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     Black's Entourage 

In General

Black and his closest companions.

Commander Black

The protagonist of the story. Before being shoved into a commander by a Random Omnipotent Being, he was a microbiologist.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In a first for commander self inserts, he is usually on the receiving end of this trope: the Warhammer 40,000 universe is one of the few places where Black is, to quote the author himself, 'not even remotely the biggest fish in the pond'.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The Battle of the Kaurava system. The shear number of things that go to he there pretty much shatters Black's idealism (or at least what was left of it) and ends up leaving him worse than the Luna Wolves were after the War with the Interex.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of Self-Insert Commanders as a whole: Black may be an incredibly powerful, self replicating engine of war, but he's never been in combat before against an enemy who takes battles as more than a game, and frequently finds himself outmatched by his foes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Does not view himself as a hero, after all he has done.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Tries to do what is right, but is rather bitter and melancholic about it. It's implied he ended up this way after the battle of the Kaurava system, where his attempts to end conflict with the Sisters of Battle peacefully ended up making things far worse for the civilians of the sector, along with several other issues.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After defeating the Sisters of Battle, he willingy spares them, allowing Stubbs to imprison them in refugee camps. When the scream hits, the Sisters become Angyls and begin corrupting the civilians in the camps. It's heavily impied this contributed to his cynicism.
  • Only Sane Man: At times, he feels this way. Considering his company, this is very much a Justified opinion.

Wraithseer Orkanis

An Eldar Wraith Construct from the War in Heavem. He's the very first person to join up with Black.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's over sixty million years old by the time of the story, but is arguably the most well adjusted of Black's companions. Which is saying something.
  • Only Sane Man: He shares this role with Sekhareth: they're only members of Black's Entourage that don't actively plan to betray the others. Black trusts them the most because of this.
  • Single Specimen Species: The Wraithseer wraith construct has never been mentioned in canon, so its likely this applies to Orkanis for the time being.
  • The Undead: Being a wraith construct, he fits the bill, but isn't evil.

Lord Sekhareth

The Necron Lord of Kronus. Black captured him during the final battle for Kronus and, after realizing he was sentient, allowed the Necron Lord to be part of his crew.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gilded Cage: Arguably, The Litany of Fury can be considered this for him, though he hardly cares.
  • Only Sane Man: Or Necron, as it may be, and he shares this role with Orkanis: They're the only members of Black's crew who don't plan to betray eachother. Black trusts them the most because of this.
  • Troll: The minute he sees Taldeer, he immediately starts messing with her, without even speaking. It's clear he enjoyed watching her just comepletely shut down upon seeing him.

Farseer Taldeer

The Eldar commander from Dark Crusade, she has decided to follow Black to guide him toward a mutually beneficial path.
  • Action Girl: Definitely, but because she spends so much time advising Black, she doesn't really have any time to show how badass she can be.
  • Break the Haughty: Goes through this Chapter 30, when she is possessed by a daemon. While Black is ultimately able to exorcise it, her appearance is left permanently altered from the possession.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: Tries to invoke this, but Black refuses to listen.
  • Heel Realization: Taldeer start to seriously realize how screwed up her people are after realizing why Orkanis chose to stay with Commander Black than with his own people.
    "When he said he’d rather stay with the Commander than return to his own people, I thought that he was delusional or foolish, maybe even a traitor. But he wasn’t, wasn’t he? Is it really betrayal, turning away from something in disgust? Are we…"

Curon, Larrissa and Mohannis

Taldeer's seer council. They accompany her and are in charge of helping her with her visions.
  • Adorkable: Larrissa. Her first reaction to meeting Sekhareth is to offer him tea, then to freak out because she just offered tea to a Necron.
  • Freudian Trio: Larrissa is The McCoy, Curon is The Spock, and Mohannis is TheKirk. Unfortunately, this doesn't really help them in Chapter 31, because Mohannis isn't sure who to side with.
  • Shout-Out:
    Black: "Curon, Larrissa and Mohannis...Curly, Larry and Mo."

