History Literature / CiaphasCain

30th May '16 5:49:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* StrictlyFormula: Said formula being old Victorian and early 20th-century juvenile adventures such as the TomSwift series. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that that's a bad thing]].

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* StrictlyFormula: Said formula being old Victorian and early 20th-century juvenile adventures such as the TomSwift Literature/TomSwift series. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that that's a bad thing]].
28th May '16 10:10:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Necrons?]]: Necrons are to Cain what snakes are to Franchise/IndianaJones, and with good reason, detailed in the omnibus-exclusive short ''Echoes of the Tomb''. [[spoiler: They're the reason for his augmetic fingers]]

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Necrons?]]: WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Necrons are to Cain what snakes are to Franchise/IndianaJones, and with good reason, detailed in the omnibus-exclusive short ''Echoes of the Tomb''. [[spoiler: They're the reason for his augmetic fingers]]fingers.]]
3rd May '16 11:08:25 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* TanksButNoTanks: In ''Duty Calls'', A news report claims Cain used a tank to stop what was essentially the Hindenburg carrying an awful lot of promethium from crashing into a city. In reality, he used a Chimera (an APC).

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* TanksButNoTanks: In ''Duty Calls'', A news report claims Cain used a tank to stop what was essentially the Hindenburg carrying an awful lot of promethium from crashing into a city. In reality, he used a Chimera (an APC). However, the Chimera's multi-role design and the Imperial Guard using slight variants on the same chassis for every common tracked vehicle in their arsenal muddies the issue a bit.
3rd May '16 10:58:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* UnreliableNarrator: It's a series of works about a man's adventures well over a century after the events happened, in what is openly described as an extremely jumbled account, by a man who is a known pathological liar and which was edited by someone who works for a black-ops division of the government.

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* UnreliableNarrator: It's a series of works about a man's adventures well over a century after the events happened, in what is openly described as an extremely jumbled account, by a man who is a known pathological liar and which was edited by someone who works for a black-ops division of the government.government and was personally involved in events.
28th Apr '16 11:49:15 AM MaulMachine
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* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Averted. At the formation of the Valhallan 597th by merging one all-male and one all-female reginment that recieved crippling losses, the appointment of the female regiment's commander, Kasteen, to overall command does not sit well with the officer's of the old male regiment. However, the sticking point is that while Kasteen is technically senior to her male counterpart, and of the nobility, she is still the commander of a garrison regiment, while her counterpart has commanded line infantry in the field, and gender doesn't even come into it. She goes on to acquit herself admirably in the first book and remains the commander of the 597th for many years afterward.

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* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Averted. At the formation of the Valhallan 597th by merging one all-male and one all-female reginment that recieved crippling losses, the appointment of the female regiment's commander, Kasteen, to overall command does not sit well with the officer's of the old male regiment. However, the sticking point is that while Kasteen is technically senior to her male counterpart, and of the nobility, she is still the commander of a garrison regiment, while her counterpart has commanded line infantry in the field, and gender doesn't even come into it. She goes on to acquit herself admirably in the first book and remains the commander of the 597th for many years afterward.
28th Apr '16 11:35:48 AM MaulMachine
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** Notably, however, Beije only adheres to the strict ''religious'' protocols of his office. He's never seen abusing his troops, his Colonel respects him, and he keeps up with the men in combat well enough. He is simply, in Cain's words, "green-eyed jealous." [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing for the story's ''real'' villain, who is green-eyed and petty to the extreme, far more so than Beije could ever be.]]
28th Apr '16 11:31:33 AM MaulMachine
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* MoreDakka: Cain insists on having a pintel-mounted heavy bolter put on any Salamander that he uses, replacing the usual storm bolter. They tend to get used a lot.

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* MoreDakka: Cain insists on having a pintel-mounted heavy pintle-mounted storm bolter put on any Salamander that he uses, replacing the usual uses. Salamanders can mount a storm bolter. bolter or a heavy stubber in the game. Cain mentions that he tends to get storm bolters mounted because they allow him to lay down extra cover fire if he needs to, and they look cool for the troops. They tend to get used a lot.
28th Apr '16 9:58:24 AM MaulMachine
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** The trope becomes subverted when you read carefully; more than once, Cain has done something heroic without thinking about it. Through most of the series, he appears totally selfish, but if something needs to be done, then it needs to be done. A specific example is when he jumps to save Amberley in Pererimunda and later reasons that he only did it because the pilot wouldn't have left without her, but one can see that he jumped first and rationalized later. This not only happens with Amberley, but also on other occasions, such as the time he sets the explosives in Nusquam Fundumentibus. He's pretty much sacrificing his own life to take out the tyranid infestation, but he survives thanks to some fast reasoning and Jurgen's proper use of a Chimera to escape through tunnels previously dug by their enemies.

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** The trope becomes subverted when you read carefully; more than once, Cain has done something heroic without thinking about it. Through most of the series, he appears totally selfish, but if something needs to be done, then it needs to be done. A specific example is when he jumps to save Amberley in Pererimunda and later reasons that he only did it because the pilot wouldn't have left without her, but one can see that he jumped first and rationalized later. This not only happens with Amberley, but also on other occasions, such as the time he sets the explosives in Nusquam Fundumentibus. He's pretty much sacrificing his own life to take out the tyranid infestation, but he survives thanks to some fast reasoning and Jurgen's proper use of a Chimera snowmobile to escape through tunnels previously dug by their enemies.
21st Apr '16 12:51:56 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: One of Amberley Veil's retinue is a permanently combat-drugged lunatic named Simeon who flinches every time he sees Cain's commissar uniform. Cain asks what his deal is, she tells him he was in a PenalLegion, snapped under pressure and started executing men for failing to salute a superior officer... while on the receiving end of an artillery barrage. Cain nods sympathetically, but notes that preventing that sort of breakdown is why they have commissars in the first place. [[spoiler: Veil then says Simeon ''was'' the commissar.]]
19th Apr '16 1:23:29 PM erforce
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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Necrons?]]: Necrons are to Cain what snakes are to IndianaJones, and with good reason, detailed in the omnibus-exclusive short ''Echoes of the Tomb''. [[spoiler: They're the reason for his augmetic fingers]]

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have to Be Necrons?]]: Necrons are to Cain what snakes are to IndianaJones, Franchise/IndianaJones, and with good reason, detailed in the omnibus-exclusive short ''Echoes of the Tomb''. [[spoiler: They're the reason for his augmetic fingers]]
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