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Badass Grandpa: Cain himself in Cain's Last Stand. Even at more than a century of age and well into his ostensible retirement, Cain is still quite capable of handing asses back to their owners. It also helps that thanks to juvenat treatments, he is physically the equivalent of an extremely fit something man, including in appearance. Also Jurgen during the same time period. While his appearance hasn't been preserved as well as Cain's it's one thing for a Hero of the Imperium to receive regular juvenat treatments, but Jurgen has to have his surreptitiously arranged by Amberley he's still just as stoically dependable as he was on the day Cain first met him.
Badass Longcoat: Like the sash and cap, this is a standard part of Cain's uniform.
The th Valhallan Regiment, since they're native iceworlders. Cain lampshades the irony of the Valhallans being known so well for their characteristic greatcoats, considering that many of them forgo wearing that part of their uniform most of the time in the field.
While such a coat is essential in an arctic environment like their homeworld, most of their deployments are to warmer locations, where such a coat is unnecessary and very uncomfortably hot for the cold-adapted Valhallans. Badass Normal: The Guard, and sometimes the PDF, even though Cain usually regards the latter as nothing more than a joke. Bad Dreams: Cain is plagued by these; Amberley comments that Cain often awakens in the middle of the night from them.
Battle Chant: In The Traitor's Hand there's a parody of this with the Khornites' catchphrase by having someone mainly Cain snark back at them whenever they show up e. The same book also has a scene where the Valhallans start chanting Cain's name as he duels a Chaos Space Marine, to his embarrassment.
Battle Couple: Several examples: Cain and Amberley. Cain and Felicia to a lesser extent. Cain and Mira. Grifen and Magot. Vorhees and Drere, a Mauve Shirt couple from Grifen's squad in the second novel. Velade and Holenbi, Imperial Guardsmen from the first novel. This actually dooms them—the Genestealers infect them, specifically because they're in love. Any offspring would have eventually subverted the regiment and any places the regiment visited generations down, and when Ciaphas finds them showing signs of Genestealer infection, he shoots them.
Bavarian Fire Drill: Cain says in The Emperor's Finest that the surest way to bluff your way through a conversation is to act like you already know what you're talking about and be just vague enough that the other person hears what he or she wants to hear. He demonstrates this spectacularly in Duty Calls by bluffing his way into a rogue Inquisitor's hideout. The specific incident in The Emperor's Finest that Cain mentions this about involves, incredibly, marriage.
To the heir to a planetary governor, of all people. It takes him days to figure out what he's agreed to. Amberley is bemused at how slow on the draw Cain was about that. Be All My Sins Remembered: Played with. On the surface, the series is essentially one massive confession on Cain's part that he does not deserve the title of "Hero of the Imperium" with which he has been immortalized. The trope becomes subverted when you read carefully; more than once, Cain has done something heroic without thinking about it.
Through most of the series, he appears totally selfish, but if something needs to be done, then it needs to be done. A specific example is when he jumps to save Amberley in Pererimunda and later reasons that he only did it because the pilot wouldn't have left without her, but one can see that he jumped first and rationalized later.
This not only happens with Amberley, but also on other occasions, such as the time he sets the explosives in Nusquam Fundumentibus.
He's pretty much sacrificing his own life to take out the tyranid infestation, but he survives thanks to some fast reasoning and Jurgen's proper use of a snowmobile to escape through tunnels previously dug by their enemies. As noted above, Word of God tells us that not even the author has defined if Cain is really a hero or not.
Sometimes he's written Cain as entirely worthy of the title of "Hero of the Imperium", sometimes not. Beleaguered Boss: During his years with the Valhallan 12th Artillery Regiment, Cain was forever pulling Guardsmen out of Arbites cells for drunken brawling, indecent behavior and otherwise disturbing the peace. While most commissars wouldn't have hesitated in shooting the lot of them and inspiring discipline through fear, Cain always does his best to limit his discipline to prison, latrine duty and floggings so as to maintain his popularity with the men as so many martinets end up dying heroic deaths suspiciously far away from the front line , which he notes more than once.
As his reputation grows, this has the side effect of the troopers doing their job flawlessly while on duty: According to Inquisitor Vail, most Imperial Guard commissars operate at a regimental level, but the Imperial Navy has a single man enforcing discipline for a Mile-Long Ship or possibly several of them , and the PDF often has one commissar for the entire planet.
Said individuals often spend their days getting drunk, leaving the men under them blissfully unaware of their existence. Belligerent Sexual Tension: Beneath the Earth: Cain often ends up in these types of environments. He's also the perfect man for the job with his "tunnel senses," much to his discomfort. Amberley notes that while he often claims to be from a Hive World, she can't find any record of such a thing.
