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III — Emperor's Children

  • Back from the Dead: Some marines display a resistance to damage beyond the limits of normal Astartes. This is known as the Mark of Lucius, after the resurrection of Lucius the Reborn during the Bleeding War.
  • Berserk Button: The Dark Eldar are a rather sore topic for the Emperor's Children, for very good reason.
  • Broken Ace: After being held as prisoners of the Dark Eldar for most of the Heresy, the values of the Emperor’s Children shifted from pride, nobility and the search of perfection to endurance, suffering and self-sacrifice.
  • Challenge Seeker: The Emperor's Children constantly improve their skills in combat, to the point that they’re among the best duelists in the entire Imperium.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Post-Dark Eldar, the Emperor's Children have developed a not-so-odd acceptance of pain and hardship. In their eyes, you have to earn perfection, otherwise you wouldn't have the wisdom and honor that makes perfect perfect.
    "We bleed. We endure. And in enduring, we grow strong."

    Primarch Fulgrim 

  • The Ace: He restored the ecology of Chemos to the point that it is still mostly perfect thousands of years after his disappearance. He took a legion of barely 300 Astartes and restored it in just a few years(there were only 300 Astartes left at the time of Fulgrim's arrival due to a genetic defect known as the blight). He endured most of the Roboutian Heresy being tortured by Dark Eldar, and even managed to save the Emperor from Guilliman at the last possible moment.
  • Broken Ace: His torture at the Dark Eldar permanently damaged his body and left him a shell of his once perfect self.
  • For Want of a Nail: Librarians of the Emperor's Children noticed the trap in the Laer temple much earlier, alerting everyone to the Chaos corruption in a timely manner. This means Fulgrim never picked up the Blade of the Laer, so it was instead used on Vespasian, who resisted the daemon's corruption until the Thousand Sons could banish the daemon back into the Warp. Because of this, there was nothing to corrupt him and he remained loyal. Later, their encounter with the Dark Eldar, while horrific, taught him much-needed humility and reminded him of his and his Legion's mortality.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was legendary for his handsomeness until he was captured by Dark Eldar who tortured him until he was covered in scars.
  • Never Found the Body: He went missing and was presumed deceased while pursuing Fabius Bile. Angron always had faith he survived.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Fulgrim got lost in the Webway because he ignored the warnings about the imminent collapse of Commorragh's suns while pursuing Fabius Bile.
  • Scars Are Forever: His body is still covered in the scars from the torture he suffered at the hands of Dark Eldar during the Bleeding War.

    Fabius Bile 
  • Body Horror: His experiments, as in canon.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: While he’s one of the few individuals on the entire galaxy able to understand the Emperor’s gene-forging skills, his abilities in other fields are far from the same level. This comes back to bite him in the ass after he betrays Thrar Hraldir.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Fabius Bile finds the Raven Guard’s Apothecaries to be utterly disgusting.
  • Hive Mind: The original Fabius Bile is dead, but he preserved his consciousness through clones of himself that share thoughts when close together.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "the Clonelord".
  • Send in the Clones: Just like his canon counterpart, his speciality is cloning and gene-forging.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His plan for the fall of Chemos. By putting a copy of his mind in a clone of Fulgrim, he ensures that either Fulgrim comes and Fabius has something to match him, or he doesn’t come, proving to Fabius that he’s dead.

    Lucius the Reborn 
  • Back from the Dead: Multiple times, albeit through different circumstances and means from his canon self, which ultimately earns him the title 'The Reborn'.
    • Lucius is said to have somehow inexplicably came back to life in his cell after he died from the tortures of the Dark Eldar during the Bleeding War.
    • During the climatic hours of the Siege of Terra, guided by visions of his lost comrades (implied to be sent by the Emperor), Lucius is seen being killed multiple times while fighting across the Throneworld, saving the lives of loyal Legions' champions and leaders and felling the ones on the traitors' side, yet always brought back again and again by a mysterious golden light. Eventually he is vaporized by the detonation of a traitor Titan's fusion reactor, and was never seen again.
    • Eventually, Lucius returned again during the Angel War once more, whereupon he is revealed to have become a Perpetual, having been chosen to bear the Mantle of Perpetuity which Vulkan had lost either at ascension or the application of the Fulgurite Spear by John Grammaticus.
  • Break the Haughty: Once proud and petulent like his canon self, the Dark Eldar's depredations and the loss of all his comrades during the Bleeding War had shattered whatever ego he had, leaving behind only a Death Seeker who is nevertheless still compelled to fulfill his duty for the Emperor and to avenge his brothers.
  • The Chosen One: Twice, first by what is heavily implied to be the Emperor to fight and ensure the survival of multiple loyalist Legions' champions and leaders (and the death of the same of the traitor Legions) during the Siege of Terra, and then by the Mantle of Perpetuity which originally belonged to Vulkan (until it was cast off by Vulkan when he ascended to Daemonhood or by John Grammaticus' usage of the Fulgurite Spear on him during the Heresy), which inexplicably brought Lucius the Reborn back to life ten thousand years after the Siege of Terra.
  • David Versus Goliath:
    • One of Lucius' most impressive victories was a case of this, having singlehandedly killed a traitor Titan at the Siege of Terra by cutting through the thin armor of the traitor war-machine by the leg, battling his way through the body until he reached the chest and destroying the controls and safety mechanisms of its fusion reactor, causing it to undergo meltdown and detonate right in the middle of traitor forces. This also happens to be his last victory as he was vaporized along with it...
    • ... At least until he was inexplicably brought back to life in time to participate in the Angel War ten thousand years later, whereupon he one ups it by challenging and battling the Keeper of Secrets Yria in the Underhives of Holy Terra, which outsized him by a considerable margin physically and also metaphorically in terms of age, experience and even skills. The duel ends with a Mutual Kill, but Lucius still wins by default as he landed the killing blow first and was brought back to life by his newly Perpetual state, while Yria was banished back into the Warp.
  • Death Seeker: After losing all his squad-mates and enduring unspeakable tortures from the Dark Eldar, Lucius the Reborn had all but reduced to this, only compelled to kept going by his duty as a Space Marine and his promise to Saul Travitz. Problem is, of course, the universe just wouldn't let him die...
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lucius the Reborn took out the Keeper of Secrets Yria in a Mutual Kill during the Angel War in the Underhives of Holy Terra. Lucius technically won this bout by landing the killing blow first and returning from death once again due to his newly Perpetual nature, while Yria is thoroughly banished back into the Warp. Downplayed somewhat in that Lucius had some help with vengeful ghosts being summoned by a Herald of Prospero of the Thousand Sons arriving at the scene with Imperial reinforcements, distracting the Keeper of Secrets just long enough to deliver the Coup de Grâce.
  • Expy: Lucius the Reborn is fast fulfilling the role of being the Doomslayer of the RH-verse, strongly resembling the Scourge of Hell with being nigh-unkillable, fighting daemons and all traitors and Chaos forces with unrelenting determination and hatred, being likely the last of the Emperor's Children legion...
  • Master Swordsman: Lucius remains in the RH-verse as in the HH-verse a swordsman of terrifying skill, compared at various points with the likes of Sigismund, Abaddon, Kharn, Amet and Sevatar in terms of skill, and is capable of keeping up with even a Keeper of Secrets as seen during the Angel War (and that was while using a piece of junk as an improvised weapon for most of the fight).
  • The Magnificent: 'The Reborn' (instead of 'The Eternal' as with his canon HH-verse self), having apparently returned to life in his cell after dying under the tortures of the Dark Eldar, and afterwards in the climatic Battle of Terra at the climax of the Roboutian Heresy he was seen fighting and saving the lives of many loyalist Legions' champions and leaders, and was thought to have died multiple times by each of the loyal Legions, only to inexplicably reappear to fight once more. This earned him a posthumous Imperial Sainthood.
  • Tranquil Fury: Lucius the Reborn is supremely pissed upon hearing Holy Terra is under attack again by the forces of Chaos when he returned ten thousand years later, and also that no only has the Emperor's Children legion been destroyed by Fabius Bile's Black Legion, but its remnants had been captured and twisted into the monstrous Tithed Ones by the servants of Slaanesh as their shock troops for the Angel War. To the frustration of the Keeper of Secrets Yria, however, Lucius doesn't break out into a berserk rage when it taunts him about that, instead sinking into a cold, focused fury which only made his sword-fighting even more superb.

    Brotherhood of the Silent Scream 
  • The Atoner: The Brotherhood of the Silent Scream cut off their own tongues for their perceived failures, removing themselves from the broader legion structure, staying isolated on a monastery on Chemos and lending their services to inquisitors.
  • The Speechless: Every Space Marine in the Brotherhood ritually removes his tongue as a punishment for perceived failures, this tradition was started by Marius Vairosean after being unable to rescue his primarch during the Bleeding War.


