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The Weaver Option is a Worm/Warhammer 40,000 crossover fic by Antony444. It can be found at fanfiction.net and alternatehistory.com. An authorized spinoff fanfic, "The Emperor and Sons React to The Weaver Option" can be found at spacebattles.com.

In the 45th Millennium, the God-Emperor of Mankind has sat upon the Golden Throne for a hundred and fifty centuries, but his reign is coming to an end. For with the fall of the Cadian Gate in the 13th Black Crusade, the forces of the Ruinous Powers have spilled out of the Eye of Terror into the Imperium. The vast armies that the God-Emperor could command are dwindling, and the light of the Astronomicon will soon fade.

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But the thirsting gods are not laughing, for from the void between galaxies, a new and greater threat has emerged: Hive Fleet Sidious, a Tyranid swarm ten times larger than Hive Fleets Behemoth, Kraken and Leviathan combined, followed by three more hive fleets of similar size. With all other factions weakened by the endless war between the Imperium and Chaos, they crush everything in their path by sheer weight of numbers. In an act of desperation, the last surviving Chaos warband dedicates itself to a ritual to summon a champion into the past, in order to change history and create a galaxy better prepared to face the Tyranid menace. But during the final stages of the ritual, the ceremony is disrupted by the last of the Ultramarines. The summoning was completed, but the Champion's soul was not attuned to Chaos before being pulled through time, instead arriving as a free agent.

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Tens of thousands of years in the past in an alternate reality, reformed supervillain and probationary superhero Taylor "Weaver" Hebert is fighting a losing battle trying to protect New Delhi from the Endbringer known as Behemoth when she suddenly disappears in a flash of light.

Ten thousand years before the last battle against Sidious, the Imperial world of Fay is under attack by Orks. With the bulk of their forces wiped out by an unwise frontal assault led by a incompetent general, the world's last hope of holding out until the Guard can arrive from out-system lies in the Fay 20th, a battered regiment sent back to its homeworld for a refounding after a devastating defeat from another Ork horde, now pressed into defending the pass controlling the fastest route from the Ork's landing site to the populated regions of the world. As the attack begins, a tall woman appears in a sudden flash of light and disrupts the advance of the xenos vanguard by calling forth swarms of insects to blind and distract the enemy, allowing the 20th to seize victory from the jaws of certain massacre.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: Taylor becomes adored in Nyx well beyond what her status as a Saint would dictate, thanks to her sweeping reforms, her purge of the nobles that exploited the lower and middle classes to the bone and her efforts to make sure everyone can benefit from her rule.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Taylor shows attraction to Wei Cao, but also pays good attention to Wolfgang Bach.
  • Arch-Enemy: The eight most dangerous foes Taylor faces over the course of her time in the Imperium are dubbed the Endbringers. So far, only two have been named: Iash'uddra the Endless Swarm (a C'Tan) and Ka'Bandha the Angel's Bane (A Greater Daemon of Khorne).
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: It would be easier to list the exceptions.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Cyrene agrees to work for Taylor under several conditions. One of these is that, should she ever meet the Emperor, she must ask what the hell he was thinking when ordering the destruction of Monarchia and the humiliation of the Seventeenth Legion. Taylor agrees immediately - she was thinking of doing the exact same thing.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning:
    • Taylor is basically acknowledged as a Living Saint when the Blood Angels assemble, thanks her for battling their Primarch's Arch-Enemy and bow to her.
    • More low-key with the Astartes Decathlon, a sport competition intended to track promising recruits for the Chapters. The winner is granted the laurel wreath by Lady Nyx herself and is publically declared an aspirant.
  • Badass Army: The Imperial Guard. Thanks to Taylor's efforts, the Fay guardsmen end up becoming part of the elite.
  • Badass Cape: Taylor makes several for the members of her Honour Guard.
  • Badass Normal: The Imperial Guard is formed by normal men and women armed with lasguns and wearing flak-jackets. Of course it is full of these.
    • Commissar Zuhev becomes the stuff of legends by rallying the Fay 20th's 4th Company into battle and killing twelve Khorne Berserkers, including a Champion of Khorne (though it should be noted that several of these kills consisted of him finishing off foes who had been repeatedly shot by his subordinates).
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Inquisitor Tor states that he is sending Lady Weaver warning about Matapan's incoming secession attempt, one inquisitor mentions that this will lead to her destroying the Matapan nobility and forming dozens of Penal Legions. Another inquisitor protests the idea - given that Matapan only has a million nobles at best, she won't be able to form more than four Penal Legions.
  • Barrier Maiden: So long as Taylor is alive and in possession of the Baal Ruby, the descendants of the Ninth Legion are shielded from the Black Rage. They naturally have a vested interest in keeping her alive, and provide her with an honor guard.
  • Beleaguered Assistant. Trazyn's assistant Somatek the Patient often gets miffed at the sheer workload his master keeps dumping on him.
  • Berserk Button: Dragon, already ticked off by the Orks on the Battle Moon, and how their tech defies scientific logic, meets a Chaos machine taking on a draconic form. She promptly gets pissed and makes short work of it.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Every arc pits Taylor and the Fay 20th against a different foe.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: On every planet Taylor goes to, she finds at least one species of very nasty insect she can use against her enemies, and takes some with her when she goes. She can even control the robotic Canoptek Scarabs, which greatly helps her in her first battle against Iash'uddra by taking control of his Canoptek swarm and turning it against him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Taylor changes the course of history by saving the Fay 20th with her powers moments before the Orks launch their attack.
    • The Alpha Legion (disguised as Dark Angels) come to the rescue of the Imperial forces in the Battle Moon.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Wei Cao plants one on Taylor, much to her shock (and to Dragon's hilarity).
