History Literature / CiaphasCain

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.
27th Jun '17 5:04:46 PM nombretomado
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** Ciaphas and Cain are the names of well-known villains from Literature/TheBible. One possible translation of "Caiaphas", according to TheOtherWiki, is "rock that hollows itself out".

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** Ciaphas and Cain are the names of well-known villains from Literature/TheBible. One possible translation of "Caiaphas", according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, is "rock that hollows itself out".
9th Jun '17 4:13:31 AM Smoko
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** Early in the first book, Cain struggles with the aftermath of a riot on a ship in which some provosts were killed. The captain of the ship is hellbent on having the murderers executed, even though it would be terrible for the morale of the regiment. Cain suspects his vehemence comes from having a relationship with one of the dead provosts that is beyond what would be appropriate for a commander, and Amberlyn confirms this to be the case in a footnote.
-->Strictly against regulations, of course, but boys will be boys...
5th Jun '17 10:09:55 AM virmilitaris
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* {{Action Girl}}: The women of the 597th Valhallan Regiment, led by {{Colonel Badass}} Regina Kasteen, [[spoiler: Inquisitor Amberley Vail of the Ordo Xenos]], among others.

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* {{Action Girl}}: ActionGirl: The women of the 597th Valhallan Regiment, led by {{Colonel Badass}} Regina Kasteen, [[spoiler: Inquisitor Amberley Vail of the Ordo Xenos]], among others.
5th Jun '17 9:53:31 AM virmilitaris
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* {{Action Girl}}: The women of the 597th Valhallan Regiment, beginning with Colonel Regina Kasteen, [[spoiler: Inquisitor Amberley Vail of the Ordo Xenos]], among others

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* {{Action Girl}}: The women of the 597th Valhallan Regiment, beginning with Colonel led by {{Colonel Badass}} Regina Kasteen, [[spoiler: Inquisitor Amberley Vail of the Ordo Xenos]], among othersothers.
5th Jun '17 9:51:00 AM virmilitaris
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* {{Action Girl}}: The women of the 597th Valhallan Regiment, beginning with Colonel Regina Kasteen, [[spoiler: Inquisitor Amberley Vail of the Ordo Xenos]], among others
23rd May '17 4:14:01 PM Bissek
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* CurbStompBattle: In ''A Mug of Recaff'', Jurgen shoots his way past a Chaos sorcerer and the daemon he was conjuring up in ''under a page'' because they had gotten between him and the kettle he needed for his boss' brew-up. The fact that he's immune to all direct effects of warpcraft and weakens daemons just by standing too close to them played a major role in this.
17th May '17 7:31:23 PM Bissek
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* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Averted. At the formation of the Valhallan 597th by merging one all-male and one all-female regiment that received 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, 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 regiment that received crippling losses, the appointment of the female regiment's commander, Kasteen, to overall command does not sit well with the officer's officers of the old male regiment. However, the sticking point is that while Kasteen is technically senior to her male counterpart, counterpart (because her superiors got themselves killed and needed a field-promoted replacement three days before Broklaw's did), 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.
6th May '17 4:50:18 AM Willbyr
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* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was diplomatic about loathing it.
** To those interested, Tanna is exactly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifir chifir]]--a Russian beverage that is basically really, really strong overboiled tea. Pitch black. Very bitter. Acquired taste. A psychostimulant drug. Really addictive after prolonged use. The only difference is that chifir is typically consumed by prisoners because alcohol, nicotine and other drugs are strictly forbidden in Russian prisons.
*** Of course ''actual'' Chifir is usually heavily diluted; drinking it straight by the cup like Cain does would likely result in an overdose.

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* SpotOfTea: Valhallans really love their tanna, and so does Cain. Amberley tried it once, and was diplomatic about loathing it.
** To those interested, Tanna
it, noting that Cain describing its flavor as "delicate" was like calling a Baneblade "dainty". Given the Valhallans' Russian flavor, it's very likely that tanna is exactly based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chifir chifir]]--a chifir]], a Russian beverage that is basically really, really '''''very''''' strong overboiled tea. Pitch black. Very bitter. Acquired taste. A tea which is pitch black, very bitter (thus the acquired taste that Cain notes of tanna), has psychostimulant drug. Really addictive after prolonged use. The only difference is that chifir properties, and is typically consumed by prisoners because alcohol, nicotine and other drugs are strictly forbidden in Russian prisons.
*** Of course ''actual'' Chifir is usually heavily diluted; drinking it straight by the cup like Cain does would likely result in an overdose.
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