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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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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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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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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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Age of a Space Marine?

How long do Space Marines live on average? What technology lets them live longer than we are living now or does it have more to do with their psychas?
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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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Why aren't Gork and Mork chaos gods?

Lists of chaos gods generally focus on the Khorne, Slaanesh, Nurgle, and Tzeentch, with the Emperor sometimes being considered among their number (if you are being heretical). Malal is sometimes ...
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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 did the Imperium of Man become so well populated?

It seems in most novels that the Imperial guard and countless innocents are slaughtered by orcs, chaos, tyrranids and the like, yet the total population of humanity is never depleted. This questions ...
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Is there any official link between Warhammer 40,000 and Event Horizon?

I've read over on TVTropes that many fans consider Event Horizon to be some kind of prequel to the future-set game of Warhammer 40,000 and, in searching the internet, have seen a number of forum posts ...
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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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Why are there no female Space Marines?

Why are there no female Space Marines? Have come across some theories which range from the models not being up to scratch, to lore that Space Marines are almost not human, but none of these give a ...
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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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Does the general population know that the Emperor of Mankind's physical body is dead?

Does the average human in the 41st millennium know that the Emperor is "dead"? Alternatively at what point in the chain of government/military/religious institutions does this knowledge end? For ...
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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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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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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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What is the origin of the Emperor of Mankind?

While attempting to answer this question about the Rebirth of the Emperor, I realised I don't know much about his first-birth. The Lexicanum page for the Emperor has a section describing his birth ...
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Rebirth of the Emperor of Mankind

Has there been any canon that forecasts the rebirth of the Emperor? Yes, there have been descriptions of some concepts regarding his "second coming", as in the Star Child, but are there narratives ...
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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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Why is Tau commander Farsight's (O'Shoh) crisis battlesuit painted red?

In the book Farsight by Phill Kelly, Farsight's answer in response to Brightsword's question regarding why he had painted his Crisis battlesuit deep red was: You asked me why I changed my ...
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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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What level of education do average citizens have in the Warhammer 40k universe?

How much education does the Emperor give his subjects? Is the average inhabitant of a macropole or forgeworld able to read His word? Do they learn about the vastness of the Imperium of Mankind and ...
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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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Are there any instances of Blanks serving as Space Marines?

Are there any instances in literature of Blanks/pariahs serving as Space Marines? Surely they'd be unstoppable when facing warp entities. I know assassins can be blanks and they're rare, etc.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Did any members of Loyalist Legions turn traitor during the Horus Heresy?

There are plenty of examples of Astartes in Traitor Legions remaining loyal (Garviel Loken, Garro, Saul Tarvitz, etc.), but are there any instances of the opposite happening? Excluding the ambiguous ...
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How can an Imperator Titan house a city on its shoulders when it's only 100 meters tall?

I've often been confused at the size of Warhammer 40k titans. I've been reading one of the Horus Heresy books and it describes an Imperator class titan as having a small city on its shoulders with ...
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What is the best place to start Warhammer 40k?

I've got three omnibus books containing 9 total Warhammer 40,000 stories. Before I mention which ones I've got, which book would you recommend as a good place to start the series?