History Characters / CiaphasCain

24th Aug '16 4:42:42 PM StarSword
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* PragmaticHero:
** In ''For the Emperor'', the Tau Empire has an entrenched diplomatic presence and security forces on Gravalax and is making inroads with the populace. You'd expect a Lord General Militant of the Imperial Guard to want them gone at whatever cost, but Zyvan states point-blank during a briefing that the planet isn't worth getting into a shooting war with the xenos.
** In ''The Traitor's Hand'', he chews out Tallarn 227th Colonel Asmar and Commissar Tomas Beije for excessive zeal, namely burning down a Slaaneshi cult site before it could be investigated for information about the cult's intentions.



23rd Aug '16 6:50:07 AM outlander2012
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* CurbStompBattler: In ''The Traitor's Hand'', while en route to their warzone, the Tallarn 229th, one of the regiments the 597th are travelling with, having a [[StayInTheKitchen somewhat conservative attitude to regiments including women]] refuse to take part in an inter-regimental competition in unnarmed combat as the 597th included women in their team, considering it unseemly. In Cain's words, the next time the 229th's regimental champion in hand-to-hand combat entered the transport ship's recreational area, Magot promptly pounced on him and subjected him to an "impromptu bout" in which she pounded him flat, despite the fact she only came up to the trooper's chin.

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* CurbStompBattler: CurbStompBattle: In ''The Traitor's Hand'', while en route to their warzone, the Tallarn 229th, one of the regiments the 597th are travelling with, having a [[StayInTheKitchen somewhat conservative attitude to regiments including women]] refuse to take part in an inter-regimental competition in unnarmed combat as the 597th included women in their team, considering it unseemly. In Cain's words, the next time the 229th's regimental champion in hand-to-hand combat entered the transport ship's recreational area, Magot promptly pounced on him and subjected him to an "impromptu bout" in which she pounded him flat, despite the fact she only came up to the trooper's chin.


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* PetTheDog: Cain gives her a bit of a pep talk to get her moving and provide some encouragement when Magot appears to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown [[spoiler: in the middle of a Necron tomb]].
23rd Aug '16 5:48:29 AM outlander2012
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Deriding Kasteen as a "petticoat colonel" only to then realise he said in front of a squad of ''extremely'' pissed off Valhallans from her regiment who are already looking for an excuse to shoot him]].

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Deriding Kasteen as a "petticoat colonel" only to then realise he said that in front of a squad of ''extremely'' pissed off Valhallans from her regiment who are already looking for an excuse to shoot him]].
23rd Aug '16 5:34:24 AM outlander2012
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** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with [[spoiler: their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, matters swiftly go from bad to worse when a force of Necrons teleports in behind the Chaos forces and begin annihilating the heretics. Realising the Necrons fully intend to fight their way through the Chaos lines to the Imperial position, and aware they're in no shape to fight such an enemy

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** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with [[spoiler: their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, matters swiftly go from bad to worse when a force of Necrons teleports in behind the Chaos forces and begin annihilating the heretics. Realising the Necrons fully intend to fight their way through the Chaos lines to the Imperial position, and aware they're in no shape to fight such an enemyenemy, Cain wastes no time in ordering a full evacuation and orders the Mechanicus adepts on site to detonate the facility's self-destruct mechanism. The Imperials succeed in escaping, but the Necrons sabotage the self-destruct and escape with a powerful artefact the site was housing]].
23rd Aug '16 5:32:41 AM outlander2012
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** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with [[spoiler: their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, matters swiftly go from bad to worse when a force of Necrons teleports in behind the Chaos forces and begin annihilating the heretics. Realising the Necrons fully intend to fight their way through the Chaos lines to the Imperial position, and aware they're in no shape to fight such an enemy
23rd Aug '16 12:38:01 AM outlander2012
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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of ''Cain's Last Stand'', Cain fears he will be on the receiving end of this [[spoiler: after the Shadowlight falls into the hands of the Necrons, noting that whatever their relationship, Amberly is still an Inquisitor first and foremost, and he has technically failed in his assignment to keep the artefact out of enemy hands. Fortunately for him, Amberly concedes that while not ideal, the Shadowlight is safer in the hands of the Necrons than the forces of Chaos, and agrees with Cain's hypothesis that given how much effort they expended to recover it, the Necrons were clearly afraid of the Shadowlight's power, and thus likely have no plans to use it against the Imperium]].
23rd Aug '16 12:34:03 AM outlander2012
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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Completely loses it when Cain goes off-script from what Varan had in mind, proving resistant to his mind control thanks to Jurgen, and then insulting the Warmaster on ''live television'' (Varan having insisted on the cameras for his forces) by remarking he's ready to accept ''Varan's'' surrender]].
23rd Aug '16 12:24:02 AM outlander2012
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A fellow cadet at the Schola Progenium which Cain studied at. He is Commissar to the Tallarn 227th regiment.

