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In 2003, a computer game was released based on Games Workshop's ever-popular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' tabletop game. This had happened before several times (the ''Space Hulk'' series, ''Aspect Warrior'' for the Mega Drive / Genesis), but this one was a first-person shooter. Granted, the ''Space Hulk'' games ''technically'' were too, but suffered from a rather cumbersome click-to-move interface closer to that of old adventure games than modern shooters. Needless to say, all of these were subsequently overshadowed by the massively popular ''DawnOfWar'' series of real-time strategy games. ''FireWarrior'' remained the only shooter set in the universe until the release of ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' in 2011.

''Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior'' focused on a young Tau Fire Warrior named Kais. The Tau, for the uninformed, are a relatively young species introduced to the setting in 2001, with a highly {{Animesque}} design. Originally, while naive, the Tau hardly had any Crapsacky elements to them and were a rather out-of-character attempt to inject some optimism into the relentlessly GrimDark 40K universe. This didn't please the fanbase, who saw them as Designated Hero, and the Tau were made more morally ambivalent - new storyline included forced annexation of nearby worlds, [[UnreliableNarrator rumoured]] sterilization of populations with a history of rebellion, and a "join us or die" mentality (this character shift [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by an Imperial invasion, which caused them to wise up about how hostile the wider galaxy really was).

Anyway, ''Fire Warrior'' focused on the first mission of young Kais, which over the course of 24 hours went horribly wrong. A relatively simple mission to rescue an Ethereal turned into an all-out war between the Tau and the Imperium of Man, until the arrival of the forces of Chaos forced the two sides to come to an uneasy truce, in which Kais briefly teamed up with an Space Marine Captain of the Ultramarines named Ardias, who was trying to sort the whole mess out.

All in all, it was a pretty mediocre game, [[SoOkayItsAverage meeting with average reviews.]] Unlike the later DawnOfWar series, developed by RTS veterans Relic, ''FireWarrior'' was made by the relatively unknown and inexperienced Kuju Entertainment (Who would go on to make the ''BattalionWars'' games). It isn't a bad game by any means - it's quite fun in places - just totally forgettable. The book based on the game however is pretty well liked, going more in detail about the Tau culture, mindset and giving the main character a backstory.

