History Literature / CiaphasCain

28th Sep '16 2:09:52 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* UncannyValley: One of the short stories has a prostitute with elaberate tatoos all down her arms and legs. It looks attractively exotic... unless you notice that their primary purpose is to mask the fact her muscles are the wrong shape (she's a late-generation Genestealer hybrid).
17th Sep '16 8:12:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* PropagandaHero: Cain's reputation is at least in part built on this (as well as on his extremely impressive--if accidental--actual heroism).
13th Sep '16 4:35:13 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** It's also explicitly justified several times. Most of the places Cain visits are such backwaters that the Imperial government in the sector mostly just ignores them, allowing the locals to carry on. The world in the first book, for instance, had been openly trading with the Tau for generations before anyone noticed. The one major world we see, the forge world in ''The Greater Good'', is the setting's usual hellish hive full of slave labor and casual dismissal of human lives.
8th Sep '16 8:15:07 AM Antigone3
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* 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 (privately of course) 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 [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure call in an Imperial Navy flotilla to obliterate the tomb from orbit]].]]
◦ At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, [[BadToWorse 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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* ** 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 (privately of course) 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 [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure call in an Imperial Navy flotilla to obliterate the tomb from orbit]].]]
** At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, [[BadToWorse [[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]].
6th Sep '16 12:54:30 PM outlander2012
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* YouHaveFailedMe: Cain fears he is going to be on the receiving end of this at the end of ''Cain's Last Stand'' [[spoiler: after the dangerous artefact called 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]].
6th Sep '16 12:51:03 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 (privately of course) 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 [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure call in an Imperial Navy flotilla to obliterate the tomb from orbit]].]]
◦ At the climax of ''Cain's Last Stand'', with their position about to be overrun by Varan's vengeful Chaos horde, [[BadToWorse 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]].
6th Sep '16 12:46:07 PM outlander2012
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Cain tells [[spoiler: the ringleader of the pro-Tau terrorists he's facing in ''Traitor's Gambit'' essentially this; after she gives a [[MotiveRant about how they plan to use the commandeered yacht in a suicide attack to kill Zyvan and cripple the Imperial forces long enough for the Tau to annex the region]], Cain shoots her down by pointing out that even if the terrorists succeed in their half-cocked plan, the chain of command will ensure a new Imperial general takes over and the Tau won't be allowed to gain a foothold. Cain also adds that unlike her comrades, who at least appear to believe in the Greater Good, the woman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is nothing but a common thief using the situation to line her own pockets]].]]

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Cain tells [[spoiler: the ringleader of the pro-Tau terrorists he's facing in ''Traitor's Gambit'' essentially this; after she gives a [[MotiveRant long-winded rant about how they plan to use the commandeered yacht in a suicide attack to kill Zyvan and cripple the Imperial forces long enough for the Tau to annex the region]], Cain shoots her down by pointing out that even if the terrorists succeed in their half-cocked plan, the chain of command will ensure a new Imperial general takes over and the Tau won't be allowed to gain a foothold. Cain also adds that unlike her comrades, who at least appear to believe in the Greater Good, the woman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is nothing but a common thief using the situation to line her own pockets]].]]



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* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSureItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: Used twice in the novels:
** Cain advocates this in ''Caves of Ice'' to destroy [[spoiler: the Necron tomb]] on Simia Orichalcae.
** Amberly calls in an orbital strike to wipe out the last Tyranids in ''Duty Calls''.



* KnightTemplar: The Inquisitor in ''Duty Calls'' is willing to stage a massacre and hand over humans to be massacred by aliens on the ground that what he is protecting is too valuable for the information to get out.

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* KnightTemplar: The Inquisitor Killian in ''Duty Calls'' is willing to stage a massacre and hand over humans leave behind innocent civilians (and his own allies) to be massacred by aliens on the ground that what he is protecting is too valuable for the information to get out.



** Cain gets this bad in ''Caves of Ice'' while trying to advocate evacuating Simia Orichalcae and calling in a naval flotilla to [[spoiler: wipe out the Necron tomb they found below the surface. The chief Mechanicus representative points out that even if they call in an orbital strike, it will take months for the flotilla to arrive, by which time the Necrons could be long gone. Kasteen and Broklaw agree that they have to destroy the warp portal inside the tomb to prevent that before they evacuate, and Cain, being one of only a handful who knows the tomb's location, grimly realises who's going to have to lead the demolition team back down there]].



