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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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Non-astartes Demon Prince?

Are there any known examples of the chaos gods turning a non-astartes into a demon prince in warhammer 40k? I know other Xenos races like the Laeren do worship them and they have normal human ...
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Was Armageddon always Ullnor in Canon?

In the Beast Arises series the Beast is found to be based on Ullnor. Once the Ork threat has been neutralised the Mechanicum "destroy" the planet. However what they actually do is use the Orks own ...
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Why there were pylons on Cadia before the birth of Slaanesh?

From the description of the "Eye of Terror" we know, that this is a relatively new phenomenon: The Eye of Terror is not a naturally-occurring astronomical phenomenon. The Eye was created by the ...
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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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Who is the goddess Nurgle tests his potions on and is she in both universes?

May need to split this into 2 questions. I remember reading several years ago that Nurgle has a female being (think elven goddess) trapped in his garden. She has the power to heal any ill and so he ...
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How do Space Marines put their helmet over long hair?

Some Imperial Space Marines in Warhammer 40K are shown with long hair and/or long beards - the Space Wolves in particular. This must get in the way if they ever have to put on a helmet quickly, in the ...
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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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How could a sister of battle win against a necron army?

So, I've read the book Hammer and Anvil by James Swallow and I'm a bit confused. I really like the Adepta Sororitas, but even so I'm still puzzled as how a simple sister could actually win against an ...
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Early (pre-1994) Warhammer 40K Space Marine novel about three central characters becoming battle brothers

I read this some time before 1994 so my memory is hazy. If I recall correctly it has three central characters who are from different, warring gangs representing different tiers of a Hive City. They ...
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Why was there not a firestorm at Tallarn?

At Istvaan after the planet is virus bombed, the decaying matter creates a large amount of flammable gas (methane etc) in the atmosphere. One of the ships fires into the atmosphere then igniting the ...
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Is there any more information about the golden fleet?

Having read the Tallarn book one aspect really confused me. At one point a fleet named the golden fleet, arrives led by a rogue trader named Sangrea mistress of the Eagle Claw. The fleet is stated ...
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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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Why would Craftworld Eldar fight Craftworld Eldar?

I've been talking with some people about difficult-to-justify 40k mirror matchups. After talking about Tyranids (doable thanks to, say, Hydra) or Tau (where Farsight gives a fine precedent) we got ...
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What species are a part of the Farsight Enclave?

Is the Farsight Enclave purely tau or are other races such as kroot and vespids allowed to join the Farsight enclave?
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Can an apothecary create a space marine?

I've wondered for a while about it. Apothecary's are able to extract the geneseed and special organs from a dead space marine, so are they able to create a space marine or do they not have the proper ...
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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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Post Heresy Corax story where he hunts down Primarchs and nearly wins a fight against Lorgar

I have read in various places online that in the 41st millennia Corax is still alive hunting down the traitor Primarchs in the Eye of Terror. A fight against Lorgar is mentioned, which Corax nearly ...
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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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Has GW referenced Malal or a Chaos God/Demon like him in recent editions of 40K or Fantasy?

I remember back in 1st and 2nd edition Warhammer Fluff there was a 5th Chaos God, Malal. This God's purpose was to attempt to counteract the works of the other gods, he was smaller, had fewer ...
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Who/What is the 'Classified' in this chart?

On the Warhammer Community site around the end of last month there was an article about a new unit, the canid. In the article there was one detail that jumped out at me and I have not been able to ...
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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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What happened to the Conversion Beamer?

Back in the 2nd, and I think 3rd edition, of 40K there was a fantastic weapon called a Conversion Beamer. This was a suitably overpowered heavy weapon that could literately transform matter it was ...
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Do male Blanks exist in the 40K universe?

Throughout the books I have read I have only seen examples of female Blanks throughout the 40K universe, the Sisters of Silence being one example. Are there any male Blanks in any of the source ...
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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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Which Traitor Legions can still create new Marines?