IV — Iron Warriors

  • Artificial Limbs: The mutagenic energies around the Iron Cages have induced mutations on the Iron Warriors, to counteract this they remove the mutated tissue, replacing it with prosthetics or cloned replacements.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Some buildings made by the Iron Warriors are capable to defy the laws of physics, or modify themselves to a certain degree. Special mentions go to the walls of the Iron Warriors’ fortress of Hydra Cordatus and the Cavea Ferrum: A structure inside the Imperial Palace of such complexity that even a Primarch’s mind is unable to navigate it.
  • Death from Above: Iron Warriors' military doctrine involves very extensive use of heavy artillery and other forms of bombardment to pound the enemy's defenses and resolve into dust, before any major assaults.
  • Glory Hound: Like in canon, they used to be this, growing increasingly restless over the lack of recognition and respect for demeaning and frustrating assignments with little glory to be had. Then Perturabo, who is far more mature and humble than his canon self in this verse, took command and taught them his philosophy on war, dispelling such desires and turning them into dutiful Legionnaires as a whole. Ironically, it is subverting this and heroically and loyally defending the Imperium that finally got them the widespread recognition and respect from the rest of the Imperium during and after the Heresy.
  • Hold the Line: They are the main force backing the construction and manning of the iron cages: Sector-sized complexes that surround the Eye of Terror and the Ruinstorm. And the legion has been blocking the access of most of the assaults from the forces of Chaos for ten millennia.
  • Humble Hero: They care little for recognition or glory ever since Perturabo assumed command of the Legion and taught them that War Is Hell and is something that should only be pursued and ended as quickly and efficiently as possible. At present, they dutifully watch over the Imperium and see to its defense from their countless fortresses across the Galaxy, perfectly fine to let the other Loyal Legions get their share of glory and credit - their Primarch and the Emperor's approval is enough for them.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Unlike other Legions, the Iron Warriors don't care for glory or honour in war, and thus are more willing to use less honourable but effective strategies to resolve it as efficiently as possible, like bombing the enemy into submission from afar or let them wear themselves down assaulting their near-impregnable fortresses until they are too weak to defend themselves. This makes for a source of tension between the Iron Warriors and other Loyalist Legions, and one of the original sources of their feud with their presently traitorous cousins the Imperial Fists.
  • Tank Goodness: The Iron Warriors makes extensive use of heavy armoured vehicles to spearhead their offensives, often fielding hundreds of them on the field alongside thousands of Iron Warriors legionnaires.
  • War Is Hell: A lesson Perturabo drilled into the Iron Warriors' heads upon taking command of the Legion, stopping their then-increasing thirst for recognition and glory in its tracks. For the Iron Warriors, war is considered an unfortunate but necessary evil that must be tolerated and even waged for the defense of the Imperium and all Humankind. It must therefore be treated like a mathematical equation which must be solved as efficiently and effectively as possible, spending as little resources and casualties as possible for maximum effect.

    Primarch Perturabo 

  • Cincinnatus: He didn't stay the ruler to Olympia after uplifting the world into an utopia, instead quietly retiring into the countryside to be a scholar.
  • For Want of a Nail: Perturabo's hated foster-father died before the Emperor showed up, and having authority and responsibility thrust on him caused him to mature and become a Humble Hero who was content with the Boring, but Practical work.
  • Human Popsicle: Due to the amount of wounds that Perturabo has taken in his battles, he now spends most of the time resting in stasis.
  • Humble Hero: He took over Olympia not for his own glory, but to give power to it's people. After he had achieved his dream, he retired to a quiet, content life.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After the Heresy ended, Perturabo lost faith in the Imperium’s possible recovery, remarking that they’ll never reach the state that the Imperium had before the Heresy.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The Emperor's first words to him was proclaiming him as truly being his son, right after seeing that Perturabo was very happy to let the perfect society he created rule itself.

    Barban Falk. the Warsmith 
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: His ghost appears to save Magnus from the Queen during his battle against the forces of the Haydesian Kingdoms.
  • That Man Is Dead: After returning from the Martian War, he abandoned the identity of Barban Falk, chosing to be referred only as the Warsmith.

    Barabas Dantioch 
  • Colony Drop: How did Barabas dealt with the Imperator-class Titan which the treacherous Imperial Fists used to finally breach Shadenhold's defences during the siege of the fortress and rendered it indefensible. Shadenhold was built into a gigantic stalactite, and to enter the even more enormous cavern it was built into the Imperator-class Titan had to emerge from a lake beneath the fortress. Before Barabas and his defenders escaped, they detonated the demolition charges at the base of the hanging fortress spire and blew it off the roof of the cavern, which promptly dropped itself right on top of the Titan and crushed it along with thousands of other enemy troops.
  • Guile Hero: He killed thousands of Imperial Fists troops and an imperator Titan during the siege of Shadenhold, using only the fortress itself and a few marines and human soldiers. The battle ended up costing the traitorous Imperial Fists nearly a tenth of the entire legion before it was taken, and they were even denied that victory when Barabas escaped and his men escaped and destroyed the fortress as they went.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He died activating the Dark Glass station to allow the World Eaters and Word Bearers to escape the Ruinstorm.
  • Older Than They Look: As a result of the Iron Warriors' battle with the Hrud, Barabas was prematurely aged by the Hruds' time-bending entropic powers on top of being horribly disfigured. This becomes a problem as the Roboutian Heresy dragged on, culminating in him sacrificing himself to activate the Dark Glass Station and allow both the Word Bearers and World Eaters to escape the Ruinstorm, taking an agonizing but relatively quick and meaningful death getting the two trapped loyalist Legions back to Terra rather than drag everyone else down and eventually succumbing to a prolonged and undignified death.
  • Secretly Dying: Barabas was dying from entropic exposure to the Hrud, aging his body prematurely and making him weaker and weaker with each passing moment. This may have motivated him to perform his Heroic Sacrifice so he won't slow everyone down and die a much more dignified and meaningful death.
  • The Strategist: Under his leadership and his ingeniously designed Shadenhold fortress, he and the few Astartes and Human soldiers he have under his command managed to hold off a significant portion of the traitorous Imperial Fists legion - which consisted of thousands of traitor Astartes, millions of Human troops and even several renegade Titans legions - for more than a standard Terran year. Even Rogal Dorn's personal leadership was not enough to break the siege, and in the end Barabas costed him a tenth of his entire Legion just to take Shadenhold, and even that victory was rendered hollow by Barabas activating the self-destruct and denying the Imperial Fists their prize, escaping with his men via teleportation.

VIII — Night Lords

  • Berserk Button: Don't trick the Night Lords into putting down a well-intentioned rebellion or support slavery in front of the World Eaters, unless you want your death and humiliation to be spectacular.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They rescued the Emperor's Children from their imprisonment and torture at the hands of Dark Eldar, and later were part of the imperial reinforcements at the siege of Terra.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Librarians of the legion can receive visions of the future, but this gift it's really taxing. This ability also appears on a minority of the normal battle-brothers of the legion, but it's far more dangerous, and eventually pushes the legionary suffering from the visions into a full-on Super-Power Meltdown.
  • The Confidant: 'Sin-Eaters' are essentially confidants and therapists who are recruited by the Night Lords to help them cope with the horrors of their jobs. It comes from Konrad Curze having a mother-figure who looked after him and listened to his troubles in his youth.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They are still Terror Heroes but unlike in canon, this is tempered by a strong sense of justice and compassion for the innocent.
  • Stealth Expert: They're the best legion at moving through enviroments without being noticed, using both their own abilities and cooperation from the officio assasinorum to maintain this effect.
  • Terror Hero: The Night Lords make use a mix of stealth, brutality and terror tactics to intimidate their foes into submission, avoiding excessive deaths. This is so efficient that the mere rumor of a fleet of Night Lords coming to a planet it's enough to stop seditious nobles from trying to rebel against the Imperium. Unlike the canon Night Lords, however, they balance this out with a code of honor, the use of 'Sin-Eaters' to help them cope with the horrors of their jobs, and their respect for human life.

    Primarch Konrad Curze 

  • Big Brother Mentor: He teaches the necessity of respecting the Godzilla Threshold to his youngest siblings, the twin Primarchs Alpharius and Omegon.
  • Defiant to the End: He told Vulkan he would rather die a hero then live as a monster before being killed by the Salamander Primarch.
  • For Want of a Nail: Konrad Curze was raised by a human mother who cared for and loved him, preventing his rise as a psychotic Punisher expy in canon while becoming a noble Batman-like figure who valued life.
  • The Good King: Was crowned King of Nostramo after fighting off the Eldar invasion. His reign saw the crime-ridden world become prosperous and stable. Unlike in canon, this change was lasting since Konrad knew to leave it in the hands of his most capable administrators while he was away crusading.
  • Momma's Boy: His point of divergence was being found and raised as a child by a woman named Theresa, who did her best to reassure him he wasn't a monster.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is the first Primarch to die in the Heresy, at the hands of Vulkan.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Konrad killed Vulkan, who unfortunately is a Perpetual, fifteen times at the Drop Site Massacre before dying.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He was at both ends of this situation at different points in his life.
    • He first received this encouragement from his mother who used her dying words to reassure him that he was not a monster.
    • He was on the giving end when he convinced Alpharius and Omegon that the two could become more than just ruthless killers.