  • Big Entrance: Trazyn the Infinite makes his first introduction to Taylor and the Fay 20th with orchestra music, phalanxes of Necron troops in parade formation, and a herald making a speech to list off Trazyn's titles and accomplishments.
  • Big "NO!":
    • A Lord of Change, who was keeping Vista prisoner, makes one when Contessa exorcises him from reality.
    • Gladiel Imrik's horrified reactions to seeing the Biel-Tan reinforcement fleet being captured by Trazyn.
  • Bling of War: Much to her chagrin, Taylor gets pretty much wrangled into wearing golden power armor, as befitting a Saint.
    • She draws the line at wearing anything made by Leet, though.
    • She is later given the first models of power armor and weapons made from the templates she recovered, made out of gold and even more expensive materials.
  • Blood Knight: The Orks, naturally. During the Battle of the Death Star, it actually plays in the Imperium's favor when a lot of their ships decide to go fight the Chaos Battleship Certamen Ferale, which weakens both enemies and gives the Imperial Fleet a better chance against them.
    • Many of the Blood Angels count, but Champion Kratos of the Flesh Tearers is even more of this.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Taylor gets herself a guard of volunteer Blood Angels (and Successor Chapters) Space Marines.
  • Break the Scientist: Dragon is put off by the science and norms of the 35th millennium, from the technology-worshiping Adeptus Mechanicus to the cobbled-up weapons wielded by the Orks. Especially the latter, as she takes offense of the Orks' handiwork for defying all sense of scientific logic that shouldn't be able to work like an Ork Battle Moon that somehow has its own gravity and pseudo-atmosphere.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Tithe-Master Varys Hyson tries to claim an STC copy. Taylor has one of her beetles threaten to cut off the man's throat and makes it clear that he is not getting anything without her express permission. Hyson promptly loses control of his bladder.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Taylor most certainly feels their weight, struggling not to cry when she learns the horrible casualties suffered by the army she is in charge of.
  • Chest of Medals: Due to her efforts in the Battle of the Death Star, Taylor ends up being awarded more than forty decorations (and that's the lower estimate, since Clockblocker stated he would be still talking the following day if he listed everything, and this is on top of the numerous medals she won in the earlier arcs). This doesn't take into account that she could also be awarded one or both of the Imperial Army's highest decorations, the Star of Terra and the Order of Ollanius Pius (getting the former in 5.4., but not the latter, because it is almost always awarded posthumously). Fortunately for her, from the moment she is awarded the Ultima Honorifica, she can get away with wearing only that one or the Star.
  • The Chosen Many: Taylor was just the first Parahuman to turn up in the Imperium. Since then several others have appeared, including Contessa, Vista, Shadow Stalker, Dragon, Clockblocker, Leet, Doormaker, and possibly the Simurgh. There's a tenth, but Contessa's pretty sure whoever it is, they've already fallen to Chaos. Decision Interlude reveals that the last Parahuman has become a follower of Tzeentch.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Gavreel Forcas curses Trazyn "loudly and vocally for several minutes" after he learns that the Necron Lord is offering to sell enough gene-seed to create an entire legion... of the Emperor's Children.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: For ignoring her explicit orders to not be disturbed, Taylor punishes Jeremiah Isley to stand next to the Cardinal during the Sanguinalia mass in the Cathedral. Jeremiah considers such a punishment evil.
  • Cool Old Guy: Many Space Marines (who can easily reach centuries of life) qualify, particularly those of the Dawnbreaker Guard.
  • Cool Starship: The HMHMS Enterprise, also known as "The Big E".
  • Cool Sword: Elsar'bryn, the Nebula's Shard, one of the Swords of Vaul. Stabbing an Eldar with it causes the victim and every other Eldar in the vicinity to turn to crystal and shatter for as-yet-unexplained reasons. Demons also become crystallized, the crystals can burn other demons and, if struck enough times, not even their regeneration can overcome it.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The door to Tithe-Master Varus Hyson's quarters are forced open with a makeshift battering ram, after which he is stabbed fifty-plus times with different blades, has his throat slit and his head plunged into the toilet. The Adeptus Arbites investigating immediately rules suicide.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: By the Warp, yes. The difficult thing is to find one bureaucrat that is not this, an Obstructive Bureaucrat or both.
    • As of Muster 6.1, the entire Departmento Munitorum seems to be filled with these, as they obstruct the Pavia Liberation seemingly under the instruction of the Vandire clan.
  • The Corrupter: The reason why Catachan is such a dangerous Death World? This is home to a Tyranid which periodically uses its psyker abilities to mould Catachan's fauna and flora into killing machines.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Taylor arrives to Nyx, Nostradamus attempts to have her arrested by the Nyx Purebloods, the "elite PDF troops". Taylor releases some butterflies. Ten seconds later, the Purebloods are all sleeping and the people are cheering on Taylor.
    • Let's say that sending a Champion of the Flesh Tearers against a bunch of human gladiators is not going to end well for the latter.
    • Chapter Master of the Iron Drakes Dupleix versus Trazyn the Infinite. The former does not even reach the latter before getting blasted away and paralyzed - although fortunately without injuries beyond his ego.
    • The Matapan Rebellion lasts all of three days, with the loyalists killing 675 rebels for every casualty they took in return. Had it not been the debut battle of Taylor's flagship, the HMHMS Enterprise, history wouldn't have even bothered recording its existence.
    • The first large scale battle of the dragon-armor against Heldrakes results in a ninety to one kill ratio against one of Chaos' most dreaded war machines. Upon learning of it, the dark forge worlds realize that without a counter, the previously unstoppable Heldrake just became totally obsolete.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Taylor does not think much of being positively compared with both the former Governor of Nyx or with Nostradamus Vandire, seeing that the two of them were corrupt, self-centered wastes of space.