Of course, this being the Imperium of "lose a planet because of rounding errors," that's not so far-fetched. Beneath the Mask: Whether or not you believe that depends very much on how you interpret his true character. Inverted , in a fashion, for most of 40K's xenos races. In Cain's stories, we see these races as they would appear to someone who can't get inside their heads. We see the Orks as comic loonies because we can see through their eyes, but Cain sees them as ravening barbaric brutes.
We see the Necrons as Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds because we know what their lives look like from the inside, but Cain sees them as omnicidal eldritch abominations. In short, Cain's stories allow us to see what 40K looks like when you can't see Beneath the Mask. Better to Die than Be Killed: Commissar Donal. Big Beautiful Woman: Mira is described as having inherited a slight tendency toward plumpness from her father.
She apparently carries that weight quite well. Big, Bulky Bomb: Multiple instances: In typical 40K fashion, Cain improvises an over-the-top one of these using an entire refinery's worth of promethium to blow up a Necron tomb. The resulting explosion is felt from orbit. He pulls another stunt like this on Nusquam Fundamentibus, where he essentially triggers a volcanic eruption to kill a buried Tyranid bioship before it can summon more of its kind.
Big Dam Plot: Cain destroys a dam to escape an Ork army in Death Or Glory. He later rigs another one its replacement in Cain's Last Stand , but it fails when Necrons arrive to claim the Shadowlight and jam the detonation signal. Big Damn Heroes: Cain, Jurgen, and Amberley do this. A lot. Blatant Lies: In Greater Good Cain claims that he "isn't easily startled". Amberly's footnote on that section consists of nothing but laughing. Cain does this a lot. He makes sure to remind the reader that he only does it to seem like a Humble Hero.
Blind Obedience: Jurgen towards Cain, who thankfully doesn't abuse it. Amberley's power armor is gilded so much it looks like it's made entirely of gold from distance.
Blood Knight: Lieutenant Sulla is either laudably eager to destroy the enemies of the Emperor, or a borderline Leeroy Jenkins , depending on whom you ask.
Cain definitely leans toward the latter view, but her eventual promotion to general officer rank, and more significantly her troops' high morale and confidence in her abilities, suggests that the former is more accurate. And the casualty rates in her units which are the highest in the regiment suggest the latter. The units' success rates and correspondingly high morale, meanwhile, suggest the former.
Magot, in one instance, led her subordinates into a melee charge at Khornate cultists , And slaughtered them without taking any casualties. Boarding Pod: The Space Marines use their Thunderhawk dropships as a fighter screen but some get through. Boarding School: Cain makes the Schola Progenium seem less like a badass Military School and more like Tom Brown's Schooldays , complete with "scrumball practice".
Boom, Headshot! Maxim Sorel and Jurgen. The former suffers a direct hit, killing him, while the latter receives a glancing hit that merely leaves him comatose for a while.
Boring, but Practical: Cain reflects in The Last Ditch that many commissars favor bolt pistols as sidearms for their well-known loud and messy effects, adding to their intimidation factor. Cain contrasts this with his humble laspistol, which while not as impressive, is something he rarely has to worry about running out of shots for at an inopportune moment, making it better suited for keeping him alive in the field than an ammunition-dependent projectile weapon might be.
Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Clearly known to work in-universe; when Cain and his cadets are escaping from the governor's mansion in Cain's Last Stand he puts a lasbolt through the genecode scanner that controls access to the escape tunnel specifically to prevent this. Brains and Brawn: Cain is undoubtedly more clever than Jurgen, while Jurgen is much stronger than Cain. However, Cain's such an excellent swordsman that Jurgen can't even compare. Cain is able to best a Chaos Marine well, more like "barely fend him off while making it look easy", mostly by taunting said Marine in melee, an Ork Warboss by shooting him in the face and loads of pureblood tyranid genestealers still in a very probable way , which results in Cain actually doing all the melee fighting, while Jurgen dispatches distracted enemies with heavy weaponry.
And while Jurgen may be Book Dumb , he's certainly a talented scrounger. Also, Cain is an amazing shot with a laspistol from the hip, while Jurgen is a much better sniper. Brainwashed and Crazy: This is a plot point in The Last Stand.
The book's Big Bad is an extremely powerful psyker who can overwrite your mind and turn you to Chaos just by looking at you. He even has a retinue of Sisters of Battle that he corrupted in this manner. Brick Joke: Amberley's comment about marshmallows and meltaguns became a running gag that appeared in the first three books.
In Caves of Ice , Scrivener Quintus, in his idiosyncratic minutes of a meeting to assess the Ork threat on the refinery, offhandedly mentions that Broklaw fired his bolt pistol into the air to call the meeting to order. Later on, when Cain arrives after learning of the Necrons, he gets freaked out at the large blast hole in the ceiling, which Broklaw refers to like an inside joke.
The Brigadier: Lord General Zyvan. Broken Ace: Ciaphas himself.