    Jago Sevatarion, the Prince of Crows 
  • Boarding Party: Jago Sevatarion led one against a ship belonging to the Dark Angels in a battle following the Heresy, and was still aboard with his troops when it was pulled back into the Warp, leaving his ultimate fate unknown.
  • Combat Pragmatist: While he was one of the best duelists in the legions, he got an extra edge by being willing to use every trick available to him. One example of this is his duel against Sigismund, that Jago won by headbutting Siginmund after 30 hours of duelling.
  • Not Quite Dead: Some believe this to be the case for Sevatar despite him disappearing after the Heresy, especially since he had not been given permission to die from his Primarch, as per Konrad Curze's final orders before his death.
  • Take Up My Sword: He was designated as heir of Konrad Curze before the dropsite massacre, and assumed the title of legion master upon his Primarch's death. He is to lead the Legion until he was ordered otherwise, and until he is granted explicit permission to do so, he was forbidden to die.
  • The Un-Smile: While he smiles rarely, his smiles are scary to the point of intimidating a Callidus assassin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After leading the Night Lords during and after the Heresy following their Primarch's death, he disappeared in a battle against the Dark Angels when the traitor ship he and his troops had boarded were pulled back into the Warp with them still on it. While the Imperium assumed him dead, some among the Night Lords believe he is still alive, especially considering that by his Primarch's final command, he is forbidden to die until granted explicit permission to do so from Konrad Curze.

XII — World Eaters

  • Honor Before Reason: The legion has started conflicts with many institutions of the Imperium, ranging from snobbish regiments of the Astra Militarum to the Inquisition.
  • Slave Liberation: The World Eaters utterly despise everything related to the enslavement and abuse of humans. This has resulted in a special hatred for both the Salamanders and the worst examples of imperial nobility.
  • True Companions: The Astartes of this Legion share the greatest bonds of brotherhood in any legion.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: The legion has gotten its fair share of enemies among the Imperium’s ranks:
    • The usage of obedience circuits on Skitarii has put the Adeptus Mechanicus at odds with the legion.
    • After the First War of Armageddon, they stood up against the Inquisition on the matter of the survivors of the war, similarly to the Space Wolves in canon. This has resulted in resentment coming from assorted radical elements inside the Ordos.

    Primarch Angron 

  • The Berserker: Defied. While many have said that Angron could be the best warrior among the Primarchs if he let himself fight without restrain, Angron has never let his wrath overcome him. As a result of this restraint, he prevents Khorne from taking him under his influence.
  • Blood Brothers: In this universe, Angron ranked brotherhood first, discipline second, and fighting prowess third on the list of things he wanted the World Eaters to value.
  • For Want of a Nail: Eldrad ordered the Eldar not to attack the baby Angron when he crash-landed, suspecting the orders came from Chaos-corrupted Farseers. As he was not injured, Angron was not captured by Slavers and given the Butcher Nails, saving him from becoming purely driven by rage and falling into Chaos; instead he was raised by peasants who taught him to despise pointless war.
  • Nice Guy: Angron had a much brighter past as a free man, leading him to becoming a noble, genial figure who pretty much everyone who saw the value of compassion got along with. His Legion follows his example.
  • Tranquil Fury: Angron constantly restrains himself while he fights.

    Kharn the Bound One 

  • Bring It: In Nagrakali, the name Skalathrax means “place of ending”, “ judgement'' and “destruction”; Kharn gave this name to one of the recruitment worlds of the World Eaters. This world has seen a disproportionate amount of attacks, including the one that would kill Kharn himself centuries down the line.

XIV — Death Guard

  • Anti-Magical Faction: The Death Guard are the only legion that doesn't use librarians. They have the Sisters of Silence instead, and then a number of anti-Psyker exotic weapons and Pariah mutants when the Sisters become less available.
  • Berserk Button: They have two: Never try to blow up a planet if the Death Guard thinks it can be saved. And never tell a Death Guard marine they take in survivors from their purges - They don't leave survivors.
  • Dirty Business: They’re called in when entire worlds have to be purged.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: The entire legion sees death as just another part of life, and a mercy compared to what the enemies of mankind can do.
  • Doomsday Device: The Death Guards have a TONNE of these in storage, exotic and dangerous weapons confiscated from Xenos and others they fought/wiped out which even the Inquisition and Mechanicus would had balked at, and often used in their extermination campaigns when even their normal weaponry isn't enough.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: While the Death Guard often mourns having to Mercy Kill Human worlds, they by contrast positively REVELS at wars of extermination against Xeno empires, wiping out alien civilizations on the fringes of Imperial space which must be purged before they become a threat to the Imperium, since to them there is no moral ambiguity or crises of conscience which comes with having to end Human life, only the assertion of Human supremacy in the galaxy. This goes to the point that there is a rotation involved with the Death Guards' Great Companies where they would spend time killing Xenos after a period of Human exterminations, since killing aliens for them comes as stress relief for their other duties.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The Death Guard destroys planets for the greater good, though they still feel horrible about it despite knowing it must be done.
  • Implacable Man: The entire legion has one of the greatest endurances among Astartes.
  • Mercy Kill: The populations that they destroy usually would consider extermination by the Death Guard a mercy compare to whatever Fate Worse than Death they had received by the time the Death Guards arrived.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Death Guard use weapons of mass destruction dangerous and powerful enough to scare even the Iniquisiton and Mechanicus, and would had been completely forbidden for the rest of the Imperium to use.

    Primarch Mortarion 

  • Defiant to the End: Mortarion was offered the chance to join Chaos as he was dying at the hands of Vulkan, he still rejected it.
  • For Want of a Nail: Mortarion escaped from the Witch-Lord earlier and chose to live among normal humans peacefully for a time, causing him to value life more. More importantly, unlike in the HH timeline, the Witch-Lord actively attacked and killed everyone in Mortarion's village that he had grown close to. His need to avenge his family gave him a resolve and motivation that he lacked in the original timeline, and allowed him to kill the Witch-Lord himself where he would have failed in the canon timeline. As a result, the Emperor never took the kill from him, and there was no resentment between him and his father, even when the Emperor later ruled in favor of the Librarius at the Council of Nikaea, a decision that Mortarion was adamantly opposed to but ultimately respected (it helped that he was given the Sisters of Silence to compensate for a lack of a Librarius).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The incident that triggered the campaigns of extermination against the Witch Lords of Barbarus was the extermination of the village that had accepted Mortarion.
  • Staking the Loved One: He spent the entirety of the Siege of Terra making sure that Jagathai Khan was permanently dead, and that the Khagan wouldn't be able to ever use his body again.

XV — Thousand Sons

  • Animated Armor: Those Astartes that are unable to survive the Rubric are reduced to dust, with their souls trapped inside their armor.
  • Arch-Enemy: With the Space Wolves. Even before the Heresy began.
  • Body Horror: As in canon, the Thousand Sons suffered from a high mutation rate that exploded after the heresy (here the explosion blamed on Tzeentch's wrath). Ahriman's Rubric put a stop to the cost of killing most of the legion and trapping their souls in their armor as Rubrics. In-universe, this is treated as the right decision as it at least ended up saving who could be saved.
  • Cursed With Awesome: The Rubric of Ahriman shields every marine from direct corruption by Chaos and increases their psychic abilities beyond ordinary librarians. However, only a minority of the aspirants actually survive the process, the rest become Rubric Marines.
  • Inverse Ninja Law: Justified. Besides the fact that Magnus' geneseed only works with psykers, the Thousand Sons have to combine the implantation with the incredibly dangerous Rubric of Ahriman to stabilize the implantation. The very few who survive were already the toughest psykers around, and Magnus' power makes them even more so. Also averted, as the Sons usually fight with their personal detachment of the Imperial Guard, the Spireguard, backing them up.
  • Magic Knight: Every single legionnaire of the Thousand Sons is a psyker, and they're just as talented at fighting as other Astartes. However, a combination of their lack of numbers and their specialized skill set forces them to use human reinforcements known as the Spireguard to be able to operate at their fullest.
  • Remember the Alamo: When they fight against the Space Wolves, their battlecries are in remembrance of the burning of Prospero, along with promises of revenge.

    The Heralds of Prospero 
  • I See Dead People: The first signal an Astartes of the sixteenth legion receives of his transition into a full-fledged Herald is the ability to see the ghosts of the wrongfully slain.
  • That Man Is Dead: When a Herald starts his pilgrimage to Prospero, his brothers mark him as dead on the legion's rolls of honor.
  • Vengeful Ghost: After the awakening of Vindicta, the Heralds of Prospero that die remain as spirits and conduits of Vindicta. They’re known as The Vengeful Ones.

