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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Does the emperor want to bring Horus Lupercal back?

I had a conversation with someone recently who said the Emperor had someone try to clone Horus Lupercal, but there was no soul to put in the body as Horus has been totally destroyed, which my ...
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Is Space Wolf reproduction more efficient than regular Space Marine reproduction?

Lexicanum states that to create Space Marine the candidate after passing all the trials has to go through extensive surgery that will implant him with specialized organs- from secondary heart to black ...
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What makes Titans so valuable in the Warhammer 40k universe?

Titans seem to be a marvelous piece of technology from the past, so advanced that they can no longer produce them. So the Imperium oft launches whole campaigns, sacrificing a lot of lives and ...
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Why does the Empire of Mankind still refer to dates based on the Common Era calendar?

In Earths history, we've had quite a few calendars, each one marking its own "Year 1" - e.g., the founding of Rome; birth of Jesus; Mohammed's emigration to Medina; the French revolution; etc... In ...
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Between 15m-25m Humans and Eldar must have co-existed. Why did the Eldar let this happen?

So, humans once lived on millions of planets and to me, seemed like they were pretty much running away with our galaxy. Its my understanding however that Eldar ruled this Galaxy a long time before ...
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Imperial palace wall names

From a book called I am Slaughter we get to know that there are 50 walls/gates on the Imperial Palace on Earth Some of them: Daylight Tranquility Zarathrusa Bastion Gate I was wondering if there is ...
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Has a Tyranid Hiveship ever descended on a Tau occupied planet?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there has ever been a large scale conflict between the Tau and the Tyranids. And if so, is it covered in any Black Library novels or novellas?
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What specific measures, if any, are taken to prevent a Space Marine from going AWOL?

I understand that the Space Marines of Warhammer 40K undergo rigorous psychological & behavioral conditioning as part of their transformation. That said, however, what specific measures are taken ...
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What would be the alignment of a Slaanesh worshipper?

Would a Slaanesh worshipper necessarily have an evil alignment in D&D? can't a character be a hedonistic Slaanesh worshipper without mutating and going insane, if so, why?
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Are there other characters enhanced in the same way as Hector Rex in Warhammer 40K?

In one of the Siege of Vraks books (Part III I believe), Hector Rex is described as having undergone genetic enhancement to make him larger and stronger then a Space Marine. Is the Imperium being ...
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Is there a source for canon changes and retconcs in Warhammer 40K?

Is there a definitive list of canon changes in Warhammer 40K? I've been reading some older source material, and some more recent codexes, and it is hard to keep track of what has been changed at times,...
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How many worlds are controlled by each Warhammer 40k race?

In Warhammer 40k how many worlds in total are controlled by each of the IoM, Necrons, Tau, Orks, Chaos, Eldar, and minor races? Later dates preferred, but any would be useful. Approximations, ...
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Why hasn't the Inquisition sanctioned Logan?

The Church and the Inquisition don't like the Space Wolves very much. This is evidenced in all the clashes that the Space Wolves have fought in against the two other branches of the Imperium. Is it ...
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What's with the Alpha Legion in Warhammer 40K?

In every book I've read about Warhammer 40K, the Alpha Legion always have a finger in everything. I have read occasionally that they have a secret agenda in connection with some alien council, but if ...
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Is the knowledge about Grey Knights existence still punishable by death?

Aaron Dembski-Bowden's "Emperors Gift" describes the sad conclusion of the First Armageddon's war(444.M41): to keep the existence of Grey Knights secret, the Inquisition orders the execution of every ...
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Can anyone identify these tyranids from this description?

In the audio book Helion Rain, some tyranid creatures are described but never actually identified. I don't recognise them from their decsription, Two enormous tyranid creatures were hovering ...
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What is the current date in W40K?

Last I have delved into the W40K the "time" was M40.999. This was at or around the 13th Black Crusade. Cadia is almost taken and most of the planets around the Eye of Terror have fallen to Chaos. Is ...
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Do most of the high ranking Inquisitors possess psychic abilities?

I believe that all senior inquisitors that I've read about - Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Jarldottyr, Heldane - were all powerful psykers. From the stories that I've read I think only Amberley Vail (from the ...
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Link between Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k

Is the 40k just Fantasy in the future? They exists in parallel worlds or Fantasy is an enclosed space quadrant of universe in 40k?
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How much bolt ammunition does a standard space marine carry into battle?

In no novel I read so far did I ever find a mention of some ammunition shortage for a space marine. It isn't even displayed on the models. Is this just a design mistake of the early days of GW or ...
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What are The 666 Rituals of Detestation the WH40K grey knight neophyte undergoes?

I am still not able to find a credible source on 666 Rituals of Detestation apart from the satirical 4chan link... Have they ever been written down ?
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Does Dan A. ever explain Gaunts Ghosts continuity flaws

The Gaunt Ghosts books now span over a decade and beside the books there are countles short stories, spinoff books etc. Does Dan Abnett ever explain some of the flaws in the books or does he just fix ...
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Why didn't the Chaos gods kill all of the Primarchs when the had the chance?

When the Chaos gods gain access to the laboratory where the Emporer is creating the Primarchs, they pull them into the warp and scatter them throughout the galaxy. They drop each Primarch on a planet ...
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How many Space Marine Chapters are lost due to the Tyranid encroachment?

Ultramarines came close to extinction but survived due to the courrage and tenacity of the First Company. I remember reading a while back that the fleets of Tyranid have devouered some planets that ...
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What is the name of the Chaos champion that owned the axe of Morkai?

