History Literature / CiaphasCain

17th Oct '17 3:17:27 AM alnair20aug93
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* TouchingTheEarpiece: "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)
15th Oct '17 12:58:52 PM Bisected8
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%%* "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)

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%%* * TouchingTheEarpiece: "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)
15th Oct '17 11:21:52 AM Willbyr
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* "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)

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* %%* "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)
15th Oct '17 9:53:17 AM eroock
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* "Comm-beads" apparently have the controls built into the earpiece, as Cain specifies tapping them on a regular basis. (And on one occasion, in ''Death or Glory'', he doesn't realize he left his comm-bead behind until he tries to tap it.)
6th Oct '17 12:34:27 PM Tahaneira
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** It's also often mentioned (and shown) that [[MiniMecha Sentinel]] pilots have a pretty laissez faire approach to discipline and orders, disobeying the letter of their superiors' messages if they think they have a better idea and speaking rather more formally than is considered proper on official channels. Cain notes that this is endemic to most Sentinel pilots, and cracking down on them to bring them in line would restrict their effectiveness as recon and fast attack specialists; therefore, smart officers (and commissars) tend to look the other way in most cases.

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** It's also often mentioned (and shown) that [[MiniMecha Sentinel]] pilots have a pretty laissez faire approach to discipline and orders, disobeying the letter of their superiors' messages if they think they have a better idea and speaking rather more formally informally than is considered proper on official channels. Cain notes that this is endemic to most Sentinel pilots, and cracking down on them to bring them in line would restrict their effectiveness as recon and fast attack specialists; therefore, smart officers (and commissars) tend to look the other way in most cases.
21st Sep '17 4:41:04 PM Antigone3
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** Cain accidentally sets off another one in ''Death or Glory''. When he kills Korbul, the rest of the Ork bosses become too busy fighting over who gets to take over the Waaagh to bother with minor details like stopping Cain and his refugees from escaping. It's clear that Cain wasn't expecting that result, it's also clear he's not objecting.
12th Sep '17 2:21:29 PM Divra
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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 and was personally involved in said events.

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* UnreliableNarrator: It's a On so many levels. The series purports to be a set of works memoirs, written by the titular Ciaphas Cain about a man's adventures well over a century after they happened. Ciaphas himself is very much an egomaniac and focuses almost exclusively on his own actions, but is also either an [[ShrugOfGod abject coward or a hero with extremely low self-esteem and a self-deprecating sense of humor]], meaning that his accounts are rarely entirely reliable and often full of holes.
** There are three supporting accounts. The first is the memoirs of Jenit Sulla, who was one of Cain's subordinates during
the events happened, he describes. However, Jenit has entirely bought into the heroic myth surrounding Cain (which was one of the things Cain set out to dispel), writes in what is openly described as an a [[PurpleProse prose so purple it's nigh unreadable]] and her narration makes it sound like Cain was a mentor-figure to her (Cain's narration makes it clear he considers her nothing more than another snot-nosed butterbar and finds her eager "Emperor-and-Imperium"-idealism extremely jumbled account, by a man who annoying).
** The second
is a known pathological liar and which was edited by someone who works for a black-ops division history of the government and sector in which Cain operated, which gets a lot of the facts right, but the author is a ConspiracyTheorist who blames everything from toenail fungus to Exterminatus on a (quite likely non-existent) conspiracy of rogue traders.
** The third is Cain's official biography, which the man himself treats with an attitude varying from "confusion" to "amusement" to "would rather wipe my arse with a rusty poker than that rag", depending on which side of the bed he woke up on.
*** Finally, the editor, Inquisitor Amberley Vail,
was personally involved in said events.the events and a frequent collaborator (as well as sometime lover) of Cain's, and, while she is generally impartial, she is not above a little judicious editing and inserting a few footnotes implying Cain's memory of certain events is flawed to make herself look better.
18th Aug '17 8:52:21 AM outlander2012
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** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, [[FromBadToWorse 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, 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]].

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** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, [[FromBadToWorse matters swiftly go from bad to worse]] when [[spoiler: 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, 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]].
15th Jul '17 9:06:08 PM nombretomado
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[[FakeUltimateHero Commissar Ciaphas Cain]], '''[[AC:[[LargeHamTitle HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!]]]]''' is the protagonist of a series of novels by Creator/SandyMitchell, set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. Where ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' is {{Sharpe}} [[XMeetsY meets 40K]], Ciaphas Cain is something between ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' in the gothic SF world of 40K. Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to the normally ''absurdly'' [[CrapsackWorld Grim]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality And]] [[CosmicHorrorStory Dark]] 40K universe, the series follows the exploits of a cowardly, self-hating [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar, in charge of morale and discipline]] in [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard the Imperium's army]], who has managed to not only survive the front lines of the ultimate CrapsackWorld, but ''prosper''. Over the course of the series, Cain becomes a massively acclaimed Hero of the Imperium, partly through opportunism, skill and minor heroism, but mostly through sheer blind luck. Sent to [[InHarmsWay progressively more insanely dangerous warzones]] as his reputation grows, Cain actually wants nothing more than to find a quiet place to hide from the fighting.

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[[FakeUltimateHero Commissar Ciaphas Cain]], '''[[AC:[[LargeHamTitle HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!]]]]''' is the protagonist of a series of novels by Creator/SandyMitchell, set in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. Where ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' is {{Sharpe}} [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets 40K]], Ciaphas Cain is something between ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' in the gothic SF world of 40K. Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to the normally ''absurdly'' [[CrapsackWorld Grim]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality And]] [[CosmicHorrorStory Dark]] 40K universe, the series follows the exploits of a cowardly, self-hating [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar, in charge of morale and discipline]] in [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard the Imperium's army]], who has managed to not only survive the front lines of the ultimate CrapsackWorld, but ''prosper''. Over the course of the series, Cain becomes a massively acclaimed Hero of the Imperium, partly through opportunism, skill and minor heroism, but mostly through sheer blind luck. Sent to [[InHarmsWay progressively more insanely dangerous warzones]] as his reputation grows, Cain actually wants nothing more than to find a quiet place to hide from the fighting.
2nd Jul '17 5:09:09 AM Bissek
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* "The Little Things": Released as part of the Black Library's 2012 Advent Calendar. What's meant to be a quiet, private meeting between Cain and Vail is interrupted by assassins.

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* "The Little Things": Released as part of the Black Library's 2012 Advent Calendar. What's meant to be a quiet, private meeting between Cain and Vail is interrupted by assassins.kidnappers.
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