    Primarch Magnus the Red 

  • Barrier Maiden: To defend his sons from the flash-change, Magnus shielded them with his own power during the Great Crusade. When he’s cast down by Sarthorael, the flesh-change comes back.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath. Unlike Rogal Dorn, however, Magnus reigns himself in to be the leader his men and the Imperium as a whole need after coming back from his absence.
  • For Want of a Nail: When Magnus was purging Prospero of the Psychneunn, he encountered a "Psychneunn Prime", which could nullify his psychic powers and nearly killed him. The creature also wounded him, destroying his right eye, and Magnus only managed to kill it by body-slamming it to the ground and pummeling it to a pulp. This implicitly taught him that psychic powers and the Warp weren't everything, and that things are more than they seem (the Psychneunn Prime was frail physically, but it certainly didn't stop it from briefly dominating Magnus). This would later allow Magnus to see Tzeentch for what he was (the Lie), and by literally turning his back on Tzeentch in the Warp, broke his hold over the legion (the Flesh Change). Much later, in the Council of Nikaea, Magnus remained silent throughout the proceedings rather than join the pro-psyker camp as expected, which is implied to have been a factor in the Emperor's final decision being to not ban the use of psyker powers, ensuring that psykers, while still feared, are treated with more respect than in canon.
  • Freak Out: Immediately after stumbling upon and rejecting Tzeentch, a hysterical Magnus ran to the Emperor, babbling about abominations hiding in the Warp, and only calmed with the assurances that the Emperor planned to destroy said abominations.
  • Genius Bruiser: Due to his battle with the Psychneuein Prime (the biggest specimen of a species that feeds off psychic energy), Magnus learns that physical strength can have as much use as psychic might in battle. He later transmitted this lesson to his legion.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Subverted. After he confronted and rejected Tzeentch in the Warp, Magnus rushed to see the Emperor at once, extremely distraught by what he had learned. Fortunately, the Emperor personally checked Magnus for taint, and after swearing Magnus to secrecy, he reassured Magnus by telling him that he had a plan to deal with it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Right after reuniting his soul and his body, Magnus decides to replace his father on the Golden Throne as the main tool directing the Astronomican.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: After looking into the heart of Tzeentch, Magnus denounces him as a lie and rejects him and Chaos entirely.
  • Worf Had the Flu: During his first battle with Sarthorael the Ever-Watcher, Magnus was weakened by warding his entire legion against the Flesh-Change, to the point where Sarthorael was able to curse him and trap his soul into the warp.

    Azhek Ahriman 
  • The Atoner: He has been looking for a cure to the adverse effects of the Rubric for thousands of years.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "Keeper of the Lore".

    Iskandar Khayon 

XVI — Sons of Horus

  • Arch-Enemy: By the Warmaster, do they have a long list of them...
    • The Black Legion, which they share with the Emperor's Children on account of it being created by the Arch-Renegade Fabius Bile, the Clone Lord in this universe. The Sons of Horus is especially pissed at Bile for daring to desecrate Horus' corpse and memory by creating clones of him (and Fulgrim) from their genetic materials during the Clone Wars. And that's not counting that time Bile planted a gene-infiltrator among their ranks who would kick-start the 'War of the False King' which decimated their Legion...
    • The Blood Angels and their Primarch Sanguinius. It was Sanguinius who killed Horus at the gates of the Imperial Palace towards the climax of the Siege of Terra, drinking his blood and transforming into the Daemon Prince of Slaanesh. After Sanguinius was defeated and banished by the Mournival, it was the Blood Angels who made off with the Warmaster's desiccated corpse, allowing it to be desecrated by Fabius Bile for his blasphemous research and cloning projects.
  • Broken Ace: The Sons of Horus were and are still acclaimed across the galaxy as the greatest of all Space Marines, their glories innumerable and victories unrivalled by all other Legions. Unfortunately, they are still haunted by the loss of their Primarch Horus ten thousand years on, and constantly afflicted with terrible misfortunes which blemishes that record and fills them with grief and shame, along with an ever-growing list of grudges and oaths of vengeance that remains unfulfilled against a large gallery of arch-enemies.
  • Demonic Possession: Invoked with their Exorcist Marines, who had endured a Daemonic possession and then fought it off (often at their own volition with the aid of Radical Inquisitors in hopes of replicating the experiences of their Primarch and emerge from it with the same revelations as he had). Those who survive with their souls and bodies intact become practically immune to daemonic influence, filled with absolute loathing for Chaos, and become some of the most skilled warriors in the Imperium available to fight them even among Astartes (short of the Grey Knights and the Thousand Sons' sorcerers).
  • Fatal Flaw: Their passion is their greatest strength, but it is also their greatest weakness, causing them to poison their minds and souls holding onto and brooding over millennia-long grudges and shames, as well as leading some of them astray into the arms of Chaos or at least into internecine conflict with each other and other Legions and Imperial authorities.

    Primarch Horus Lupercal 

  • For Want of a Nail: As they were no Poor Communication Kills between them, The Sons of Horus did not exterminate the Interex after both sides were able to clear up any confusion between them with the latter helping the former prevent Horus from being corrupted. Sadly, the Interex are still killed off by an unknown force after the Sons of Horus were forced to leave their new allies when the Roboutian Heresy began.

XVII — Word Bearers

  • Berserk Button: Like their Primarch, ANYTHING to do with Chaos and Religion in general is one for them.
    "Burn their idols, lay down their tainted temples, slay their fell priests. We will not leave this world until every single Chaos worshipper is dead!"
    Chapter Master Harzhan of the Word Bearers Legion, before the 'Purge of Oceania'.
  • The Hermit: Once the Word Bearers were acclaimed by the Imperium for their dedication to the Imperial Truth during the Great Crusade. After the Heresy, however, this dedication led to them willingly separating themselves from the rest of the Imperium, fighting against the enemies of Humanity on the fringes of Imperial space, in order to avoid conflict with other Imperial authorities and populations which might result from their adamant refusal to accept the Imperial Creed and the faith in the God-Emperor which had grown in the aftermath of the galactic civil war.
  • Nay-Theist: Despite the Heresy and the rise of the Imperial Creed and faith in the God-Emperor, the Word Bearers still adamantly dedicate themselves to the Imperial Truth, refusing to acknowledge the Emperor as a god just as they refuse to acknowledge the Ruinous Powers as anything more than Warpborne reality-cancers masquerading as false gods.
  • Tranquil Fury: The Word Bearers are known for a mutation in their geneseed, which when triggered - such as by the presence of Chaos or sufficiently horrific atrocities committed against Humanity - would cause them to sink into a trance-like state of absolute cold fury, whereupon they are driven to cold, ruthless and merciless annihilation of their foes by any means possible. Some never leave this state after sinking into it and become 'Iconoclast Marines', still intelligent but becoming little more than automatons turning on hatred, who would for example think nothing of killing a thousand civilians just to get one Chaos-worshipping priest among them or dying horribly if it means destroying the enemy. These 'Iconoclasts' are placed in special units separated from the rest of the their Chapters in the Word Bearers Legion, considered effectively good as dead by the rest of their battle-brothers, and are often sent either to conduct purges where it is vital absolutely nothing of who/what needs to be purged escapes, or suicide missions where their survival is slim - none of which they ever objected to.

    Primarch Lorgar Aurelian 

  • Berserk Button: Religion in general, but especially ANYTHING to do with Chaos, after his experiences on Colchis and the 'Wars of the False Priests'. When he found the Covenant had taken root on Khur, he forego negotiations that his brother Roboute Guilliman wanted and immediately invaded with his Legion to wipe them out. When he heard Roboute Guilliman and some of his brothers had turned against the Emperor and threw their lot with Chaos, he was so enraged that he unleashed enough psychic powers to cripple a starship had he been on it, and were it not for orders from Warmaster Horus to help the World Eaters Legion subdue Ultramar he would had taken his entire Legion to Isstvan to fight the traitors, determined to kill his brother with his bare hands if he had to.
  • Cool Sword: The Sword That Was Promised. Yes, that's an expy of Excalibur.
  • For Want of a Nail: On Colchis, Lorgar grew up as part of a family in Colchis that directly suffered under the Covenant's oppression. Instead of becoming a religious zealot, when he grew up he became the Covenant's worst enemy and the most ardent supporter of the Imperial Truth, as well one of the most anti-Chaos Primarchs in the entire Imperium.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Subverted. Lorgar's reaction to the 'Primordial Truth' is to put everything he has to its destruction.
    "No god worthy of worship would demand such horror committed in his name."
    Lorgar Aurelian, upon discovering the sacrificial pits of Vharadesh
  • Kill the God:
    • Lorgar vowed to destroy the Ruinous Powers and everything related to it, having seen the horrors and evils they and their worshippers wrought on Colchis.
    • To put his father out of his misery, Lorgar used The Sword That Was Promised to euthanize the Emperor of Mankind on the Golden Throne and allow him to pull his final gambit against Chaos, effectively killing the very god the Imperium had come to worship.
  • Nay-Theist: A very fervent defender of the Imperial Truth.
  • Psychic Powers: All Primarchs are Psykers to a degree, and in Lorgar's case he can unleash an aura of golden light which could banish daemons back into the Warp, drag his gene-sons out of their trance-like fury and heal grievous wounds. In this sense, he is like a D&D Cleric (Except he is not and would vehemently deny being one). His erratic psychic abilities were honed with help of his brother Magnus the Red, and is noted to be potent enough that had he unleashed his full might aboard a ship in orbit he would had crippled it beyond repair.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He was adopted by a couple who lost their biological children to the depraved priests.
  • Secret Keeper: Lorgar was one of the few Primarchs who know about the threat of Chaos and wanted to spread knowledge of it to his siblings and the entire Imperium in order to better fight against it. His father told him to wait, however, as he has plans against Chaos that would be ruined if the truth was revealed too soon. Lorgar would agree to keep it a secret, though still told his most trusted gene-sons and confidants about them just in case. This secret-keeping however would be turned against both him and his father at Khur, when he was forced not to explain that he attacked the planet that Roboute wanted to negotiate a peaceful annexation with because survivors of the Covenant had fled there and taken root upon the civilizations there.