!!This game contains examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Kais is one. While he is a fully trained Fire Warrior, certified for combat, he has never been on an actual combat deployment, having only ever fired his gun once outside of training or ceremonial salutes. However, he discovers he has is [[BeginnersLuck a lot better at combat than he has any right to be]]. It forges him quickly into an expert.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: One of the main criticisms of the game, at least from hardcore 40k fans, is how Kais doing so well in his campaign is ridiculously improbable by the setting's standards.
** The book based on the game goes to some lengths to explain how he does so well. [[spoiler: It was a Chaos god pulling strings to get him to where he was needed, of course]]
* [[ASpaceMarineIsYou A Fire Warrior Is You]]: A [[SilentProtagonist mute]] PoweredArmor-wearing [[NewMeat rookie]] taking orders from a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection to shoot up [[HumansThroughAlienEyes "aliens"]] in [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom narrow corridors]]? Yep, it's all there.
* [[spoiler: [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Anti-Hero with Good Publicity]]: Despite Kais' dad being a completely and utter son of a bitch in reality, as Lusha reveals, having once shot a subordinate for a relatively minor offense and generally being a BadBoss, the Tau public at large have a very idealized view of him as a heroic figure due to the Water Caste media editing out any depiction of him as such for, presumably, propaganda reasons.]] There's a reason they call Tau [[FanNickname Blue Space Communists]]...
* TheAntiNihilist: Shas'el Lusha, Kais' immediate superior and [[TheObiWan Obi Wan]] shows himself to be one of these late in the novel. He finally breaks etiquette and explains the unthinkable to Kais: that The Greater Good does not really exist, and the Tau will never achieve it fully. However, he says the important thing is the reaching for ideal, not the attainment of it, and just trying is an ennobling thing in itself.
* [[GunshipRescue Battlesuit Rescue]]: In the novel, [[spoiler: when Kais is facing the greater daemon in its final form of a bloodthirster of Khorne, he has been blinded with UnstoppableRage, run out of ammunition, infected with disease, just [[AnArmAndALeg Lost An Arm]], and crossed the DespairEventHorizon, when El'Lusha and his Crisis team drop in, unloading missiles and fusion guns into the thing, smiting it in a flurry of heavy gunfire.]]
** In the game, however, [[spoiler:Kais kills the demon lord singlehandedly (a Tzeentch Lord of Change this time). He still needs the GunshipRescue, but only because there's no ladder back to the surface.]]
* BeginnersLuck: AND HOW!
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: In the novel, Kais ends up building up a fine caking of human blood across his armor during his first sortie on the ground, intimidating his comrades when he links back up with them later. He switches into a fresh suit shortly after returning to the Tau ship, only to get yet more human blood splattered across it shortly thereafter. He quickly gives up any hope of keeping his armor parade-ground immaculate, ashamedly coming to see the blood on his armor as being reflective of his inability to keep himself under the emotional control expected of a Fire Warrior. [[spoiler:It later helps him when [[TheLegionsOfHell The Legions of Chaos]] break loose on the Imperial flagship, as the Chaos forces who see him hesitate to attack, his disheveled and barbaric appearance making them wonder if he is one of them.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Kais' father is held up in Tau media as being a great hero of the Tau Empire, and stalwart champion of the Greater Good. Kais himself lacks the self-discipline expected of a Fire Warrior, a fact which he feels quite shameful over, and believes that he is a disappointment to everyone who expected him to be as great as his father, [[WellDoneSonGuy especially his father himself]]. [[spoiler:Shas'El'Lusha reveals to Kais near the end, when Kais finally succumbs to the HeroicBSOD that has been building all during the conflict, that Kais' father was actually considered quite a {{Jerkass}} by those who fought alongside him. He was a great commander, but also impatient, vengeful, and a BadBoss, all of which are traits left out of the depictions of him in the media. Kais is ''relieved'' to discover this.]]
* CanonImmigrant: Rules and models for the Tau Orca DropShip, the ''Emissary''-class cruiser, and the [[{{BFG}} Rail Rifle]] were made for the tabletop games later on.
* ChekhovsGun: The {{novelization}} details that during a battle on the bridge of a Tau ship, Kais is shot in the head by a Space Marine, and the [[MillionToOneChance bolter shell miraculously turns out to be a dud]]. The unexploded ordinance remains embedded in Kais' helmet.
* TheCoconutEffect: The depiction of the melta.
** The bolter comes close, but misses the Rapid Fire part.
*** On the tabletop, "Rapid Fire" is lenient, often meaning "a semi-automatic gun in an expert's hands". Furthermore, the video game bolter's reduced fire rate is justified by the Tau being relatively small creatures who aren't accustomed to high-recoil slugthrowers.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Sort of, Games Workshop later published rules for using the Rail Rifle in regular 40K, as well as a special character profile for Kais and a scenario based on the Descent mission.
* {{Determinator}}: Kais, yet again. He refuses to stop, ever. There's a... "good" reason for that.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Kais ultimately plays a role in the destruction of the daemon Tarkh'ax, a Lord of Change.
** Subverted in the novel, where the Lord of Change is replaced with an equally-powerful Bloodthirster, who utterly demolishes Kais. [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted when a MiniMecha team shoots the Bloodthirster to pieces with heavy anti-vehicle weaponry.]]
* DropShip: As part of playing FollowTheLeader to ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', ''Fire Warrior'' needed to get the protagonist from level to level via a drop ship. However, no such craft existed in lore,[[note]](not counting [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Mantas]], which were too big for the gameplay requirements)[[/note]] so the developers at Kuju made one: the Orca Drop Ship. This later became a CanonImmigrant to the setting in general.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The game and its associated {{novelization}} were released shortly after the Tau were first introduced, and thus a lot of details of their fluff had yet to be codified. There are some elements present in ''Fire Warrior'' which were later dropped or given minor {{retcon}}s. For example, the ship that the Tau arrive in is initially described as a kind of warship, before later fluff reclassified it as the multipurpose (though primarily diplomatic) ''Emissary'' class cruiser. The game also depicts Tau blood as being red, while later fluff (and its own novelization) describes Tau blood as [[AlienBlood being cobalt]].
* EmergencyWeapon: A wakizashi (short sword).
* EnemyMine: The Imperium and Tau join forces to stop Chaos. [[spoiler: Khorne starts backing Kais as well.]]
* FollowTheLeader: The game takes more than a few nods from ''[[{{Halo}} Halo: Combat Evolved]]'', such as the two-gun limit, and recharging shields ([[AcceptableBreaksFromReality despite the fact that Tau fire warriors have nothing of the sort]])
** Note that the two-gun limit is far more irritating than it was in ''Halo'', simply because you could not replace your Tau weapon with anything - which made it a bit of a pain when ammo was scarce, and you couldn't cling to your [[{{Irony}} trusty]][[hottip:*: For those not 40k savvy, on the tabletop a plasma gun has a one-in-six chance of killing the user with every shot, discounting armour saves]] stolen plasma gun.
* [[spoiler: GodWasMyCopilot: In the novel, the HeroicWillpower Kais gets is actually Khorne boosting him on. After all, he cares not from where the blood flows, as long as it flows...]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation [[spoiler: Supplementary materiel reveal that Kais' mental stability was never quite the same after the events of the game.]]
** Argubly before that.
--> '''Kais''': [[spoiler: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Among pretty much every Tau who serves with him, Kais is feared and reviled for being ''too good'' at killing. Justified, because all Tau fear the return to the 'Mon'tau' and believe Kais is falling back to that sort of savagery. He himself even refers to that side of himself as the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 'Mon'tau Devil']]. [[spoiler: Ironically, considering that 'side of himself' is [[GodIsEvil Khorne]], they're right on the mark about the bloodshed and savagery.]]
