and she was no different for a while; she joined the army to find a purpose.
  • Robosexual: She's implied to have a fetish for cyborgs or augmented individuals, which made Yaroslava something of a dream girlfriend for her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With her roommate, Wesk Calliban. Mordians and Praetorians have an Interservice Rivalry and their personalities are nearly opposite, which means they tend to argue a lot, but they genuinely seem to like each other.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, specifically. According to her, it's not even dyed.

Gustav Myers

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Formerly of the Britan Death's Heads, Sergeant Gustav Myers was a playwright on his homeworld who deliberately underwent hypnotherapy to make himself into a soldier. It worked too well, creating a split personality.


Angela and Eva Neunehoff

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A set of twins hailing from Krieg, Angela is a tank commander and Eva a trooper. Eva's premature death at her sister's hands left Angela with no small amount of post-traumatic stress.


Verity Polato

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Hailing from the Savlar Chem Dogs, Verity Polato is a former investigator and now severely drugged-out tactician gleefully holding onto the Right of Salvage.


  • Bi the Way: Casually admits to being interested in both sexes at a few points.
  • Erudite Stoner: Though she's up to the eyeballs regularly, she's quite clever.
  • Explosive Leash: As a Chem Dog and all. Cuddles has her detonation trigger; a telepath is probably the best person to handle it anyway. Otherwise, she has a countdown as well.
  • Functional Addict: For someone who proudly admits to using Spook, she's in remarkably good condition.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Once dug up a Sollex Aegis blade while looking for fries, and thought so little of it that she gave it to Jen.
  • Ironic Name: Her real name, Verity, means "truth", which is a bit odd for a criminal.
  • Mismatched Eyes: She seems to suffer from anisocoria, leaving one pupil permanently dilated. Similar to David Bowie, it also gives her the look of heterochromia.
  • Multicolored Hair: Strawberry-blonde with blue streaks. Who knows if it's dyed?
  • Really Gets Around: Between her tattoos and the people she's hit on, it's pretty clear she doesn't mind sleeping around, regardless of gender.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Started popping up in answers around early 2018.
  • Shout-Out: Some of her mannerisms are based on Columbo.
  • The Tease: Does this to Klon quite a lot.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Being a Chem Dog and all.

Griz Redding

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An exceptionally wealthy man from Canopus, Griz Redding joined for the sake of doing his service. Ended up falling in love with Cuddles.


Magpie Stoner

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A Corporal hailing from Catachan, Magpie is a generally amiable sort for his home territory, though he's clearly shaken by his time in the jungle.


  • Fluffy Tamer: His passion for animals often results in this, and he's one of the few people who can handle C-16.
  • Nature Lover: Implied to be something of a naturalist, and loves dangerous creatures.
  • Nice Guy: He's been compared to a scoutmaster in personality, and is one of the few to be good with kids.
  • True Companions: He sees the group as this.

Kael Tornic

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Hailing from Cadia, Tornic serves as the group's vox-operator, and is something of an aspiring writer.


Zoya Yaroslava

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A giant of a Vostroyan, Zoya Yaroslava serves as both a tank pilot and a heavy weapons user. She was formerly a Temple Guard of the Mechanicus, but ended up being injured, rediscovered, and rebuilt.


  • Affectionate Nickname: "Solnishko", for Lara.
  • Badass Lesbian: In a firm relationship with Lara Minhelm, and one of the strongest people around.
  • Big Eater: Her internal systems are designed such that she doesn't even need to sleep as long as she keeps eating. One anecdote claims she ate an entire rotisserie chicken, taking bites out of it like a piece of fruit, bones and all.
  • BFG: Her autocannon.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Merrily sings while going into battle.
  • Dumb Muscle: She's strong, but she's not all that bright.
  • Expy: A lot of her mannerisms are pretty obviously pulled from the Heavy.
  • Husky Russkie: Pretty much - well, space Russia, anyway.
  • Power Trio: Forms one with the rest of the tank crew, being the ego.
  • Statuesque Stunner: 7'2, and she has her girlfriend for a reason.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sandwiches.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Was mostly ruined by an attack, and had to be pretty much rebuilt from the ground up by Ohmi. According to her, both her eyes, all her limbs, most of her skeleton, and a few organs have all been replaced.
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Inquisitor Tobias Levy

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The man who organized the Edges originally. Levy was an arbite in his youth, and worked his way to the top. Since then, he's formed a lot of connections, and mellowed out a fair bit—almost too much, in fact.


  • Bi the Way: He hit on Bobrovski at least once.
  • Boldly Coming: Well, technically, it wasn't a Tau, but it's still probably heretical.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his exterior, he's actually quite a competent Inquisitor.
  • Call-Forward: In "A Case of the Hives", he describes his ideal future job while drunk—and ends up getting it mostly right.
    Levy: Oh! And I am, of course, be surrounded by hot dames.
    Mort: Chyeah! Surly ones, that want to punch your lights out, I bet.
    Levy: Nah. I'll never be that lucky.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: You'd think he'd be a lot cruder, but for the most point, he respects the boundaries of women who don't want him around and seems very proud of their skills in general. In particular, he's never been seen hitting on Raege, despite sharing most of his scenes with her.
  • The Dandy: Fits it to a tee - high-class, effete, and well-groomed.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "A Case of the Hives" focuses on his youth.
  • Dirty Old Man: Still has a fairly active sex life despite being two hundred.
  • Drunk with Power: He has a habit of using the Edges for rather frivolous purposes.
  • Honey Trap: According to Zune, he's fond of this... despite falling into it more often than not himself.
  • I Have This Friend...: Now, hypothetically, if it was a Callidus Assassin...
  • The Man: Back when he was an arbite, he claimed drunkenly that he wanted to be "The Man" - as in, a Rich Idiot with No Day Job who can do whatever he feels like.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: How much of his image is untrue is unclear, but it's clear he's a lot smarter than he looks.
  • Older Than They Look: He's something like 200 years old, and he looks like he's maybe in his late 50s.
  • Plague Doctor: His persona as the Hooded Crow definitely seems designed to invoke this.
  • Robosexual: He has weird tastes in women in general, but him making out with Dietrich is probably the most recurrent one.
  • Shipper on Deck: It's implied he approves of Boone's crush on Raege.
  • Silver Fox: Boddicker thinks he's aged very well.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He presents this image.