XX — Alpha Legion

  • The Chessmaster: The Alpha Legion are infamous for being this, being meticulous planners and unconventional strategists of the highest caliber. To wit, they are likely the only loyal Legion to be an even match with the Tzeentch-aligned Dark Angels.
  • Epic Fail: Being supreme planners and strategists, their plans rarely falters, but it's noted on the rare occasions they do, they fail spectacularly.
  • Hero-Worshipper: The Alpha Legion practically idolized the Ultramarine Aeonid Thiel, an unconventional strategist censured by his own superiors who in the RH-verse became the leader of the Red-Marked Space Marines which survived the betrayal at Isstvan and even managed to escape, organizing a guerilla force which fought against and caused untold amounts of damage to the Traitor Legions across the galaxy. When the Alpha Legionnaires found his armour in his abandoned ship towards the end of the Heresy, upon which Thiel inscribed all the strategems and tactics he developed and used against the traitors, one of the Alpha Legion team which found it commented that if even a fraction of his wisdom is recorded on it, the armour alone is a prize equaling that of a Primarch.
  • Properly Paranoid: The Alpha Legion, like their Primarch, are paranoid to the extreme and make preparations and plans for virtually any kind of situations - to wit, resentment between the Primarchs aside, they were already suspicious of the Ultramarines and had established secret outposts around their Realm of Ultramar to keep an eye on them. Given the Roboutian Heresy and all the threats and horrors the Imperium would end up facing, this paranoia proved more often than not justified.

    Primarch Alpharius Omegon 

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Losing Alpharius was such a trauma to Omegon that he sunk into a week-long Heroic BSoD and only roused himself to help after being commanded by the Emperor.
  • For Want of a Nail: While Alpharius and Omegon don't have enough of a canon backstory to to state where the divergence was, Curze gave them both a What the Hell, Hero? moment that reminded them there's a point where I Did What I Had to Do stops being a justification for the means. One thing that change with canon was their relationship with the Cabal. Unlike their canon counterparts, the Alpha Legion didn't join the Cabal but destroyed them as both the Chapter and ex-Cabal members like Eldrad Ulthran learned the organization was infiltrated by Chaos agents and unknowingly serving for Chaos.
  • Handicapped Badass: In spite of Omegon being physically and psychologically weakened after the loss of his twin, he nevertheless avoids dying or going missing like all the other loyalist Primarchs, staying active for ten thousand years and having many an Offscreen Moment of Awesome between uncredited victories over hidden threats to the Imperium.
  • Manly Tears: Omegon breaks down and sobs into Lorgar's shoulder when the Emperor passes on.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They were suspected to be one mind that happened to have two bodies, and one dying permanently weakened the other.
  • Twin Switch: Even their gene-sons didn't know how to differentiate them.

Traitor Legions

I — Dark Angels

  • Complexity Addiction; Between the amount of layers in their hierarchy, the fact that some operatives have secret orders from the Grandmasters (or Lion El'Jonson Himself), and the constant change of meaning in the titles of any given rank. Only the Alpha Legion can keep up with the constant changes.
  • I Reject Your Reality: The entire legion suffers from this as a result of their wholehearted embrace of Tzeentch, as it means they don't have to face the truth that they had been played like a fiddle by the 'Architect of Fate', that they not only betrayed the Imperium and failed to avert the Bad Future that prompted their betrayal in the first place, but actually made it happen because of their actions. None embraced the lie more than Primarch Lion El'Jonson himself, to the point that he's frequently described as little more than a puppet of Tzeentch. Justified in that the Chaos God they embraced is basically an incarnation of Humanity's, if not all sapient life's capacity for self-deceit.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Due to their allegiance to Tzeentch, this is to be expected. Their tactics can be confusing at first sight, with the full consequences only being revealed centuries after the campaign’s end.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Under Azrael, the Dark Angels work together with the Space Wolves, led by Logan Grimnar, for the Siege of Terathalion. From the dialogue between Azrael and Grimnar, it's abundantly clear that they really don't like each other, with Azrael secretly having attempted to assassinate Grimnar multiple times, but their hatred of the Thousand Sons is outweighing their hatred for each other.
  • Torture Technician: One of the tasks of the Interrogator-Chaplains is to have the imperial prisoners broken with torture, and then released back to the battlefield, either as infiltrators or with the purpose of damaging morale.

    Primarch Lion El'Jonson 

  • For Want Of Anail: Kairos Fateweaver drove Lion'El Johnson mad through voices in his head, ultimately luring him to Tzeentch's side. This had the side effect of making Luther and his Fallen the Loyalists instead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: While rupturing the Webway allowed him to hunt Cypher personally, it also let Lorgar escape from the Chaos Gods and take the Sword that was Promised.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Lion El'Jonson hasn't left Cysgorog since the end of the Heresy.
  • Wild Child: Just like his canon counterpart, he spent his first years of life alone in the forests of Caliban.

    Grand Master Azrael 
  • The Magnificent: Known as "the Lord of Lies".
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Azrael's memories have been constantly modified by Tzeentch's will since the moment he became a Grand Master.
  • Hero Killer: He murdered Khalida to allow the Black Crusade to enter into the fortress of Ahat-iakby.

    Grand Master Belial, the Lord of Whispers 
  • Anti-Magic: Belial wields the Sword of Silence. This blade projects a field around him that nullifies psychic phenomena.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "the Lord of Whispers".

    Cypher, Lord of the Fallen, Zahariel El´Zurias 
  • The Atoner: His current mission of carrying Luther’s sword to Terra was undertaken after a previous failure. He was supposed to be on Caliban and help Luther in the battle against Lion El’Jonson, however. He was baited by the Tuchulcha Engine into searching for his cousin aboard the Dark Angel’s flagship.
  • Barrier Maiden: As the last of the original Fallen, his life is the only thing stopping Lion El'Jonson from recovering his full power. With his death, this position goes to Luther's daughter Morgana.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Sword that was Promised is anathema to all Daemons. By passing it to Lorgar, he purges the Ouroboros's shard from his body, dying in the process.
  • The Magnificent: Known as "Lord of the Fallen".
  • Resurrective Immortality: The Ouroboros heals Cypher's wounds every time he dies.
  • That Manis Dead: As far as he cares, Zahariel died fighting against Luther.

    Luther, Master of Caliban 
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While Luther wasn't even a full Astartes, by the time of Lion's arrival on Caliban he was strong enough to match the Daemon Primarch's might, while suffering from previous wounds and without Cypher's help.
  • The Magnificent: Known as the "Master of Caliban". His alternative title is "the Arch-Betrayer".
  • Worf Had the Flu: The damage that Luther sustained during the battle with the Ouroboros resulted wounds that hadn’t fully healed by the time of Lion’s arrival to Caliban. Cypher speculates that, had Luther been at his full might during his battle, he would have been able to kill Lion El'Jonson permanently.

V — White Scars

  • Tautological Templar: White Scars believe that anyone who lives under the aegis of the Imperium is guilty of cowardice, otherwise they would rebel. Thus, it's not that the White Scars are "enslaving" anyone, just "changing who the masters are."

    Primarch Jaghatai Khan 

  • For Want of a Nail: Jaghatai Khan was found by the Palatine (who turned out to be a Chaos worshipper) instead of the tribes, exposing him to the corruption of Chaos early and allowing the Warp Storms at Chondrax to whisper into mind and corrupt his heart, and giving him a fundamental distrust of anyone who called themselves Emperor, causing him to become even more isolated than in canon.

