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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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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 were created. Space Marines are created by ...
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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 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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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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Do Necrons have (or had) priests?

The universe of Warhammer 40000 is very spiritual1 - gods (or god-like beings) are very real and widely worshipped: the biggest political organization - the Imperium of Man - is in fact a theocracy, ...
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Do Thunderhawks or similar shuttles have an auto-pilot?

Do Thunderhawk gunships or similar smaller void capable astartes shuttles have any kind of auto-pilot, or any way to fly without someone trained in piloting?
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How long is a "rotation" on Mars?

I'm reading the novel Mechanicum in the Warhammer 40k universe. A group of engineers need to solve a complex problem in "seven rotations". Is there a clear indication how long a rotation is? ...
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Can the Imperium still terraform?

During the DAoT, humans were able to terraform: Percipre was once a famous garden world. Terraforming created a lush paradise, stocked with an incredible variety of plant species from around the ...
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What colors do orks believe have magical effects?

We all know that ork vehicles are faster when painted red. Do the orks have beliefs about other colors?
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Playstation video game where you play Blood Angels

I saw this back when movie/video game rentals were still a thing. I think this was a first person shooter but never played it so I can't be sure- according to the game's description a massive ...
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How does a Warp drive in Warhammer40k work

In a book about Farsight: Crisis of Faith (it deals with the departure of The Great Reclamation, 745.M41), Tau scientists analyze a salvaged warp drive and find organic material in it along with many ...
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Does the concept of Naysmith exist outside the Warhammer universe?

In Horus Rising by Dan Abnett, they introduce the concept of the Naysmith: ‘Then it occurs to me, Garviel, that only a weapon which questions its use could be of any value in that role. To be a ...
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Are Exterminatus weapons ever used against ships?

It seems like if a cyclonic torpedo can destroy a planet, it could also destroy any ship. Same idea with virus bombs. If the virus from a virus bomb can wipe out all life on a planet in short order, ...
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How did Krieg contact the Imperium after their civil war?

The civil war on Krieg lasted for 5 centuries: From the self-annihilation of their homeworld, loyalist troops slowly retook their world inch by inch over the course of 500 years until finally ...
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When did the Emperor decide to make Horus the Warmaster?

So, we all know that Horus became Warmaster after the battle for Ullanor. I know that Horus was the emperors favourite primarch: For a thirty years he was the only Primarch to have been discovered. ...
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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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Has Gabriel Angelos worked with the Eldar?

I often hear that Gaberial Angelos has worked with the Eldar in the past. Not as momentary allies as is the norm for the wider Imperium but as a full-fledged ally and possible friendship. Is there ...
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Highest kill count of the Big E in one action

How many creatures has the emperor of mankind killed in one action? He must have performed the action himself. Devices created by him and used by someone else do not count. Ordering things does not ...
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Are there any Space Marines who deserted?

Are there any examples of individual Space Marines who deserted their Chapter in favor of living for themselves?
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Perturabo's eye inside the eye

It is written that Perturabo has always been able to see the Eye of Terror, no matter where he was. For as long as he remembered, no matter how many thousands of light years separated him from this ...
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Is the meeting in M.42 between Roboute and the Emperor described anywhere?

After his resurrection, Roboute Guilliman has gained an audience with his father, the Emperor of Mankind. In the wiki, this is described quite briefly: Guilliman was left standing alone before the ...
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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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Why are these 2 legions so similar in name and logo?

Most of the legions have very distinct names, many of these names where changed on meeting their Primarch, or with the permission of the Emperor but they do not match one another. However the Dark ...
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