Awesome: Fire Warrior

  • Say what you will about the game, but the novel gave a CMOA to the Voice with an Internet Connection of all people. The narration keeps cutting away from Kais and Ardias fighting the Greater Daemon to Lusha and his squad suiting up in their Crisis Battlesuits. Aside from quite neat detail of how one operates a Crisis Suit, this seems quite irrelevant as you think 'so Lusha's going to go shred Chaos Marines while Kais FIGHTS THE FUCKING Big Bad!' Wrong. After Kais uses the dud bolter shell to destroy the last shrine, Lusha and the Crisis Team come screaming in and proceed to unleash Every. Single. Weapon. on their Battlesuits, blowing the Daemon back to where it came from. Awesome.
  • Aside from the CMOF which resulted, Kais blowing up the Titan is pretty awesome.
    Kais: Human. Relax. (Presses detonator)
    • Cue Stuff Blowing Up.
    • To put this in context, Kais is working with the Space Marine Captain Ardias of the Ultramarines chapter. In the Novel, its explained he's only doing so, because of a vision of his company's Librian psychic, and friend, died while having a vision alerting him and their battle brothers to the presence of Chaos forces trying to enter reality, and the solution was to trust Kais and takes over as his mission command. Before they meet back up on the surface of the planet, he task Kais with making an Imperial Titan inoperable, so that Chaos can't use it, while he secures a Land Speeder to be their transport and organizes his battle brothers. So, Ardias gets to the hanger building where the Titan is held, wondering if Kais succeeded in his mission, or wondering if Kais has failednote . Instead he see's Kais is standing outside of the perfectly intact hanger patiently, waiting for him. Ardias immediately presumes and begins chewing out Kais for supposedly just sitting outside all this time, and letting Chaos power up and ready the Titan. Cue Kais calm reply, and pushing the big shiny red button on the detonator. Even Ardias was impressed with the explosion.
  • And Ko'vash. Hell, Ko'vash. The new Grey Knights Codex broke the base when it gave us incorruptible Grey Knights, but the novel of Fire Warrior gave us the incorruptible Ethereal, and it made perfect sense. The Daemon literally cannont grasp any sort of purchase in the guy's mind. Compared to how easily the Admiral falls, Ko'vash deserves a medal for effectively giving a Greater Daemon the finger, without saying a word. Bonus points for the Caste name of the Ethereals adding a little Fridge Brilliance, their emotions are so in check that they basically are mentally untouchable.
  • Khorne gets one for being subtle, for once, guiding Kais throughout the story.
  • Lusha's response to the Crapsack World that is Warhammer 40000? He admits to Kais that the Greater Good doesn't exist (keep in mind, the Greater Good is as big a motivation to the Tau as the God Emperor is to humans, a comparison directly made by Ko'vash), but that striving for the ideals it represents is enough. Even faced by a totally dark and cruel universe, Lusha chooses to be the Anti Nihilist.
  • For the novel, Word of God has stated that Shas'O Kais, the Tau commander in Dark Crusade is the same character as this Kais. That means that in the end, Kais overcame the trauma of taking on the forces of Chaos and Took a Level in Badass to become a Shas'O.