Additionally, on the same date For the Emperor was released as an audiobook, narrated by Stephen Perring and Penelope Rawlins. Character[ edit ] This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Commissars are charged with maintaining the morale and loyalty of Imperial troops, an important matter when one considers the horrific odds and staggering casualties of the "grim dark future" of the WH40K setting. Despite holding no standard rank and being outside the chain of command , commisars have wide discretionary powers, including summary execution or even decimation , in pursuit of their duties.
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Over the course of the series, Cain becomes a massively acclaimed Hero of the Imperium, partly through opportunism, skill and minor heroism, but mostly through sheer blind luck. Sent to progressively more insanely dangerous warzones as his reputation grows, Cain actually wants nothing more than to find a quiet place to hide from the fighting.
That is, if you believe him. Advertisement: Ten novels and nine short stories have so far been published. Many of the stories have been recompiled in omnibus editions. Shot down behind enemy lines, he begins gathering up survivors into a makeshift convoy and traveling towards safety.
Though he stumbles upon a number of fortuitous circumstances such as what looks like a clandestine research lab under a dam , he really has only one goal in mind: saving his own skin Duty Calls picks up with Cain still in the th, but carries on from where Death or Glory left off; it forms the middle book of a trilogy. Called to handle a genestealer infestation and associated Tyranid hive fleet, Cain finds himself press-ganged by Amberley into helping her search for the people who ran that clandestine research lab.
They have taken from it an artifact which could alter the very fate of the galaxy It picks up immediately following the events of "Echoes of the Tomb", below.
The Last Ditch once again sees Cain fighting alongside the Valhallan th to defeat an Orkish uprising on Nusquam Fundamentibus, during the course of which he uncovers something a long-buried Tyranid bioship that casts new light on an old foe. But when the Tau call for a cease-fire, Cain gets nervous because he knows that means they need his help against something worse Choose Your Enemies: Cain and the th are defending a mining world from Eldar raiders when they learn of a greater threat to the nearby hive world Ironfound.
The short stories "Fight or Flight" was the original story starring Cain, from which all other works sprouted. They successfully defeat an Ork infestation, but things go ploin-shaped when there turns out to be a Tyranid splinter fleet right behind them Guess how it turns out. This priestess, Emeli, almost succeeds in seducing him, but Jurgen is able to intercede, and the story ends with the two of them fleeing and calling an artillery strike on their location.
Nyuck nyuck. He and Jurgen must find a way to stop the enemy from using it as a Suicide Attacker on the Imperial fleet — while somehow avoiding death themselves.
Commissar Cain and the Valhallan th deploy to the planet Letonia to help quash a civil insurrection, and quickly find themselves in much more dire straits. But hidden among the Tau artifacts that they seized, she finds a priceless artifact of a different Xeno race, and must discover how it ended up on Ironbound. She, of course, remains completely unaware of what he thinks, and sees him as a mentor. Mira is a downplayed example. Cain is happy to sleep with her, but begins aggressively finding excuses to avoid her company when he realizes that she is hoping to make him her husband.
According to Cain, other items of her wardrobe tend toward being low-cut , so this is something of a stylistic theme with her. Absurdly Spacious Sewer : Since most cities in 40K are so old the undercities have undercities and many of those have undercities of their own , this trope is somewhat justified.
Both Lampshaded and played straight in Death or Glory. However, after saving Cain and Mira from the Genestealer ambush, Space Marines proceed to hunt down the survivors in those very tunnels.
In Terminator suits, no less. The scene on the front cover of Cain and a Tau Fire Warrior fighting back-to-back against a Tyranid horde never happens. For The Emperor starts out with tensions between humans and the Tau, with the real threat being Genestealers. Caves of Ice has the Orks at the start, with the Necrons as the real threat. That is before an Ork Gargant smashes through Necron Monoliths and threatens evacuation zone.
Duty Calls originally has the th sent to deal with a routine civil insurrection, which turns out to have been started by genestealers, followed closely behind by Tyranids, but a much greater threat from renegade elements of the Inquisition and the Adeptus Mechanicus presents itself.
Interestingly, the Tau and the Orks are frequently on the lower end of the threats that Cain faces, and are often used as the "Set-up" villains. The Last Ditch starts with Orks, but shifts to Tyranids.
The Greater Good has Tau forces at first before shifting to Tyranids again. Choose Your Enemies spends most of the book with the Eldar as the main threat, with the real threat of the Chaos Cult only becoming apparent at the climax. Averted in the other novels, where the governors are competent but hopelessly outmatched or a George W.
Bush expy , none of them are actually ill-intentioned towards Cain except for one after he ended up brainwashed by the villain. In one case, one even saves Cain from being married to a particularly pushy Girl of the Week. That would probably manage to squeak onto the Class 0 minimum requirements were the planet reasonably civilized beyond the sole refinery which was consumed in the blast entirely.
Armour Is Useless : Averted. Cain takes to wearing carapace armor under his coat from For The Emperor onwards, which helps on several occasions. Armor-Piercing Question : "When did you last have an augmetic upgrade? Or "cruiser" could just be short for "battlecruiser".
Cain and a few other characters mistakenly thinking that any ship used by Space Marines is called a Battle Barge, as opposed to a distinct class. Cain is amazed at the size of a Space Hulk based on how small the ships he recognizes are in comparison to the whole, comparing it to a small moon.
Amberley states that the hulk in question is only 4 or 5 kilometers across in any direction, which she describes as "quite big enough", being so big that an entire fleet anticipates taking months to destroy it.
The problem is that in this setting an escort ship is from. The hulk is referred to as containing battleships, any one of which would be twice the size as that given for the entire object. The distances and travel times when he explores it indicate an object at least ten times the given size, so this may just be a typo. In The Greater Good, Cain gives a number of details about the ship he was traveling on, each of which implies that Cain was on a totally different class of warship.
After a while Amberley gives up on trying to figure out which ship he was on.
Over the course of the series, Cain becomes a massively acclaimed Hero of the Imperium, partly through opportunism, skill and minor heroism, but mostly through sheer blind luck. Sent to progressively more insanely dangerous warzones as his reputation grows, Cain actually wants nothing more than to find a quiet place to hide from the fighting. That is, if you believe him. Advertisement: Ten novels and nine short stories have so far been published.