* HeroicWillpower: In the book a voice in Kais' head keeps telling him to get and and fight on, [[spoiler: that voice happens to be Khorne]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* HeroicBSOD: Kais gets this a lot and in the end is a complete wreck.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: A literal example. Daemonic possession requires that a sentient have an excess of emotion, some kind of fear or desire that a daemon can latch onto, a chink in the mental armor through which it can worm its influence into them. [[spoiler: The attempt to turn Aun'El'Kovash into a daemonhost fails because his emotions are in perfect balance, with each emotion checked by every other, and there is nowhere in his mind that a daemon can find purchase to invade and take him over.]]
** The Tau race in general are difficult to [[spoiler:corrupt with Chaos, since their weak connection with the warp leaves little psychic presence. Khorne can only influence Kais because he's just a little bit too into this whole "Fire Warrior" thing, making his relatively dim presence in the warp just bright enough to catch the Ruinous Powers attention, and even then he doesn't lose rational thought or start mutating like most Chaos followers.]]
* InferredHolocaust: Invoked by one of the Tau Air Caste captains during a space battle with an Imperial fleet. He wonders how the "gue'la" manage to cope with the complexity of space battles without the aid of artificial intelligence like what the Tau use, reasoning that they compensate by shear numbers of manpower. This causes him to realize that every missile impact he makes on one of their ships is genocide. He finds it a sobering thought.
* JustifiedSavePoint: Your suit records everything you do, then uploads it to the cruiser's computers at each autosave location as a kind of digital sitrep. During this process, the suit's visual feed goes offline for the few seconds it takes to complete the upload, showing Kais the upload progress and reminding him of the mission objectives it is tracking.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: The Space Marines sent to capture the Ethereal were ordered to kill off any witnesses.
* LimitedLoadout: the player is able to use two weapons and the bonding knife, but one of those weapons (The standard-issue Pulse Gun) cannot be replaced, forcing the player, in practice, to drop any gun they find to get another one.
** Keep in mind that [[ValuesDissonance in-universe]], this probably wouldn't even have been a problematic or controversial order for the [[KnightTemplar Space]] [[BloodKnight Marines]], even if the witnesses happened to be Tau civilians, children or whatnot, because, well, they were [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman xenos]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Governer Severus employed the Raptors chapter of Space Marines to capture Aun'El Ko'vash on the basis that they were a chapter know for being risk-takers almost to the point of recklessness and were not given to second guessing their missions.
** [[JustifiedTrope Keep in mind]] that Space Marines are famous for making the LeeroyJenkins tactic actually work most of the time. The Raptors just happen specialize in it.
* MilitaryMaverick: In the {{novelization}}, this is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] with Kais. He lacks discipline, but despite that finds an innate talent for killing. However, as a result of this Kais feels primarily shame, considering his failure to [[WellDoneSonGuy live up to the standards of his father]], who is considered a hero to the Tau, to outweigh the benefit of his skills. It says much about Tau society as the other Fire Warriors in his cadre seem to regard him with fear after discovering that he is ''too good'' at killing, believing he is too much like their savage ancestors before the old Tau tribes were united into castes.
* [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Mission Control Hates You]]: When [[SpaceMarine Ardias]] takes over for your MissionControl. Most of the time he keeps his xenophobia reeled in for the sake of the mission, but during the "blow up the [[HumongousMecha titan]]" level he can't go two minutes without calling you and the whole Tau race sniveling weaklings.
* NotSoDifferent: Aun'El'Kovash tries to give one of these speeches to the Xenobiologica adept in charge of his imprisonment, comparing his faith in the GodEmperor to the Greater Good. [[ShutUpHannibal The adept is not swayed]].
* TheObiWan: Shas'El'Lusha is not the highest ranking Fire Warrior during the conflict, but he is the one that Kais reports directly to. [[MissionControl He passes orders to Kais over the comm]], and gives him encouragement and advice when he doubts himself and his place in the Greater Good. He fought alongside Kais' father, and sees powerful potential in the young Shas'la, but also worry that Kais might not hold himself together long enough to realize it.
* OneManArmy: {{Egregious}}, considering the universe it's set in, and you're playing as a basic footsoldier not too far removed from [[RedshirtArmy a human Imperial Guardsman.]]
** Done much better in the book, he has a squad with him most of the time, for the most part only kills a few dozen. Most of his kills are a result of him damaging an Imperial Ship. Also he's very, very much horrified by his actions, oh [[spoiler: and the Chaos God Khorne been helping him by giving him HeroicWillpower]]
* PlayingPossum: When trading fire with an Imperial Guardsman in a prison chapel, Kais narrowly dodges the guardsman's lasgun shots by diving for cover behind a pew. He gets this idea, and cries out in exaggerated faux pain to trick the guardsman into thinking he had been wounded. When the guardsman comes to finish him off, Kais already has his rifle trained on him.
** In the game, certain Chaos Marines can do this. Thankfully there's three ways to double check if they're really dead: your auto aim isn't fooled, you cannot pass through or jump on top of enemies who are still alive, and their weapons don't fall to the ground until they're dead for real.
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly (For A Blue Guy)]]: When a Tau delegation comes aboard the Imperial flagship in order to negotiate a cease-fire, Admiral Constantine observes them through remote cameras, noticing that the Tau diplomats were dressed in imitation of Imperial fashions, though without necessarily understanding the meaning behind them. For example, one had a sash with several things that looked like military medals, but only vaguely fit the pattern of Imperial ones, and another wore something akin to a Stormtrooper's gas mask, but was clearly only decorative and non-functional. All of the items were of xenos manufacture rather than captured human items, presumably in an attempt to make the humans more comfortable with them. Constantine reflects that he would have found the procession comical if he were not so concerned about contamination.
* SceneryGorn: One of Fire Warrior's strong points is one of the best on-screen depictions of ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]]''.
* SuperPrototype: The rail rifle is explicitly invoked as this when Kais discovers it during the game. [[CanonImmigrant It later became a mass produced weapon]] that [[TabletopGames tabletop Tau armies]] can field.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Severus grows increasingly desperate as Kais and Ardias continue to cut through his Chaos Marines and push closer and closer to him. In the novel, when the Daemon realizes that Kovash is literally too pure to be possessed, it...doesn't take it well.]]
* VillainPedigree: You won't be fighting any more Guardsmen by late-game.
* VoiceOfDramatic: [[SoOkayItsAverage Say what you like]] about the game, but at the very least it gave us a trailer of TomBaker declaring "It is the 41st Millennium...and there is '''only WAR'''"
* WarriorPoet: Kais gets some shades of this in the {{novelization}} as he reflects on the situation he finds himself in. For example, upon coming across the remains of a Fire Warrior squad and Imperial Navy Armsmen team butchered by Chaos, he has this observation:
-->Here a tau arm lay, knuckles clenched, beside a de-limbed human corpse. There was a symbolism here, perhaps. A sense of unity, a sense of physical sameness. Given a talented enough por'hui journalist, this scene might mean something. `In death, we're all the same'...
* WellDoneSonGuy: Kais in the book.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Kais' first impression of a weather-worn Leman Russ tank. He is forced to revise this initial opinion when it opens fire on a landing Orca dropship...
* WorthyOpponent: Captain Ardias of the Ultramarines has this view of the Tau. For all he, as a Space Marine, hates xenos, he does at least find the Tau respectable and honorable enemies. [[spoiler: Which is part of why he is willing to [[EnemyMine ally with them]] when the situation escalates to a [[TheLegionsOfHell warp incursion]].]]

