40 Thousand Reasons

by Pef

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The Immaterium poisons everything; the living and the machine. The Tau, the Necrons, and the Eldar chip away at humanity. 

In the dark future of 40th Millennium there is only war.

And if you somehow still survive, the Tyranids will eat everyone anyway. 

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Retribution - Chapter One ago
Warp - 2 ago
Fabricator 3 ago
Foreshadow 4 ago
Fringe 5 ago
Pirates 6 ago
Liberation 7 ago
Barter 8 ago
Amusement 9 ago
Pact 10 ago
Escort 11 ago
Krak 12 ago
Chance 13 ago
Surprise 14 ago
Rossete 15 ago
Battleship 16 ago
Sorcery 17 ago
Pharos 18 ago
Discovery 19 ago
Kraken 20 ago
Revelation 21 ago
Fist 22 ago
Exterminatus 23 ago
Raid 24 ago
Size matters 25 ago
Goodness ago
Peace ago
Doctor ago
Overlord ago
Shard - Chapter 30 ago
Deimos - Chapter 31 ago
Canticle - Chapter 32 ago
Serpent - Chapter 33 ago
Insertion - Chapter 34 ago
Vortex - Chapter 35 ago
Iron Hand - Chapter 36 ago
Recruiting - Chapter 37 ago
Bed story - Chapter 38 ago
STC - Chapter 39 ago
Promise - Chapter 40 ago
Wolves - Chapter 41 ago
Ironclad - Chapter 42 ago
Machines - Chapter 43 ago
Puppy - Chapter 44 ago
Ogryn - Chapter 45 ago
Canis - Chapter 46 ago
Lorgar - Chapter 47 ago
Enslaver - Chapter 48 ago
Fishing - Chapter 49 ago
Backup - Chapter 50 ago
Profit - Chapter 51 ago
Battle Barge - Chapter 52 ago
Blind - Chapter 53 ago
Chance - Chapter 54 ago
Horde - Chapter 55 ago
Naya - Chapter 56 ago
Judgement - Chapter 57 ago
Easy - Chapter 58 ago
Listen - Chapter 59 ago
Bone Kingdom - Chapter 60 ago
Teleport - Chapter 61 ago
Aegida - Chapter 62 ago
Fair Chance - Chapter 63 ago
Bad news - Chapter 64 ago
Rage - Chapter 65 ago
Faith - Chapter 66 ago
Farseer - Chapter 67 ago
Dark Eldar - Chapter 68 ago
Mind over matter - Chapter 69 ago
Cosmic Trade - Chapter 70 ago
Red Thirst - Chapter 71 ago
Bastard - Chapter 72 ago
Reality - Chapter 73 ago
Eldar strike back - Chapter 74 ago
Surrender - Chapter 75 ago
Victory - Chapter 76 ago
Duty - 77 ago
Miracle - 78 ago
Badab War - 79 ago
Magog - Chapter 80 ago
Angstrom - Chapter 81 ago
Lamenters - Chapter 82 ago
Master - Chapter 83 ago
Eternal - Chapter 84 ago
Repair - Chapter 85 ago
Scorpion - Chapter 86 ago
Null - Chapter 87 ago
Failure - Chapter 88 ago
Cheater - Chapter 89 ago
Silence - Chapter 90 ago
Hollow - Chapter 91 ago
Gauntlet - Chapter 92 ago
Dawn Blade - Chapter 93 ago
Treaty - Chapter 94 ago
Present - Chapter 95 ago
Last Stand - Chapter 96 ago