VI — Space Wolves

  • Believing Their Own Lies: The Space Wolves as a whole since before the Heresy - their canonical denial that Rune Priests have anything to do with the Warp is amplified into believing that they are not even psykers (when in canon Rune Priests privately admit that one needs psychic potential to communicate with the spirit of Fenris in the first place), and after Fenris was destroyed, now they're divided evenly between Tautological Templars who believe that somehow Fenris still exists somehow within them, and those who have plummeted past the Despair Event Horizon and admit the truth - but in the same breath blame the Thousand Sons for their current state.
  • I Reject Your Reality: The Space Wolves still adamantly believe, despite all evidence to the contrary, that there is a difference between the psychic abilities they call upon the World-Spirit of Fenris (which is long destroyed by this point), and psychic abilities used by the Loyalist Thousand Sons and other non-Fenrisians, which they arbitrarily classified as 'maleficarum'. One notable character who displays this trait is the Deluded Rune Priest - believing the Fifteenth Legion has 'hidden' the truth from the rest of the Space Wolves somehow with some curse, he is determined to find traces of the Fenris World-Spirit among the surviving Fenrisians, and is willing to go as far as to literally cut apart and flay the souls of as many of them as it takes if it means finding it.
  • Tautological Templar: The Space Wolves still believe themselves to be loyal to the Emperor, but that he was deceived by Magnus and his supporters into accepting maleficarum as a useful tool of the Legions. As a result, the Space Wolves embracing maleficarium to oppose the Thousand Sons is the fault of the Thousand Sons.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Under Logan Grimnar, the Space Wolves work together with the Dark Angels, led by Azrael, for the Siege of Terathalion. From the dialogue between Azrael and Grimnar, it's abundantly clear that they really don't like each other, with Azrael secretly having attempted to assassinate Grimnar multiple times, but their hatred of the Thousand Sons is outweighing their hatred for each other.

    Primarch Leman Russ 

  • For Want of a Nail: In addition to some rather deep personal tragedies (especially the loss of his wolf-siblings), the Emperor's decision to allow psychic powers greatly angered Leman Russ, who became obsessed with proving to the Emperor that psychic powers were evil. This led him and his legion to obsessively search for xenos evidence to prove his point, destroy Prospero (a loyal world) of his own accord, break the Webway in an attempt to assassinate Magnus, and fully turn traitor through Lion'El Johnson's influence.

VII — Imperial Fists

  • Arch-Enemy: They hate the Blood Angels with passion due to the broader conflict between Khorne and Slaneesh.
  • Blood Knight: Naturally, after pledging their allegiance to Khorne, they've became this. Rogal Dorn in particular is the most violent of them all, his moods constantly switching between explosive rage and icy fury.

    Primarch Rogal Dorn 

  • For Want of a Nail: Large armies of Orks found Inwit before the Emperor did while Rogal Dorn was in command, ultimately resulting in the destruction of Inwit, an event which would haunt Rogal Dorn and bring out the worst aspects of his personality.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The narrator of the Imperial Fists' entry acknowledged that the traumatic losses Rogal Dorn experienced in Inwit's doomed war against invading Ork WAAAGHs may had most likely pushed the Imperial Fists Primarch down the path of treachery. But then the narrator pointed out that other Primarchs had endured similar horrific losses and remained loyal. Though his Start of Darkness is a significant contributor to his downfall, at the end of the day it was still Rogal Dorn's own decision to rebel and eventually join the forces of Chaos, and that alone made it inexcusable.

IX — Blood Angels

  • Arch-Enemy: They really do not get along with Imperial Fists because of them being aligned with Slaanesh, who is utterly opposed to Khorne, and vice-versa.
  • Glamour Failure: Blood Angels can suffer from this, which they don't like at all. A big example of this is the beginning of Ahzek Ahriman's confrontation with Rafen the Kinslayer, the leader of the attack on the Black Library. Ahriman briefly is lured by the angel's unholy beauty, but quickly remembers all of the atrocities committed by Sanguinius and the Blood Angels. This realization immediately destroys the Glamour, which reveals Rafen's hideous true form and sends him frothing with rage.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Thanks to glamours, all of the Sanguinary Marines appear as beautiful and charming as their Primarch, to the point where everyone would be completely distracted and weep at their beauty. However, if someone manages to tear off the glamours and reveal the Sanguinary Marines' true selves as eldritch, horrific-looking monsters, they'll get mad.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They are obsessed with the Thirst, which drives them to consume the flesh and drink the blood of sapient creatures.
  • Psycho Party Member: Even among Traitor Legions, they stand out. The Red Thirst runs rampant within its ranks and their Primarch has become so insane from his grief/regret-fueled delusions that he doesn't even realize they've turned traitor.

    Primarch Sanguinius 

  • Cloudcuckoolander: After losing his sanity Sanguinius lives in an imaginary world where he never betrayed the Emperor.
  • For Want of a Nail: Rather than raising him as one of their own, the nomadic Baalite Human tribe which found Sanguinius instead gave him to a sealed vault shelter populated by pureblood Baalites in his youth, where he was raised to despise the mutant and deviant even more than in canon, which also planted a seed of doubt in his own purity considering his wings along with all other differences between him and other pureblood Humans. When the flaws of the Blood Angels start to afflict his Legion, he was even more obsessed in finding a cure for it out of fear of his Legion degenerating and that the Emperor would have him and his Legion purged for his deviancy. Ultimately, in his desperation, he would accept a pact with Slaanesh offered by the Keeper of Secrets Kyriss the Perverse at Signus Prime to free the Blood Angels of their flaws, damning them all.
  • Hero Killer: He slew Horus during the Siege of Terra. This ended up psychologically breaking him, to the point where, like canon!Fulgrim, he would constantly clone Horus in hopes that he could have his beloved brother by his side. Unfortunately, since all of Horus's clones have the mental capacity remember who killed the original, Sanguinius would kill him, and would repeat the process again, and again, and again...
  • I Reject Your Reality: Sanguinius started developing delusions to cope with killing his beloved brother Horus at the Gates of Eternity. After growing desperate enough to accept a bargain with Slaanesh to save the Blood Angels, only to have it backfire in the worst possible way, he became so delusional following his ascension as a Daemon Prince that he went completely insane, unable to face the horrible reality of what he had done, as well as what he and his legion became. The scene depicting the moment of his final downfall explicitly noted he embraced this trope when he took it, stating that he "turned his back on the truth, and embraced the lie".
  • Tragic Villain: He made a treaty with Slaanesh not for his personal gain, but to save his Legion. It cost teh Blood Angels their humanity, and him his sanity.

    The Sanguinor 
  • The Chessmaster: The Sanguinor rallied multiple Blood Angels and Slaaneshi warbands, arranged several Keepers of Secrets and other daemons of Slaanesh to be on or to get to the Sol system, and persuaded Slaanesh to release the Laer from their afterlife punishment, to attack Holy Terra and the Sol System at the moment the Emperor made his 'Hail Mary' against Chaos, kickstarting the 'Angel War' while the Imperium is still reeling from the Emperor's death and giving Slaanesh a shot to either destroy the Imperium at its heart, or failing that cripple it. And it's implied the whole event served another purpose altogether involving Daemon Prince Sanguinius and Slaanesh' court whether it succeeds or fails.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted compared to both Sanguinius and even Slaanesh, which became very important when the Emperor pulled his final 'Hail Mary' against Chaos. One of the theories behind the Sanguinor is that he is a fragment of Sanguinius which is both sane and embraced his corruption fully. Being Human or Human-like once, Sanguinius and most likely the Sanguinor, despite their corruption, still retained some Humanity in them which allowed them to comprehend some of the Humans' actions. While the very inhuman natures of the Chaos Gods, including Slaanesh, as selfish and monstrous reality cancers meant they would not be able to see the Emperor's final gambit coming, the Sanguinor could anticipate something like this due to whatever Humanity remaining within him. This drove him to arrange for the 'Angel War' to erupt in the Solar System the very moment the Emperor hit the bucket, so to take advantage of the chaos to either conquer Sol and destroy the Imperium of Man at its heart for Slaanesh while it was still reeling from the Emperor's death, or failing that cripple Imperium enough that it cannot take advantage of the Emperor's sacrifice when it fully comes into play, buying time for Slaanesh and the rest of the Chaos Gods can regroup and deal with it and its consequences.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even more so than the pure Sanguinor in canon, on account of the Sanguinor being a Daemonic being of Slaanesh.
  • Pieces of God: Or rather, Daemon Prince. The Sanguinor is hypothesized by both the Inquisition and the Blood Angels to be one of Sanguinius' fragments, one which is both sane and wholly evil from fully embracing his now corrupted nature.

X — Iron Hands


    Primarch Ferrus Manus 

  • The Dragon: Ferrus Manus to Roboute Guilliman during the Heresy.
  • For Want of a Nail: After his/her attempt to corrupt the Emperor's Children through the Laer failed, Slaanesh collaborated with Nurgle to bring Ferrus Manus and the Iron Hands to Nurgle and to lure the Dark Eldar to attacking Fulgrim (and indirectly claim vengeance for refusing Slaanesh's corruption).