Recently i have read the saga of Arjac Rockfist and in the telling i was surprsed to read that Logan Grimnirs axe used to belong to a Chaos champion. My question is: Does anybody know the name of ...
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Which Space Marine Chapters possess a Imperator-class Emperor Titan?

In the world of Warhammer 40k, the most coveted piece of Imperial weaponry is probably the Imperator-class Emperor Titan - a massive mechanical construct of walking death. The art of manufacturing ...
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Warhammer 40k and Helmets

I have been looking through some pictures and I started to notice that in some pictures of the battles, some leaders won't be wearing any type of helmet. Is there any lore to this or do I have to ...
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Are there any instances of librarians becoming dreadnoughts?

So yeah, are there any space marine librarians who have been interred as dreadnoughts? I figured they'd be pretty much unstoppable in combat
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Why didn't the Cabal try to prevent Horus Heresy?

In the accepted answer to the question What would have happened if the Horus Heresy hadn't happened in WarHammer 40k, it is explained that the projects of the Emperor would have been completed, that ...
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Do Orks affect non-orks with their latent psyker abilities?

Orks believe that the color red makes things go faster. A basic understanding of the orks reveals that they are all latent psykers and because there are so many of them believing the same thing, they ...
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Can the Webway be used to move to a different galaxy?

The Tyranids are coming!!!! Just a practical thought, can the Eldar Webway be used to to move away from our galaxy? If it can't, why not?
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Is this girl really Slaanesh?

Is the woman in this image really Slaanesh, the god "She who thirsts"?
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Would the Eldar be able to stand against the Tyranids before the fall? [closed]

I've always been Eldar and I often get upset that they threw away all they had just because they got bored (more or less) So what would happen had the Fall never happened and we bring in these Fleets ...
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Is there a definitive source that explains the reason for the lost primarchs?

While most Legions are heavily featured in the Horus Heresy series, the Legions II and XI aren't really mentioned that much. There's an ongoing discussion about those Legions, with the general ...
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Do Imperial Space Marines ever retire? [duplicate]

I know that the Imperial Space Marines are modified to be super human, but apart from violent death in battle do they age at all? Do they ever reach a point where their bodies are no longer fit for ...
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Has the Tau empire encountered Necrons yet?

The tau are a relatively new race in the WK40K, the Necron are an ancient one. According to the 6th edition wargame rule book allies table, Tau and Necron forces are 'Allies of Convenience'. Necron ...
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Which is the best Space Marine Battles novel? Which should I read next? [closed]

I have recently started reading Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Battles books, Ive read The Battle of The Fang and Architect Of Fate. I really liked both of them, but I'm not sure which one to choose ...
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Can someone explain Warhammer 40,000's dates to me?

Ok, so I've been reading some timelines on Lexicanum: 989.M41 = 989th year of the 41st millennium) But you also get stuff like 138.997.M41: I guess that is day, year, millennium? But I also see stuff ...
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How did mankind travel through the warp during the Great Crusade?

In his current state, the Emperor of Man on his Golden Throne generating the psychic beacon called the Astronomican which makes warp travel possible. The Astronomican is a psychic beacon which the ...
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How do Centurion warsuits fit into existing fluff?

I was wondering how GW would go about integrating those Centurion warsuits into the existing fluff, but as far as I can see, they're going total retcon. I mean, I get the new anti-air tanks. Some new ...
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Who did Gregor bind Cherubael to?

Toward the end (as I remember it) of the last Einsenhorn book, Gregor binds Cherubael to one of his warband ? Who was Cherubael bound to ? Was it Fischig ?
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Who is The Sigilite?

I mean he is often described as second in psychic power to the Emperor. Is The Sigilite a psychic double of the Emperor, his Brother or something else entirely? WHO is he? there is nothing about his ...
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Why are Patience Kys and Kara Swole alive?

I might be totally wrong, but: Doesn't Kara Swole die in the last book of Ravenor? Doesn't the same happen to Kys? If the above are true, how are they alive again in Pariah?
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What is the deal with Kolea/Dalin?

Finished reading the Gaunts Ghosts novels in preperation for the Warmaster so my memory is fresh and one thing is bothering me a bit. Does Dalin know that Kolea is his real father or not?? When ...
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What happens to Inquisitorial retinues once their Inquisitor dies?

When an Inquisitor dies would his retinue/henchmen be gathered up and mindscrubed or would they go into a "henchmen" pool of the Inquisition?? I mean most of the retinue hear/see/do stuff that "...
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Is it possible the four chaos gods of the Warhammer 40K franchise were once mortal?

In Aaron Dembski-Dowden's great novel The First Heretic, there are lines And you are not the first Colchisians to reach this world. Khanne, Tezen, Slanat, Narag, all ventured here, millennia ago, ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Although Orks, Chaos marines, etc. are always hostile to humans, they can be talked with, even if not reasoned with. Very rarely, even a (very short-lived) truce can be made with them. However, was ...
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What other Space Marine forces are there with a similar purpose to the Ravenwing?

So, as many of you will know, the purpose of the Ravenwing is to hunt down the traitorous Dark Angels that betrayed the Legion in the depths of the Horus Heresy. The Dark Angel successor chapters (...
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Where do the Ethereals come from?

I've been reading up on the Ethereals from the Tau race. It occurred to me that GW hasn't officially come out and declared where they are from. It also states that the Imperium doesn't know how the ...
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Are there any canon discrepancies preventing the Warhammer universe from being the future of the Star Trek universe? [closed]

Talk about clash of the worlds! The Star Trek universe to my knowledge only extends up to the 29th centuary (or the 2.9th millenia), has had something similar to the STC disaster and features a '...