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A fellow cadet at the Schola Progenium which Cain studied at. He is Commissar to the Tallarn 227th regiment. He and Cain are none too fond; Beije can't believe someone so flippant and blase as Cain could do half the things he has, while Cain considers Beije a sanctimonious Emperor-bother and a monumental pain in the ass.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: Deriding Kasteen as a "petticoat colonel" only to then realise he said in front of a squad of ''extremely'' pissed off Valhallans from her regiment who are already looking for an excuse to shoot him]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: His attempt to arrest Cain on charges of desertion and cowardice get ''him'' charged with gross incompetence for interfering with Cain's mission by the Commissariat tribunal he called to charge Cain. Cain said he'd pull a few strings to help him out.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: His attempt to arrest Cain on charges of desertion and cowardice get ''him'' charged with gross incompetence for interfering with Cain's mission by the Commissariat tribunal he called to charge Cain. Cain (with the quite high probability of facing a firing squad). Cain said he'd pull a few strings to help him out.out.
* GenreSavvy: Not Beije himself, but Cain notes whoever assigned him to the Tallarn 229th was, making the good decision of placing Beije with a regiment of "Emperor-botherers as humourless as him" as opposed to another Guard regiment where Beije would have been a friendly fire incident just waiting to happen.



* MyEyesAreUpHere: Cain mentions this regarding Beije and Kasteen's first meeting, when Cain gleefully asks if Beije forgot to how to read shoulder insignias, he notes that given Kasteen's uniform ''really'' emphasises her figure, perhaps Beije didn't look that high.




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* StayInTheKitchen: Like the regiment he serves with, Beije has somewhat conservative views about Guard regiments that include women. He practically blows up when he learns Kasteen is the 597th's CO.



* AdmiringTheAbomination: Is thoroughly in awe of the Necron tomb. He is also quite fascinated by the ambulls (extremely violent apex predators not native to his planet).



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Cain later regrets he didn't shoot Logash when they found him in the tomb before he could disseminate the tomb's location amongst his superiors in the Mechancius.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: In regards to his plans for the [[spoiler: Shadowlight; Kllian intended to use it to create an army of psykers to take the fight to the forces of Chaos on their own turf. A psyker who examined the Shadowlight later said that, had Killian carried out his''imbecilic'' scheme, the Shadowlight could well have destroyed the entire galaxy. Quite apart from the damage wreaked by these individual psykers, their very existence would have invited [[DemonicPossession possession by daemons]], and acted as a gateway allowing the forces of the Warp to flow freely into the Materium. This psyker soberly predicted that, in two generations, the Eye of Terror would expand and swallow the rest of the Galaxy.]]

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: In regards to his plans for the [[spoiler: Shadowlight; Kllian Killian intended to use it to create an army of psykers to take the fight to the forces of Chaos on their own turf. A psyker who examined the Shadowlight later said that, had Killian carried out his''imbecilic'' scheme, the Shadowlight could well have destroyed the entire galaxy. Quite apart from the damage wreaked by these individual psykers, their very existence would have invited [[DemonicPossession possession by daemons]], and acted as a gateway allowing the forces of the Warp to flow freely into the Materium. This psyker soberly predicted that, in two generations, the Eye of Terror would expand and swallow the rest of the Galaxy.]]



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To the Sisters of Battle.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Inferred: [[spoiler: when his first facility on Pereimunda at the Hell's Edge mining colony came under attack from the Tyranids, the miners there tried to storm Killian's ship, hoping to get their children to safety. Killian ordered his Sororitas bodyguards to open fire on the crowd]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To the Sisters of Battle.
Battle. He used them to [[spoiler: raid the Perlia Mechanicus facility to recover the Shadowlight and protect his operation, but was quite happy to leave them to the mercy of the Tyranids to cover his own ass]].
22nd Aug '16 11:57:48 PM outlander2012
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Cain has tried to pull this on numerous occasions to try and save his own ass. Most of the time it hasn't worked.
** In his first appearance, his attempts to escape [[spoiler: a gargoyle attack on his regiment's position on Desolatia end up with him running smack bang into the main Tyranid attack coming from the flank. Fortunately, he is able to both get back to the regiment and raise the alarm, and manages to cover up his attempt to desert by claiming he suspected what was coming and went to scout the area]].
** In ''Caves of Ice'', upon discovering [[spoiler: a dormant Necron tomb on Simia Orichalcae, Cain wastes no time in ordering a complete Imperial evacuation from the planet. While he admits his primary motivation is to save his own skin, Cain does correctly point out that the Necrons in the tomb likely outnumber the Imperials hundreds to one, and if they do wake up, the Imperials will find themselves caught between the Necrons and the Orks already invading the planet, so the best thing to do in the circumstances is get off planet, alert the Inquisition to what they've found and then call in an Imperial Navy flotilla to [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure obliterate the tomb from orbit]].]]