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In 2003, a computer game was released based on Games Workshop's ever-popular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' tabletop game. This had happened before several times (the ''Space Hulk'' series, ''Aspect Warrior'' for the Mega Drive / Genesis), but this one was a first-person shooter. Granted, the ''Space Hulk'' games ''technically'' were too, but suffered from a rather cumbersome click-to-move interface closer to that of old adventure games than modern shooters. Needless to say, all of these were subsequently overshadowed by the massively popular ''DawnOfWar'' series of real-time strategy games. ''FireWarrior'' remained the only shooter set in the universe until the release of ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' in 2011.

''Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior'' focused on a young Tau Fire Warrior named Kais. The Tau, for the uninformed, are a relatively young species introduced to the setting in 2001, with a highly {{Animesque}} design. Originally, while naive, the Tau hardly had any Crapsacky elements to them and were a rather out-of-character attempt to inject some optimism into the relentlessly GrimDark 40K universe. This didn't please the fanbase, who saw them as Designated Hero, and the Tau were made more morally ambivalent - new storyline included forced annexation of nearby worlds, [[UnreliableNarrator rumoured]] sterilization of populations with a history of rebellion, and a "join us or die" mentality (this character shift [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by an Imperial invasion, which caused them to wise up about how hostile the wider galaxy really was).

Anyway, ''Fire Warrior'' focused on the first mission of young Kais, which over the course of 24 hours went horribly wrong. A relatively simple mission to rescue an Ethereal turned into an all-out war between the Tau and the Imperium of Man, until the arrival of the forces of Chaos forced the two sides to come to an uneasy truce, in which Kais briefly teamed up with an Space Marine Captain of the Ultramarines named Ardias, who was trying to sort the whole mess out.

All in all, it was a pretty mediocre game, [[SoOkayItsAverage meeting with average reviews.]] Unlike the later DawnOfWar series, developed by RTS veterans Relic, ''FireWarrior'' was made by the relatively unknown and inexperienced Kuju Entertainment (Who would go on to make the ''BattalionWars'' games). It isn't a bad game by any means - it's quite fun in places - just totally forgettable. The book based on the game however is pretty well liked, going more in detail about the Tau culture, mindset and giving the main character a backstory.

