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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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Are 40k Primarchs mainly melee fighters?

Horus engaged the Emperor in a one-on-one duel during the heresy and, from the bits of lore I have read up on, show there have been other Primarch on Primarch duels. Has there ever been any reference ...
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Does this symbol mean anything to do with heretics, or xenos in 40k?

We recently were given this symbol in our game of Dark Heresy as a clue in our murder investigation (was written in blood by the corpse): So far it has not been tied to anything we have managed to ...
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Materialisation from the Immaterium

So I'm currently in a Dark Heresy campaign (pencil and paper ttrpg), and in our latest session, an event occurred that caused demons to come forth from the warp. However, after this was dealt with, ...
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Origin of giant psionic-hating space monsters?

The 2021 novel Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky includes a type of creature called the "Architects" which I will summarize in my own words as: Moon-sized creatures from the alternate ...
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Did Jaghatai Khan and the other primarchs learn about the secret of Molech?

Warning: This question spoils the Horus Heresy, book 29, Vengeful Spirit, as well as information about the Emperor. During the Horus Heresy, the Sons of Horus and Mortarion's legion invaded the planet ...
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Is there any transcript of the talking in the Astartes video series?

There isn't a lot of talking in the series, but at one point the spheres appear to be talking to each other. It is difficult for me to make out what they are saying, if anything, so I was wondering if ...
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What happenned to Angron and Corvax between the scattering of the primarch and their discoveries?

I was reading the warhammer 40k wiki page of the primarch when I saw this table: Legion Number Primarch Legion Name World of Rediscovery Date of Rediscovery XVIth Horus Luna Wolves Cthonia 801.M30 ...
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Why Loken did not confront Mournival about Erebus treachery?

In the book "False Gods" (second book of "Horus Heresy" series), there is a situation where Loken realises that Erebus have stolen the anathema in order to later indirectly poison ...
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Is my interpretation correct that the universe of Warhammer40k is bound to cycles where great empires rise and fall? [closed]

My understanding is that: The Ruinous Powers aka Chaos Gods are supernatural evil beings who constantly threaten all life outside of Immaterium; Chaos Gods feed upon people's hatred, decadence, ...
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Who actually was Major Berenson at Hinzerhaus, in Gaunt's Ghost?

In Gaunt's Ghosts, The Lost, second part, Only In Death, the Ghosts are joined by Major Berenson, from the 52 Cadogus and another guy. At the end of the story, we learn the following (translated from ...
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Non-heretech Nanotech?

So I am in a game of Dark Heresy, playing as a Techpriest. I have decided that as a Tech-Assassin, I wanted to go a more "medical" route, and suggested using Medicae in order to control/...
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What was the God-Emperor doing during World War 2? [duplicate]

Maybe related if you squint: Is Doombreed Hitler? We know that the God-Emperor of Mankind has lived for tens of thousands of years under different names, including Gilgamesh, Hercules, and St. George, ...
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What's known beyond the Milky way in Warhammer 40k?

I've been looking for information about what is beyond the Milky way and the empire of man in Warhammer 40k, without much success. Specifically I would like to ask: 1) if there's a map of discovered ...
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Is there a list of all "Inconsistencies" in WH40k? [duplicate]

Given that all WH40k lore is written by multiple authors, it is normal that once in a while there are some contradictions between works, is there a list of all these inconsistencies, has GW ever has ...
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How do Necrons travel through space?

The Eldar have the Webway. Humans go through the Immaterium. How do Necrons travel?
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Consequences following a failure of the golden throne/death of the emperor? [closed]

Following the Warhammer 40k lore, it seems as if the golden throne is coming closer to a critical failure or at least the actual existence of the emperor is being hinted as endangered more often in ...
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Warhammer 40K game

I saw a brief clip of a WH40k being played in a Youtube short clip. However, the uploader of the video did not say what game it was. The clip was of a FPS game and showed the player character engaging ...
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Who or what created the T'au?

Since most important races in 40k were either created by another older race or have started their existence outside the universe (Tyranids), I was wondering if it was ever mentioned how the T'au came ...
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Identification of artwork linked to the Horus Heresy novel series

I'm looking to identify the source and artist of the below artwork linked to the Games Workshop Horus Heresy series. The image is commonly used to represent the release of a life eater virus by Space ...
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What, if anything, can be done to heal the Emperor of Mankind?

I want to prefix this by saying I don't know a whole lot about the Warhammer 40k universe. The following post may contain significant heresy. The Emperor of Mankind has sat on his Golden Throne for ...
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What happens when two tyranids from different hives encounter?

From the universe of Warhammer 40K, what happens when two tyranids from different hives encounter? Two subjects from different tyranid fleets/hives/minds encounter each other with no interfering ...
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Does Warhammer 40k actually take place in the past?

Just looking at the medieval theme of the universe makes me wonder if this setting takes place 40k years in the past instead of the future. Maybe a story about a pre-flood civilization? What do guys ...
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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 (Space Marines) were created. Space Marines ...
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How do Eldar / T'au replace damage organs or limbs?