Epic - Chapter 97 ago
Khaine - Chapter 98 ago
Khan - Chapter 99 ago
Edge - Chapter 100 ago
Paranoid - Chapter 101 ago
Necklace - Chapter 102 ago
Knowledge - Chapter 103 ago
Option B - Chapter 104 ago
Second Phase - Chapter 105 ago
Shadow - Chapter 106 ago
Vampire - Chapter 107 ago
Flail - Chapter 108 ago
Elixa - Chapter 109 ago
Holy spear - Chapter 110 ago
Engine - Chapter 111 ago
Cain - Chapter 112 ago
Grapes - Chapter 113 ago
Phase - Chapter 114 ago
Triplex - Chapter 115 ago
Coming storm - Chapter 116 ago
Sanction - Chapter 117 ago
Splinter - Chapter 118 ago
Moloch - CH 119 ago
Dreadnought - CH 120 ago
Hope - Ch 121 ago
Horror - Ch 122 ago
Arrangement - Ch 123 ago
Daemon - Ch 124 ago
Brood - Ch 125 ago
Ashuria - Ch 126 ago
Velayne - Ch 127 ago
Avalos - Ch 128 ago
Unbroken - Ch 129 ago
Newseam - Ch 130 ago
Adrielle - Ch 131 ago
Perseus - Ch 132 ago
Seven shards - Ch 133 ago
Harness - Ch 134 ago
Crib - Ch 135 ago
Visitors - Ch 136 ago
Anomaly - Ch 137 ago
Shower - Ch 138 ago
Meridian - Ch 139 ago
Lesson - Ch 140 ago
Leather - Ch 141 ago
Gift - Ch 142 ago
Seed - Ch 143 ago
Treason - Ch 144 ago
Feast - Ch 145 ago
Pandorax 146 ago
Loot 147 ago
Steak 148 ago
Alliance 149 ago
Sandbox 150 ago
Chains 151 ago
Bloodline 152 ago
Gloria Mundi 153 ago
Fear 154 ago
Worm 155 ago
Custodian 156 ago
Salamander 157 ago
Force 158 ago
Diplomacy 159 ago
Negotiators 160 ago
Baal 161 ago
Supper 162 ago
Guilty verdict 163 ago
Glass 164 ago
Learning curve 165 ago
Play 166 ago
Power 167 ago
Ace 168 ago
Lancefire 169 ago
Pebble 170 ago
Purge 171 ago
Phaeton 172 ago
Headache 173 ago
Demon 174 ago
Brink 175 ago
Rich 176 ago
Pair 177 ago
Disappointment 178 ago
Fenris 179 ago
Balance 180 ago
Smell 181 ago
Terra - Ch 182 ago
Upgrades - Ch 183 ago
Menace - Ch 184 ago
Worse - Ch 185 ago
Occam -Ch 186 ago
Dark -Ch 187 ago
Magnus -Ch 188 ago
Friends - Ch 189 ago
Snap -Ch 190 ago
Saturn - Ch 191 ago
Arms - Ch 192 ago
Left hand of darkness - Ch 193 ago
Magpie - Ch 194 ago
Test run -CH 195 ago
Price CH 196 ago
Merging CH 197 ago
Torque -Ch 198 ago
Cadia - Ch 199 ago
Miracles - Ch 200 ago
Nineteen - 201 ago
Deathwish- 202 ago
Momentum -203 ago
Brothers - 204 ago
Garden -205 ago
Heist - 206 ago
Worry - 207 ago
Cavalry - 208 ago
Conference - 209 ago
Ferrus - 210 ago
Old days - 211 ago
Goddess - 212 ago
Busy day - 213 ago
Sleeping beauty - 214 ago
Genes - 215 ago
The climb - 216 ago
Better - 217 ago
Raptors - 218 ago
Admiral -219 ago
Kenny - 220 ago
Silence - 221 ago
Point of view - 222 ago