One of the downside of the embracing Chaos and its gifts are mutations, that would also affect the progenoid glands, necessary to create new Marines. In some cases (Rubric Marines), such organ ...
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Can a Demon Prince be permanently killed?

In warhammer lore it is mentioned in several novels, Talon of Horus as an example, that demons can't really be killed, only temporarily unmade and forced to remake themselves in the warp. Once a ...
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Had the Tyranids attacked Cadia, would their very presence clog the Eye of Terror?

The question was worded in past tense, because The Eye of Terror is basically a permanent Warp Rift, a direct connection between the material world to the Immaterium. On the other hand, the very ...
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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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Why do non-imperial humans prefer Autoguns to lasguns?

The lasgun is described as the main weapon of the imperial guard with the imperial guard codex mentioning that one of the main advantages to it is the ability to easily recharge ammo cartridges if a ...
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Did the Old Ones create Chaos to win the war with the C'tan?

I know that the canon around the start of the 40K universe has changed from edition to edition of 40K but I am sure that at one point the history was retconed so that it was the Old Ones who brought ...
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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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Why was Caliban so heavily industrialized?

Before the coming of the Emperor on the planet, what would become the homeworld of the Dark Angels was a beautiful planet covered with forests, with a medieval civilization (though they had primitive ...
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What is the shortest route through the Horus Heresy series?

I have begun reading the Horus Heresy stories in the recommended order: Horus Rising False Gods Galaxy in Flames Flight of the Eisenstein I've also read Fulgrim where the story moves onto Isstan V ...
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Which loyal space marine chapter currently has the most members?

The codex astartes specifies that a chapter should have 10 companies, each of the first 9 have 100 marines. The 10th company is the scouts company and has no formal limit. Not all chapters follow the ...
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(How) do Imperial Auto weapons differ from their 21st century counterparts?

In warhammer 40k the Astra Militarum and planetary defence forces of the imperium of man are known to make use of Auto-Weapons which from their description in the wiki http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/...
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Why are the Tau so resistant to Chaos?

Of the major races in the WH40k universe, humans seem uniquely tempted by chaos. Some minor races are mentioned to be chaos worshippers like the Laer so chaos is not uniquely human. Why are the Tau ...
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Why didn't Ferrus suspect the Word Bearers were traitors?

I've been reading through the book "Fulgrim". In the 19th chapter Fulgrim tries to convince Ferrus to join the traitor forces. One of the things he says in the argument is: Lorgar and Angron are ...
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If the modern world was in the Imperium of Man, what Tithe would it pay? [closed]

All worlds in the Imperium of Man must pay a tithe to the high lords of Terra in resources, men or some other asset. The modern world seems to be a civilised world and lexicanum associates that with ...
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What are the Blood Pact / Sons of Sek ranks?

When reading through Gaunts Ghosts novels I came across Blood pact / Sons of Sek ranks. I remember hearing Gaur and Etogaur but what are those equvalents of in the Guard? Are there others? Guard ...
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What does “secondary orders” mean?

In the novel The Warmaster Mkoll tells a trooper: "Consider us at secondary orders" Is there like a military list explaining meaning of this? I remember when listening to the audiobook that every ...
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Is this the Emperors sword?

After Pappa Smurf aka. Roboute Guilliman is back to W40k universe he is often holding a flaming sword in his hand. This sword looks a lot like the sword the Emperor had before he got entombed. Is ...
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What were the roles of each of the Primarchs?

I've recently read Wolfsbane and it's mentioned (and not for the first time) that Leeman Russ and the Vlka Fenryka were designed with the sole purpose of being the emperor's loyal and unflinching ...
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Who has killed the most primarchs?

I'm slowly reading my way through the Horus Heresy books and Fulgrim has just killed As far as I know this is the first primarch to have been killed (with the possible exception for the missing two ...
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Could the Emperor of Mankind in Warhammer 40k be classified as lich in common sense? [closed]

I wonder how the Emperor of Mankind of the Warhammer 40k universe could be classified in generic fantasy terms. Could he be named a lich?