!!This game contains examples of:

* ActionSurvivor: Kais is one. While he is a fully trained Fire Warrior, certified for combat, he has never been on an actual combat deployment, having only ever fired his gun once outside of training or ceremonial salutes. However, he discovers he has is [[BeginnersLuck a lot better at combat than he has any right to be]]. It forges him quickly into an expert.
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: One of the main criticisms of the game, at least from hardcore 40k fans, is how Kais doing so well in his campaign is ridiculously improbable by the setting's standards.
** The book based on the game goes to some lengths to explain how he does so well. [[spoiler: It was a Chaos god pulling strings to get him to where he was needed, of course]]
* [[ASpaceMarineIsYou A Fire Warrior Is You]]: A [[SilentProtagonist mute]] PoweredArmor-wearing [[NewMeat rookie]] taking orders from a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection to shoot up [[HumansThroughAlienEyes "aliens"]] in [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom narrow corridors]]? Yep, it's all there.
* [[spoiler: [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Anti-Hero with Good Publicity]]: Despite Kais' dad being a completely and utter son of a bitch in reality, as Lusha reveals, having once shot a subordinate for a relatively minor offense and generally being a BadBoss, the Tau public at large have a very idealized view of him as a heroic figure due to the Water Caste media editing out any depiction of him as such for, presumably, propaganda reasons.]] There's a reason they call Tau [[FanNickname Blue Space Communists]]...
* TheAntiNihilist: Shas'el Lusha, Kais' immediate superior and [[TheObiWan Obi Wan]] shows himself to be one of these late in the novel. He finally breaks etiquette and explains the unthinkable to Kais: that The Greater Good does not really exist, and the Tau will never achieve it fully. However, he says the important thing is the reaching for ideal, not the attainment of it, and just trying is an ennobling thing in itself.
* [[GunshipRescue Battlesuit Rescue]]: In the novel, [[spoiler: when Kais is facing the greater daemon in its final form of a bloodthirster of Khorne, he has been blinded with UnstoppableRage, run out of ammunition, infected with disease, just [[AnArmAndALeg Lost An Arm]], and crossed the DespairEventHorizon, when El'Lusha and his Crisis team drop in, unloading missiles and fusion guns into the thing, smiting it in a flurry of heavy gunfire.]]
** In the game, however, [[spoiler:Kais kills the demon lord singlehandedly (a Tzeentch Lord of Change this time). He still needs the GunshipRescue, but only because there's no ladder back to the surface.]]
* BeginnersLuck: AND HOW!
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: In the novel, Kais ends up building up a fine caking of human blood across his armor during his first sortie on the ground, intimidating his comrades when he links back up with them later. He switches into a fresh suit shortly after returning to the Tau ship, only to get yet more human blood splattered across it shortly thereafter. He quickly gives up any hope of keeping his armor parade-ground immaculate, ashamedly coming to see the blood on his armor as being reflective of his inability to keep himself under the emotional control expected of a Fire Warrior. [[spoiler:It later helps him when [[TheLegionsOfHell The Legions of Chaos]] break loose on the Imperial flagship, as the Chaos forces who see him hesitate to attack, his disheveled and barbaric appearance making them wonder if he is one of them.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Kais' father is held up in Tau media as being a great hero of the Tau Empire, and stalwart champion of the Greater Good. Kais himself lacks the self-discipline expected of a Fire Warrior, a fact which he feels quite shameful over, and believes that he is a disappointment to everyone who expected him to be as great as his father, [[WellDoneSonGuy especially his father himself]]. [[spoiler:Shas'El'Lusha reveals to Kais near the end, when Kais finally succumbs to the HeroicBSOD that has been building all during the conflict, that Kais' father was actually considered quite a {{Jerkass}} by those who fought alongside him. He was a great commander, but also impatient, vengeful, and a BadBoss, all of which are traits left out of the depictions of him in the media. Kais is ''relieved'' to discover this.]]
* CanonImmigrant: Rules and models for the Tau Orca DropShip, the ''Emissary''-class cruiser, and the [[{{BFG}} Rail Rifle]] were made for the tabletop games later on.
* ChekhovsGun: The {{novelization}} details that during a battle on the bridge of a Tau ship, Kais is shot in the head by a Space Marine, and the [[MillionToOneChance bolter shell miraculously turns out to be a dud]]. The unexploded ordinance remains embedded in Kais' helmet.
* TheCoconutEffect: The depiction of the melta.
** The bolter comes close, but misses the Rapid Fire part.
*** On the tabletop, "Rapid Fire" is lenient, often meaning "a semi-automatic gun in an expert's hands". Furthermore, the video game bolter's reduced fire rate is justified by the Tau being relatively small creatures who aren't accustomed to high-recoil slugthrowers.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Sort of, Games Workshop later published rules for using the Rail Rifle in regular 40K, as well as a special character profile for Kais and a scenario based on the Descent mission.
* {{Determinator}}: Kais, yet again. He refuses to stop, ever. There's a... "good" reason for that.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Kais ultimately plays a role in the destruction of the daemon Tarkh'ax, a Lord of Change.
