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How are Custodes made in the 41st Millennium?

We know that the the Adeptus Custodes are the personal bodyguards of The Emperor and they existed alongside the Thunder Warriors before the Adeptus Astartes were created. Space Marines are created by ...
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How did Fabius and Lucius survive the assault on the Iron Fist's ship?

In the book Angel Exterminatus from the Horus Heresy, Perturabo and Fulgrim launch an assault on one "rogue" Iron Fist's ship. During this assault, Lucius faces a lone Raven Guard saved from ...
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Was there mechanicum elements in the Blood Angel legion?

In the book Signus Daemonicus, 21th book of the Horus Heresy, we follow what I believe is the very first large scale battle between Astartes and Chaos, more specifically Blood Angels against Khorne's ...
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Did the Emperor know that Omegon was found? If so, when did he learn that?

In the The Horus Heresy - Primarchs series, in the book about Alpharius, we learn that Alpharius is the first primarch found (but kept secret). Later in the book, Alpharius finds Omegon. His legion is ...
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Is this a reference to "Ozymandias", from Shelley?

In the book Deliverance Lost, from The Horus Heresy, In real life, there is a poem written by Shelley, called 'Ozymandias'. While the coincidence seems very unlikely, I am wondering if this is an ...
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Why does the Lion appoint this person to be the new Lord Cypher?

I've been reading the Dark Angel's parts of the Horus Heresy recently and I'm trying to understand the Lion's motives. My understanding is that The Lion is aware of this and When the Emperor arrives ...
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Did Corax really try to rescue Vulkan?

I've just finished reading Vulkan Lives from the Horus Heresy Series. Throughout it Curze tricks and tortures his prisoner but Vulkan is clearly not in the best mental state already. I've also read ...
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Which God elevated Lorgar to Deamonhood?

My understanding was that the Chaos Gods very rarely shared their toys. Be'lakor and Horus being the two most notable representatives of Chaos Undivided. Most of the primarchs are fairly straight ...
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Who were the Red Warriors in The Solar War

In the Solar War (of the Horus Heresy series) the mining ship that Mersadie Oliton was on was attacked by "Red Armoured" space marines. However, are they Word Bearers or Blood Angels? Given ...
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Who was told what about the loss of the Primarchs?

The Primarchs were removed from the Emperor by Chaos when they were babies, over time each Primarch was rediscovered and reunited with the great crusade, each return triggering a large celebration not ...
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Identifying which Horus heresy book this happens in?

I am going back to the start of the Horus Heresy books. It has been a long time since I read them. I thought the first book covered the events at Ullnor, the moment the Emperor announced he was ...
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Could Konrad Curze see beyond his own death?

Konrad Curze the Night Haunter is able to see the future. At various points during the horus heresy it is shown that he can see the fates or others including how and when they will die and most ...
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Why did the Lion reject Zahariel, his friends and other Astartes after the battle of One Zeta Five on Sarosh?

I just finished reading Descent of Angels, from The Horus Heresy and I do not understand the end. But first, if what I am about to ask is explained in the other books, please use spoiler formatting. ...
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What is the relevance of Amon Tauromahian's name change to Longinus

At the end of the first wall my favorite Custode Amon Tauromachian is assigned to watch over Euphrate Keeler and those following the Lectitio Divinitatus and worshipping the Emperor As part of this ...
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Horus Heresy demon-hybrid character, possibly a traitor

I have been listening to the Horus Heresy audio books, which is great until you try looking up characters online who have strange-sounding names. The character I am trying to identify is from the ...
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What is funny about Kasper Hawser?

There is a character in the Horus Heresy series called Kasper Hawser. He’s a key character in Prospero Burns but he also pops up in The Mark of Calth and The Crimson King. We hear a scene from two ...
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What's the biggest expansion of the Empire of Man before the Horus Heresy?

What was the biggest expansion of the Empire of Man before the open rebellion of Horus Lupercal began (Istvaan V), i.e. what Segmentums / Sectors were controlled by the Empire of Man at that point? ...
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Why did Magnus join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Why did Mortarion join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Why did Perturabo join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Why do space marines value their gene-seed surviving?

In several books I've read recently an emphasis is put on saving the gene-seed of specific individuals. In Soul Hunter, Talos comments about possibly not saving the gene-seed of specific brothers ...
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Was a legion's philosophy and tactical preference inherent even before being reunited with their Primarch?

The legions were created by the Emperor out of the genetic material of each Primarch, but in all cases the Primarchs were also shaped and changed by their experiences growing up and the environments ...
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How did the warrior lodges help to spread the Heresy?

There are several mentions of the warrior lodges in the Horus Heresy books. According to the books, this helped Lorgar to spread the heresy. From Lexicanums Warrior Lodge Article: The Warrior ...
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Did the Emperor always have the correct legion in system when meeting a new Primarch?

When reading of the reuniting of the Emperor with each of his Primarch sons it always seems that the Primarch linked up with his legion in a very short space of time. For instance Angron seems to ...
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Does the 40K universe have an equivalent of Kevin Feige?

Part of the success of the MCU has been the hand of Kevin Feige overseeing the various projects ensuring continuity. Do Games Workshop/Black Library have a similar role? It certainly feels in recent ...
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When were the Shards of Magnus first mentioned?

I have been reading through the Horus Heresy, and after the attack on Prospero we learn that Magnus was shattered into shards. I know that other Black Library books set in the 41st millennium+ have ...
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Are the recent Black Library books attempting to retcon Abbadon?