  • David vs. Goliath: Taylor, the five-foot-ten teenage parahuman, armed with a Cool Sword versus Ka'Bandha, the fifty-foot tall daemon carrying a whip and a lance of pure fire.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The nobility of Wuhan, to the point of multiple public murder attempts during social gatherings.
  • Decapitated Army: Taylor kills the Ork Warboss on Fay, causing the Ork horde to lose cohesion and start fleeing or fighting each other. Leet doing the same thing on the Death Star has a similar effect.
  • Defector from Decadence: Wei Cao is a Refugee From Decadence. The Deadly Decadent Court of Wuhan is so nasty that she decided that a tour of duty in the Imperial Guard had better odds of survival.
  • Determinator: As per canon, Taylor is capable of fighting through injuries that would cripple a normal human.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Taylor not only defeats Ka'Bandha, the mightiest of Khorne's servants, but humiliates the son of a bitch, steals a Baal ruby it took from Sanguinius and heals (at least temporarily) most of the Blood Angels from their Black Rage. That Living Saint title is well deserved.
  • The Dreaded: Weaver is earned with eternal enmity by the Eldar for possessing the Nebula's Shard that has slain many of their kin and being indirectly responsible for Trazyn capturing an entire Eldar fleet at the Battle of the Death Star.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Gavreel Forcas finds that he enjoys being this.
  • Dull Surprise: Taylor is a bit surprised when she sees the device in the Ork Battle Moon. Then it turns out that all the Mechanicus are kneeling, because the devices is a Standard Template Construct Database.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Taylor entered the story as a normal human with the ability of controlling arthropods. As of the Ork Battle Moon arc, she carries the Nebula's Shard (a weapon from the War in Heaven forged by the Eldar god Vaul) and a Baal ruby (a relic of Sanguinius himself), both of which she uses against no less than Ka'Bandha, Khorne's mightiest servant, becoming a Living Saint in the fight. Even Space Marines are in awe of her.
  • Epic Fail: Leet was given a space lab to work in - and made it explode in record time. Even the Tech-Priests are stumped on how he did it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all that he was irredeemably corrupt and evil, even Nostradamus Vandire never stooped so low as to sexually abuse children.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Taylor (and pretty much everyone else) is appalled with about ninety percent of everything Leet makes.
    • And Leet himself is disgusted by Cauldron's monumental mismanagement of the upcoming crisis that was Scion.
    • All the Dawnbreaker Guard agrees with the opinion that the Izmir Imperial Palace is an artistic abomination.
    • The Adeptus Mechanicus can't stand Leet, and assign priests to his station as a punishment posting.
  • Evil Gloating: After Trazyn captures the Biel-Tan reinforcement fleet and adds it into his collection during the Battle of the Death Star, he sends a short taunting message to Gladiel Imrik: "You are a disappointment, Aeldari" in the Eldar's high tongue and along with the salutations appropriate for a "lesser enemy."
  • Exact Words: Gavreel introduces himself as a member of the Dark Angels Legion, not Chapter. Since the Astartes hadn't been organized into legions for millennia, that revealed him as one of the Fallen.
  • Eye Scream: A common tactic for Weaver to have her bugs going for the eyes of her enemies. When fighting against the Orks, they still continue to fight but without their sight they charge in the wrong direction of the fight and even fight against each other by mistake.
  • A Father to His Men: Taylor uses her powers to shield her men and make it less likely for them to die, applies her connections so as to obtain the necessary war matériel for their military actions, arranges everything she has in hand to ensure they gain their well-earned rewards and that widows and orphans will receive pensions, and visits them in the hospital after the battle to check on their status.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Downplayed with Taylor and Commissar Zuhev. He first believes she ought to be killed for being potentially tainted by the Warp while she's disgusted by his ruthlessness. As battles keep coming, Zuhev decides Weaver is more useful an ally than dead while Taylor grows to appreciate Zuhev's efficiency and ability to walk the walk.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Fictional Document quotes at the start of every chapter go on to state that Taylor's achievements will eventually get her declared a Living Saint, which of course requires her to live long enough to gain such a reputation. Other quotes trace back to the memoirs of people who knew her, which requires that they live long enough to write them as well.
  • Foreshadowing: Trayzn the Infinite was asked by Somatek if he told Taylor about not using the Nebula's Shard against the Eldar. He didn't. Taylor does eventually use the sword on Vyrion Kaeran, causing his body and several Eldar nearby to turn into crystal and shatter.
  • For Want of a Nail: The arrival of parahumans in the Imperium has caused changes to both the Imperium and Earth Bet, such as:
    • The sudden disappearance of the Queen Administrator Shard angers Scion to the point where he starts the Golden Morning two years early.
      • The scene before Taylor gets pulled into the future shows that the plan to defeat Behemoth in New Delhi was a failure, with only a couple dozen capes still alive (with most of them injured and all irradiated) just before the ritual took effect.
    • Taylor's arrival allows the Fay 20th to hold Ramev's Pass against the Orks, which likely stops that Ork warband from inflicting tens of millions if not billions of casualties before it was stopped in the original history - Eldar farsight held that the Warboss of that horde would have devastated at least three other planets before being stopped.
    • Taylor helping stop Iash'uddra prevents the elimination of an entire Hive, and causes the Imperium to learn of the existence of the Necrons a good 5,000 years before their first confirmed (read: had surviving witnesses) canonical encounter at Sanctuary 101.
    • Dragon's arrival allows for the Mechanicus to successfully reconstruct a Great Crusade-era tank from recovered archeotech.
    • The Imperial forces at the Ork Battle Moon manage to successfully retrieve a Standard Template Construct Database. During the withdrawal from that battle, enemy losses include the Chaos Battleship Certamen Ferale, the entire World Eaters Successor Warband crewing it, and the Greater Bloodthirster Ka'Bandha, with the destruction of the former two significantly weakening Khorne's elite non-daemonic forces and the banishment of the latter freeing the Blood Angels and their Successor Chapters from the Black Rage (or at least substantially reducing the risk of falling to it), along with a minimum of half a billion Orks and a fleet of Biel-Tan warships.