Ohmi "Sexy-Beam" Wierzbowski

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A techpriest and explorator who usually travels with a Rogue Trader, but also has a habit of crossing paths or traveling with the group. A genius with technology and also completely loopy.


Dietrich

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Formerly C. Blume, a mother who was savaged by a termagaunt while protecting her baby, she was converted into a medical servitor. Initially a contemporary of Levy in his arbite days, she was salvaged decades later.


  • Autodoc: The 40k equivalent, anyway.
  • Death of a Child: She failed to protect her child, which led to the baby being incorporated into her to some degree. That skull on her back looks kinda small, huh?
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Comes with the territory.
  • Mama Bear: The most shocking thing when the arbites found her? The Tyranid was dead. She wasn't.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Despite being a cyborg - normally, servitors have basically nothing beyond their programming; they're basically robots with human shells. Dietrich, on the other hand, has a clear personality and even a name. Most of the crew remarks that whoever created her was probably insane.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: She was constructed by Magos Horsythe, who was kinda totally nuts, and as a result, has all kinds of features a medical servitor shouldn't need - including multiple built-in weapons.
  • Team Mom: Treats herself like this, to the point of calling patients "my little ones."
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: She wasn't exactly in a state to consent to it.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Which, considering she was going up against a termagaunt, is pretty much the best she could hope for.

Nel Torokvei

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A tech-adept and one of the first characters introduced in Boone Quest. Nel had been infected with a bioweapon which nearly killed her - fortunately, things worked out.


  • Actual Pacifist: Flat-out refuses to carry a weapon. In combat scenarios, her main strategy is cowering.
  • Asexuality: Noted fairly casually at one point.
  • Breakout Character: Was intended to be a Sacrificial Lamb, but the quest audience kept finding ways to keep her alive.
  • Ill Girl: Early on, anyway. Gets cured eventually.
  • The Load: Until being cured, she was terrified of fighting and terminally depressed—leading to her being protected by Boone, of all people. Even after it, she refuses to fight in combat, though she's willing to use her skills in all kinds of other ways.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Subjected Boone to this upon being cured.
  • Wrench Wench: Being a tech-adept.

The Navigator

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The navigator of the ship Ave Maria, Shen Suunta is an exceptionally well-bred specimen - that is to say, the rarely-seen product of a Tangled Family Tree.


  • Brilliant, but Lazy: According to some of the others, she actually isn't mentally subnormal, and if anything, her brain works pretty well. She just doesn't care when she can get things across with a syllable.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Almost never says anything but "Hmmm?", and is pretty spacey in general. The only times she's ever said a complete sentence was when quoting song lyrics from a commercial, and when talking about the Emperor.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Most things relating to her lifestyle are this, but in a literal case, her favorite food is "a sandwich with foi gras, saffron, white truffles and cemani black chicken." Try to make that sandwich in real life and you'll probably end up mortgaging your house.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually just goes by "the navigator."
  • Idle Rich: Deeply lazy, wealthy, and spends most of her time lounging on a pillow and petting her dog.
  • Genius Ditz: A positively amazing navigator, who is also literally too lazy to speak most of the time.
  • Older Than They Look: Apparently one of the oldest people on board, which would make her at least ninety or so.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When someone asked what the Emperor looked like, Shen delivered a lengthy and eloquent paragraph explaining the Emperor's true appearance.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Had to have existed beforehand, but her first appearance was in early 2018. Given that she spends most of her time... well, navigating, it's fairly reasonable.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Navigators in 40k are pretty much mandated by law to breed with only other navigators, so as to keep the mutations that allow them to be navigators as pure as possible. As a result, Shen has accumulated enough mutations that she's easily mistaken for an alien.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Apparently, both "Chen" and "Shen" are valid.

Stonewall 818

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A techpriest given almost entirely to the machines who operates in steerage, Stonewall tends to do most of the more boring work.


  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Stonewall is very far gone (about 19% of her is still organic), though she's not evil.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite the Robo Speak, has a pretty snarky side.
  • Foil: The other major techpriest, but while Ohmi borders on tech-heresy, is The Hedonist and Ms. Fanservice, and exults in her organic parts just as much as her mechanical parts, Stonewall is about as hardline a techpriest as they come, keeping her organic parts out of obligation, and almost entirely lacking any sexualized traits.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Her face design is meant to invoke this.
  • Robo Speak: Refers to everyone by "DESIGNATION" and speaks in bolded text.
  • Samus Is a Girl: So teched up that nobody could tell she was a she until Daneel pointed it out.
  • Signature Laugh: Tends to laugh in a robotic manner, worded as "Hehehuhuh".
  • Shout-Out: Her voice is apparently based on the Metro Cops in Half-Life 2.

MI-CL

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An Eversor Temple Assassin, he was the result of an experiment to produce a comparatively sane one. Instead, it produced one who was sane... but only while in stasis, where normally Eversors are unconscious.


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