XIII — Ultramarines

  • Blind Obedience: The Isstvan purge ensured that Primarch Guilliman's authority went from unquestioned to absolute, his words not just authoritative but outright gospel. Deconstructed in that predictably this led to his Legion crippled and shattered with Roboute's seeming death at the end of the Heresy, with no one having the initiative or ability to unify the Legion into a capable unified fighting force.
  • Evil Feels Good: Ultramarines often commit atrocities because it pleases them.
  • Fallen Hero: Before the Heresy, they were paragons among Astartes. Now they are devout worshippers of the Dark Gods.
  • No True Scotsman: The Ultramarines view their Evoctii troops with utter contempt, seeing them as pale imitations of true Astartes and indeed also derogatively called them 'Palebloods'. This is due to the fact that Evoctii, being made for mass-production, only carry a small fraction of a true Astartes' physiology, often one or two organs, with the rest of them being substituted by various means from cybernetics to alien tissue to who knows what else.

    Primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Avenging Son/the Dark Master of Chaos/the Arch-Traitor 

  • Arch-Enemy: Two following his Face–Heel Turn: The Emperor of Mankind, naturally, and Be'lakor, the Master of Shadows, who was responsible for his downfall in the first place.
  • The Caligula: The Avenging Son's corruption by the Chaos gods and being trapped in an utterly-agonizing state between life and death for ten thousand years in stasis while his mind is fully exposed to the Warp, pretty much all but reduced Roboute Guilliman from the noble ruler he once was into a cruel, petty, scheming and insane tyrant. By the time he resurrected he is all or less driven wholly evil by all his corruption and torments.
  • The Determinator: Lampshaded by Aeonid Thiel as the one trait which Roboute Guilliman kept both as the Avenging Son and the Dark Master of Chaos: No matter what torments, failures and adversities he faced, until he finishes what he started, Guilliman would never, ever give up.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Roboute Guilliman loved and missed his own murdered adoptive parents, even after he was corrupted by the Chaos Gods and became the Arch-Traitor. He had statues of them dotted all over important locations in Maccragge, and following the birth of the Ruinstorm and the Heresy had a whole bridge made from the manifested and solidified tormented souls of all the traitors and rebels responsible for their deaths made linking both the region of Illyrium and the mega-city of Macragge called the Bridge of Cold Torment, where they would suffer for all eternity or at least until it was destroyed in the Battle of Macragge to prevent Tyranids released by Marius Gage's Black Crusade from reaching Macragge proper. When his adoptive parents' souls were released from Be'lakor after he banished him following his resurrection, their presence and words were the only things which nearly make him break into emotions and consider a Heel–Face Turn, despite being driven far more insane and evil than he was even back in the Roboutian Heresy from ten thousand years of tormented stasis - Though sadly, even that is not enough in the end to turn him away from remaining the Arch-Traitor in the end.
  • For Want of a Nail: Be'lakor stirred up war in Macragge that led to the deaths of the two people Guilliman considered as parental figures, and years later Guilliman furiously pursued Be'lakor into the Warp and exposed himself to the corruption of the Ruinous Powers.
  • Red Baron: He would carry canon!Horus's title as "the Arch-Traitor" this time, as well as taking the tittle of "Dark master of Chaos" from Be'lakor.
  • Never My Fault: Being Not Quite Dead, he is profoundly disappointed with how his Legion had degenerated in his absence following his Heresy, to the point he considered his secret mortal infiltrator agents to be superior to them. It never occurred to him that by purging his own Legion of anyone who can think for themselves at Isstvan (because they have enough brains to question his orders and therefore defy his betrayal against the Imperium), and after his internment into stasis ruthlessly manipulated the warbands into killing each other so he could consume their souls when they die to regenerate himself, he ensured they turn into the blindly-obedient fratricidal idiots they had been reduced to.
  • Redemption Rejection: When the released spirits of his adoptive parents offered him a Last-Second Chance after his resurrection, telling him he could still break free from the Dark Gods and reclaim his destiny as the Avenging Son, Guilliman turned them down.
    "I know my destiny," said Roboute, his voice almost breaking with emotion. "And nothing will turn me away from it. Not even you."
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His opinion of his own degenerated, blindly-obedient and fratricidal Legion post-Heresy, to the point he considers his own mortal infiltrator agents in the Imperium to be stronger and better than they are. Never mind the fact that he was the one who caused it in the first place.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He is all but reduced to screaming in impotent fury upon learning Aeonid Thiel, the Lord of the Red-Marked had planted and detonated a Warp-bomb powerful enough to blow up Macragge while they were fighting and too distracted to notice at the climax of the Battle of Maccragge, not only taking away the first world Guilliman had conquered but also ruining all the plans and preparations he had been making for his return in the last ten thousand years and forcing him to run with his tails behind his legs.

     Aeonid Thiel, the Lord of the Red-Marked 
  • Beyond Redemption: For Aeonid Thiel, seeing Guilliman turning down his adoptive parents' pleas to turn away from the Dark Gods and banishing their mournful spirits finally proved that the Dark Gods had corrupted him too deeply and that Guilliman was beyond saving.
    Aeonid Thiel: "You actually did it. I thought … some part of me thought that maybe, just maybe, there was something left in you of the man I admired. But I guess I was wrong. That was your parents, you bastard. Your last chance to turn back from the path you were set upon by their lies … your last chance to choose, Roboute. But … there is nothing left, is there? The Dark Gods have taken everything. You really are just a monster now."
  • Booby Trap: Before he vanished from history, he rigged one to his own Space Marine power armour, upon which he inscribed every tactic and strategem he developed and used against the Traitor Legions during his and his Red-Marked's guerilla war against the Traitor Legions, with grenades wired to blow if the armour is improperly moved which are neatly hidden behind the legs. It is implied Thiel did this to ensure that if the armour is ever found and recovered, it would only be by those who are loyal to the Throne and clever enough to spot the trick - which just so happens to be the loyalist Alpha Legion. Suffice to say, the Alpha Legionnaires sent to find and recover him were impressed to no end.
  • The Determinator: Lampshaded by Aeonid Thiel himself as one thing he shares with his gene-father - no matter the odds or their circumstances, both of them never, ever give up.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: His final and greatest blow against his gene-father and the forces of Chaos - detonating a Warp-powered super-bomb based on the device Titus, the Wrath of Khorne found on Graia and BLOW UP MACRAGGE. While that failed to stop the resurrection of Guilliman or kill him, he still managed to take out all the assets the Dark Master of Chaos had accumulated over ten thousand years and completely screw up all of the Arch-Traitor's plans post-resurrection, which is implied to have even changed fate and give the Imperium a fighting chance to win the Final Battle.
  • Hero-Worshipper: On the receiving end of this from the Alpha Legion, who consider him one of the greatest strategists/tacticians to ever live and consider his armour alone - upon which Thiel had recorded all the strategems and tricks he ever used against his foes - to be a prize worthy of a Primarch. Given that the Alpha Legion hated the Ultramarines with a passion, that speaks volumes of just how much respect they have for him.
  • The Strategist: Aeonid Thiel was an unconventional tactical genius of the high caliber, perhaps short of the Primarchs themselves. He was censured for running simulations on how to fight and kill Astartes, and during the Isstvan Atrocity he and his loyalist holdouts used cunning strategems and daring tricks to achieve kill-ratios unheard of during the Great Crusade and even during the Roboutian Heresy. After escaping Isstvan, he reorganized both his fellow Astartes survivors and others from both loyal and traitor Legions which later joined up into a potent fighting force, the Red-Marked, who waged a guerilla war against the Traitor Legions for the rest of the Roboutian Heresy, causing immense damage and casualties to the Traitor war effort.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the betrayed Ultramarines at Isstvan and the last one standing, remaining loyal to the Emperor and the Imperium, and one of the few to actually survive well into the 41st millennium, until the Battle of Macragge.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In-universe, the fate of Aeonid Thiel following the Heresy is unknown, having disappeared from history after he and his Red-Marked fought a Final Battle in space against an Ultramarine force sent to destroy them to mutual annihilation, leaving only his empty suit of power-armour for the Alpha Legion to find and recover, upon which he inscribed every single strategem he ever used against his foes. We finally find out in the Battle of Macragge arc, where it was revealed at the climax that Marius Gage, the Sacrificed Son, was none other than a mysteriously-empowered Aeonid Thiel in disguise, having engineered the whole Black Crusade against Macragge to try and kill Guilliman before he resurrected, and failing that, destroy Macragge with a specially-designed Warp-bomb to completely screw up the returned Arch-Traitor's plans and give the Imperium a fighting chance in the Final Battle to come.