    • With the Inquisition taking much interest in the Vandire Clan, it is likely the Age of Apostasy will either be prevented or happen in a different way.
      • The Reign of Blood, for instance, is going to be known as the Reign of Terror.
    • Trazyn's interest towards Taylor may result in him selling his stock of first-generation 3rd Legion progenoid glands to her instead of to Fabius Bile, which would significantly reduce the ability of the Emperor's Children to reproduce, and possibly allow the Imperium to create a dozen or more new Astartes Chapters.
    • Taylor's taking control of a Catachan ant puts her in contact with the Tyranid Hivemind, which again causes a first confirmed (had surviving witnesses) contact with a 41st Millennium threat eons in advance.
  • Four-Star Badass: As of 5.4., Taylor is a full-blown General.
  • Friendly Enemy: Trazyn the Infinite Collector towards Taylor. While he initially wanted her for her collection, after she and her companions made it clear they would not comply he decided to aid her in his own weird way, choosing to follow her because the chaos she inadvertently creates allows him to find new pieces for his collection.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Biel-Tan are generally treated with disgust and contempt by the other Eldar Craftworlds for their very aggressive nature and xenocidal campaign of restoring their empire that would only create further harm to their species (among other things, an obsession with retaking systems the Eldar abandoned millennia ago that they don't have the resources to hold - or do anything with, for that matter - even if they succeed in doing so). Eldrad Ulthran even express his regret of the deaths of Vyrion Kaeran and his brethren because it was not at his hands.
    • Trazyn as in canon isn't very well like by his fellow Necron Lords for stealing their stuffs.
    • Leet has not changed much from his days as Brockton Bay's greatest demonstration of what a villain failure was. As Wei Cao points out, when Dragon and Vista, two of the nicest people in the universe, are all too willing to insult you in private, you have a problem.
  • From Bad to Worse: It was bad enough that the Imperial Forces have to land on an Ork Battle Moon and fight an Ork WAAAAGH!. Then the Biel-Tan Eldar sent a group to attack them after their previous defeat. And then a Chaos fleet arrived - led by Greater Daemon Ka'Bandha.
    • Played for Laughs as Clockblocker and Leet tell Vista the number of commendations and awards Taylor has just earned in the Battle of the Death Star.
  • Future Imperfect: Taylor brings some of her classic songs back to the 35th Millennium. The Fay 20th then start treating "Beat It" like a hymn.
    • M35 era alcoholic beverages are not the same as they were in the past, because the original methods of making alcohol did not survive through time. Instead, humanity have produced their own unique drinks which Dragon and Taylor regard in a very poor light.
  • General Failure: Marshal Ivan Byukur, who got kicked out of the Guard for gross incompetence, only avoided execution because of his father the planetary governor's wealth, and his only accomplishment as head of the Fay PDF was to get most of them killed. Admiral Mikasev, his counterpart in the SDF, wasn't any better.
  • Get Out!: A embarrassed Taylor tells this to Wei Cao after she kisses her - and demands her to use tongue the next time.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Being forced to head towards an Ork Battle Moon, and eventually land on it and fight a massive horde is enough for the Tech-Priests to give Taylor some of the insects that they were holding back on giving her because they were really nasty. They also greenlight Dragon using her dragon-armor for fighting.
  • Golden Age: The Fictional Document in Decision 5.2 states that the century after Taylor took the Governorship of the Nyx Sector will become this, known as the Age of Silk and Hope.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Saint Weaver is a compassionate, far-thinking, capable young girl who is A Mother To Her Men And Women and funds orphanages and charities with the prizes she earns thanks to her heroics. Then she turns around and purges the Nyx nobility, sending the worst of all to be tortured by the Inquisition or to the penal legions and sentencing a particularly vile one to death by being hanged with a short rope, ensuring his death will be long and painful.
  • Hanging Judge: The Black Templar Space Marine that acts as senior judge of the trial on the Alpha Legion renegades. Fortunately for them, the rest of the judges are more lenient.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: The Dawnbreaker Guards are shown decorating a church or tending to a garden — their gene-sire having left them an appreciation for arts and beauty.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A Wuhanese soldier jumps between Ka'Bandha's spear and Taylor, giving her just enough time to stand up and hand Ka'Bandha an Emperor-level beating.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Dragon becomes a Tech Priest in the Adeptus Mechanicus with no one aware of her being an "Abominable Intelligence".
  • Hope Bringer: Taylor for the Imperium.
  • Humanity Came From Space: Neferten implies that humans are the result of an attempt to recreate the Necrontyr genetic code that escaped and evolved.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Dragon to Magos Artisan Troy Alpha-Karon-1462.
  • Hypocrite: The Black Templars, according to Harrowmaster Jeremiah Isley. For all that Marshal Markward accuses the renegade Alpha Legionnaires of "terrible devastation unleashed on innocent menials", the Black Templars themselves are known to purge entire cities at the first sign of mutation or defiance. In fact, he gets many of the charges dismissed because he could prove that the Black Templars had no right to judge him for crimes they had committed themselves on a larger scale and on a more regular basis.
  • I Owe You My Life: The Blood Angels find themselves indebted to Taylor after she does something that shields them from the Black Rage. Not that they mind.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: When Taylor sees Leet's attempt to replicate Samus Aran's Zero Suit, she thinks it is a miracle that she hasn't immediately requested Gavreel to bring an incinerator to dispose of it.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even after Taylor made her appearance, Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!) is still born and becomes a Commissar with the same penchant for being an Accidental Hero, though his comments on this nature somehow end up in his official memoirs rather than in the classified Cain Archive that make up the books.
