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The following is a list of Characters that appear in the Ciaphas Cain Novel Series by Sandy Mitchell.

N.B. Spellings are conjectural for characters that have (thus far) appeared only in the audio book, Dead in the Water.

Main Characters

Character Affiliation Notes Appearance(s)
Commissar Ciaphas Cain Imperial Guard, Commissariat Protagonist All
Gunner Ferik Jurgen Imperial Guard Cain's adjutant, originally assigned to the 12th Valhallan Field Artillery. A Blank. All except Echoes of the Tomb (Short Story) (mentioned only).
Inquisitor Amberley Vail Ordo Xenos, Inquisition Cain's close associate, and editor of the Cain Archive, Cain's unofficial memoirs. In person: For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, Duty Calls, Cain's Last Stand, The Last Ditch, The Little Things (Short Story)
As editor: all of the above, plus The Traitor's Hand, Death or Glory, The Emperor's Finest, , Traitor's Gambit (Short Story), Dead in the Water (Audio Book), and Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella).

Imperial Guard

Valhallan 12th Field Artillery

The Valhallan 12th Field Artillery was Cain's first assignment after his graduation from the Schola Progenium, where Jurgen was first assigned as his adjutant.

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Colonel Mostrue Cain's first commanding officer. Suspicious of Cain's growing reputation for heroism, he often does his best to test it by assigning Cain to life-threatening missions. Fight or Flight (Short Story), The Beguiling (Short Story), For the Emperor, Sector 13 (Short Story), Death or Glory, Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella)
Lieutenant/Major Toren Divas The closest thing to a personal friend of Cain's among the 12th, always eager to engage in combat and a firm believer in Cain's heroic reputation. Cain once remarked that the perpetually-irritating Lieutenant Sulla's gung-ho attitude reminded him of Divas. Fight or Flight (Short Story), The Beguiling (Short Story), Sector 13 (Short Story), For the Emperor, Death or Glory, Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella)
Gunner Mulenz Killed by Slaaneshi cultists on Slawkenberg. The Beguiling (Short Story)
Gunner Grear Killed by Slaaneshi cultists on Slawkenberg. The Beguiling (Short Story)

Valhallan 597th

The Valhallan 597th is the regiment of the Valhallan Ice Warriors with which Cain (and by extension Jurgen) served a large portion of their active service careers.

Officers

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Colonel Regina Kasteen Commanding Officer, promoted after the amalgamation of the Valhallan 296th and 301st regiments. For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch, Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella)
Major Ruput Broklaw Executive Officer, promoted after the amalgamation of the Valhallan 296th and 301st regiments. For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch, Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella)
Captain Detoi Commander, 2nd Company. The Traitor's Hand
Captain Shambas Sentinel Pilot, Scout troop commander. For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Captain Federer Engineer and Sapper, expert with explosives. Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Lieutenant Faril 5th Platoon commander, 2nd Company The Traitor's Hand
Lieutenant/Captain Jenit Sulla Platoon commander, later a celebrated Lady General. For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch, Old Soldiers Never Die (Novella)
Lieutenant Voss Platoon commander, 2nd Company Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand

NCOs and Enlisted

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Sergeant Dyzun 2nd Company The Traitor's Hand
Sergeant Grifen Possibly Mari Magot's lover. Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Sergeant Tobias Kelp Condemned to death for killing a Naval provost during a riot on board the Righteous Wrath, allowed to "volunteer" for a hazardous mission on Gravalax; attempted to desert and killed by Ferik Jurgen. For the Emperor
Sergeant/Lieutenant Lustig Veteran Sergeant For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Sergeant Welard Stormtrooper leader, originally of the Valhallan 301st, killed by Necrons on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice
Corporal Karta Assistant Squad Leader in Sgt. Grifen's squad. Caves of Ice
Corporal Mari Magot Unarmed combat champion, possibly Sgt. Grifen's lover. Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Corporal/Sergeant Penlan Nicknamed "Jinxie" for being extremely accident prone, which actually makes her a popular "good luck charm" among her squadmates. For the Emperor, Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Corporal Bella Trebek Condemned to death for killing a Naval provost during a riot on board the Righteous Wrath, allowed to "volunteer" for a hazardous mission on Gravalax; killed by genestealers. For the Emperor
Trooper Janny Drere Sgt. Grifen's squad, Vorhees's girlfriend. Grafted with bionic lungs after being severely mauled by an ambull on Simia Orichalcae, wounds which would have killed her had Cain not made the crucial decision to divide Grifen's squad and send Drere back to base for treatment. Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch
Trooper Friza Sgt. Lustig's squad. The Traitor's Hand
Trooper Hail Sgt. Grifen's squad. Killed by Ork Kommandos on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice
Trooper Tomas Holenbi Medic by training, condemned to death for killing a Naval provost during a riot on board the Righteous Wrath, allowed to "volunteer" for a hazardous mission on Gravalax; infected by genestealers and executed by Cain as a result. For the Emperor
Trooper Lunt Sgt. Grifen's squad, Heavy Flamer specialist. Killed by Ork Kommandos on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice
Trooper Paola Sentinel pilot; like the other Scouts in the regiment, a freewheeler and sometime disciplinary problem. The Traitor's Hand
Trooper Pyk Sgt. Lustig's squad. The Traitor's Hand
Trooper Simla Sgt. Grifen's squad. Killed by Ork Kommandos on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice
Trooper Maxim Sorel Expert sniper, possible psychopath. Condemned to death for killing a Naval provost during a riot on board the Righteous Wrath, allowed to "volunteer" for a hazardous mission on Gravalax; killed by a Genestealer Patriarch. For the Emperor
Trooper Griselda Velade Condemned to death for killing a fellow trooper during a riot on board the Righteous Wrath, allowed to "volunteer" for a hazardous mission on Gravalax; infected by genestealers and executed by Cain as a result. For the Emperor
Trooper Vorhees Sgt. Grifen's squad, Janny Drere's boyfriend. Extremely loyal to Cain after the Commissar decided on Simia Orichalcae to send Drere back to base for medical treatment. Caves of Ice, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch

Tallarn 229th

The 229th regiment of the Tallarn Desert Raiders was deployed alongside the 597th to Adumbria in 937.M31.

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Colonel Asmar Commanding officer. The Traitor's Hand
Major Sipio Executive officer. The Traitor's Hand
Commissar Tomas Beije An old rival of Cain's from the Schola Progenium. The Traitor's Hand
Sergeant Alem Mahat Accompanies Beije on his errand to arrest Cain, ends up fighting alongside him and later authors "The Book of Cain," inspiring a small sect on Tallarn that worships Cain as a Prophet. The Traitor's Hand

Other

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Lord General Zyvan Theatre commander in many of the 597th's campaigns, including Gravalax, Periremunda and Adumbria; later appointed Cain as Commissarial liaison to Zyvan's staff. For the Emperor, The Traitor's Hand, Duty Calls, The Last Ditch, Traitor's Gambit (Short Story)
General Lokris Cain's immediate superior in his post at Brigade headquarters after leaving the 12th Field Artillery. Echoes of the Tomb (Short Story), Dead in the Water (Audio Book), The Emperor's Finest (mentioned only)
Colonel Rorkins Retired Stormtrooper commander, instructor at the Schola Progenium on Perlia, appointed Commander-in-Chief of the PDF during the 13th Black Crusade. Cain's Last Stand
Colonel Vaul Vostroyan Firstborn, assigned to Archipelaga under General Lokris's command. Dead in the Water (Audio Book)
Lieutenant Dan Vostroyan Firstborn, Colonel Vaul's regiment, Captain of Patrol Boat-109 during the Archipelaga campaign. Dead in the Water (Audio Book)
Sergeant Rom Vostroyan Firstborn, corrupted by Chaos after stumbling on a temple of Nurgle on Archipelaga. Dead in the Water (Audio Book)

