Awesome / Daemon

  • A Crowning Moment of Awesome so amazing that it is considered such in-universe. FBI Agent Roy Merrit and his Hostage Rescue Team are sent in to try and infiltrate Sobol's mansion. By a stroke of luck, Roy goes ahead by several yards from the rest of his team. Then, the sprinkler system ignites...only for it to be revealed as gasoline. Roy's team goes up in flames, but Roy is close enough to the edge of the gasoline sprinklers to go into the actual water sprinklers and have his flames extinguished. Instead of falling back as FBI command tells him to do, he grabs his shotgun, busts into the Sobol mansion, and singlehandedly raids the place, using quick judgments to avoid Sobol's traps and understanding his opponent's train of thought to anticipate the hazards. This culminates in him activating the self-destruct, and narrowly avoiding it by falling into a previously-unknown trap door and surviving. His exploits earn him, among the Daemon's operatives, immense respect as "The Burning Man".

  • The climax of Daemon; Loki summons an army of AutoM8s and Razorbacks to annihilate the headquarters of the Anti-Daemon Task Force. It's the first clear "daemonstration" of Sobol's philosophy:
    Matthew Sobol: Technology. It is the physical manifestation of the human will. It began with simple tools. Then came the wheel, and on it goes to this very day. Civilizations rise and fall based on technological innovation. Bronze falls to iron. Iron falls to steel. Steel falls to gunpowder. Gunpowder falls to circuitry.
    • ...a fully-equipped military division falls to one man with a fleet of re-purposed civilian vehicles.
      • And in turn nearly falls to one Determinator - Roy Merrit, who chases after Loki on a motorcycle, sees through Loki's intended bait and switch with the AutoM8s, and pursues him until he launches himself onto Loki's car and proceeds to destroy a fair percentage of Loki's uplink nodes. Too bad the Major thinks Merrit has Outlived His Usefulness.

  • "Angel Teeth"; Dropped from a height of eighty thousand feet from unmanned weather balloons and not much more than foot-long steel spikes with motorized fletching linked to a radio receiver, but they can be guided like a smart bomb to their target — either directly by a darknet operative or automatically at saved targets (using a cell phone in someone’s pocket or a Bluetooth headset ID as a beacon). Loki calls a pack down on a funeral gathering where PMCs are firing into crowds to kill any darknet operatives present, and every single merc takes several to the head and torso - without hitting anyone else. Think the "hostage rescue" scene in Iron Man - caused by a geek making arcane hand gestures.

  • Sobol's Dying Moment of Awesome in creating a computer program that manages to overthrow the entire existing world order while dying of cancer. A somewhat tragic example as he knows he won't live to see it come to fruition.