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Better than most, and part of a very limited genre.

Reviewed at: Supper 162
Old Review:


 Being more than a hundred chapters longer than it was before, I've decided to update my review. However, I'm extremely lazy, and so I'll include the original review in the above spoiler with a minor update here.
 The story now flows much better, not excellent quality but a damn sight better than it used to, and the main character now has a spark of, well, character, though he doesn't deviate much from his original personality (that of a Rogue trader with a severe case of satyriasis).
 I believe that sums up the difference nicely, though new readers should keep in mind that the first few dozen chapters are still rather shoddy, and will remain so until they recieve an editing pass.
 An honorable mention should also be given to the sheer quantity of chapters that are regularly output. At the time of writing no less than six chapters have been released within the past 24 hours. It may not be the cream of the crop, but if you're reading it for the same reason I am, which is simply to read a fun story set in the Warhammer 40K universe, you will not be disappointed.
 I now leave you to peruse the old review (or deliberately fail to do so) at your leisure.

A well done and moderately well-executed Warhammer 40K crackfic


Grammar: Very little grammatical or spelling errors whatsoever that I can point out in this story that would hinder your reading experience. 5/5


Style: This story is a very unserious crackfic fanfiction of Warhammer 40K that is more on the comedic side rather than the usual Warhammer dark and gritty. So it's not a story for those who are preferential towards more serious types of stories 4/5


Story: The story is set in the Warhammer 40K universe and mostly just focuses on the adventures of the self-inserted Lord Pef and his quest of doing whatever he wants from blowing up Orks to messing with canon.

It does, of course, have an actual plotline, like creating his own empire of blanks and ensuring the survival of humanity, but it all sort of just falls on the wayside and is mostly done in the background by the side characters while Lord Pef focuses on his travels, messing with everyone and essentially becoming the Deus ex machina of the universe.

The story while funny and interesting is slowly becoming boring and repetitive as the MC simply repeats his actions, again and again, simply following the same pattern.

Everything also simply falls into Pef's lap thanks to various plotholes, plot armour and his knowledge of how the story is supposed to go. Making even the most absurd of obstacles become mere nuisances that are eliminated in a heartbeat creating no real excitement except for those who like to read how the MC so easily obliterates and overpowers their foes, regardless of the odds.

There is also heavy use of lore in this story so unless your a fan of WH40K or have read up on the lore extensively, then'll you have some difficulty with some of the terms or items used/shown in the story 3/5


Characters: The characters in the story both side and main are all, unfortunately, one dimensional, rather bland, at times interesting and other times just carbon copies of each other. So much so that it only takes the most basic and simple of explanations to describe most characters in their entirety. 

None of the characters in the story are really fleshed out enough to be called anything but one dimensional and most are simply static and unchanging. The tech-priests being worst of them as they are all essentially copies of one another in both actions and reactions making them exceedingly predictable and thus boring after a while. 

For the more hardcore fans of WH40K there's also the fact that many of in-universe characters are very OOC (out of character). The biggest example of which are the Astartes in this story. They have become gullible, stupid and easily cowed weaklings that easily fall prey to literally anyone without guidance (Lord Pef). So be warned 2.5/5


Overall: A fun read that's great at the start that slowly becomes repetitive as the story progresses. I would recommend it as a past-time read for a good laugh or two. I wouldn't recommend it for people who like more plot-driven stories and WH40K fans who dislike canon divergence and OOC (out of character) characters.

This is the type of story for those people who like stories like Overlord where the main protagonist (Ainz) is so powerful that there is literally zero threats that can actually harm him and where the most interesting part or main attraction of the story is how he overpowers everyone who stands in his way and how his 'powerful' enemies are simply helpess lambs for slaughter against him  3.5/5


It's best not taken seriously.

Reviewed at: Engine - Chapter 111

Recently the term "Mary Sue" or "Gary Stue" get tossed around like they're inherently bad writing. That's incorrect, they're only bad when they try to hide what they are. Pef is an unapologetic cheater who knows he's exploiting meta knowledge and having a blast doing it.

There are a lot of purists who think 40k needs to be all Grim-Dark all the time but they like to forget how campy and grim-stupid it can be, and this has a lot of the grim-stupid aspects getting exploited.

TLDR it's a power trip in the 40k Universe, and that isn't an inherently bad thing for fanfiction.


Overall I like this, but Pef's narration style of storytelling can be grating. There honestly is not enough 40k fanfics and those that do exist usually have not been updated in years. So, while Pef's story isnt an ideal to me I'm definitly going to read it just like I did for his Starwars novel because he provides niche fanfics I enjoy. 

