History Literature / CiaphasCain

13th Jul '16 5:28:05 PM MattStriker
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* Foreshadowing: In ''The Emperor's Finest'', the assembled military leaders of the Serendipita system discuss possible threats related to the joint Astartes/Mechanicus expedition to a genestealer-infested space hulk taking place in their space. They agree that the Astartes themselves are probably safe, but a.) the Mechanicus tend to be ''way'' too crazy about the prospect of archeotech to take proper precautions, and b.) the Astartes salvage crew also includes a large number of chapter serfs which are entirely human. ''The Greater Good'', set 60 years later, reveals that they were right to be worried on both counts.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''The Emperor's Finest'', the assembled military leaders of the Serendipita system discuss possible threats related to the joint Astartes/Mechanicus expedition to a genestealer-infested space hulk taking place in their space. They agree that the Astartes themselves are probably safe, but a.) the Mechanicus tend to be ''way'' too crazy about the prospect of archeotech to take proper precautions, and b.) the Astartes salvage crew also includes a large number of chapter serfs which are entirely human. ''The Greater Good'', set 60 years later, reveals that they were right to be worried on both counts.
13th Jul '16 5:27:36 PM MattStriker
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* Foreshadowing: In ''The Emperor's Finest'', the assembled military leaders of the Serendipita system discuss possible threats related to the joint Astartes/Mechanicus expedition to a genestealer-infested space hulk taking place in their space. They agree that the Astartes themselves are probably safe, but a.) the Mechanicus tend to be ''way'' too crazy about the prospect of archeotech to take proper precautions, and b.) the Astartes salvage crew also includes a large number of chapter serfs which are entirely human. ''The Greater Good'', set 60 years later, reveals that they were right to be worried on both counts.
5th Jul '16 10:00:21 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* InsultBackfire: The Guardsmen characters constantly use Cogboy as a mildly derogatory term for Tech Priests. In ''Death or Glory'' we find out that the Tech Priests themselves use "cog" as a compliment for someone who is essential to the the smooth running of things but frequently not acknowledged.

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* InsultBackfire: The Guardsmen characters constantly use Cogboy as a mildly derogatory term for Tech Priests. In ''Death or Glory'' we find out that the Tech Priests themselves use "cog" as a compliment for someone who is essential to the the smooth running of things but frequently not acknowledged. Given the Tech Priests assigned to the Guard are mechanics, most of them probably don't even know it's derogatory.
27th Jun '16 5:18:46 PM StarSword
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance:

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance:DeliberateValuesDissonance: The xenophobia and authoritarianism of the Imperium are on full display, though Sandy Mitchell tends to use it for BlackComedy instead of plain grimdark.



*** While subtle, there are a few casual lines thrown in that shows Cain has the typical xenophobic view of the Tau expected from most Imperials. Relatively speaking, he is still very tolerant of them, which can largely be attributed by the overall lack of instances where the Tau have actively tried to kill him. Granted as a well connected Commissar, he might also be privy to the knowledge that the [[GoodIsNotNice Greater Good is not nice]], which could also influence his views of them.

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*** While subtle, there are a few casual lines thrown in that shows Cain has the typical xenophobic view of the Tau expected from most Imperials. Relatively speaking, he is still very tolerant of them, which can largely be attributed by to professional respect and the overall lack of instances where the Tau have actively tried to kill him. Granted as a well connected Commissar, he might also be privy to the knowledge that the [[GoodIsNotNice Greater Good is not nice]], which could also influence his views of them.


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** Then there's the [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior nursery rhyme, "The tracks on the Land Raider crush the heretics, crush the heretics, crush the heretics..."]]
27th Jun '16 5:11:50 PM StarSword
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: While serious and usually MeaningfulName examples of Symbolica exist, e.g. Serendipita (where the Space Marines locate the ''Spawn of Damnation''), Sandy Mitchell has a good time parodying this, such as with Nusquam Fundimentibus[[note]]"arse end of nowhere"[[/note]], Simia Orichalcae[[note]]"brass monkey", as in "cold enough to freeze the balls off of"[[/note]], and Sodallagain.



* TheNeidermeyer: Assidiously averted by Cain to avoid UnfriendlyFire; played to the hilt by Beije.
** 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.]]

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* TheNeidermeyer: Assidiously averted by Cain to avoid UnfriendlyFire; played to the hilt by Beije.
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Beije. 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.]]
6th Jun '16 11:14:31 AM DoctorFluffy
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That is, ''if'' you believe him. The author himself has stated [[ShrugOfGod that even he doesn't know]] whether Cain is actually the DirtyCoward he presents himself as, or [[CowardlyLion just doesn't give himself enough credit]].

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That is, ''if'' you believe him. The author himself has stated [[ShrugOfGod that even he doesn't know]] whether Cain is actually the DirtyCoward he presents himself as, or [[CowardlyLion just doesn't give himself enough credit]].
credit]]. [[DeathOfTheAuthor if you're curious as to which is which, the best option is probably just to read the books yourself and draw your own conclusions.]]
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.
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