The Inquisition

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Inquisitor Ernst Stavros Killian Ordo Hereticus, Radical. Conducted secret research into the Shadowlight, an ancient xenos artifact. Killed on Periremunda. Duty Calls (Novel), Cain's Last Stand (Novel) (mentioned only)
Zemelda Cleat Street snack seller on Periremunda, recruited by Vail after surviving a brush with death and showing a knack for undercover operations. Duty Calls (Novel), The Little Things (Short Story)
Caractacus Mott Amberley Vail's Savant. For the Emperor (Novel), Caves of Ice (Novel) (mentioned only), Duty Calls (Novel)
Orelius Rogue Trader, frequently in service to Amberley Vail For the Emperor (Novel), Cain's Last Stand (Novel)
Pelton Ex-Arbites operative, recruited by Vail after his questionable actions going undercover in a criminal cartel. Nicknamed "Flicker" for his excitable manner and fringe of unruly hair. Duty Calls (Novel)
Pontius Ex-Imperial Navy pilot, flies Vail's retinue around during combat missions. Duty Calls (Novel)
Rakel Amberley Vail's Psyker. For the Emperor (Novel), The Traitor's Hand (Novel) (mentioned only), Duty Calls (Novel)
Simeon Ex-Imperial Guard Commissar, cracked under combat fatigue and now kept alternately passive and keyed up by drugs, administered by a pump hard-wired into his brain. Duty Calls (Novel)

Space Marines

The Reclaimers

Before his assignment to the Valhallan 597th, Cain spent a brief period as liaison officer to the Reclaimers chapter of the Adeptus Astartes.

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Captain Gries The Emperor's Finest (Novel)
Apothecary Sholer The Emperor's Finest (Novel)
Sergeant Drumon Techmarine. Duty Calls (Novel) (mentioned only), The Emperor's Finest (Novel)

Adepta Sororitas

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Eglantine Canoness of the Order of the Bloody Rose, Periremunda. Presumably killed defending her convent from Tyranids. Duty Calls (Novel)
Julien Retired Celestian, instructor at the Schola Progenium on Perlia. Cain's Last Stand (Novel)

Adeptus Mechanicus

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Ernulph Magos. Lead Mechanicus representative at the promethium refinery on Simia Orichalcae. Killed by Necrons while trying to investigate their tomb. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Logash Tech Priest. Accompanied Cain's party on a search of the underground ice caverns on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Methius Tech Priest. Assisted Ernst Stavros Killian with his secret research into the Shadowlight. Killed by Tyranids on Periremunda. Duty Calls (Novel)
Felicia Tayber Enginseer, later Magos. Liberated from Orks by Cain and her brother Alaric during the First Siege of Perlia, later appointed to the Ordo Xenos and Mechanicus' joint research project on that planet.. Death or Glory (Novel), Cain's Last Stand (Novel)

The Imperium

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Ariott Veterinarian on Perlia, serves as impromptu medicae for "Cain's Heroes" during the First Siege of Perlia. Death or Glory (Novel)
Calen Archipelagan native scout, assists the Imperial Guard. Dead in the Water (Audio Book)
Erasmus Donali Imperial Envoy to Gravalax, expert in dealing with the Tau. For the Emperor (Novel)
Mira DuPanya Daughter of the Governor of Viridia, and honorary Colonel of the PDF. Later affianced to the Governor of Serendipita. The Emperor's Finest (Novel)
Captain Durant Captain of the freighter Pure of Heart, hired as the Valhallan 597th's troop ship to Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Governor Grice Governor of Gravalax, later revealed to be the Patriarch of the genestealer cult on that planet. For the Emperor (Novel)
Mazarin Chief Engineer and/or first mate of the Pure of Heart, Captain Durant's daughter. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Norbert Administratum Scrivener on Perlia, rescued from Ork slavery by Cain and serves as logistics and supply officer during the "March of the Liberator." Death or Glory (Novel)
Pryke Chief Administratum representative of the promethium refinery on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Quintus Junior Administratum representative at the promethium refinery on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Artur Morel Representative of the promethium miners' guild on Simia Orichalcae. Caves of Ice (Novel)
Alaric Tayber Sergeant, Perlian PDF, Felicia Tayber's brother. Fought alongside Cain during the First Siege of Perlia. Death or Glory (Novel)
Kolfax Roadworker on Perlia, acts as a guide through the desert for "Cain's Heroes," killed by Orks in the Valley of Daemons. Death or Glory (Novel)

Imperial Navy

Character Notes Appearance(s)
Captain Parjita Captain of the troop ship Righteous Wrath. For the Emperor (Novel)
Commissar Karrie Straun Naval Commissar, has a brief liaison with Cain aboard the troop ship en route to Perlia. Death or Glory (Novel)
Commodore Hubert Visiter Instructor at the Schola Progenium on Perlia, acting commander of the SDF during the Second Siege of Perlia. Death or Glory (Novel)