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A Warhammer 40,000 Self-Insert fanfic. Can be read Here.

Andoriol Phi 2319 is not really a hero. On falling through the warp from Terra in the Third Millenium to the forgeworld Iacoria in the Forty-First, he wisely decided to keep his head down, survive, and make the best living he could as a tech-priest.

Then Chaos invaded Iacoria, survival meant self-promoting to pilot of an Imperial Knight, and Andoriol was catapulted to the attention of the Inquisition.

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Imperial Von Neuman datastream contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: A character sheet given at the beginning helpfully describes Andoriol's implants... and some minor psychic powers that haven't come up in the story.
  • Because I Said So: Inquisitor Veyla's general attitude.
  • Be Yourself: Andoriol walks a fine line between assimilating into Mechanicus culture enough not to dragged out and shot, and not drinking the kool-aid. In particular, in being nice to menials and taking shortcuts in rituals to appease the Machine Spirits when he can.
  • Blood Knight: Ordnatus had a personality, one that revolves almost entirely around killing the enemies of the Imperium.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Averted, thus far.
  • Flash Back: There's one to explain how Andoriol got to where he was on Iacoria, when the story started.
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  • Gondor Calls for Aid: It is nice to see a bunch of the people Andoriol helped ask after his health and for his return after the Inquisition takes him. Hardly risk-free in 40K.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Andoriol is by no means blind to the flaws of the Imperium, but it's all mankind has in a hostile universe.
  • Hand Cannon: Ordnatus has one, emphasis on the cannon.
  • Humongous Mecha: Ordnatus. He's smaller than most examples, and pint-sized compared to any Titan, but definitely qualifies.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Andoriol's brief exposure to the Warp remains one of his most terrifying memories.
  • The Idealist: Andoriol is pretty averagely jaded for a contemporary figure. In 40K, that makes him a wide-eyed idealist.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: When other tech-priests cut rations, whip and eventually execute menials, Andoriol's first question is what positive incentives are they being offered.
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  • Non-Action Guy: Before awakening and piloting Ordnatus' Andoriol's primary contribution to the fight was running and hiding. Not that he lacks courage, but violence doesn't really come naturally to him.
  • Nice Guy: Andoriol, being a relatively well-adjusted example of M2 humanity, goes out of his way to treat everyone with kindness and respect. Peers, Guard, menials, cloned prostitutes, even psykers.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Andoriol to Lydia Veyla, after she has him tortured.
  • Shout-Out: A few, particularly Ordnatus' activation phrase. Cast in the Name of God, Ye Not Guilty.
  • Super Soldier: Captain Titus, as an Astartes.
  • Wrench Whack: Not literally so far, but Andoriol has some unconventional shortcuts to the usual Mechanicus rites of repair.
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