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The Imperial Guard relief force marched through the city gates with crowds of the native inhabitants looking on. But there was little cheering or celebrating.
The grim-looking army was not the angels of salvation that the people had thought they would be. Rather, they were silent, lifeless beings that spared the people not even a single glance as they marched by. The peoples faces grew nearly as dreary as the soldiers masks as they realized that their saviors were not like angels, but more like walking corpses.

But through the crowd of bleak and cheerless faces, a bright and sunny one appeared.
'Why is everyone so afraid of them,' she thought, 'when they're here to save us? We should be thankful.'
She leaned over the side and reached out to the nearest passing soldier, holding one of the summer flowers she had gathered.

'These are for someone else, but you can have one.' she said cheerfully.
The soldier hesitated for a moment, looking at the gift being presented to him, then he moved back into formation. He didn't take it, but she was sure that he wanted to.
Her grandmother frantically pulled her back and began scolding her. She didn't listen, she just put the flower back with the rest and stepped back, her smile unchanged.


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kokoda39 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
He will die in the name of the Emperor.

On a planet that he has never heard of.

Against a foe that he has never seen before.

He will be a tool while he lives and a statistic when he is dead.

But for what it's worth, he will have this gift.

In the moment of his death, he will remember what he dead to protect.

And in the end he will remember her and smile.
godofwarlover Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2019
Even in the Grim Darkness of The Future, there is still honor and chivalry
AlasterBoneman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
great work. and I just watched arch Warhammer krig lore
battlecruiser006 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
So cute and sweet.
narrva Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018
This makes my heart ache a little with how poignant it is.  It really makes one feel for the insanely courageous Imperial Guard.
jack2the7ripper Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Student Writer
BanishedRabbit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Days later as the war reaches the city, that very same soldier is walking through the war torn remains of a hab block and he comes upon this girl once more, shot dead in a hallway, the flowers scattered across the ground next to her, covered in blood and dust, he stares emotionlessly at her corpse, remembering briefly that moment when she offered him one of her flowers.  He begins to reach down to take one of the flowers, and just as he's about to touch one, he remembers his duty, stands up and continues to walk down the darkened corridors, there is no room for weakness, there are more heretics to hunt.

I'm not a good writer, but that's more or less how I see things happening, 40K is dark as hell, for every act of innocence, there are countless acts of greed, treachery, and tragic events, afterall, that is the grim dark future that is Warhammer 40K.
123456789JD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
Wojak (emoticon) 
AxtonDragunov Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It would make sense that a few Kreigers would be able to resist the conditioning of the their training and retain an ounce or two of their inner humanity 
TransformAndConquer Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is this 'happiness' and 'joy' and 'love'?

Kriegers don't tend to be too familiar with those things.
Xenokiller3 Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
The Kriegers deserve forgiveness from Big E at this point.
MasterRJ Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This is what they deserve. Not the Space Marines are the heroes of the Imperium but the Imperial Guard. Without their sacrifices even the Space Marines and every other faction in the Imperium would not be able to survive.

It's just so sad how many of them die every day.
General-Skull Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
as a fan of the death korps pls go to my page and review my story about a charactor im making who is from Krieg
clunker12 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2018
Beautiful, you bring kindness to a universe it has no business being a part of.
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This image creates so many feels, because you know the guardsman wants to take it, but he's probably thinking, "shit if I take that, the Commissar is gonna shoot me," so he just casually nods and steps back into formation.
TheJuniorMint Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is sweet.
irg555 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
Someone didn't get the memo that she lives in a grimdark universe. Really like this, nice idea.
Scrap-Lord Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017
"To die in the service of the Imperium or die trying."

This image is a real punch in the gut.
Bravo Sir.
Now I don't know what to feel...
COCOART1544 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
RyanFall Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great between the image and the story you wrote to describe it really speaks of many things depending on how you look at it, if you look at it negatively it shows delusion in the girl but the many positive ways are amazing of optimism, hope, finding the beauty even in the bleakest of settings and how a little bit of faith can make a difference I personally imagine that soldier going home at the end of the day and telling his family about her and how someone showing gratitude for the work he did every day made his day and made it all worth while even though every day was a slog.
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
i feel like it should say Imperial Guard 'relief' force...
great picture!!
SaulderonWrites Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Student Writer
N'aaww. That's sweet.
KaneNash Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
The fight is not just for humanity, but for the last sparks of what is humane in a dying galaxy.
Archanos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
I swear this image has stuck in my head for the last 2 weeks!
PROTOTYPEXICO3 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2017
Are they based on the Death Korps of Krieg?
sangenjin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017
They are the death korps of kreig.
Grusnoid Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
Ad victoriam
Ex machina
Non sibi sed patriae