It's fairly obvious in his memoirs that Ciaphas is incapable of giving himself credit for any achievement, because he has to justify any noble act with ignoble intentions. Bug War: Cain's Last Stand starts with fighting against Tyranids. Bullethole Door: Jurgen's melta a weapon designed to shoot through armored tanks comes in handy for these. Penlan, aka "Jinxie". It hasn't killed her yet.
She's even been promoted. Additionally, she's rather popular with the regiment, as it's believed that all the bad luck in her squad gets attracted to her and leaves everyone else alone. Interestingly, this basically makes her the rank and file version of Cain, considering how often the latter manages to bumble into trouble just to bumble right out again through dumb luck. He just has better PR. But she's not nearly as accident prone as she's supposed to be.
I'll grant you she fell down an ambull tunnel once, and there was that incident with the frag grenade and the latrine trench, but things tend to work out for her. The Orks on Kastafore were as surprised as she was when the floor in the factory collapsed, and we'd have walked right into that hrud ambush on Skweki if she hadn't triggered the mine by chucking an empty food tin away No wonder they made [Mulenz] an observer, I thought, nothing gets past this guy. He was interrupted by a burst of incoherent screaming which sounded like the warcry of a Khornate fanatic and which terminated abruptly in a thud of a power maul on full charge and a gurgle that sounded distinctly unhealthy.
Sorry commissar, where were we? The tracks on the Land Raider crush the heretics all day long Captain Durant: The one in the fancy hat wants to know if you've wired up his gadgets. It was a tough call for me to make, but unfortunately that goes with the hat.
Cultists try to attract the attention of the Ruinous Powers. The lucky ones eventually reach high-end jobs through mundane means, so they can undermine the Imperium's proper working.
And the unlucky ones? They succeed. In the name of the Emperor.
In nominae Ernulph! Amberley in footnote: Which I choose to take as a compliment I Am Not Left-Handed: In The Emperor's Finest Cain manages to get permission to use an Astartes training chapel to practice his weapon drills in mostly to get away from a very socially awkward situation and Drumon, the Techmarine practicing there, volunteers to spar with Cain.
Cain senses that Drumon is just humoring him after easily deflecting a few of his strikes, so Cain starts downplaying his own abilities, and intentionally fighting poorly. He then steps up his game suddenly, bypassing Drumon's defenses and taking a chip out of his armor with the teeth of his chainsword. Drumon is both surprised and impressed, and decides to not repair the chip in his armor so as to leave it as a reminder not to underestimate his opponents.
I Can Still Fight! Used by Cain after he suffers any apparent injury. Though subverted , because he knows that it will trigger admiration and sympathy in others, who will encourage him to take it easy for a while, which he will grudgingly go along with while inwardly reflecting that he just manipulated them into letting him stay out of danger without losing face.
Of course , these novels being what they are, the universe contrives to put him in even more danger anyway.
I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: In The Last Ditch , "Jinxie" Penlan accidentally discharges her lasgun while using its buttstock to try to unjam another weapon.
Fortunately it hits an Ork which then crashes its flier into the middle of a swarm of Orks , so it works out for her in her typical fashion. At the climax of Cain's Last Stand. Cain tells them what they can do, tells us that they opposed it, but does not tell the reader until he actually does it: Specifically, terms for Varan's surrender.
Imposter Forgot One Detail: In "The Little Things", Cain realizes that the man bringing room service to Amberley's room isn't really a hotel employee when he notices that the man's uniform didn't fit, when every other employee of the hotel he'd seen was wearing perfectly tailored outfits. Inevitable Mutual Betrayal: I was expecting you to try to kill me before now. Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Ciaphas Cain: Bribery and threats are always popular, but generally to be avoided, especially if you're likely to attract inquisitorial attention as they're better at both and tend to resent other people resorting to their methods.
Editor's Note: This is, of course, entirely untrue. As His Divine Majesty's most faithful servants, we're most definitely above such petty emotions as resentment. An orkish word, which translates roughly as 'go away', but which may also mean, 'leave it alone', or 'I doubt your veracity', according to context.
So what you're trying to tell me is that three people are dead, fourteen still in the infirmary and a perfectly serviceable mess hall reduced to kindling because your men didn't like the plates they were served their meal on?! This was a job for Zyvan's tame psykers, and no business of honest men. Or me. Cain narration: Who chose it, and why they can't call these things something a little more cheerful, is beyond me. Amberly footnote: Book 9 in the Ciaphas Cain series When the world of Quadravidia comes under attack by the insidious tau, only one man can defeat the aliens and save the planet in the Emperor's name: Add to wishlist.
When the world of Quadravidia comes under attack by the insidious tau, only one man can defeat the aliens and save the planet in the Emperor's name: When the aliens call for a ceasefire, Cain expects the worst, and his fears are answered in the form of the dread menace of the tyranids.
As a hive fleet approaches Quadravidia, Cain must try to forge an alliance between the Imperium and the tau - but can he truly trust the inscrutable xenos? Written by Sandy Mitchell. Get the very latest - news, promotions, hobby tips and more from Black Library.
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