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 does the Empire of Mankind still refer to dates based on the Common Era calendar?

In Earths history, we've had quite a few calendars, each one marking its own "Year 1" - e.g., the founding of Rome; birth of Jesus; Mohammed's emigration to Medina; the French revolution; etc... In ...
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Space Marines vs Imperial Guard

I am currently playing Dawn of War - Soulstorm and I am wondering why can Space Marines of the Blood Ravens Chapter fight The 252nd Conservator Regiment of the Imperial Guard since both Space Marines ...
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Tomb Awakening time

Why Necrons did not awake at same time during The Great Awakening? Some awoke decades before other and some Tombs never awoke to begin with. If Awakening was more synchronized they could have ...
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Imperial palace wall names

From a book called I am Slaughter we get to know that there are 50 walls/gates on the Imperial Palace on Earth Some of them: Daylight Tranquility Zarathrusa Bastion Gate I was wondering if there ...
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The makeup of the Imperial fists pre M 42

In the book 'I am Slaughter', the author Dan Abnett describes the naming convention of companies and battle brothers inside of the Imperial Fists. Apparently the companies are named after the walls ...
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Map of the Imperial Palace on Earth

Last night I read a book that describes places on Earth (hives, rooms and some of the buildings of the Imperial palace). I was wondering is there a painting/drawing of it anywhere in the GW world?
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(40k) How does a Space Marine get into and out of his power armor?

How does a space marine get into his armor? I understand that the armor itself is separated into segments, such as the torso and pauldrons are separate and can be replaced when damaged. Is the armor ...
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Has a Tyranid Hiveship ever descended on a Tau occupied planet?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there has ever been a large scale conflict between the Tau and the Tyranids. And if so, is it covered in any Black Library novels or novellas?
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What happened to the Warrior Lodges of loyalist Legions during the Horus Heresy?

In WarHammer 40k, the Warrior Lodges were secret groups amongst the Space Marines Legions during the Great Crusade. They presented themselves as a transversal organization, where official hierarchy ...
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What would be the alignment of a Slaanesh worshipper?

Would a Slaanesh worshipper necessarily have an evil alignment in D&D? can't a character be a hedonistic Slaanesh worshipper without mutating and going insane, if so, why?
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Are there other characters enhanced in the same way as Hector Rex in Warhammer 40K?

In one of the Siege of Vraks books (Part III I believe), Hector Rex is described as having undergone genetic enhancement to make him larger and stronger then a Space Marine. Is the Imperium being ...
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Is there a source for canon changes and retconcs in Warhammer 40K?

Is there a definitive list of canon changes in Warhammer 40K? I've been reading some older source material, and some more recent codexes, and it is hard to keep track of what has been changed at ...
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Can anyone identify these tyranids from this description?

In the audio book Helion Rain, some tyranid creatures are described but never actually identified. I don't recognise them from their decsription, Two enormous tyranid creatures were hovering ...
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Is the knowledge about Grey Knights existence still punishable by death?

Aaron Dembski-Bowden's "Emperors Gift" describes the sad conclusion of the First Armageddon's war(444.M41): to keep the existence of Grey Knights secret, the Inquisition orders the execution of every ...
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Do most of the high ranking Inquisitors possess psychic abilities?

I believe that all senior inquisitors that I've read about - Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Jarldottyr, Heldane - were all powerful psykers. From the stories that I've read I think only Amberley Vail (from the ...
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Emperors Gift novel plot hole

I have recently re-read the Novel Emperors Gift. What does bother me is the fact that the Inquisitor is from Fenris. Knowing the relationship between the Wolves and the Inquisition is there any ...
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Is the Emperor really a Perpetual?

Arguably the most powerful creatures in the WH40k universe are called Perpetuals - they are basically immortal, because they either rapidly regenerate their wounds or immediately reincarnate. ...
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What are The 666 Rituals of Detestation the WH40K grey knight neophyte undergoes?

I am still not able to find a credible source on 666 Rituals of Detestation apart from the satirical 4chan link... Have they ever been written down ?
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What specific measures, if any, are taken to prevent a Space Marine from going AWOL?

I understand that the Space Marines of Warhammer 40K undergo rigorous psychological & behavioral conditioning as part of their transformation. That said, however, what specific measures are taken ...
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Is Space Wolf reproduction more efficient than regular Space Marine reproduction?

Lexicanum states that to create Space Marine the candidate after passing all the trials has to go through extensive surgery that will implant him with specialized organs- from secondary heart to black ...
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Naval Engagements in the Warp

Is it possible for vessels to engage in combat while within the Warp? I can find many bits of information relating to the fighting of daemonic incursions while in the Warp, so presumably weapons must ...
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Why didn't the Chaos gods kill all of the Primarchs when the had the chance?

When the Chaos gods gain access to the laboratory where the Emporer is creating the Primarchs, they pull them into the warp and scatter them throughout the galaxy. They drop each Primarch on a planet ...
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How many Space Marine Chapters are lost due to the Tyranid encroachment?

Ultramarines came close to extinction but survived due to the courrage and tenacity of the First Company. I remember reading a while back that the fleets of Tyranid have devouered some planets that ...
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What is the current date in W40K?

Last I have delved into the W40K the "time" was M40.999. This was at or around the 13th Black Crusade. Cadia is almost taken and most of the planets around the Eye of Terror have fallen to Chaos. Is ...
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What is the name of the Chaos champion that owned the axe of Morkai?

Recently i have read the saga of Arjac Rockfist and in the telling i was surprsed to read that Logan Grimnirs axe used to belong to a Chaos champion. My question is: Does anybody know the name of ...
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Why hasn't the Inquisition sanctioned Logan?

