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Straight from the bowels of 4chan...

...excuse me, 1d4chan. The TG board. Y'know, the one that's actually constructive and, well, good.

Anyway, BrightHammer 40K is exactly what it looks like: a NobleBright version of Warhammer 40K.

Find it here: https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Setting:Brighthammer_40,000/2nd_edition


This alternate setting contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Most of the elements that made all of the factions of 40K evil one way or another (even humans' Up to Eleven version of the Spanish Inquisition) has been removed.
    • The Lords of Order are a prominent example; though they're compared to the Greek Gods in terms of temperament and described as being "passively malicious" at worst, they are much "nicer" and embody benevolent aspects of the Chaos Gods' portfolios and enforce Order. This is a stark contrast to the Chaos gods, who are directly responsible for Warhammer 40,000 being such a Crapsack World, and are constantly out to corrupt humanity into serving them, while also being constantly at war with each other.
      • Khorne promotes honorable combat and is the divine patron of courageous and mighty warriors, but he disdains the weak and has little compassion for those who can't help themselves.
      • Nurgle is a compassionate god of stability and helps build prosperous civilizations, but is unchanging and fears bringing change himself, with his followers being infamous for their oppressiveness.
      • Tzeentch embodies the good sides of magic, wisdom, and knowledge, but is the most chaotic of the Lords of Order and has a "leap before you look" mentality. He is also a Hope Bringer for the people of Brighthammer 40,000, but can take away that hope just as easily.
      • Slaanesh, the youngest of the Lords of Order, was born not of the Eldar's hedonism, but the Eldar's desire to kill the Universal Destroy and answer the prayers of the abused goddess Isha for a deity who is capable of being loving and compassionate. However, he/she is vain, ill-tempered, and easily offended.
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    • The traitor Primarchs were also given this treatment, especially Horus Lupercal, known as Horus the Great in this setting. In 40k canon, they sided with the Chaos gods because either they were corrupted by their forces, or mistreatment by the Emperor of Mankind drove them to Chaos. Here, they're treated and worshiped as demigod saviors of the galaxy because they sacrificed themselves to protect everyone from the tyrannical influence of the Lords of Order after they became bloated and corrupted from the souls killed during the Great Crusade.
      • Primarch Horus Lupercal in canon 40k was tricked into siding with Chaos, and it was his actions in the Horus Heresy as the Arch-Heritic that rendered the Emperor of Mankind a barely living corpse, and significantly crippled the Imperium of Man. Here, after the Lords of Order were corrupted by the massive influx of souls who died in the Great Crusade, Horus instigated the "Horus Ascendancy" event by committing ritual suicide with some of his brothers so they could become Princes of Order and counter the Lords of Order's collective tyrannical influence on the galaxy. As a result, Horus and his Ascended brothers are celebrated as heroes and worshiped as the Emperor's Demigods.
      • Primarch Lorgar in canon 40k was the true instigator of the Horus Heresy, whose actions influenced Horus Lupercal to go on the warpath against the Imperium of Man based on a lie. Here, he joined Horus in becoming Princes of Order to save the galaxy from the corrupted Lords of Order during the Great Crusade, and is celebrated as a hero.
      • Primarch Fulgrim in canon 40k was a narcissist obsessed with obtaining personal perfection in all things. Here, as Slaanesh's Prince of Order, he strikes against those who seek to subjugate other people's spirits to their own.
      • Primarch Angron in canon 40k was an ex-gladiator driven insane with bloodlust because of the Butcher's Nails implanted in his brain, constantly forcing him to feel anger and bloodlust even outside the battlefield. Here, as Khorne's Prince of Order, he guides the hands of worthy warriors to their victory.
      • Primarch Mortarion in canon 40k was an Omnicidal Maniac fueled by hatred and resentment to the point where he seeks to blight everything with his Choas-blessed plagues. Instead, as Nurgle's Prince of Order, he guards life against evil and morally bankrupt individuals who would destroy it to further their own goals.
      • Primarch Magnus the Red in canon 40k was an Insufferable Genius who arrogantly thought he could pursue and study dangerous, forbidden knowledge without consequences. Instead, as Tzeentch's Prince of Order, he guards forbidden knowledge of ages past and future, driving away anyone who seeks to gain it.
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    • The Emperor of Mankind is also more outwardly compassionate and heroic than his canon 40k counterpart, and was implied to be a good father figure for all the Primarchs. During the Great Crusade, he let Horus and several of his brothers sacrifice themselves during the Great Crusade by committing ritual suicide, as it allowed them to become Princes of Order and save the galaxy by countering the tyrannical influence of the corrupted Lords of Order, who were all bloated from the souls massacred by the Adepts of Unified Order. In addition, he has a goatee.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • The Tau and their obsession with a Space Communist "Greater Good" mentality not only doesn't changes much from how it was in canon (the universe being Lighter and Softer now makes them a more crapsack option in comparison instead of a lesser one) but Depending on the Writer they have gone all the way to Flash Gordon-style mustache-twirling evil.
  • Deity of Human Origin: The traitor Primarchs, led by Horus Lupercal, became benevolent Princes of Order after committing ritual suicide in order to ascend and counter the influence of the Lords of Order, who were corrupted into tyrants by a mass influx of murdered souls during the Great Crusade.
  • Fallen Hero: The Initiates of Order were initially a brotherhood of warriors founded during the war with the Great Old Ones, and they would travel across the galaxy as Hope Bringers in the name of the Lords of Order. However, after its rapid growth and transformation into a functioning government, and the birth of the Imperium of Man, the Initiates of Order, now the "Adepts of Unified Order" became extremely xenophobic and tried purging all Imperial Planets of "heretical" lifeforms as a show of extreme disagreement of the Imperium of Man's tolerance towards Xeno races. This not only caused a minor faction of Adepts to side with the Imperium of Man out of horrified disgust, it also corrupted the Lords of Order, who became bloated from the massive influx of souls who died in what was called the "Great Crusade", and turned all four of them into divine tyrants. To save the galaxy, Horus Lupercal instigated the Horus Ascendancy event by committing ritual suicide with some of his fellow Primarchs so they could Ascend of Princes of Order, and counter the Lords of Order's tyrannical influence. In the end, the Imperium of Man was victorious, with the Emperor of Mankind personally slaying the Archadept responsible for the tragedies, but it's because of the Great Crusade that the modern Initiates of Order don't have a central unified structure anymore.
  • Football Hooligans: The Orks were made less grimdark by finding a less-lethal vent for their violent impulses, Blood Bowl.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The traitor Primarchs in this setting, led by Horus, all committed ritual suicide during the Great Crusade, which allowed them to become Princes of Order and counter the Lords of Order's influence, after the four gods got bloated from the souls who died and were corrupted into becoming tyrants.
  • Lighter and Softer: Unlike Warhammer 40,000, Brighthammer 40,000 takes every race and makes them more sympathetic save the Tau, who conveniently are Always Chaotic Evil. It's also an unusual example in that this trope is not achieved by altering the Tau from canon, but merely by shifting everyone else in the setting so that the Tau seem like a terrible, evil option among numerous better ones, rather than the least of a great number of evils.
  • Mirror Universe: To the canon 40K universe, with an emphasis in high adventure and less War Is Hell.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Inverted with most of the other aliens in the setting, but the Tau remain Space Commies and without a World of Jerkass to provide contrast they are now definitely the villains of the setting.
  • Space Opera: The Lighter and Softer approach to the source material means a higher emphasis in this side of the setting.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The God-Emperor of Mankind is still around, and so do many other canonically dead characters.

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