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[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]
* ''Retribution'': In the mission on Calderis, no matter your faction, you have to kill the corrupt Blood Ravens attacking the village in order to get information on The Ascendant (like the Chaos sorcerer says, you can always destroy it yourself once you've got what you wanted). But this gets an additional advantage while playing Chaos, because ''the attackers are Space Marines in loyalist armor'': What better way to gain cultists than save the villagers from the false emperor's betrayal?
* Read up on the Blood Ravens on Lexicanum. It says their battle doctrine relies on knowing what the enemy is going to do ahead of time and then hitting them at [[AwesomenessByAnalysis just the right moment with just the right combination of forces]]. That suits their psyker-heavy fluff, sure, but doesn't it sound just a bit like an RTS gamer playing their favourite scenarios over and over again?
** Avitus, the [[TokenEvilTeammate violent, cruel]] BigGuy of your squad, seems overly cruel. But every time Avitus was acting in a particularly mean or spiteful fashion, the other squad sergeants angrily reprimanded him. His cruelty helped bring out the other Marines' inherent kindness and decency, which probably wouldn't show if it didn't resonate against his nastiness. With Retribution it is generally accepted that Avitus is [[spoiler: the canon Chaos Rising traitor. Relic was foreshadowing it the whole time.]]
** He also delivers a blistering rant about how much he hates being a Blood Raven after a late-game mission. No wonder he ends up as [[spoiler: one of the guys trying to destroy the universe.]]
** As much as Avitus acts like a stock Space Marine, there are hints in his speech near the end of the game that he's extremely maladjusted to his job. This quote in particular stands out: "War is all we are. Killing is all we are good for." He can't stop being a Space Marine because it's such a one-way process, but he doesn't like being one, so he channels his all his resultant anger, grief and frustration into battle. Bearing in mind that [[spoiler:he's all but confirmed to be the traitor]], we know he's also haunted by the memory of all the people he's killed, and sees only death where others see life. Avitus is a walking deconstruction of what it means to be a Space Marine, with Tarkus on hand to provide a reconstruction.
* According to the Latin-based conventions of the human language in WH:40000, the name Avitus can be interpreted as A-vita = Non-life/anti-life. Basically, it means "Killer." Now, that's an appropriate name for the bastard.
* The Tau's Relic unit in the first game is a ''Kroot'' warbeast. This makes little sense... until you realize the Tau are [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Atheists]]: relics and other religious symbols mean nothing to them (nearly every other relic unit has a religious connotation), but very likely hold significance to the BarbarianHero Kroot (as all Kroot species are derived from the basic one, it could be a form of Ancestor Worship).
** Carron's defeat is inevitable when you take into account all his boasts about his temples dedicated to Khorne. Khorne emphatically does ''not'' want his followers to build temples to him, [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Khorne#Worship_of_Khorne as time spent building stuff is time not spent spilling blood.]] Carron, having unknowingly lost the support of the god he worships right from the start, is doomed.
** In addition, he at one point starts yelling that they will be Khorne's hand and strangle the enemy. Strangling, aka a method of killing that does ''not'' spill blood, and does ''not'' end with the head separated from the body. Did Carron fail Basic Ruinous Powers 101?
** Then there's the small matter of the shields he erected that poison any non-Chaos units which enter it. First of all, poison is yet ''another'' method of killing someone that doesn't involve spilling blood. Second of all, Khorne expects you to [[VillainousValor be proactive and meet your enemies head-on]]; hiding behind defences like a civilian and [[OrcusOnHisThrone waiting for them to come to you]], in the Blood God's view, is the ''coward's'' way of fighting. Whoever won the Kaurava conflict, it's pretty clear Khorne was rooting for them when they came to the Peninsula of Iseult.
** When you play as Chaos, Carron's tactics will inevitably become more pleasing to the Blood God. For one, the player will have to actively attack and conquer enemy territory. You can play defensively just fine, but Carron will still be killing without relying on the blasphemous shield. His last stand in the Peninsula will (probably) not come to pass, meaning Carron will be out taking blood and skulls all over the system. Carron will be doing all this in melee, which is the form of combat demanded by the Blood God. He would be far, far more likely to earn Khorne's favor at this point; indeed, he can become a Daemon Prince after earning all of his wargear. Not that this actually happened in the canon result of the Kaurava campaign, but the point still stands.