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* CurbStompBattler: In ''The Traitor's Hand'', while en route to their warzone, the Tallarn 229th, one of the regiments the 597th are travelling with, having a [[StayInTheKitchen somewhat conservative attitude to regiments including women]] refuse to take part in an inter-regimental competition in unnarmed combat as the 597th included women in their team, considering it unseemly. In Cain's words, the next time the 229th's regimental champion in hand-to-hand combat entered the transport ship's recreational area, Magot promptly pounced on him and subjected him to an "impromptu bout" in which she pounded him flat, despite the fact she only came up to the trooper's chin.
22nd Aug '16 11:41:31 PM outlander2012
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Former commander of 296th Valhallan Regiment, now commander of 597th Valhallan Regiment. During the Battle for Corania prior to Cain's arrival, both the all-female 296th and the all-male 301st were decimated in combat against the Tyranids. The two units ended up being amalgamated into a single combined regiment and immediately began going at one another's throats, creating a discipline problem that eventually required High Command to send a commissar. They were lucky to get Cain; any other commissar probably would have [[BadBoss decimated the regiment]].

As the 296th had been a rear-echelon regiment for most of its history, the newly-promoted Colonel Kasteen felt an immense need to prove herself to the more experienced veterans of the 301st, particularly her newfound subordinate Major Broklaw. She acquitted herself admirably during the 597th's first battle as a unified whole at Gravalax and has since served with distinction.

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Former commander of 296th Valhallan Regiment, now commander of 597th Valhallan Regiment. During the Battle for Corania prior to Cain's arrival, both the all-female 296th and the all-male 301st were decimated in combat against the Tyranids. The two units ended up being amalgamated into a single combined regiment and immediately began going at one another's throats, creating a discipline problem that eventually required High Command to send a commissar. They were lucky to get Cain; any other commissar probably would have [[BadBoss decimated the regiment]].

regiment]] and redesignated the survivors [[CannonFodder a Penal Legion]].

As the 296th had been a rear-echelon regiment for most of its history, the newly-promoted Colonel Kasteen felt an immense need to prove herself to the more experienced veterans of the 301st, particularly her newfound subordinate Major Broklaw.Broklaw (particularly as she got the colonelcy by virtue of three days seniority). She acquitted herself admirably during the 597th's first battle as a unified whole at Gravalax and has since served with distinction.



* DeadpanSnarker



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Cain arrives to act as Commissar to the Valhallan regiments, he notes Kasteen is actually ''pleased'' to see him. Since the majority of the Guard regard Commissars with [[TheDreaded terror]], considering the appearance of one usually precipitates a round of executions, this is Cain's first clue he is going to have his work cut out for him with the regiment.



* HypercompetentSidekick: in his own mind just after the amalgamation, as he was a front-line soldier and the 296th had been a rear-echelon unit.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: in In his own mind just after the amalgamation, as he was a front-line soldier and the 296th had been a rear-echelon unit.



* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Engages in this with Kasteen, Cain and on occassion Sulla; initially hostile, but as time goes on, it becomes more good natured.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: Shortly after Cain's arrival, [[spoiler: a riot breaks out between the 296th and 301st that leaves three people dead, fourteen in the infirmary and a multitude of troopers facing disciplinary charges up to and including murder. When Cain investigates what happened, he is somewhat incredulous to find Sulla ordered the evening's meal to be served on the 296th's regimental crockery on account of the fact it was the anniversary of the regiment's founding, clearly not taking into account, as Cain points out, the 301st would probably interpret it as an insult]].



* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Downplayed in that it's only platonic, but it's clear from the excerpts from Sulla's memoirs that she has a major case of hero worship for Cain... while at the same time, it's clear from ''his'' accounts that he regards her as both an unappealing person and a rash commander (though he does grow to appreciate her talents as the series unfolds).

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* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Downplayed in that it's only platonic, but it's clear from the excerpts from Sulla's memoirs that she has a major case of hero worship for Cain... while at the same time, it's clear from ''his'' accounts that he regards her as both an unappealing person a pain in the ass and a rash commander (though he does grow to appreciate her talents as the series unfolds).




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* UndyingLoyalty: To Cain. [[spoiler: In ''The Traitor's Hand'', she stares down another Commissar trying to arrrest Cain on (fradulent) charges of desertion, making it plain the other officer will have to go through her and her squad to get him, even when the Commissar lines up a headshot]].


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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Cain notes that to Magot, the word "overkill" is inherently meaningless.
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