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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 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 Primarch 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 Primarch’s 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?
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Did Games Workshop make a big mistake in the 'Siege of the Imperial Palace' diorama?

During one of Games Workshop's open days, they had a very impressive diorama of the Siege of the Imperial Palace: You will notice that the Chaos Marines in the foreground are in the Black Legion ...
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Why “godless empire would fall to the claws of aliens”?

In the "First Heretic", Lorgar meets a demon guide Ingethel, which shows primarch the "truth" about Chaos. Ingethel also says, that "Chaos will be humanity's salvation, godless empire will fall to the ...
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What is the giant creature at the end of the Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 Trailer?

The upcoming Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 will introduce a number of playable factions/races which includes The Necrons and even Tyranids. I don't have much knowledge of the space combat side of 40k. I ...
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Why were the Ultramarines fighting Salamanders?

I'm re-reading Rules of Engagement, one of the Horus Heresy short stories and I'm confused. This is the story of the 4th Company adopting the Codex Astartes and following their Primarch's tactics. ...
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Can (and do) single navigators pilot multiple ships through the warp?

While reading farseer I started thinking, its mentioned in that book that a rouge trader (Janus darker) once had a fleet of ships at his disposal but the book only ever describes a single navigator. ...
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How is the post-heresy Imperium of Man governed exactly?

The imperium struggles each and every day from infighting, intergalactic and extragalactic threats, not to mention it is still recovering from the Horus Heresy. Despite the odds, the imperium still ...
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Was the gene seed harvested during the Horus Heresy?

I'm reading a number of Warhammer 40k universe stories and I've noticed something odd which I'm hoping someone can explain. In Helsreach a big deal is made of harvesting the Gene Seed of the fallen ...
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why don't the dark eldar use “home grown” humans?

The dark eldar need a constant source of emotion (normally pain) in order to prevent their souls being devoured by Slaneesh. the most common way that they get this is by raiding human worlds and ...
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Has there ever been a case of space marines refusing to fight enemies with weapons that can vaporise them?

Space marines of the warhammer 40k universe while being military forces also have traits of monastic orders. they are also known to simply ignore the needs of the wider Imperium to pursue their own ...
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Have the Tyranids ever made use of 'bugs'?

In any novels or any official material, have the Tyranids ever used anything 'bug' sized like a cockroach or even smaller like an ant? Tyranids obviously evolve after consuming biomass, but they also ...
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How does an inhabitant of a low tech world react when leaving their world?

Many Imperial Guard regiments hail from planets that lack just gunpowder. What I want to know is how do they react when they get sent away from their homeworld to anywhere in the galaxy. I would ...
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Which primarchs have psychic abilities?

The Emperor is sometimes called the strongest psyker ever in the world of Warhammer 40,000. Some, but not all, of his sons inherited psychic abilities. Which of the 20 primarchs have/had psychic ...
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What stops the Chaos gods creating an infinite number of daemons?

The chaos gods create, change, guide and destroy their daemons at will. But what prevents the gods creating an infinite (or very large) number of daemons to overwhelm the physical realms? I know ...
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Warhammer 40K: Origins of Ork “psychic gestalt”

One theory about the Ork race (which seems to have been largely debunked) is that Orks generate a telekinetic field that allows their weapons and technology to work properly. Without this field, it is ...
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Is there any evidence that 40k lifted these races from Star Trek?

Been curious for a while. There are certainly some differences in the details, but at surface there seem to be parallel to me between Eldar and Vulcans, Dark Eldar and Romulans. They're both ...
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Would a weapon stolen from an Ork in 1 on 1 combat work against the ork?

It's my understanding that Ork weaponry is generally awful and unreliable, and actually only works in general because of their latent psychic abilities (Clap if you believe, in TV Tropes terminology). ...
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WH40K: Deathwatch: What helmet is this?

The cover of the Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch RPG's core rulebook depicts several space marines. One of them (second from the left in the picture below) is wearing an unusual snouted helmet design. At ...
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WH40k: How do secret or obscure chapters (i.e. Grey Knights, Charcarodons) get techmarines?

In order for a Space Marine to become a techmarine, they must spend time training under the Mechanicum on Mars. This doesn't seem to be much of an issue for most Chapters, but what about those who don'...