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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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Which Primarch has been shown to be the strongest in battle?

In the Ravenguard Novella Soulforge Corax takes on and destroys 2 defilers on his own. I have been trying to think of a situation where a Primarch has been shown to equal or better this kind of ...
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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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What is the source of this quote about Doombreed?

On the Spanish Wiki page, we have this quote about the Daemon Lord Doombreed, attributed to Richter Kless: Un antiguo Príncipe de Khorne llamado Doombreed empujará a los mejores y más puros de la ...
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Is Doombreed Hitler?

Just saw another question regarding Doombreed, and it made me wonder. Evidence from the text: His True Name was long forgotten, remembered only on a scroll of dried skin, but he was once human, a ...
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Did the Emperor avoid developing the Primarchs' powers?

We know that the Primarchs were probably all or mostly psykers of some degree. We also know, however, that most of them didn't exhibit significant powers compared to most major canon psykers. Nor do ...
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In Dan Abnett's “Gaunt's Ghosts: The Anarch”, when were the Tanith infiltrated?

WARNING: this question is about the latest novel in the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett. It's really hard to ask it without spoiling anything about the story arc set up in Salvation's Reach and ...
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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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Do other races have their own versions of Blanks?

The pariah gene within the Human Race is a very important gene for the forces of the imperium that fight the forces of the warp, rogue psykers etc. Are there any examples of other species having ...
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How was Earth single-handedly capable of creating 3 of the 4 gods of chaos?

The WH40k wiki states that Khorne, Nurgle, and Tzeentch all came to being during Earth's middle ages - at most only a few hundred years apart from each other. The descriptions imply that it was Earth'...
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How do tau ethereals control the tau?

In Warhammer 40k, the Tau Empire is lead by Ethereals. The 5th Tau codex states ‘it is speculated that they (ethereals) exert some kind of pheromone based or latent psychic control over the other ...
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Is Princeps Rank related to the Titan Engine they drive?

When a Princeps is promoted do they also leave there engine and move to a "bigger" machine? For Example a Warhound Princeps would be promoted to a Reaver, then a Warlord or does the engine have no ...
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Are there any other Chaos-worshipping races?

Throughout the 40K books Humans seem to be the main conduit for Chaos, are there any other races that worship, or have been known to worship, the Chaos Gods, either directly or indirectly (they ...
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Do the mechanicum mistake AI for machine spirits?

I have just finished titan death and, more then any other book I have read, it explains the process of a titan crew linking with there machine. The Titan is described as having a personality, in the ...
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How strictly implemented is the Codex Astartes especially now that Guilliman has returned?

The Codex Astartes is a set of rules They guide us, and shape us as Ultramarines, teach us to hold duty and honor sacred above all But how we live by those rules is the true test of a Space ...
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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 Ullanor in Canon?

In the Beast Arises series the Beast is found to be based on Ullanor. 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 ...