The Church and the Inquisition don't like the Space Wolves very much. This is evidenced in all the clashes that the Space Wolves have fought in against the two other branches of the Imperium. Is it ...
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What is the origin of the Emperor of Mankind?

While attempting to answer this question about the Rebirth of the Emperor, I realised I don't know much about his first-birth. The Lexicanum page for the Emperor has a section describing his birth ...
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Rebirth of the Emperor of Mankind

Has there been any canon that forecasts the rebirth of the Emperor? Yes, there have been descriptions of some concepts regarding his "second coming", as in the Star Child, but are there narratives ...
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Can anyone identify the classes of these Warhammer 40k ships?

This image isn't the clearest but it's the best screenshot I could get. It's from the final cutscene of Dawn of War 2. Can anyone identify the classes of each of these ships? It can be difficult to ...
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Which Space Marine Chapters possess a Imperator-class Emperor Titan?

In the world of Warhammer 40k, the most coveted piece of Imperial weaponry is probably the Imperator-class Emperor Titan - a massive mechanical construct of walking death. The art of manufacturing ...
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Are there any instances of librarians becoming dreadnoughts?

So yeah, are there any space marine librarians who have been interred as dreadnoughts? I figured they'd be pretty much unstoppable in combat
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Incubation period for Eldar Children

The title might not be perfect, but the idea is there. How long does it take Eldar children to be born? Reading the new eldar codex: every year there are fewer of their number to take up arms ...
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Does Dan A. ever explain Gaunts Ghosts continuity flaws

The Gaunt Ghosts books now span over a decade and beside the books there are countles short stories, spinoff books etc. Does Dan Abnett ever explain some of the flaws in the books or does he just fix ...
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Have the Tyranids and Necrons ever engaged in a large scale battle?

Have the Tyranids ever had an extended battle with the Necrons? Are there any publications by The Black Library which cover this battle, if it happened? The Tyranids probably wouldn't be bothered ...
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Can the Webway be used to move to a different galaxy?

The Tyranids are coming!!!! Just a practical thought, can the Eldar Webway be used to to move away from our galaxy? If it can't, why not?
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Would the Eldar be able to stand against the Tyranids before the fall? [closed]

I've always been Eldar and I often get upset that they threw away all they had just because they got bored (more or less) So what would happen had the Fall never happened and we bring in these Fleets ...
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Do Orks affect non-orks with their latent psyker abilities?

Orks believe that the color red makes things go faster. A basic understanding of the orks reveals that they are all latent psykers and because there are so many of them believing the same thing, they ...
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Warhammer 40k and Helmets

I have been looking through some pictures and I started to notice that in some pictures of the battles, some leaders won't be wearing any type of helmet. Is there any lore to this or do I have to ...
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Why didn't the Cabal try to prevent Horus Heresy?

In the accepted answer to the question What would have happened if the Horus Heresy hadn't happened in WarHammer 40k, it is explained that the projects of the Emperor would have been completed, that ...
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Did the Emperor orchestrate the Horus Heresy?

I don't know if I'm just being cynical but I find it hard to believe the Emperor could not see the Heresy coming. I can't help but think that the Emperor orchestrated the events that lead to the ...
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Proof that 40K inspirations in Chronicles of Riddick are intentional?

Is there any kind of direct mention anywhere, (like in an interview or something) or at least strong indirect evidence, that the striking similarities between aspects of The Chronicles of Riddick and ...
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Are there any instances of blanks serving as space marines?

Are there any instances in literature of blanks/pariahs serving as Space Marines? Surely they'd be unstoppable when facing warp entities. I know assassins can be blanks and they're rare, etc.
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Why don't Sisters of Battle fall to chaos as Space Marines do?

I know both Sisters of Battle and Space Marines employ a lot of brainwashing and mental reconditioning to their recruits to assure loyalty to the Emperor and the Imperium, but there was only one ...
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Are there any benevolent warp beings who help the Imperium?

I know the warp houses all the psychic and emotional energy created by all the psychic races in the galaxy, and that energy taken to the extreme by the nature of the warp caused the emergence of all ...
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Single most powerful weapon in the 40k universe.

Is there one single weapon in 40k that is head and shoulders above the rest? In my mind the d-cannon has no limits on its power. But this can only effect a small area, I'm thinking more weapons that ...
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How can an Imperator Titan house a city on its shoulders when it's only 100 meters tall?

I've often been confused at the size of Warhammer 40k titans. I've been reading one of the Horus Heresy books and it describes an Imperator class titan as having a small city on its shoulders with ...
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How much bolt ammunition does a standard space marine carry into battle?

In no novel I read so far did I ever find a mention of some ammunition shortage for a space marine. It isn't even displayed on the models. Is this just a design mistake of the early days of GW or ...
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The Macharius trilogy - is there a statement from William King about the storytelling?

In the Macharius Trilogy 1 Angel of Fire, the story is told from the view of one of Macharius guardsman in review of his life in the guard of Macharius. The first book ends with no stop to that kind ...
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Can a Space Marine remove their armor?

In Warhammer 40,000 the Space Marines wear the iconic power armor into battle. However, when not in action, or not expecting to be, are they able to remove their armor? I had thought that a space ...
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How many worlds are controlled by each Warhammer 40k race?

In Warhammer 40k how many worlds in total are controlled by each of the IoM, Necrons, Tau, Orks, Chaos, Eldar, and minor races? Later dates preferred, but any would be useful. Approximations, ...