* As the ''Dawn of War II'' entries demonstrate (especially ''Retribution''), the Imperial Guard are capable of making their own field repairs without the need of a Tech-priest. This would technically be considered an affront to the machine spirits if not the Omnissiah (something that Guardsmen themselves dryly note). But given what they do and the conditions of the battlefield, it'd make sense that they're forced to understand everything about their equipment and make the most of them. At the same time, this also emphasizes the Guard's professionalism.
* Once you play ''Retribution'', every misfortune that's befallen the Blood Ravens now makes sense once Kyras's betrayal is revealed. Going to aid a planet that holds a daemonic artifact, which Kyras might know about and want them to either release the daemon or bring it back to the Chapter? Going to Kronus and engaging in a costly war there that results in the deaths of millions, as well as suspicion being thrown on the Loyalist Blood Ravens by the Inquisition? Sending ''half of the Chapter'' to Kaurava at the command of an incompetent Commander, getting them all killed and grievously weakening the Chapter as a result, as well as resulting in ''more'' deaths? It all makes sense! [[TheChessmaster Kyras was behind everything since the beginning!]]
* For one mission of Chaos Rising, you have to explore a Space Hulk, and if you spend too long doing so your characters will start to fall under the influence of the Warp, and can be heard arguing with non-existent people or muttering to themselves. Although what they say seems to be random mutterings when you first play through the game, when you play through a second time you realize their comments actually foreshadow their reasons for possibly being the traitor! For example:
** Jonah can be heard screaming for somebody to "Get out!" [[spoiler: If Jonah is the traitor, it's because he's been possessed by a Daemon.]]
** Thaddeus can be heard sobbing "I've done what you asked, no more!" [[spoiler: If Thaddeus is the traitor, it's because he's being forced to uphold a bargain he made with Ulkair.]]
** Cyrus can be heard grumbling "He leads us in circles. Why does he lead?" [[spoiler: If Cyrus is the traitor, it's because he feels all the Blood Raven commanders are incompetent.]]
** Avitus can be heard yelling "Kill them all, Let there be Blood!" [[spoiler: If Avitus is the traitor, it's because he succumbs to his hatred/bloodlust.]]
** Tarkus can be heard mumbling how "None other will do, it must be mine, then we can fight back..." [[spoiler: If Tarkus is the traitor, it's because he wants to use Chaos-corrupted wargear to become powerful enough to destroy all the Chapter's enemies.]]
* Psykers and Khorne:
** In ''Retribution'' as well as the preceding ''Dawn of War 2'' games, the notion that [[spoiler:a psyker like Azariah Kyras]] would be an aspiring servant of Khorne would initially seem like an oversight if not an AssPull on the part of the writers. That is until one realizes that while Khorne has no love for psykers or sorcerers, neither does he actually ''care'' about whose blood is spilled (let alone how), only that it ''does.'' [[spoiler:Using the Exterminatus as a sacrifice to the Chaos God definitely helps his ascension to daemonhood too.]]
** Additionally, it's stated ''in official canon'' that Khorne's hang-up about Psykers/Sorcerer is when they ''only'' use their psychic powers for combat, and no martial prowess. A Psyker/Sorcerer that fights more like a MagicKnight, using their psychic powers to ''augment'' their martial abilities, is not as hated as a "pure mage" psyker.
[[folder: Fridge Horror ]]
* The ending to the Space Marine Campaign in ''Retribution'' [[spoiler: has Diomedes and Angelos finishing the purge of heresy on the chapter, and Angelos ascending as the new chapter master in front of a crowd of Marines. Considering how high the Blood Raven casualties have been over the course of ''Dawn of War II'', that may very well be all that's left of the chapter.]] However, it's made slightly less horrific, as Several Space Marine Chapters have bounced back from massive losses; the most recent well-known example is the Celestial Lions, who were brought to less than 96 Astartes and are currently recouping their losses, with the aid the Black Templars.
[[folder: Fridge Logic ]]
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