Yes, pathetic. It wasn't even a beam rifle round, for crying out loud. And I was a little irked that it happened to the only woman on the team. But again, that's Halo talk. This isn't the Halo board. (or the Dark Edge board...)
It was supposed to be a real casualty of war. Not everyone goes down saving the entire world; and a super-soldier is not an exception. As much as I hate to be narcissist with Dark Edge, this is what I'm going for - Realism, Scorp.
But wait, are we arguing here? I certainly wasn't trying to... but if you insist:
I'm not sure where you're coming from here. Nova Refuge isn't even about saving the world. It's a story about equal factions that are very shades-of-grey (as Horatius described very well above) fighting a destructive (and some would say needless) war with each other. That's pretty realistic, I'd say.
A whole team of fully-trained Enomegs...
Then again, despite my arguments to the contrary, I would not name "realism" as my primary goal in Nova Refuge. I try to be realistic to the rules of the setting and not shatter the reader's suspension of disbelief, but there are plenty of elements of the fantastic and romantic present in NR, since my ultimate goal is to create something of a grandiose sci-fi epic. And we can't have one of those without a little thrillin' heroics.