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Imperium Ascendant (posted on as well) by Jayfiction is a Warhammer 40K Fanfiction where the Scattering of the Primarchs by the Chaos Gods is prevented. Is regarded as one of the best 40K Fanfics out there.


  • All There in the Manual: There are side story notes which give background information to the Canon and Ascendant timelines

  • Adaptation Expansion: The fates of the Second and Eleventh Primarchs in the Canon timeline are revealed inside story information.

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  • Alpha Strike: The Chaos Gods decide to throw everything and the Kitchen Sink as the Ascendant!Imperium begins its crusade.

  • Artistic License – Physics: 40k has always been pretty soft Sci-Fi. Even so, the weaponized Alcubierre drive is out their.

  • Berserk Button: One of the few things that angers The Emperor is mentioning what happened on Molech.

  • Bling of War: The Emperor wears very posh Military gear when not on the battlefield and in his "Revelation" guise

  • Break the Haughty: The Ascendant! Magnus gets a brutal lesson in humility due to his over-reliance on Warp Powers
  • Combat Pragmatist: On Luna, Zaubernax the Chaos Champion expects a honorable duel against a Primarch while his Legion besieges the gates in a bloody meatgrinder. Instead, both he and the gates get an orbital bombardment in the face.

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  • Contagious Heroism: The Astronomicon touched Children seem to possess this.

  • Co-Dragons: Malcador and Arik Taranis act as the Emperors Dragons

  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: The Emperor has a long history of this involving the Chaos Gods and Void Dragon.

  • Education Mama: The Assai-Matarari fall can sometimes fall into this.

  • Eldritch Abomination: In droves. The Chaos Gods, C'tan, Rangda, Men of Iron, Even the The Emperor to a degree.

  • Faceless Eye: Tzeentch takes a form similar to this when the Emperor confronts him.

  • Friendly Rivalry: In droves among the Primarchs, as opposed to their more toxic Canon relationships.

  • Godzilla Threshold: The Angel, a Superweapon from the Age of Strife, end up being unleashed on Luna when B'Elakor overpowers Marcus Augustio and Kalib Kraad

  • Gullible Lemmings: The Creed of Four Phases and other Chaos Cults

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  • The Dog Bites Back: Senada and the other slaves on Ceres

  • God-Emperor: What The Emperor of the original timeline ends up becoming inadvertently

  • Kill Sat: Marcus Augistio uses a Lunar Class Cruiser like this. During the assualt on Port Luna.

  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The powerset of the Rangdans and some Chaos Sorcerers

  • Irony: The Ascendant Emperor refers to the Emperor of 40K as the Corpse-Emperor

  • Hollywood Atheist: Uriah seems to think this of the Emperor at first and at times the Master of Mankind can fall into it.

  • My God, What Have I Done??: The Emperor's reaction to the God-Emperor and the 40k!Imperium

  • Manipulative Bastard: Tzeentch, The God Emperor, some of the Primarchs and surprisingly Arik Taranis

  • Noodle Incident: What exactly was the Emperor's Birthright that he reclaimed on Molech?

  • Obstructive Zealot: The Creed of Four Phases when they work to undermine Imperial Authority.

  • Old Soldier: Arik Taranis and Ghota fall into this
  • Public Domain Artifact: Horus wields the Spear of Destiny.

  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: A dark subversion of this occurs when the Emperor faces warp-golem versions of The Primarchs after lighting the Astronomicon.

  • Screw Destiny: How this story begins. The Legion of the Damned are sent back in time ten thousand years to prevent the scattering of the Primarchs.

  • Spared by the Adaptation: Uriah Olathaire, of The Last Church Fame, gets a far better fate here than in canon when the Ascendant! Emperor comes to visit him.

  • Take a Third Option: The Emperor's approach to preventing the Primarchs from either falling to corruption or being soul-bound to him: Bind their souls to each other in an unbreakable chain of brotherhood

  • Tag Team Twins: Alpharius and Omegon fight like this when its nesscary.

  • The Swarm: It's 40k the Tyranids are coming. The Rangda and other Great Crusade Xeno's count

  • Unnecessarily Large Interior: The Imperial Palace is filled with rooms like this and the Hollow Mountain of the Astronomicon is literally that.

  • Walking the Earth: What the Emperor spent his youth doing according to this Fic.

  • What the Romans Have Done for Us: Marcus Augistio, the XIII Primarch uses this in spades.

  • Western Zodiac: The Emperor gave each Primarch a ring engraved with the Zodiac sign they are connected too.

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