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I have been reading about the subject in Warhammer 40k, and I have raised a series of questions about the "transformation" suffered by a devotee of Chaos to become a Daemon Prince.

What are the requirements a devotee must fulfill, the "minimal" requirements for becoming a Daemon Prince? Is it a ritual?

If you can put the source of your answer and any additional information about the ritual and the requirements it will be nice.

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    This doesn't really seem like "a series of questions", as the questions are pretty connected, but it'd probably be clearer and less broad if you rewrote it so there's one main question asked concisely. – tobiasvl Jun 14 '17 at 16:43
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    If Akira Toriyama becomes author for W40K, there would be a Super Mystic Daemon God Blue 3 transformation. – Taladris Jun 15 '17 at 0:55
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    Quick answer: 1. You need to sacrifice A LOT - whole planets, systems etc. Eventually you have to sacrifice someone really significant. 2. No, there is no higher hierarchy, but obviously different princes have different level of power. – Yasskier Jun 15 '17 at 4:37
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    The rank above princes would be the Chaos Gods themselves. – GeoffAtkins Jun 15 '17 at 8:53
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    I dont think the answer to this has ever been fully clarified, but the closest example might be found in Storm of Iron (blacklibrary.com/all-products/storm-of-iron-ebook.html). The Warmaster leading the siege is mentioned as being festooned with Daemonic Gifts already (can't recall if it mentions what he did to get them), but SPOILERS at the end of the book after the fall of the Imperial Fortress and the stealing of a large amount of Space Marine geneseed, he is finally granted another gift (wings I think), is called a Daemon Prince and leaves for the Immaterium (Warp). – Philbo Jun 15 '17 at 15:38
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There is no specific set of rites or ritual you need to perform to ascend to Daemon Prince. The process is very unclear.

Each current Daemon Prince had to commit countless atrocities to even gain the attention of it's chosen Chaos god. There's usually some subconcious urge to complete a task or slay a specific foe, once this is accomplished, you would know that the reward is ascension.

The closest thing to an actual guide would be somthing like:

  • Kill a lot of people
  • Kill even more people
  • Let everyone know you really like Khorne
  • Kill even more people while letting them know you really like Khorne
  • Start hearing Khornes voice in your head
  • Receive blessings from Khorne, power, gifts(mutations / ability to shoot fireballs and such), weapons, armour, etc.
  • Kill many thousands more people
  • Live for centuries, all the while killing and talking about how great Khorne is
  • Realize what it is you need to do to ascend... (kill this guy or blow up this planet)
  • Do that thing
  • Bingo! Now you have wings.

It's never specifically addressed in the fluff and I think this is very deliberate. Each Chaos Champion has to do somthing different if they wish to ascend, this leaves the Games Workshop and it's writers freedom to create different and unique stories for each prince.


Primarchs get special treatment, they just need to ask and a Chaos god will snap them up.

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    Some Source? :/ – Gawey Jun 16 '17 at 13:10
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    You miss the fact that there are branches to that tree (even notwithstanding that you only covered Khorne's path). Along the way you're receiving various Chaos Gifts as well, and the end state for most Champions of Chaos is actually getting overloaded with them and becoming Spawn. Or at least that's how it was in Realms of Chaos, #OldSchoolChaos – Paul Jun 16 '17 at 13:27
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    @Paul you're totally right, ending up Chaos Spawn in a possibility! But my Chaos Champion makes it all the way to daemonhood :). And in my mind power covered gifts, but that might be amibigous, I'll add that in. – Daft Jun 16 '17 at 13:41
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    @Gawey I'm afraid I don't have any. This is just what I've learned in the past 9 or 10 years reading the fluff. – Daft Jun 16 '17 at 13:44

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