     Titus, the Wrath of Khorne 

  • Ax-Crazy: Like many who have embraced Khorne and unlike his more composed HH-verse counterpart, he is this, often screaming at the top of his lungs slaughtering all in his way. This is explained in part as due to having his mind unhinged by the torturous experimentations conducted on him by the Ultramarines even as he is being made one of them, leading to him developing an all-consuming wrath and hatred which is directed to the entirety of the Thirteenth legion.
  • Anti-Magic: In a Shout-Out to Captain Titus' own inexplicable Warp-resistance in the Space Marine videogame, Titus, the Wrath of Khorne's status as a champion of Khorne among the Ultramarines is attributed to be responsible for his resistance to the touch of the Warp in this verse.
  • Blood Knight: He is marked by Khorne, making him inevitably this.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Despite being an Ultramarine, he hated the entire legion with a burning passion, wishing to destroy it all for all the pains and tortures he went through when he was made into one. This went to the point that learning Marius Gage, the Sacrificed Son was in fact none other than the Ultramarine loyalist renegade Aeonid Thiel in disguise, far from stunning him or making him reconsider his loyalties, only reinforced his decision to join the Black Crusade against Macragge.
  • Defiant to the End: Titus suffered a mortal blow courtesy of the Slaanesh-worshipping Ultramarine Chaos Lord Cato Sicarius in the Final Battle Black Crusade against Macragge, but rather than dying immediately, he spun around - ripping Cato's own sword out of his hands in the process - and still impaled, eviscerated Cato Sicarius from shoulder to hip with his chainsword before falling to the ground dead. Cato only survived it by virtue of having assimilated the powers of a Keeper of Secrets earlier in the Black Crusade.
  • Expy: A Mirror Universe counterpart of Captain Titus of the Ultramarines Second Company from the Space Marine videogame.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Wrath of Khorne died fighting the other three Chaos Lords/champions who accompanied the Sacrificed Son in his Black Crusade against Macragge, preventing them from attacking Marius Gage - then revealed to be actually Aeonid Thiel in disguise - when commanded to do so by a resurrected Roboute Guilliman whilst they were dominated by the Primarch's will. Potentially subverted in the future since it had been noted by readers that he actually had the upper-hand throughout the whole fight and by all considerations could had kept fighting and killed them all - which would had won him great favour from Khorne - but the Slaanesh-worshipping Cato Sicarius manages to stab him In the Back while he was distracted fighting Uriel Ventress, and Cato only survived being eviscerated by Titus before he died thanks to the power of a Greater Daemon of Slaanesh he assimilated - all of which would had REALLY pissed off Khrone, leading to some wondering if it might be enough for Khorne to make an exception and bring him Back from the Dead to settle the score in the future.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Titus' fury and hatred for the Ultramarines, combined with the boons he received from Khorne, was such that during the climax of the Black Crusade against Macragge, he manages to break free from a resurrected Roboute Guilliman's control over his psyche, allowing to him to take on the other three Ultramarine Chaos Lords/champions whose will had been dominated by the Arch-Traitor before they could move to attack Aeonid Thiel.

XVIII — Salamanders

  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Salamanders are obsessed with obtaining power over lives of other sentient beings and will do everything to hold it.
  • Dragons Are Demonic: They play this completely straight as their motif. Whereas canon!Salamanders embody the Delightful Dragon trope, RH!Salamanders embody dragons as greedy, violent and domineering creatures of evil.
  • Evil Laugh: A very callous and terrifying one.
  • Evil Overlord: Unlike canon!Salamanders, these guys are cruel and tyrannical Super Soldiers who rule over their minions through strength and brutality.
  • Greed: Most Salamanders hold the acquisition of treasures as their highest priority, this tendency comes from Vulkan. Who only felt at peace when he owned artifacts of great value as symbols or treasures.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Dragon Warriors, being Warp-mutated Draconic Humanoids.
  • Immortality Seeker: All of them, like their Primarch, seek to become undying immortals so they could rule forever over their treasures and slaves. You can't keep your stuff when you're dead, after all.
  • Kick the Dog: Salamanders, when capturing a human planet, turn its population into mindless slaves via the Branding Ritual and force them to work in hellish conditions. Then, when the Imperium tries to take back the planet, Salamanders sabotage all the remaining infrastructure and escape, leaving countless slaves to die from starvation.

    Primarch Vulkan, the Black Dragon 

  • Ambition Is Evil: The reason of his fall to Chaos. Vulkan wanted to get as much power as possible and be invincible.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Vulkan acted like that before the Heresy.
  • For Want of a Nail: Instead of being found by humans when he landed in Nocturne, Vulkan was found by a salamander who raised him only to attack him when he grew older, which emotionally scarred him forever and led to him and his legion being one of the cruelest and most brutal, instead of one of the compassionate.
  • Godhood Seeker: Vulkan wants to become the Chaos God of Greed and Tyranny, and it might be possible that the Black Dragon has already achieved this goal.
  • Hero Killer: He slew Konrad Curze and Mortarion.
  • It's All About Me: He's probably the biggest egoist among all Primarchs, and counts his personal gain and advancement as the most important thing in the universe.
  • Mortality Phobia: One of Vulkan’s reasons for his goal of eventual godhood is a fear of eventual death, even as a Daemon prince. He has had this fear since the attempt on his life by John Gramaticus during the Heresy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The only time he ever regretted anything was when he killed his own brother, Konrad Curze during the Dropsite Massacre. He genuinely thought that he was going to regenerate and get back up again like he was (and thus come around to his way of thinking), and was quietly horrified when Konrad didn't. He simply resolved to never do anything that he would regret.
  • Raised by Wolves: Once he landed on Nocturne, he was adopted and raised by a Salamander. However, because Salamanders do not maintain any emotional connection to their young once these grow up and consider their adult offspring to be simply more competitions and threats, his "mother" attacked and killed him once he grew too old; this was largely responsible for a lot of his emotional issues.
  • Red Baron: Known as "the Black Dragon" for his dark skin and his ruthless cruelty.
  • Scary Black Man: He didn't get the nickname "the Black Dragon" without any proper reason.
  • Start of Darkness: Vulkan's For Want of a Nail is when he was found not by the native Humans of Nocturne, but by a Nocturne Salamander, which adopted and raised him. While this might not sound like a bad thing on paper, Vulkan does not possess a Nocturne Salamander's natural instinct to get out of their parent's den when they mature to go their own way, after which their parents would instinctively treat them as a threat to them and their next children. The trauma that followed after Vulkan got mauled and burnt to death by his own adoptive beast-mother — and his resurrection afterwards — went a long way in turning him into a sociopathic, domineering, conquering tyrant he is in the RH-verse instead of the compassionate, protective champion of Humanity he was in canon.

XIX — Raven Guard

  • Body Horror: The Raven Guard frequently dabbles in this, as a result of their fleshcrafting obsession. This is particularly pronounced in their Spawn Marines, mass-manufactured clone Space Marines with utterly warped features.
  • Dark Is Evil: They're the only legion to currently wear full black armor, and they are the most sinister among all the Legiones Astartes.
  • The Dreaded: The other traitor legions regard members of the Raven Guard with suspicion and mistrust, and even daemons treat them with some degree of caution.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Their apothecaries, who manage to disgust even Fabius Bile.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Whatever it was that drove the Raven Guard off the deep end.
  • Humanoid Abomination: All Chaos Space Marines from the Raven Guard are either living conduits of Warp energy (purebloods) or misshapen clones (Spawn Marines).
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Unkind are from the warp, but their nature is different of the rest of the Daemons and they're only related to the Raven Guard.
  • Send in the Clones: After entering the Emperor's laboratories on the Bucephalus, Corax started the practice of cloning to acquire recruits for the legion. While the original clones were created in clean and careful conditions, the Spawn Marines created during and after the Heresy are far from the originals in terms of quality.

    Primarch Corvus Corax, the Ravenlord 

  • For Want of a Nail: Instead of being raised by the prisoners of Kiavahr, Corvus Corax was handed over to the Tech-lords to be tortured and experimented on, which played a huge role in his corruption. It also didn't help that when the Emperor arrived to recover him, he had to hide any emotional attachment to Corax and instead pretend that his interest in him is purely that of an amoral scientist wanting to recover his creation simply because he had a use for them, even to the point of referring to Corax as "it"... and poor Corax was conscious enough to hear that, leading him to draw the worst possible conclusions about the Emperor.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From the prisoner of tech-lords of Kiavahr to a Daemon Prince of Chaos Undivided.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: His travels to the center of the Eye of Terror destroyed whatever remained of Corax's sanity. He can also cause this on others with his mere presence.
  • Invisibility: One of his innate psychic powers, like in canon.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Corax would later inflict an extremely cruel fate on the same tech-lords who tortured and experimented on him since childhood, by binding their souls to their bodies, destroying their brains, and torturing them until his sorcery could no longer resurrect them. While it may have been horrible if done to anyone else, the tech-lords deserved what came to them.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Corax wants to unite the Materium and the Immaterium and turn humans into perfect hybrids of flesh and Warp. Needless to say, his goal means destruction for anyone who doesn't agree with him.


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