General Lucas Alexander

Leader of the Imperial Guard Forces on Kronos, later becomes the Imperium's envoy to Commander Black
  • Ambadassador: Is the Imperium's ambassador to Black, and can rip people in half with his lightning claws.
  • Kangaroo Court: Is subjected to one by the Inquisition, due to siding with Black to stop the Blood Ravens from subjecting Kronos to Exterminatus. The Inquisition was actually using it to get him to volunteer himself to be the Imperium's ambassador to Black, because they know they can't beat Black with what they have and need to keep an eye on him. Since this is essentially a suicide mission and Alexander is the only Imperial Black trusts, they needed to get him to volunteer himself to be the ambassador.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, he mourns that what he'll be known for is not that he was willing to fight all of the Imperium's enemies in one star system, not that he fought against impossible odds that others would break under, and certainly not that he saved Kronos. No, he'll instead be known as the guy who used a Baneblade in a boarding action against a Space Marine Battle Barge.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to work with Black to save Kronos from Exterminatus and is willing to (begrudgingly) put aside his xenophobia when he has to live with Eldar while interacting with Black.
    • As a consequence of this, Black is willing to trust him more than the Eldar and will give him privacy when he asks for it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Black's intervention, he survives the Battle Of Kronus. In fact, he ends up being the winner.

Magos Vacille

A tech-priest assigned to General Alexander's diplomat group.
  • Adorkable: Definetly. Especially in regards to her interactions with Black's Roombas. And the Atropos device.
  • Combat Tentacles: Has multiple mechadendrites, but the only time she's tried to use them, Black got involved and rendered her actions unnecessary.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's a member of the Adeptus Mechanicus. It comes with the territory.
  • Machine Worship: A given, being a member of the Adeptus Mechanicus.
  • Noodle Incident: Once fought several maintenance servitors, apparently because they had trouble distinguishing Mechanicus acolytes from dust. She only mentions this when Black notes his surprise over how aggressive she was toward his Roombas.
  • Only Sane Woman: One of the few Tech-Priests who doesn't view Black as evil. Even when she's doing crazy things - like suspecting that the Roombas are going to rise up and attack them - she has a good reason to think that (see Noodle Incident).
    • According to Word of God, she was a Magos Explorator. Vacille saw a lot of things during her travels, and was being constantly forced to improvise. This made her a radical by Mechanicus standards.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Black is surprised by how stealthy she can be in spite of all of her augmentations.


The sanctioned psyker attached to Alexander's command squad.

Thomas Servarion

A child native to Kaurava IV. He is adopted by Black after he is orphaned by a horde of flagellants.
  • The Ace: Big time. He's only six, but has a body appropriate for a 10 year old, can keep up with Imperial Guard training regimes, is a gifted psyker, and is already capable of solving advanced calculus equations. Considering who he is, this isn't surprising.
    • Broken Ace: Oh boy. The story enjoys making his life miserable.
  • Bad Dreams: He briefly thinks to himself about frequently suffering from those in his interlude. They happen due to his psychic abilities.
  • Child Prodigy
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Zigzagged: While him being an orphan is justified, it does make it easy for him to join up with Black.
  • The Reveal: He's actually one of the two missing Primarchs, specifically the Primarch of the XI legion. Word of God reveals he was shot forward in time by a freak warp storm. It's stated that not finding him contributed to the fall of his legion.
    • Word of God also indicates that he's subconsciously impairing his growth rate with his psyker powers to avoid being noticed.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: With the reveal of just who he is, many people are now wondering just what part of Big E he embodies. Rationality is one of the biggest guesses.
  • Younger Than They Look: Is this thanks to his rapid growth. He looks like a ten-year-old despite only being six and a half.

    The Imperium 
Various Imperial characters. Note that Alexander and company are listed under Black's Entourage, despite their affiliation.

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