** Subverted in the novel, where the Lord of Change is replaced with an equally-powerful Bloodthirster, who utterly demolishes Kais. [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted when a MiniMecha team shoots the Bloodthirster to pieces with heavy anti-vehicle weaponry.]]
* DropShip: As part of playing FollowTheLeader to ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', ''Fire Warrior'' needed to get the protagonist from level to level via a drop ship. However, no such craft existed in lore,[[note]](not counting [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Mantas]], which were too big for the gameplay requirements)[[/note]] so the developers at Kuju made one: the Orca Drop Ship. This later became a CanonImmigrant to the setting in general.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The game and its associated {{novelization}} were released shortly after the Tau were first introduced, and thus a lot of details of their fluff had yet to be codified. There are some elements present in ''Fire Warrior'' which were later dropped or given minor {{retcon}}s. For example, the ship that the Tau arrive in is initially described as a kind of warship, before later fluff reclassified it as the multipurpose (though primarily diplomatic) ''Emissary'' class cruiser. The game also depicts Tau blood as being red, while later fluff (and its own novelization) describes Tau blood as [[AlienBlood being cobalt]].
* EmergencyWeapon: A wakizashi (short sword).
* EnemyMine: The Imperium and Tau join forces to stop Chaos. [[spoiler: Khorne starts backing Kais as well.]]
* FollowTheLeader: The game takes more than a few nods from ''[[{{Halo}} Halo: Combat Evolved]]'', such as the two-gun limit, and recharging shields ([[AcceptableBreaksFromReality despite the fact that Tau fire warriors have nothing of the sort]])
** Note that the two-gun limit is far more irritating than it was in ''Halo'', simply because you could not replace your Tau weapon with anything - which made it a bit of a pain when ammo was scarce, and you couldn't cling to your [[{{Irony}} trusty]][[hottip:*: For those not 40k savvy, on the tabletop a plasma gun has a one-in-six chance of killing the user with every shot, discounting armour saves]] stolen plasma gun.
* [[spoiler: GodWasMyCopilot: In the novel, the HeroicWillpower Kais gets is actually Khorne boosting him on. After all, he cares not from where the blood flows, as long as it flows...]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation [[spoiler: Supplementary materiel reveal that Kais' mental stability was never quite the same after the events of the game.]]
** Argubly before that.
--> '''Kais''': [[spoiler: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Among pretty much every Tau who serves with him, Kais is feared and reviled for being ''too good'' at killing. Justified, because all Tau fear the return to the 'Mon'tau' and believe Kais is falling back to that sort of savagery. He himself even refers to that side of himself as the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 'Mon'tau Devil']]. [[spoiler: Ironically, considering that 'side of himself' is [[GodIsEvil Khorne]], they're right on the mark about the bloodshed and savagery.]]
* HeroicWillpower: In the book a voice in Kais' head keeps telling him to get and and fight on, [[spoiler: that voice happens to be Khorne]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* HeroicBSOD: Kais gets this a lot and in the end is a complete wreck.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: A literal example. Daemonic possession requires that a sentient have an excess of emotion, some kind of fear or desire that a daemon can latch onto, a chink in the mental armor through which it can worm its influence into them. [[spoiler: The attempt to turn Aun'El'Kovash into a daemonhost fails because his emotions are in perfect balance, with each emotion checked by every other, and there is nowhere in his mind that a daemon can find purchase to invade and take him over.]]
** The Tau race in general are difficult to [[spoiler:corrupt with Chaos, since their weak connection with the warp leaves little psychic presence. Khorne can only influence Kais because he's just a little bit too into this whole "Fire Warrior" thing, making his relatively dim presence in the warp just bright enough to catch the Ruinous Powers attention, and even then he doesn't lose rational thought or start mutating like most Chaos followers.]]
* InferredHolocaust: Invoked by one of the Tau Air Caste captains during a space battle with an Imperial fleet. He wonders how the "gue'la" manage to cope with the complexity of space battles without the aid of artificial intelligence like what the Tau use, reasoning that they compensate by shear numbers of manpower. This causes him to realize that every missile impact he makes on one of their ships is genocide. He finds it a sobering thought.
* JustifiedSavePoint: Your suit records everything you do, then uploads it to the cruiser's computers at each autosave location as a kind of digital sitrep. During this process, the suit's visual feed goes offline for the few seconds it takes to complete the upload, showing Kais the upload progress and reminding him of the mission objectives it is tracking.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: The Space Marines sent to capture the Ethereal were ordered to kill off any witnesses.
* LimitedLoadout: the player is able to use two weapons and the bonding knife, but one of those weapons (The standard-issue Pulse Gun) cannot be replaced, forcing the player, in practice, to drop any gun they find to get another one.
** Keep in mind that [[ValuesDissonance in-universe]], this probably wouldn't even have been a problematic or controversial order for the [[KnightTemplar Space]] [[BloodKnight Marines]], even if the witnesses happened to be Tau civilians, children or whatnot, because, well, they were [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman xenos]].
* LeeroyJenkins: Governer Severus employed the Raptors chapter of Space Marines to capture Aun'El Ko'vash on the basis that they were a chapter know for being risk-takers almost to the point of recklessness and were not given to second guessing their missions.
** [[JustifiedTrope Keep in mind]] that Space Marines are famous for making the LeeroyJenkins tactic actually work most of the time. The Raptors just happen specialize in it.
* MilitaryMaverick: In the {{novelization}}, this is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] with Kais. He lacks discipline, but despite that finds an innate talent for killing. However, as a result of this Kais feels primarily shame, considering his failure to [[WellDoneSonGuy live up to the standards of his father]], who is considered a hero to the Tau, to outweigh the benefit of his skills. It says much about Tau society as the other Fire Warriors in his cadre seem to regard him with fear after discovering that he is ''too good'' at killing, believing he is too much like their savage ancestors before the old Tau tribes were united into castes.
