Questions tagged [warhammer40k]

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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Have any Chaos Forces ever turned?

There are plenty of stories of the forces of the imperium turning to chaos, being corrupted or just becoming evil. Is there any indication anywhere that the same can happen the other way. Forces of ...
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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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What is the fate of Space Wolves in M42?

Space Wolves have been decimated in recent years with Wulfen curse, Daemonic incursions in Fenris system etc. What is the current state of the Chapter and is the knowledge of the Wulfen curse now ...
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Is there anything in the lore that supports this game mechanism for the Dark Angel in the 3rd edition?

In the 3rd edition of the game, the Dark Angels have a few special rules to reflect their differences with more vanilla Codex Astartes-compliant Space Marine Chapters. One of them are the presence of ...
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What book did The Emperor speak with The Ultramatrine Primarch?

After finishing Dark Imperium: Plague Wars i found out that Robute spoke to the Emperor at some point after coming out of stasis. Has this happened in any book or is this just something that has not ...
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Has Dan Abnett said that The Anarch is his last Ghosts book?

After writing The Anarch has the author said anywhere that this is his final book in the series? I mean the last 3 books are together called "The Victory"...
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In which order where the Primarchs found by the Emperor?

The Primarchs were scattered through the galaxy by the Chaos Gods and then found one by one by the Emperor during the Great Crusade. It is well-known that Horus was discovered first. This gave time ...
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Necron unit from “Hellforged” described as “a titanic metal-shod beetle”

I'm reading Hellforged by Ben Counter and there is a description of a Necron that I don't recognize, can anyone tell me what it is? It was shaped like a titanic metal-shod beetle, pulling itself ...
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Can/do Psykers shut down senses in order to increase their psychic powers in the WH 40K universe?

The Astartes videos that have come out over the past 12 months or so have been amazing, especially the last one. However, there is a lot going on in the very short amount of time, so it can be a ...
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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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Where to read about the Gathering Storms events?

Status quo has been the norm for the narrative of WarHammer 40k. However, through the Gathering Storm campain, Games Workshop decided to completely change the shape of the Galaxy: Cadia and Bieltan ...
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Do techmarines know enough to train other techmarines?

Imagine a space marine chapter which has lost contact with most of the Imperium (in particular, with Mars and other forge worlds) for centuries or even millenia, or a chapter which has fallen out with ...
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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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How do the thousand sons replace their ranks?

At the battle of Prospero, the thousand sons were decimated by the space puppies, then Ahriman turned the majority of the survivors into warp dust inside their battle Armour, turning them into walking,...
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Why is Blenner allowed to remain a Commissar?

Throughout the Gaunts Ghosts books there are references that explain Blenner's behavior, lack of discipline and sheer competence as a Commissar. Commissariat takes their role very, very seriously. ...
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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 Space Marines ever have contact with their families

While many of the chapters recruit from dangerous planets where potential space marines are found among the child survivors of brutal gang warfare, or an environment that wants to kill them, or the ...
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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 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 ...