* OutOfCharacterMoment[=/=]OOCIsSeriousBusiness: A seemly minor event, but when Jurgen and Cain find the [[spoiler: brain-washed Donal, Jurgen blank abilities start to free him from his mind-control.]] Jurgen ''hesitates'' and sheepishly ask Cain what's going on. He almost never does this even when he is fighting Chaos Space Marines, is in a Necron Tomb, or even when facing daemons. [[spoiler: Actually, anyone mind-controlled by Varan is completely changed from Emperor loving citizens to chaos worshiping fanatics in ''seconds''.]] It's really quite disturbing.

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* OutOfCharacterMoment[=/=]OOCIsSeriousBusiness: A seemly minor event, but when Jurgen and Cain find the [[spoiler: brain-washed Donal, Jurgen blank abilities start to free him from his mind-control.]] Jurgen ''hesitates'' and sheepishly ask Cain what's going on. He almost never does this even when he is fighting Chaos Space Marines, is in a Necron Tomb, or even when facing daemons. [[spoiler: Actually, anyone mind-controlled by Varan is completely changed from Emperor loving citizens to chaos Chaos worshiping fanatics in ''seconds''.]] It's really quite disturbing.
6th Sep '16 5:33:16 AM outlander2012
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Cain tells [[spoiler: the ringleader of the pro-Tau terrorists he's facing in ''Traitor's Gambit'' essentially this; after she gives a [[MotiveRant about how they plan to use the commandeered yacht in a suicide attack to kill Zyvan and cripple the Imperial forces long enough for the Tau to annex the region]], Cain shoots her down by pointing out that even if the terrorists succeed in their half-cocked plan, the chain of command will ensure a new Imperial general takes over and the Tau won't be allowed to gain a foothold. Cain also adds that unlike her comrades, who at least appear to believe in the Greater Good, the woman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is nothing but a common thief using the situation to line her own pockets]].

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Cain tells [[spoiler: the ringleader of the pro-Tau terrorists he's facing in ''Traitor's Gambit'' essentially this; after she gives a [[MotiveRant about how they plan to use the commandeered yacht in a suicide attack to kill Zyvan and cripple the Imperial forces long enough for the Tau to annex the region]], Cain shoots her down by pointing out that even if the terrorists succeed in their half-cocked plan, the chain of command will ensure a new Imperial general takes over and the Tau won't be allowed to gain a foothold. Cain also adds that unlike her comrades, who at least appear to believe in the Greater Good, the woman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is nothing but a common thief using the situation to line her own pockets]].]]
2nd Sep '16 2:44:09 AM Winter
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* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was d<script id="gpt-impl-0.7989370558440436" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_94.js"></script>iplomatic about loathing it.

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* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was d<script id="gpt-impl-0.7989370558440436" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_94.js"></script>iplomatic diplomatic about loathing it.
1st Sep '16 11:43:04 PM outlander2012
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* AnArmAndALeg: Cain does this [[spoiler: to the pro-Tau terrorist leader in ''Traitor's Gambit'': when the woman orders him out of the last escape pod at gunpoint, Cain orders Jurgen to shoot her. While she's distracted, Cain shoots her from the hip with a Tau-manufactured plasma pistol he acquired earlier, the force of the blast ripping her gun arm off and more importantly, blasting her back far enough to get the pod shut]].



* DemonOfHumanOrigin: In the short story "The Beguiling", Cain wipes out a Slaaneshi cult with an artillery strike after killing its leader, Emeli, when she tried to seduce him into being a HumanSacrifice. Several decades later in the novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Cain encounters Emeli as the final boss; she's been turned into a daemonette during her time dead.

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* DemonOfHumanOrigin: In the short story "The Beguiling", Cain wipes out a Slaaneshi cult with an artillery strike after killing its leader, Emeli, when she tried to seduce him into being a HumanSacrifice. Several decades later in the novel ''The Traitor's Hand'', Cain encounters Emeli as the final boss; she's been turned into a daemonette Slaaneshi Daemon Prince during her time dead.dead.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Cain tells [[spoiler: the ringleader of the pro-Tau terrorists he's facing in ''Traitor's Gambit'' essentially this; after she gives a [[MotiveRant about how they plan to use the commandeered yacht in a suicide attack to kill Zyvan and cripple the Imperial forces long enough for the Tau to annex the region]], Cain shoots her down by pointing out that even if the terrorists succeed in their half-cocked plan, the chain of command will ensure a new Imperial general takes over and the Tau won't be allowed to gain a foothold. Cain also adds that unlike her comrades, who at least appear to believe in the Greater Good, the woman [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech is nothing but a common thief using the situation to line her own pockets]].



* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was diplomatic about loathing it.

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* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was diplomatic d<script id="gpt-impl-0.7989370558440436" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_94.js"></script>iplomatic about loathing it.
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