  • Intrepid Merchant: Dennis "Clockblocker" Peters and his friend Wolfgang Bach decide to become Rogue Traders as part of their plans to help Taylor achieve her objectives. They don't get the warrants, at least not in the short term.
  • Irony: Living Saint Weaver, empowered by the Emperor of Mankind Himself, firmly refuses to believe in His divinity and merely concedes He's horrendously powerful for a human.
  • It's Personal: One of Cyrene Valantion's demands to allow Taylor to hire her is that, if Erebus of the Word Bearers ever comes to Nyx, she is to be given the privilege of strangling him with his own intestines.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: Weaver is a young woman whose powers defy the Imperium's understanding. She makes herself known by integrating the local military and leading them from victory to victory. She was drafted by the Emperor of Mankind himself and is ultimately acclaimed as a Living Saint. You bet she's this.
  • Karmic Death: Vyrion Kaeran, one of Biel-Tan's most ardent warmongers and tasked in trying to get the Nebula's Shard at all costs, gets swarmed by Taylor's insects and then impaled by the aforementioned sword, causing his entire body to turn into crystal and shatter.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The Masamune Power Katana's recovered from the STC database performance is three and a half ("364% in all categories" to be precise) times better then the power swords approved by the Munitorum for its officers
  • Kneel Before Frodo: After Taylor kicked the shit out of Ka'Banda - sworn enemy to their Primarch - and became their living shield against the Black Rage, all of the Blood Chapters expressed their gratitude by bowing to her.
  • Knight Templar: The Black Templars. Unfortunately for them, Saint Weaver is not too keen on their "crush the enemy, erase their existence and consign it to oblivion!" attitude.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Taylor, after taking the Governorship of Nyx, renders Nostradamus Vandire into the Inquisition for corruption, bribery, blackmail, extortion and a thousand more charges.
  • Last of His Kind: Farseer Filgonilth is the last member of the Sirethmoren family in which his wife and children were killed in a "purge" that went terribly wrong on a corrupted Maiden World.
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: House Attica of Nyx suffered heavily in the aftermath of an error made by one of their ancestors. This, however, kept them away from the worst the Nyx nobility was doing, which saved them when the Inquisition came knocking.
  • Locked into Strangeness: After the Battle of the Death Star and her fight against Ka'Bandha, Taylor's black hair acquires a golden strand because of her mystical contact with the Emperor during the fight.
    • During Taylor's psychic fight with the Tyranid on Catachan, the Emperor's psychic might going through her turns even more of her hair gold.
  • Loophole Abuse: A Cardinal of the Ecclesiarchy demands having a copy of the files found in the STC, arguing that nowhere in the Treaty of Olympus is indicated that only the Mechanicus can get them, only that the originals have to be sent to Mars.
    • In the same chapter, Harrowmaster Isley's surviving Alpha Legionnaires are technically wiped out by an Imperial Tribunal. In reality? An Alpha Legion warband walked into the courtroom. The founding members of the 20th Legion's only known Loyalist Successor Chapter, the Heracles Wardens, walked out. The assignment of Taylor and company to oversee their reintegration into Imperial administration, and to make sure they STAY loyal, potentially foreshadows the Heracles Wardens engaging in their own Alpha-characteristic Loophole abuses in regards to recruitment and equipment.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Trazyn the Infinite is most definitely one, all in his search for new things to add to his collection. The Emperor is an even greater one, as it is implied he gave the Nebula Shard to Trazyn because he knew the C'tan would end up giving it to Taylor, so she could use it to defeat Ka'Bandha.
  • Majorly Awesome: Taylor ends up being given the rank of Major and the position of XO in the Fay 20th. As of 5.1, she is a Major... General.
  • Manly Tears: Two Blood Angels that are guarding Taylor begin to silently cry when she reveals she wants to dedicate Nyx's new Basilica to Sanguinius.
  • Meaningful Name: Taylor decides to request that the name of the system where the Battle of the Death Star took place changes to "Brockton". As anyone with knowledge of the series knows, it is an incredibly appropiate name for a former war zone.
  • Mêlée à Trois: During the Battle of the Death Star, the Biel-Tan Eldar Twilight Spear attack the Imperial Army, and are attacked by the Orks (who are also attacking the humans) at the same time. When the World Eaters join the fray, the Orks divert a lot of their attention to fighting them, destroying a Chaos Daemon Battleship at the cost of numerous space hulks, granting the Imperium victory as the last man standing.
  • Modest Royalty: Even as she gains more grandiose titles, Taylor is still a humble Brockton Bay girl, so she dress as modestly as she can, wishes people would not act so ceremoniously towards her and is ready to Head Desk every time she meets someone and has to start her Stop Worshipping Me routine again.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wei Cao is this - Vista actually refers to her as "supermodel sergeant" - and has no problem in showing off for Taylor.
  • Must Have Caffeine: The Adeptus Mechanicus have no real use for the tea-maker plans that Taylor found in the Athena STC, but the Guard, the Navy, the Arbites, the Administratum, the Navigators and the Astropaths all want some.
  • The Mutiny: The unfortunate tech-priests crewing the station Danger-Prototype-Central, against Leet.
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: The name the Imperium uses for Taylor's sword, the Nebula's Shard, is a loose translation of the Eldar name Elsar'bryn. The literal translation is something closer to "Song of the Nebula Tearing through the Heavens".
  • Never Found the Body: Behemoth and Leviathan were confirmed casualties of the Golden Morning. The Simurgh was not.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The ritual initiated by the Chaos Space Marines at the beginning of the story only succeeds in bringing Taylor to the 35th millenium - where she promptly becomes a hero of the Imperium, saving billions of lives.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Taylor is beloved by the general population of Nyx. Those who know her personally (like Dragon or Vista) have no trouble in teasing her.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: When Wei Cao suggests bringing the Catachan yellow ant as part of her "economy-boosting insects", Taylor takes less than five seconds to reject it.