This all said Pef could use a good editor or sounding board for ideas. No clue if he is trying to take his writing full-time but I wish him luck in finding the tools to get better at this stuff. 


Reads like an RPG that's on easy mode

Reviewed at: Liberation

And there's nothing wrong with that.

There are constant reminders of how grimdark the overall sitiuation is, but the main character keeps on dealing with his local challenges fairly easily, and snowballing his empire/fleet. But it handles that well.

Other than that, the grammar has a few mistakes, and the characters are somewhat flat.

Lee Williams

While there isnt much overall story mostly just steal,make,kill repeat its still a fun read and im enjoying it.


Rather jarring beginning especially for the uninitiated in the 40k lore, but to me, looking stuff up in the wikis was part of the fun. The grammar isn't problematic and there isn't any other big no-nos unless you really dislike some power fantasy and was hoping for a 40k story where everyone dies and hope is just heresy in disguise.

On that note, the synopsis sucks and pretty much doesn't say anything.
Pef Lancefire (MC) is a rogue trader for the imperium of man, living on the fringes of what is considered civilized space, luckily he is a 'Blank', someone who is mostly immune to the corruption of the warp, and he knows enough of the 40k lore to be considered a heretic.
There, I almost didn't say anything and I still did a better job than the actual synopsis.

Also, this novel needs a harem tag.


Made me look into the lore, without being a fan previously

Reviewed at: Point of view - 222

This made look into Warhammer for the 1rst time so it is not only a fan fiction but a great standalone story as well. Well written with little to no mistakes some smutt that is not detailed (much to my satisfaction) and using the lore in great way to take advantage of game events. Worth a read at the very least. And for the people that don't know what Warhammer 40000 is there is only one thing to say to you; Emperor Protects! 


An incredibly enjoyable adventure

Reviewed at: Smell 181

 I admit, I read the first 1.5 chapters and was turned off by the setting, world, and grammar since all i knew about 40k was that some nerds liked to paint toy figures and leave them on their shelves for decades.

Thankfully, the grammar improves considerably and the empire building, tech discoveries, and rich lore are all my current fav parts of any story. 

Like i just said, i knew nothing about 40k before binge reading all 181 chapters in the last 3 days but during those days the author provided links to the 100s of terms he was throwing around and i would read those links and then the links of the links and soon i spent more time reading 40k wikis than the actual story. Once learning a lot of backstory and more of the world everything became much more enjoyable, most of the time pef would go somewhere and do some things then i would wiki those things and learn even more about the 40k universe.

The characters really arnt as bad as some reviews make it seem, there are just 100s of them that come and go in as many chapters. 

My main complaint is just how fast paced this story is, it is very hard to keep track of where in the universe the mc is at times or how large his fleet is. like for the current arc, i have legit no idea what forces he took on his crusade besides 6 carriers and some battleships, id really like to know those numbers in a spoiler at the end of the chapter. Also location title to go along with every scene shift would be greatly appreciated.


Other than that i've loved reading this story so far and can only hope for 1000 more chapters though it seems the story is approaching the endgame atm and it could finish within 100 :/


Great story? No. But still a decent read if you want to know about 40k

Reviewed at: Anomaly - Ch 137

I can only give you 4 stars, since this doesn't really feel like a story. More like I am reading the personal log book of the Pef. Full of battle reports and about all the women he slept with.

Which honestly I dont hate it. But it just doesnt feel like a story to me. What I do like is that you have given me a new appreciation for 40k. With all the links and little tidbits of info sprinkled in, I have become a 40k fan. Not sure I would ever play the table top and paint miniatures, but once space hulk death wing goes on sale I will buy and play it.

Also the YouTube video emperor has text to speech is awesome. I found that through one of the other readers of this. You know what, fine you get 5 stars. Only because of that YouTube channel I found. Keep up the good work though. I know how hard it is to write.