I have just finished the Talon of Horus, in several places it suggests that Abbadon is a clone of Horus. I have also seen this idea postulated online in several places. This is, however, ...
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Has the Thousand Sons involvement in the Heresy been ret-conned?

I may be wrong, but I am sure that in previous versions of the story of the Horus Heresy, the Thousand Sons played almost no role following the destruction of Prospero. Magnus took the survivors and ...
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Do we know yet any details of the lifting of the edict of Nikea?

The Edict of Nikea forced the legions to ban the biggest threat to the forces of chaos and ensured the thousand sons eventual turn, as, in a typically stupid short sighted move by the emperor he ...
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Do any chapters wipe initiates’ minds on becoming a space marine?

Many years ago I remember reading information about how, when an initiate was turned into a space marine, part of the process involved wiping his memories of his past life. This was completed ...
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Have we seen what became of the Gene seed the Alpha Legion stole from the Ravenguard?

During the Horus Heresy Alpharius (it may or may not have actually been him) stole the improved Gene seed Corax developed to create his Space Marines MKII. He then left a tainted gene seed in place ...
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Which Primarch has been shown to be the strongest in battle?

In the Raven Guard novella Corax: Soulforge, Corax takes on and destroys two Defilers on his own. I have been trying to think of a situation where a Primarch has been shown to equal or better this ...
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has Corax always been this strong?

I am just listening to the Corax Horus Heresy book, a selection of Novellas and short stories. There is a scene in Soulforge where Corax takes on 3 Defilers, 2 he destroys himself and the 3rd is ...
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What nationality are each of the legions meant to resemble?

Is there a definitive description of which nation/region each of the founding legions supposedly most closely resembles? A few I think I know: White Scars: Eurasia (East Asian European) Space ...
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By the 41st millenium, how many people know the truth of how the Heresy started?

I have just finished reading The Buried Dagger and a section at the end seems to indicate that even 7 years into the Heresy the main actors of the Heresy still don't understand how or why it began. ...
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Have the destruction of Olympia and Nostramo been shown in the heresy books?

I am up to slaves to darkness in the Horus heresy series and realized that I haven’t read anything about the iron warriors or nightlords destruction of there own planets. Other than, I believe, a few ...
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Did Lorgar always know Horus would be Warmaster?

Lorgar's plans to overthrow his father had already begun before the Emperor's announcement that he was making Horus Warmaster and leaving the Great Crusade to return to Earth. When the Emperor made ...
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What came first, the Triumph of Ullnor, or the censure of the Word Bearers?

The Sanction of Monarchia occured 43 years before the Horus Heresy, this act sparked the turn of Lorgar Aurelian to Chaos. At Ullnor Horus was named Warmaster and the Emperor returned to Earth to ...
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Do the Ordinatus Siege Engines reappear in the Horus Heresy

In the book Fallen Angel, lion El Johnson gives Pertuarbo 3 Ordinatus Siege Engines telling him to put them to good use at Isstvan. Have these reappeared yet later in the series, have we seen the ...
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Has the "history" of Tallarn changed?

I have been reading the Tallarn novel of the Horus Heresy series. I know that Tallarn of the 40K universe has always been a dessert world but given how Games Workshop like to change its own history ...
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When did the other Traitor legions kill their loyalists?

Isstvan 3 is the site where the Sons of Horus, Death guard, Emperor's Children and World Eaters killed most of the loyalists in their legions. The Thousand Sons are a special case since they didn't ...
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What happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy?

While the Horus Heresy books have not got there yet is there any information as to what happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy? I am assuming it didn't take place until after the ...
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What are the enumerations?

In many of the Horus Heresy books the Thousand Sons legions use the enumerations. These are numbered, I THINK there are eight (although I don't know where I got that from) and we know each are ...
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in the 41st millenium Are the Space wolves still the Emperors Executioners?

In the Horus Heresy books Leman Russ indicates that the whole purpose of the Space Wolves is to act as the Emperors Executioners/Enforcers dealing with all threats to the Emperor and, it is suggested, ...
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Are the Sisters of Silence Augmented Humans?

In the Master of Mankind the Silent Sisters are shown as being almost the equal to Custodes in terms of fighting ability and Survivability however I have not read anything that suggests the Sisters ...
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Is the Emperor really related to these people?

I have just started reading Master of Mankind and within the first few pages you find out. A bit further on you then see a child in the earliest days of the development of civilization avenge his ...
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How big is the smallest warp capable ship in the 40K universe?

In the Horus Heresy short story "Ghosts Speak Not" the lead character Amendera Kendel is given a ship for her mission, it is stated this is one of the smallest warp capable vessels in the Imperium. ...
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Have the Death Guard officially turned to Nurgle in the timeline of the Horus Heresy book series?

I have been dipping into the latest Horus Heresy books and picking the ones that seem most interesting after being disappointed by several of the ones around the middle (Damnation of Pythos in ...
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How did forces get into the Webway to fight the Demon incursion during the Horus Heresy

After Magnus broke through the Webway and destroyed the Golden Throne in his attempt to warn the Emperor a war started to prevent demons from flooding through into Earth. In several short stories and ...
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If The Emperor wanted to reduce humanity's need for the warp why create the 15th?

I've been reading the Horus Heresy series and I've recently completed both The Thousand Sons and The Master of Mankind. The implication throughout the series (and again in this question) is that each ...
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