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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What is the origin of the Emporer 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, ...
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Why are there no female Space Marines?

Why are there no female Space Marines? Have come across some theories which range from the models not being up to scratch, to lore that Space Marines are almost not human, but none of these give a ...
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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, ...