Warhammer 40,000 (aka Warhammer 40k) is a science fiction universe originally created for the corresponding table-top miniature game but has since had numerous other fictional works set in it.

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Why are there no female Space Marines

I have been looking around online trying to find the answer to a question which came to me last night (Sad I know). Why are there no female Space Marines? Have come across some theories which range ...
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Who is the secretive group that kills the pack leader in the beginning of Blood of Asheim?

The book begins with the pack leader dying. At the end of the book we learn the name of the group responsible! Who are these guys? A splinter group of the Inquisition? A secret arm of the Church? ...
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Where was The Sigilite during the fight for Terra?

Im wondering if anybody knows where The Sigilite was durring the Fight for Terra?? There is soooooo much coming from Black Library in the past year and I just cant keep up anymore. Is there a book ...
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Which is the best Space Marine Battles novel? Which should I read next? [closed]

I have recently started reading Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Battles books, Ive read The Battle of The Fang and Architect Of Fate. I really liked both of them, but I'm not sure which one to choose ...
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Can someone explain Warhammer 40,000's dates to me?

Ok, so I've been reading some timelines on Lexicanum: 989.M41 = 989th year of the 41st millennium) But you also get stuff like 138.997.M41: I guess that is day, year, millennium? But I also see stuff ...
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Is there a definitive source that explains the reason for the lost primarchs?

While most Legions are heavily featured in the Horus Heresy series, the Legions II and XI aren't really mentioned that much. There's an ongoing discussion about those Legions, with the general ...
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How do Centurion warsuits fit into existing fluff?

I was wondering how GW would go about integrating those Centurion warsuits into the existing fluff, but as far as I can see, they're going total retcon. I mean, I get the new anti-air tanks. Some new ...
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Do Imperial Space Marines ever retire? [duplicate]

I know that the Imperial Space Marines are modified to be super human, but apart from violent death in battle do they age at all? Do they ever reach a point where their bodies are no longer fit for ...
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Who did Gregor bind Cherubael to?

Toward the end (as I remember it) of the last Einsenhorn book, Gregor binds Cherubael to one of his warband ? Who was Cherubael bound to ? Was it Fischig ?
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Who is The Sigilite?

I mean he is often described as second in psychic power to the Emperor. Is The Sigilite a psychic double of the Emperor, his Brother or something else entirely? WHO is he? there is nothing about his ...
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Tyranids have no god, would the Chaos Gods have any power over them?

The word god to me suggests that they are supernatural and control things that we cannot comprehend. This then raises the question: would they have any sway over the Tyranids and their giant Hive ...
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Between 15m-25m Humans and Eldar must have co-existed. Why did the Eldar let this happen?

So, humans once lived on millions of planets and to me, seemed like they were pretty much running away with our galaxy. Its my understanding however that Eldar ruled this Galaxy a long time before ...
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Why did the Imperium lose all of its advanced technology?

I realise that after the Horus heresy, worlds were separated and could no longer communicate with each other. But why did advanced technology disappear?
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Why are Patience Kys and Kara Swole alive?

I might be totally wrong, but: Doesn't Kara Swole die in the last book of Ravenor? Doesn't the same happen to Kys? If the above are true, how are they alive again in Pariah?
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What happens to Inquisitorial retinues once their Inquisitor dies?

When an Inquisitor dies would his retinue/henchmen be gathered up and mindscrubed or would they go into a "henchmen" pool of the Inquisition?? I mean most of the retinue hear/see/do stuff that ...
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What is the deal with Kolea/Dalin?

Finished reading the Gaunts Ghosts novels in preperation for the Warmaster so my memory is fresh and one thing is bothering me a bit. Does Dalin know that Kolea is his real father or not?? When ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Although Orks, Chaos marines, etc. are always hostile to humans, they can be talked with, even if not reasoned with. Very rarely, even a (very short-lived) truce can be made with them. However, was ...
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Are Tyranids the creation of humans?

The origins of the Tyranids are unknown to us. All we basically know that they arrived 741.M41 at the eastern end of our galaxy. I was discussing that point with an Warhammer40k-enthusiast quite a ...
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What other Space Marine forces are there with a similar purpose to the Ravenwing?

So, as many of you will know, the purpose of the Ravenwing is to hunt down the traitorous Dark Angels that betrayed the Legion in the depths of the Horus Heresy. The Dark Angel successor chapters ...
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Age of a Space Marine?

How old do space marines live on average. What technology lets them live longer than we are living now or does it have more to do with their psychas?
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What makes Titans so valuable in the Warhammer 40k universe?

Titans seem to be a marvelous piece of technology from the past, so advanced that they can no longer produce them. So the Imperium oft launches whole campaigns, sacrificing a lot of lives and ...
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Where do the Ethereals come from?

I've been reading up on the Ethereals from the Tau race. It occurred to me that GW hasn't officially come out and declared where they are from. It also states that the Imperium doesn't know how the ...
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What would have happened if the Horus Heresy hadn't happen in warhammer 40k

Just how powerful would the Imperium of Man of been had the Horus Heresy not occurred?
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Did any members of Loyalist Legions turn traitor during the Horus Heresy?

There are plenty of examples of Astartes in Traitor Legions remaining loyal (Garviel Loken, Garro, Saul Tarvitz, etc.), but are there any instances of the opposite happening? Excluding the ambiguous ...
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Link between Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k

Is the 40k just Fantasy in the future? They exists in parallel worlds or Fantasy is an enclosed space quadrant of universe in 40k?
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Is it possible the four chaos gods of the Warhammer 40K franchise were once mortal?