Humans in WH40k have a multitude of artificial organs and limbs. From the Rogue Trader Core Rulebook, page 148: Bionic Arm Bionic Locomotion (Legs, Hips, Pelvis, etc.) Bionic Respiratory System ...
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How did Fabius and Lucius survive the assault on the Iron Hand's ship?

In the book Angel Exterminatus from the Horus Heresy, Perturabo and Fulgrim launch an assault on one "rogue" Iron Hand's ship. During this assault, Lucius faces a lone Raven Guard saved from ...
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Is the power of the Chaos Gods limited to the extent of the Milky Way Galaxy? [closed]

I know the Chaos Gods were birthed due to various things and events that happened in the past (with the exception of Slannesh) which bled into the warp creating each of the chaos gods. That being said ...
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Why are the ultramarines considered the "greatest of them all"?

Liking a lot Warhammer 40k (actually, 30/31k), I am reading the complete Horus Heresy. I watched the movie Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie. At the beginning of the movie, the voice presenting ...
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40k - Which chars, (excl Primarchs) were directly influenced by the Gods of Chaos (see: Ahriman)

I have read a whole lot of 40k books in my time but only very recently came along the Ahriman Trilogie (which is outright fantastic). In the third book, there are 2-3 pages that ACTUALLY shift the ...
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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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Armour For Warriors Returning From The Deathwatch

The Deathwatch is not a normal chapter of Adeptus Astartes, they recruit from other chapters who serve on the Deathwatch before rotating back into their own chapter. While serving in the Deathwatch ...
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What are the Legions High Gothic Names?

In the WH40K universe, a lot of High Gothic is depicted as Latin. E.g. the different branches of government: Adeptus Administratum (administro, latin for minister), Adeptus Munitorum (munitio, latin ...
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What is the meaning of “Primarch?”

Reference @evilsoup ‘s comment question which is in follow-up to an associated question, “20 or 21 Primarchs (participating in the Great Crusade)? “Is "Primarch" a title as recognised by ...
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20 or 21 Primarchs (participating in the Great Crusade)?

One of the foundation elements of Warhammer 40k lore is the idea that the Emperor created 20 Primarchs, who were snatched from Terra by a Chaos vortex and scattered around the galaxy. This was ...
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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 there a chapter of Chaos marines that have fallen completely to the Black Rage and are still active?

Looking for a Chaos marine chapter that has descended from the Blood Angels and has completely fallen to the Black Rage, and are still active in some way. Maybe used as shock troops by anther chapter? ...
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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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Does any faction in the world of Warhammer 40K take prisoners of war?

This may be a completely naïve question, but as I understand Warhammer 40k has been inspired by the Roman empire and the Second World War. The Roman empire generally enslaved or killed prisoners that ...
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Does the imperial religion have a sacred text?

Almost every religion has a sacred text that is used to store their most sacred beliefs, eg- the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, etc. So far I have not been able to find references to any religious texts that ...
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Are heretics always executed?

It seems wasteful, though in-character, for the Inquisition to execute every heretic they find. Do they ever give them a chance to repent? Do they ever let heretics get away with just a lecture? It ...
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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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Which is the superior tank between a Leman Russ and a Land Raider?

Leman Russ and Land Raiders are meant to be the main battle tanks of the Imperial Army and the Space Marines, but are they really equal? Is there any record of a Leman Russ tank going against a Land ...
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What is considered the higher punishment by the Imperium: Penal Legion or Servitor?

There are two famous ways to punish criminals in the Imperium: make them a servitor or consign them into a penal legion. I am aware that the people punished in either way are different. Most criminals ...
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Do in-atmosphere naval battles ever take place in Warhammer 40k?

Inspired by this question, do in-atmosphere naval battles ever happen in Warhammer 40k? Unlike the example question, I am also interested in submarine battles as well.
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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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Does the Imperium provide next-of-kin benefits?

Reading this page on the Warhammer 40k wiki, I noticed the Medallion Crimson is usually issued posthumously, which seemed odd to me. I had assumed the average fallen guardsmen was forgotten the ...
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Do lifeforms contain machine spirits?

It's my understanding that the mechanicum believes all machines function thanks to the machine spirits residing within them, which they revere. I also understand that they believe organics are just ...
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Where is it specifically stated that the T'au could be easily defeated by every other race in 40k?

There is an almost universally accepted notion in the Warhammer 40k community that the extermination of the T'au would be a trivial matter for any of the other races so much so that not one believes ...
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What is a 'Nomad-Predation' pattern Space Marine Chapter

I recently stumbled upon the Carcharodons Space Marine chapter and have seen that they are following the far rarer Nomad-Predation pattern rather than the more common Crusading pattern From the ...
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What colour is Tau blood?

I've heard both that it's blue from a variety of sources, due to their blue skin, as well as it being red (the Tau40k subreddit list this in their FAQ). Is there a definitive description of their ...
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How does the logistics work of a Chaos Space Marine Warband?

Raiding can't always be the only answer to get supplies. Maybe getting supplies from a Hellforge but that can be expensive. A Warband should want to stay relatively hidden to not get a Chapter chasing ...
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