  • No-Sell: Downplayed. Parahumans are more resistant to the Space Marines' auras that cause "transhuman dread".
  • Not Helping Your Case: Taylor points out to Marshal Markward of the Black Templars that the reason history tends to repeat itself is because no one bothers to pay attention the first time, something the Black Templars' penchant for destroying or modifying historical records do nothing to help. Markward promptly exclaims that the enemy can only be defeated by crushing them and erasing every trace of their existence from history. Taylor is not impressed.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Dragon notes that noosphere wars had been declared for less than Taylor not using the Angel's Tear, she is not joking.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When Lankovar is warned about Taylor finding the Standard Template Construct Database, his first reaction is to chide his interlocutor for trying to imitate the humor of flesh-beings. Said interlocutor responds by saying that it is not a false alert.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Andes Primus is a backwater, swampy planet which it had avoided all conflict. Until it is attacked by the Eldar Biel-Tan, who were after the Nebula's Shard wielded by Weaver, who was coming to pick up fuel and a new tank from the planet.
  • Not So Above It All: Taylor is not above getting revenge on Dragon for teasing her about Wei Cao by teasing her about Archmagos Lydia-Beta Rosamund.
    • Similarly, for all that they are "inhumane", the Tech-Priests can be worse gossips than most humans when it concerns interesting information.
  • Not So Different: Taylor notes that the Blood Angels' Black Rage and Red Thirst are not too different from the parahumans' Trigger events.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: This is the Imperium where planets are lost because of rounding errors and where planets of bureaucrats are in civil war because they are running out of space for all the records. Taylor, of course, ends up encountering a few too many of them.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Taylor offers Nostradamus Vandire a trial and swift execution in exchange of the names of all his co-conspirators and the places where he has stashed all the money he has stolen. When Nostradamus interrupts her and rejects the offer, Taylor reveals the other option: being tortured by the Inquisition until he reveals the names of his co-conspirators and the places where he has stashed all the money he has stolen - and then he will be turned into the first volunteer of the 1st Nyx Pureblood Penal Legion. Nostradamus realizes too late that he should have picked the first offer.
  • Oh, Crap!: Discovering a Tyranid entombed within Catachan's planetary crust is enough for Weaver to command an Exterminatus, and the Inquisition furiously agrees.
    • On board of Danger-Prototype-Central, there are two sentences every Tech-Priest dreads: "I think I have solved all the problems this time." and "They are going to recognise my genius with this invention!", since they mark another of Leet's "inventions" being finished.
  • Only Sane Man: Farseer Filgonilth Sirethmoren and Autarch Jirkanith Maloskilen are the only few members of Craftworld Biel-Tan who realizes their people's very militaristic campaign in restoring their empire and waging endless wars against all space-faring races would only destroy themselves as they couldn't afford the logistics and numbers than the Orks and Imperium. Unfortunately for them, their efforts to convince the High Council to reconsider has fall on deaf ears and in turn are deemed as "disgraced elders."
  • Outside-Context Problem: Taylor becomes this in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The ability of controlling all arthropodes (insects, arachnids and centipedes) without having to use the Warp makes her incredibly powerful and a huge boon to the Imperial Army. It is heavily implied that her presence is seriously messing up with the Eldar Farseers' ability to see the future. Contessa later reveals that Taylor's presence is disrupting/preventing every prognosticators' ability to predict the future. Eldrad mentions that the region of space centered in Nyx has become a Shadowpoint, which prevents all Farseers from looking into the future of the region.
  • Overranked Soldier: In the aftermath of the Battle of the Death Star, Taylor receives so many decorations that her rank jumps from Acting Colonel to Major General. After being awarded the Star of Terra, she becomes a full General. Her name is sounding strong for becoming the Warmaster should a Crusade ever be called for in her Segmentum, and she might be able to become a Lord General Militant, which is one rank below the Lords Segmentum Commanders and two ranks below Lord Commander Militant of the Imperial Guard, the overall commander of the Imperial Guard. And, outside Death Worlds like Catachan or Fortress Worlds like Cadia, the only people in the military her age are people who lied about being old enough to enlist to the recruiters. It says something about it when Taylor notes that one of her captains (three ranks below her) is old enough to be her grandfather.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The password to activate the Standard Template Construct Database found in the Ork Battle Moon is "Hello world". Justified, because it was a device expected to be used by anyone.
  • Persona Non Grata: Trazyn's presence isn't exactly welcomed in Necron worlds given his pathological kleptomania. In one occasion, he even gets captured and dragged in chains to the planetary ruler even though he really was only passing by.
  • Plunder: The Fay 20th and their allies loot the very plentiful weapons, ammo, and armour that were plundered by the Orks on the Battle Moon and keeping their war effort going. They also find and secure some valuable archeotech from the ruins there, including a Standard Template Construct Database.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Taylor faints after the First Battle of Ramev's Pass, because she's been awake and has barely eaten or drunk anything since hours before the Battle of New Delhi (which was long and incredibly distressing). Also after the fight against Ka'Bandha, due to the injuries she has suffered and the overwhelming nature of becoming a Living Saint.
  • Prophecy Twist: Maea is told by another Eldar farseer that if she goes on the quest to recover Elsar'bryn, she will one day hold it. She doesn't get told that her holding it involves it being shoved into her hands to prove that the gene-coded lock won't accept her after being taken prisoner.
  • The Purge: Taylor does one of the corrupt Nyx nobility after taking office.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: If there is something Taylor hates more than rape, is people that use their power to extort sexual favors - and above that, people who rape children. One Nyx noble that had been doing the latter for decades is sent straight away to a long, painful death by hanging.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Taylor, upon taking up the rulership of Nyx, begins to appoint competent officials to the positions in her government, gives the nobles that can redeem themselves a second chance and uses her connections to improve the lot of the Nyxians.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The reason why Weaver is so hugely popular among the masses? She's a doer, while politicians are only talkers.