* [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Mission Control Hates You]]: When [[SpaceMarine Ardias]] takes over for your MissionControl. Most of the time he keeps his xenophobia reeled in for the sake of the mission, but during the "blow up the [[HumongousMecha titan]]" level he can't go two minutes without calling you and the whole Tau race sniveling weaklings.
* NotSoDifferent: Aun'El'Kovash tries to give one of these speeches to the Xenobiologica adept in charge of his imprisonment, comparing his faith in the GodEmperor to the Greater Good. [[ShutUpHannibal The adept is not swayed]].
* TheObiWan: Shas'El'Lusha is not the highest ranking Fire Warrior during the conflict, but he is the one that Kais reports directly to. [[MissionControl He passes orders to Kais over the comm]], and gives him encouragement and advice when he doubts himself and his place in the Greater Good. He fought alongside Kais' father, and sees powerful potential in the young Shas'la, but also worry that Kais might not hold himself together long enough to realize it.
* OneManArmy: {{Egregious}}, considering the universe it's set in, and you're playing as a basic footsoldier not too far removed from [[RedshirtArmy a human Imperial Guardsman.]]
** Done much better in the book, he has a squad with him most of the time, for the most part only kills a few dozen. Most of his kills are a result of him damaging an Imperial Ship. Also he's very, very much horrified by his actions, oh [[spoiler: and the Chaos God Khorne been helping him by giving him HeroicWillpower]]
* PlayingPossum: When trading fire with an Imperial Guardsman in a prison chapel, Kais narrowly dodges the guardsman's lasgun shots by diving for cover behind a pew. He gets this idea, and cries out in exaggerated faux pain to trick the guardsman into thinking he had been wounded. When the guardsman comes to finish him off, Kais already has his rifle trained on him.
** In the game, certain Chaos Marines can do this. Thankfully there's three ways to double check if they're really dead: your auto aim isn't fooled, you cannot pass through or jump on top of enemies who are still alive, and their weapons don't fall to the ground until they're dead for real.
* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly (For A Blue Guy)]]: When a Tau delegation comes aboard the Imperial flagship in order to negotiate a cease-fire, Admiral Constantine observes them through remote cameras, noticing that the Tau diplomats were dressed in imitation of Imperial fashions, though without necessarily understanding the meaning behind them. For example, one had a sash with several things that looked like military medals, but only vaguely fit the pattern of Imperial ones, and another wore something akin to a Stormtrooper's gas mask, but was clearly only decorative and non-functional. All of the items were of xenos manufacture rather than captured human items, presumably in an attempt to make the humans more comfortable with them. Constantine reflects that he would have found the procession comical if he were not so concerned about contamination.
* SceneryGorn: One of Fire Warrior's strong points is one of the best on-screen depictions of ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus]]''.
* SuperPrototype: The rail rifle is explicitly invoked as this when Kais discovers it during the game. [[CanonImmigrant It later became a mass produced weapon]] that [[TabletopGames tabletop Tau armies]] can field.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Severus grows increasingly desperate as Kais and Ardias continue to cut through his Chaos Marines and push closer and closer to him. In the novel, when the Daemon realizes that Kovash is literally too pure to be possessed, it...doesn't take it well.]]
* VillainPedigree: You won't be fighting any more Guardsmen by late-game.
* VoiceOfDramatic: [[SoOkayItsAverage Say what you like]] about the game, but at the very least it gave us a trailer of TomBaker declaring "It is the 41st Millennium...and there is '''only WAR'''"
* WarriorPoet: Kais gets some shades of this in the {{novelization}} as he reflects on the situation he finds himself in. For example, upon coming across the remains of a Fire Warrior squad and Imperial Navy Armsmen team butchered by Chaos, he has this observation:
-->Here a tau arm lay, knuckles clenched, beside a de-limbed human corpse. There was a symbolism here, perhaps. A sense of unity, a sense of physical sameness. Given a talented enough por'hui journalist, this scene might mean something. `In death, we're all the same'...
* WellDoneSonGuy: Kais in the book.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Kais' first impression of a weather-worn Leman Russ tank. He is forced to revise this initial opinion when it opens fire on a landing Orca dropship...
* WorthyOpponent: Captain Ardias of the Ultramarines has this view of the Tau. For all he, as a Space Marine, hates xenos, he does at least find the Tau respectable and honorable enemies. [[spoiler: Which is part of why he is willing to [[EnemyMine ally with them]] when the situation escalates to a [[TheLegionsOfHell warp incursion]].]]
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* LimitedLoadout: the player is able to use two weapons and the bonding knife, but one of those weapons (The standard-issue Pulse Gun) cannot be replaced, forcing the player, in practice, to drop any gun they find to get another one.
24th May '13 11:26:38 AM FearlessSon
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* DropShip: As part of playing FollowTheLeader to ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', ''Fire Warrior'' needed to get the protagonist from level to level via a drop ship. However, no such craft existed in lore,[[note]](not counting [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Mantas]], which were too big for the gameplay requirements)[[/note]] so the developers at Kuju made one: the Orca Drop Ship. This later became a CanonImmigrant to the setting in general.



* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Kais' first impression of a weather-worn Leman Russ tank. He is forced to revise this initial opinion when it opens fire on a landing Orca dropship...

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* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Kais' first impression of a weather-worn Leman Russ tank. He is forced to revise this initial opinion when it opens fire on a landing Orca dropship...dropship...
* WorthyOpponent: Captain Ardias of the Ultramarines has this view of the Tau. For all he, as a Space Marine, hates xenos, he does at least find the Tau respectable and honorable enemies. [[spoiler: Which is part of why he is willing to [[EnemyMine ally with them]] when the situation escalates to a [[TheLegionsOfHell warp incursion]].]]
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* {{Determinator}}: Kais, yet again, he refuses to stop, they're a reason for that.

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* {{Determinator}}: Kais, yet again, he again. He refuses to stop, they're a ever. There's a... "good" reason for that.


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** Subverted in the novel, where the Lord of Change is replaced with an equally-powerful Bloodthirster, who utterly demolishes Kais. [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted when a MiniMecha team shoots the Bloodthirster to pieces with heavy anti-vehicle weaponry.]]
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* EmergencyWeapon: A wakizashi (short sword).
9th Apr '13 10:35:32 PM FearlessSon
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* TheAntiNihilist: Shas'el Lusha, Kais' immediate superior and [[TheObiWan ObiWan]] shows himself to be one of these late in the novel. He finally breaks etiquette and explains the unthinkable to Kais: that The Greater Good does not really exist, and the Tau will never achieve it fully. However, he says the important thing is the reaching for ideal, not the attainment of it, and just trying is an ennobling thing in itself.

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* TheAntiNihilist: Shas'el Lusha, Kais' immediate superior and [[TheObiWan ObiWan]] Obi Wan]] shows himself to be one of these late in the novel. He finally breaks etiquette and explains the unthinkable to Kais: that The Greater Good does not really exist, and the Tau will never achieve it fully. However, he says the important thing is the reaching for ideal, not the attainment of it, and just trying is an ennobling thing in itself.
9th Apr '13 10:22:11 PM FearlessSon
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** The Tau race in general are difficult to [[spoiler:corrupt with Chaos, since their relatively balanced emotions means they have almost no psychic presence. Khorne can only influence Kais because he's just a little bit too into this whole "Fire Warrior" thing, and even then he doesn't lose rational thought or start mutating like most Chaos followers.]]

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** The Tau race in general are difficult to [[spoiler:corrupt with Chaos, since their relatively balanced emotions means they have almost no weak connection with the warp leaves little psychic presence. Khorne can only influence Kais because he's just a little bit too into this whole "Fire Warrior" thing, making his relatively dim presence in the warp just bright enough to catch the Ruinous Powers attention, and even then he doesn't lose rational thought or start mutating like most Chaos followers.]]
9th Apr '13 6:37:00 PM FearlessSon
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* JustifiedSavePoint: Your suit records everything you do, then uploads it to the cruiser's computers at each autosave location.

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* JustifiedSavePoint: Your suit records everything you do, then uploads it to the cruiser's computers at each autosave location.location as a kind of digital sitrep. During this process, the suit's visual feed goes offline for the few seconds it takes to complete the upload, showing Kais the upload progress and reminding him of the mission objectives it is tracking.
9th Apr '13 6:31:20 PM FearlessSon
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* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For A Blue Guy]]: When a Tau delegation comes aboard the Imperial flagship in order to negotiate a cease-fire, Admiral Constantine observes them through remote cameras, noticing that the Tau diplomats were dressed in imitation of Imperial fashions, though without necessarily understanding the meaning behind them. For example, one had a sash with several things that looked like military medals, but only vaguely fit the pattern of Imperial ones, and another wore something akin to a Stormtrooper's gas mask, but was clearly only decorative and non-functional. All of the items were of xenos manufacture rather than captured human items, presumably in an attempt to make the humans more comfortable with them. Constantine reflects that he would have found the procession comical if he were not so concerned about contamination.

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* [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For (For A Blue Guy]]: Guy)]]: When a Tau delegation comes aboard the Imperial flagship in order to negotiate a cease-fire, Admiral Constantine observes them through remote cameras, noticing that the Tau diplomats were dressed in imitation of Imperial fashions, though without necessarily understanding the meaning behind them. For example, one had a sash with several things that looked like military medals, but only vaguely fit the pattern of Imperial ones, and another wore something akin to a Stormtrooper's gas mask, but was clearly only decorative and non-functional. All of the items were of xenos manufacture rather than captured human items, presumably in an attempt to make the humans more comfortable with them. Constantine reflects that he would have found the procession comical if he were not so concerned about contamination.
16th Mar '13 9:14:07 PM FearlessSon
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** [[JustifiedTrope Keep in mind]] that Space Marines are famous for making the LeeroyJenkins tactic actually work most of the time.

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** [[JustifiedTrope Keep in mind]] that Space Marines are famous for making the LeeroyJenkins tactic actually work most of the time. The Raptors just happen specialize in it.
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