MrHublot Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
what a nice work !! :o :o 
IchirouUchiha54 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
I recently looked up the Death Korps...and oh my god, this picture is both beautiful, sad and very moving...I love it 
Riley-B242 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
That guardsman is probably thinking: "why are you giving me this? How the feth am I supposed to kill fraking orks with a dammed flower? Crazy woman..... meh what the hell I'll take it anyway. 
Lionheart617 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Vox log: number 4-87872 guardsmen joris of the korps of krieg

when we arrived on Praxis 4 to relieve our cadian guardsmen, we were met with fear, our unit must have looked as if we were men of matter who we were, we had our duty. but then she was there...a young woman...although not guardsmen material...had a bright cheery smile as if the emperor was with her...she reached out from the barrier and extended to me a flower..."these are for someone else but you can have one"  i stopped for a moment...looked at the flower in almost shock...i wanted to accept her gift, but i didn't...i got back in line and noticed my kommisar watching. he smirked and continued on, it was pretty clear his message, the emperor saw that too...that girl gave me hope for humanity, for the emperor...and what our purpose is: protect the imperium of man and all innocent the girl

The emperor protects

vox report from praxis 4 before the arrival of an orc force...joris was found dead clutching a pink flower...
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timstro59 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
I marched onwards, this parade of strength in this most dark world of ours. I consider the moments, the lives around me. They fear us, even as we have sacrificed so much for them, they are afraid.

In unison, we continue. Formation unceased and uniform. I saw her, in the crowd. Her smile, the sole example of gratitude towards the guard.

I neared her location, she reached out with a flower in thanks, though it was not destined to be mine. "You can have one she said"

I paused in my step and looked at the flower, my thoughts racing within, I knew I could not accept this gift, Yet I longed to do so.

After a moments thought, I turned and fell back into formation. This offering from a simple gardener, it lifts my heart to know that even in suffering, there would always be those who act in praise and love in spite of the fear around them.

I both love and pity the individuals....

---The incomplete memoirs of a guardsmen, discovered on his corpse in the aftermath of an Ork invasion.

-The Emperor protects.
eta-gamma-14 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
"She looked at me, a smile on her face. That smile...perplexed me. In this bleak universe of war and suffering and endless savagery and destruction, what good is it to smile?

Even so, there was something about that smile, and the flower she offered, that made me feel better. All around me, these people we saved, FEARED us. But she didn't. She was welcoming us, showing us gratitude.

And as inexplicable as it is, I believed at that moment that it made the fight to liberate this planet all the more worthwhile."
MarcCrener Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's Death Corps of Krieg.
I just think the little text is marvellous, seriously
TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Their aiming for heaven though serving in hell.
clickghost Featured By Owner Edited Nov 5, 2017  Student Artist
I know Sabaton when I see it.
(Well duh, the first reply says it, but still)
MarcCrener Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't this sentence from a song of Sabaton?
TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. :D
Adananian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The German Infantry look so badass.
Flameal15k Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016
They're not German, they're Imperial Guardsmen from Warhammer 40k.

Adananian Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
CMVreud Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Kriegers need love too.
BornOnTheNinth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Awwwww .... 

As grim as they may appear, the Death Korps of Krieg are just as devoted to protecting humanity as the rest of The Imperial Guard. In fact it is precisely for that reason that they are so grim; they have been raised on a blasted out death world and taught since birth that their own lives don't matter and that they exist only to self-sacrifice for The Emperor.

It was sweet of that girl to try to give a flower to the Death Korp Guardsman. It's probably the first time in his entire life that anyone ever showed any kindness towards him. Hopefully his regiment gets the Right of Settlement so that soldier can stay on the planet and get a chance to thank that girl for her gratitude.

This is a good work of art. The facial expressions were well done (the sunny girl, her terrified grandmother), and I like how you contrasted the colorful clothing of the civilians with the black uniforms of the Death Korp Guardsmen. Well done!
nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
he some how got his hands on a picture of her. and even though she has changed adresses five times. She keeps getting ork teeth and bad poetry threw the window. and now he has the flower in his helmet making him one of "those" soilders. 

Little known fact. after getting said flower he started running and shouting "GUYS I GOT A GIRLFRIEND!"
TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

But seriously it's awesome even though I've never played Warhammer 40k
nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
oh wow...I mean if you want me to animate it I will...and copywrite trike by games workshop!

XD Iv never played 40k ether but now im tempted to write this out of spite 
TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I meant if you want to write a story I'll gladly be the first to read it, check, I'm MadnessSoldier, hit me up bro :D
nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
ha I might XD  you ever rp?
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