    • In spite of becoming a Living Saint, Taylor still has paperwork to fill out. And political debates to navigate.
    • No, Odysseus Tor isn't the only Inquisitor affected to Nyx. The workload is such that he needs thirteen colleagues, and they're still stretched thin.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Trazyn the Infinite requests an audience with Taylor by disguising himself as an archeologist - after teleporting into the Lower Hive, stealing a number of Menelaus' artwork, disguising himself, stunning a Magos to steal his identification, tricking the machine-spirits into slotting an audience for him and putting a monitoring system in a video loop.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Taylor chooses to accept the Nyx Governorship - but only because she knows that everyone else is dumb, corrupt or both.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The Biel-Tan launch a punitive raid to avenge the loss of one of their raiding parties, ignoring the fact that it only happened because its leader picked a fight with someone out of his weight class.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: The second arc centers around two Inquisitors going to war with everyone in the general area of Wuhan (including each other) to seize the Vault of Infinity, a Necron facility to guard an imprisoned C'Tan.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The heir of a Nyx noble took to act as a vigilante, stopping crimes carried out by other nobles. Taylor, noting that she was Not So Different, allows her father to peacefully resign his position in her favor as long as she stops doing that.
  • Running Gag: People daydreaming with getting rid of Leet.
    • For a while, people keep unsuccessfully trying to draw Taylor's sword; later on, they keep tacking on stuff to the pommel to make it more "Imperial-like".
  • The Scapegoat: Gladiel Imrik takes the blame for the Eldar's defeat in the Battle of the Death Star. He accepted the responsibility because he doesn't want to further damage the relationships between Biel-Tan and Malan'tai. Also, he doesn't want the blame and punishment share to his Mariners and their families.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Vault of Infinity was a prison to hold the C'Tan Iash'uddra. After Iash'uddra is freed, he is once again imprisoned in a Tesseract Vault by Trazyn.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The ultimate goal of the Weaver Option: to create a galaxy strong enough to repel the Tyranids. Of course, the Ruinous Powers were hoping that this would be done by granting them ultimate victory before the swarms ever showed up, but the Inquisition and the Ultramarines dashed that hope.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Taylor dislikes being teased by Dragon about Wei Cao's advances. She gets her revenge by teasing her about the time she spends with a certain Archmagos.
  • Shout-Out: The Ork Battle Moon gets called a Death Star by Taylor. The name sticks. Taylor then introduces Star Wars music.
    • Dragon's various Dragon suit designs are named after various dragons from fictional works such as Smaug from The Lord of the Rings and Saphira from the Inheritance Cycle.
    • In keeping with his usual style, Leet first appears dressed as Mario and kills an Ork warboss with a Holy Hand Grenade.
    • Taylor's Champion (former Champion of the 1st Company of the Flesh Tearers) is named Kratos.
    • Trazyn the Infinite Collector, a Necron, disguises himself as an archaeologist with the surname "Koschai", very similar to the name of Koshchei the Immortal.
    • At Taylor's petition, the battleship that is to become the center of the fleet she will use as transport for her armies is renamed HMHMS Enterprise. However, Taylor insists that she did not choose the ship's name from Star Trek, but instead named it after the World War II aircraft carrier, aka "The Big E", which in turn inspired the starship's name (it is somewhat implied she insists on this in part to screw with Leet's mind).
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The Last Ultramarine only appears at the end of the first chapter of Arc 1 and has five lines. His actions ensure that Taylor is brought to the future without being corrupted by Chaos - allowing her to become a hero of the Imperium.
  • Sticky Fingers: Trazyn the Infinite. As Taylor writes, while he's willing to not take anyone Taylor is allied with, it is impossible to get him to not steal anything else.
  • Stripperiffic: Taylor very reluctantly wears a very revealing Wuhanese robe in the victory party on Wuhan.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Gavreel Forcas would really like to not be treated as some minor deity, but given that he is a Space Marine, that's unlikely to happen.
    • Taylor is very uncomfortable with the whole "Saint Weaver" thing.
  • Super Empowering: The Mechanicus manages to create devices capable of boosting Clockblocker's and Vista's powers, allowing them to do things like opening entire trenches or creating time-stop bubbles.
  • Taking You with Me: Colonel Larkine is mortally injured by the Bien-Tal, but he pulls out a plasma grenade and detonates it, killing six Eldar - one of them a High Farseer.
  • Tank Goodness: The reconstructed Great Crusade-era Karon Battle-Tank Pattern Dragon. Equipped with a dual cannon, the Karon is capable of destroying a superior Eldar tank and can ignore their ghost-system (assuming that wasn't Dragon following Taylor's targeting coordinates, as her bugs were definitely immune and she was giving the location over the vox). While smaller than a Leman Russ, it is much faster and have far more autonomy, due in part to their greater internal fuel capacity, and its size makes it a far smaller target for long-range gun duels and artillery fire, and its lighter weight allows it to cross bridges and obstacles where heavier machines will be unable to pass. However, it lacks better protection compared to a Leman Russ and is not suited in an urban environment.
  • That Man Is Dead: Shadow Stalker is ultimately subsumed by the Officio Assassinorum, which renames her Elena Carrigan.
  • They Do: Taylor and Wei at the end of Decision 5.4.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Upon arriving in the Imperium, most of Dragon's hardcoded restraints disappear, most notably the "must always obey lawfully appointed authority" one. Given that Dragon's nightmare scenario of a tyrant rising to power through legal means happens on a semi-regular basis in the Imperium, this is a very good thing.