In Aaron Dembski-Dowden's great novel The First Heretic, there are lines And you are not the first Colchisians to reach this world. Khanne, Tezen, Slanat, Narag, all ventured here, millennia ago, ...
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Is this girl really Slaanesh?

Is the woman in this image really Slaanesh, the god "She who thirsts"?
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What's with the alpha legion in w40k?

In every book I read about w40k, the alpha legion always have a finger in everything. I have read occasionally that they have a secret agenda in connection with some alien council, but if that's the ...
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What's the name of this Space Marine Commander?

I've got him as a gift and don't know where it was bought. Material is metal, hand-painted by gifter (by the original scheme I believe). Any suggestions on his id?
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Is there no air superiority in Warhammer 40k?

In real life warfare, gaining air superiority is very important and often a deciding factor. However, in Warhammer 40k, most ground combat is in very close range, but still all participants can ...
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What is the name of this story about a psychopathic priest

I recall reading a comic once that had a psychopathic priest/inquisitor from Warhammer 40k. He had a fat, small assistant and was very zealous. It might have been set in Necromunda. There were plague ...
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Have the Tau ever allied with Space Marines or Eldar?

In the 6th edition rule book for Warhammer 40K, it states that Tau consider (and vice versa) Space Marines and Eldar to be battle brothers. The only encounter I know the Tau have had with Space ...
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What are the color schemes for Dark Angels Space Marines?

All I'm finding is: Dark Green Black Tan What other colors could I go with them? I could easily just make them my own scheme, but I'd like to somewhat stick to their backstory.
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Are there any canon discrepancies preventing the Warhammer universe from being the future of the Star Trek universe? [closed]

Talk about clash of the worlds! The Star Trek universe to my knowledge only extends up to the 29th centuary (or the 2.9th millenia), has had something similar to the STC disaster and features a ...
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How rare are untouchables in the Warhammer 40k universe?

I've been lead to believe that in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, untouchables - those who are psychic blanks, and act to cancel psychic powers - are very rare. However in two separate series the main ...
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How do you communicate with a Necron Warrior?

The average Necron warrior is not the best at pleasant communication. I don't expect him to chat to his mates down the pub. I wouldn't be surprised if the Necron lords (looking at 6th edition ...
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How did mankind travel through the warp during the Great Crusade?

In his current state, the Emperor of Man on his Golden Throne generating the psychic beacon called the Astronomican which makes warp travel possible. The Astronomican is a psychic beacon which the ...
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Why are Slaaneshi Daemonettes so Ugly

If Slaanesh is the god of perfection, the lone god that looks beautiful and all daemons look similar to the form of their patron god, why are Daemonettes so ugly?
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What evidence supposedly supports Tau as related to the Necrontyr?

I've heard of rumours saying that the Tau from Warhammer 40K are in fact the Necrontyr. Is there anything that supports this statement, in WH40K canon? I just found this, on 1d4 chan1: Helping ...
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Did any Necrontyr survive enslavement by the C'tan?

I'm slowly reading through the Necron backstory in their Warhammer40K codex (5th edition). One of the first things mentioned is the bio-transference of all the Necrontyr to be enslaved by the C'tan. ...
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Could a Necron be reprogrammed?

In the WH40k universe, Necrons were once Necron'tyr who sold their soul's to C'tan an ancient god. He put them into living metal bodies so they could live forever. However, what I'm not clear on is ...
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Are Tau capable of reverse engineering advanced technology

In the WH40k universe the imperium of man has become technophobic, in the sense that anything Xenos (alien, i.e. non-human) is shunned and banned. The Tau have no such distaste, and have adapted and ...
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Has the Tau empire encountered Necrons yet?

The tau are a relatively new race in the WK40K, the Necron are an ancient one. According to the 6th edition wargame rule book allies table, Tau and Necron forces are 'Allies of Convenience'. Necron ...
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Can a waystone be lost without being destroyed?

Can an Eldar's waystone be lost without being retrieved or destroyed ? If it does, is it like an inert material (with a spirit potential inside) ?
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How do Eldar Rangers get back to their craftworld?

It is known that Eldar Rangers quit the path of the Eldar and left their craftworld. However they are still connected to it. Take Alaitoc for instance, where they still fight for their craftworld on ...
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How do the Chaos Gods get “stronger”?

Most things I read indicate certain acts make the Chaos Gods stronger, for instance Khorne is strengthened by slaughter, while Nurgle feeds on despair. But what does this empowerment actually ...
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Why is Slaanesh so young compared to the other Chaos Gods?

Considering the Chaos Gods are all fueled by negative emotion, and Slaanesh is fueled by one of the most base of all emotions, Lust, I would have expected Slaanesh to be the oldest of the lot. ...
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Do blanks have souls?

Is there an authoritative source stating whether or not blanks in Warhammer 40,000 have souls? (as opposed to pariahs which definitely do not?) I seem to recall around 3e that there was no real ...
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Is there any official link between Warhammer 40,000 and Event Horizon?

I've read over on TVTropes that many fans consider Event Horizon to be some kind of prequel to the future-set game of Warhammer 40,000 and, in searching the internet, have seen a number of forum posts ...
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How did the Imperium of Man become so well populated?

It seems in most novels that the Imperial guard and countless innocents are slaughtered by orcs, chaos, tyrranids and the like, yet the total population of humanity is never depleted. This questions ...