  • Too Dumb to Live: No, Nostradamus Vandire. When a girl that has been proclaimed a Saint, that is obviously beloved by the people and has a retinue formed by some of the best, most deadly warriors and soldiers humanity has ever had, arrives to the planet you want to rule, the answer is not to try to have her killed.
    • The same can go for the other nobles in Nyx who thought they would be able to have Taylor killed.
    • A bunch of nobles were horrified that Taylor had reduced the work week to 80 hours and given a free day per week, and decided to threaten her with retiring financial support if she did not follow their 'suggestions'. Within a few days, most of them were sent to the Nyx Penal Legions, and Taylor reduced the work week to 72 hours.
  • Training from Hell: Shadow Stalker winds up drafted into the Officio Assassinorum where she is mercilessly trained to become a Callidus Assassin.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: General Basileia-Saint Taylor Hebert Weaver, Lady Nyx, Sector Lady of Nyx, Governor of Nyx, Duchess of Brockton, Hero of the Imperium... and the list continues.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Taylor has one of her razorbeetles to kill Priest Warchost Solar-Byukur, who was threatening Zuhev on trumped up charges of treason (not obeying an Inquisitorial summons when nobody could figure out which, if either, of the warring Inquisitors had sent it). All Guard officers and Tech-Priest present dismiss his cause of death as a "tragic heart attack." A Fictional Document mention how the Fay 20th is "losing" their Priests at a fast rate.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: Around sixty years before the story, Belisarius Cawl walked into Quayran, a shipyard in the Ultima Segmentum, with a Parliament of Mars writ basically granting him a blank check for whatever he damn pleased, and ordered a colossal battleship that gave nothing but record performances in all of its trials, produced the strongest Gellar Fields ever recorded, was loaded with an absurd amount of weaponry even for a battleship of its class, and was completed in a record forty years. Despite this, Cawl declared himself unsatisfied and sold it back to the shipyard.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Clockblocker's reaction to learning that Taylor made a Greater Daemon her bitch can be easily summarized as "yeah, business as usual".
  • Unwanted Gift Plot: Taylor soon learns that the Nebula's Gift, while really useful in fights against Eldar and daemons, is also making her the target of the Eldar because it is one of the Blades of Vaul (the Eldar god of smiths and craftsmen). In Decision 5.4., Trazyn gives her an equally dangerous gift - a canister containing a first generation progenoid gland, with the option of buying several thousand more (enough to make at least ten Chapters worth of Astartes)... a progenoid gland from the Emperor's Children.
    • Quaryan's Folly. Belisarius Cawl spend colossal amounts to create an unspeakably powerful, armored, armed and fast warship. Then he looked at the record-breaking performance and decided it wasn't up to scratch. Since then, the shipyard that created it has tried desperately to find a buyer for the immense thing; the only reason Taylor has anywhere near the resources needed to buy the gigantic warship is having found the STC.
  • Villainous Rescue: Trayzn the Infinite saves Taylor and the Imperials from Iash'uddra at the last second by sealing away the latter in a Tesseract Vault.
  • War Is Hell: This is Warhammer 40,000, of course it is. The Battle of the Death Star costs the Imperium nearly two million fatalities and another million casualties, and that's the side that won said battle. Casualties on the other side are at least two hundred and fifty times worse (most of it Orks).
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The usual state of the Imperium, which is pretty much a large number of independent organizations that are technically under the banner of the Double-Headed Aquila and will likely work against each other when it suits their interests. As of 5.1, Weaver is clearly fed up with this attitude.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The dark forge worlds are realizing, after Dragon's new dragon-armors delivered a Curb-Stomp Battle to a force of Heldrakes, that they've become too assured of the Heldrake's superiority.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Contessa supports the dystopian and xenophobic Imperium of Man as the better alternative for the galaxy's stability against the threat of Chaos and hostile xenos. Vista very reluctantly supports the Imperium for the aforementioned reasons, but she makes it clear she will never serve the Imperium's shady and extremist organizations "which makes the Empire 88, Lung and Coil look like choir children!"
    Contessa: For better or for worse, you certainly agree the Imperium is the last bastion of stability in this galaxy.
  • Wham Line: At the end of Decision Interlude: Destiny Unwritten:
    Tzeenchian Sorceress: I am Malicia, Herald of Tzeentch and Parahuman Sorceress. I am the Destiny Unwritten.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Weaver, Vista, Leet and Clockblocker to Contessa when they throw in her face how her and Cauldron's actions caused so much trouble in Brockton Bay and elsewhere.
    • Taylor to Leet after his umpteenth failure to follow some kind of protocol causes yet more death and destruction.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: What Taylor identifies as one of the Imperium's troubles - whenever a victory is won, the people in charge waste their efforts in trying to plunder the local economies and spreading their influence, rather than trying to improve the situation and give new strength to the planets and the people.
  • Worthy Opponent: Trayzn the Infinite thinks this of Taylor, giving her the Nebula's Shard as a sign of respect.
    • Similarly, the Orks start to consider her this, as well, calling her "Swarm Bringa".
  • You Are in Command Now: Taylor ends up in command of the 20th after the original commander, Larkine, is killed in action.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Since Scion started the Golden Morning shortly after Taylor was dragged to the future, even if she could make it back to Earth Bet, there's nothing there for her any more - the planet is now a desert whose surviving population has evacuated to other Earths. Taylor is not happy when she finds this out.
    • Yvraine cannot go back to Biel-Tan as the High Council will severely punish her for losing Elsar'bryn and Kaeran's death. She is granted asylum on Malan'tai.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Vista's reaction to Clockblocker and Leet telling her the Long List of decorations Taylor has been granted after the Battle of the Death Star.
    • The Catachan soldiers' reaction when they see that the Catachan ants are transforming a mountain into a mountain-sized statue of Taylor.
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