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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How much is W40K inspired from the Incal series?

I discovered Warhammer 40K quite late, and something struck me: There is a french comic called the Incal, set in a Sci-Fi world led by a "perfect imperoratriz", a supposedly perfect androgynous ...
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Do Sisters of Battle ever retire?

Do Sisters of Battle ever retire? I realize people in the Imperium can live to be quite old but that's mostly reserved for the heroes and the very wealthy. What about the rank and file, and especially ...
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Warhammer40K Universal Translator

Is there any lore in 40K about how Humans can talk to other humans from distant planets and more confusingly xenos like orcs? My understanding is that most/all humans learn Low Gothic to be able to ...
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Is there a more powerful transformation than Daemon Prince?

Does anyone know if there is a more powerful transformation, or is Daemon prince the limit, given these beings are not omnipotent? My question is: [Q] Is there a further transformation? Maybe a "...
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What is needed to be done to obtain the powers to become a Daemon Prince?

I have been reading about the subject in Warhammer 40k, and I have raised a series of questions about the "transformation" suffered by a devotee of Chaos to become a Daemon Prince. What are the ...
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Who is the actual “Warmaster”?

I am currently reading Horus Heresy where Horus starts being the "Warmaster". But I have been looking for information about who holds this title at the moment in the universe of Warhammer 40k and I ...
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What kind of tyranid is this?

Can anyone tell me what the huge tyranid in the background is?
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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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Are Orks edible?

Soldiers eating Ork burgers is referenced in a few works based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Given the very strange physiology of the 40k Orks, could humans actually ingest them? I am ...
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Are the Primarchs and Emperor Astartes?

So I'm fairly sure in "Virtues of the son" It makes reference to Sanguinius having two hearts. I'm not sure though. I know that the Adeptus Astartes have been augmented and have two hearts. I know ...
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The attitude of Eldar towards the Imperium

Why are do the Eldar feel so superior towards the Imperium? In various instances we are shown and told that a Space Marine is way stronger (raw strength) and close to the dexterity of an Eldar warrior....
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What is the First&Only TOE after Salvation Reach book?

I was wondering what is the TOE of Gaunts Ghosts regiment after the Salvation reach book. What I know so far. Hark, Ludd, Blennner and Fariaka (?) are all commissars attached to the regiment Kolea, ...
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What determines whether and how a person mutates in Warhammer 40K?

There seem to be two, perhaps three, sources of mutation in WH40K - one, of course, is the "influence of Chaos" and the other is, curious enough, the exposure to entirely mundane environmental hazards ...
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Are all the Deathwatch members in hold of the Crux Terminatus?

The Deathwatch is collecting the best of the Imperium's Chapters and by the best I mean the top-most veterans of the Space Chapters. Are all the Deathwatch members in hold of the Crux Terminatus? ...
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How can the astartes be atheist?

I'm reading Horus Rising (the first book in the Horus Heresy series) and the Luna Wolves are on their great expedition to reunite the galaxy and quash the primitive beliefs of the worlds they're ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the Emperor of Mankind is still in control of the Imperium?

There seem to be some inconsistencies in the Imperium's laws prior and post the Horus heresy, regarding religion: Prior: The Emperor was opposed to religion, instead he promoted a secular society. He ...
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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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Discrepancy in the Imperium of Man's attitude towards STCs

Why are Standard Template Constructs (STCs) not considered heretical by the Imperium? An STC is a store of knowledge from the dark age of technology, that is operated by an artificially intelligent ...
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Alaric's impression in the first Grey Knights book

SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN COMMENTS In the first Grey Knights book written by Ben Counter why is Alaric so contempt on believing that Tancred's body could not be found - Alaric knew that it never would ...
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The Emperor's plan to destroy the Chaos Gods

Wouldn't the Emperor's plan fail since the Imperium is brutally fighting xenos, daemons and heretics and by doing it feeding Khorne and making him stronger and stronger? Let's say the Imperium would ...
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Is Horus Heresy the series that chronicles the oldest “lore” in Warhammer 40k?

I've heard some people call Horus Heresy warhammer 30k since it really happense before 40k. I was wondering if there are any books that talk about the story even before Horus Heresy. Basically, is ...
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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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Can new titans or Space Marines still be produced in Warhammer 40k?

In general there are still quite a few forge worlds retaining this knowledge. If we're considering books as cannon material: In Titanicus don't they imply that they still produce some? If you have ...
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Are space marines Sterile?

Could a Space Marine father a child? I haven't been able to find any canonical answer either way... I've found hints that it may be possible, but a lot of people seem convinced it's not.
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Can the Adepta Sororitas bear children?

I have read somewhere (forgot the source since it was some time ago) that the Adepta Sororitas menstruate normally. If this is true and my memory does not fail me, can they have children? Because it ...
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Could a lone Space Marine create its own chapter

Hey I'm new to the whole space marine chapters and was interested in making/creating my own chapter. Is it possible to make a chapter where a marine has been abandoned by his chapter in a war and goes ...
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What kind of helmets are these?

I've been troubled by helmets recently. Namely, artwork of Horus leading the Sons of Horus into battle. The image shows all sorts of variations of space marine helmets ranging from the Mk4 helmet to ...
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Was Alexis Polux Chapter Master for longer than Dante?

Polux is said (on Lexicanum and 40k wiki admittedly) to have served for eight centuries as Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists. Although Dante is probably older at 1300+ years, I don't know who has ...
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What “Dark Bargain” was made by the Cult Mechanicus to repair the Golden Throne?

In Warhammer 40k, the Golden Throne maintains the physical remnants of the Emperor of Mankind and anchors him to the Astronomocron in the bowels of the Imperial Palace on Terra. Over the millennia, ...
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How many Chaos God are there in WarHammer 40k?

Remark: This question was prompted by the answers to this enter link description here. As explained below, the secondary sources like Lexicanum, usually very good and well-linked to primary sources, ...
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Is captain Titus from Space Marine corrupted?

In the game, Space Marine lead character captain Titus is able to resist the warp energies. How was he able to do this? Is he corrupted or will he turn traitor? Any stories about what happened to him ...
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Who was the Primarch of the Blood Ravens?

I was playing Dawn of War 2 lately and I was wondering who the primarch of the blood ravens was?
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The use of Chaos weapons against Chaos

I have read in a comment that quote " There are some chapters that even use Chaos forged weapons against Chaos ", the comment is from this question . Wouldn't the chapters using such weapons be ...
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(40k Dark Angels) Are any loyalist Fallen still alive?

I know the hunt for the Fallen is a big part of Dark Angels lore, and I know that a number of Fallen Angels turned fully to Chaos and live full-time in the Warp, where they live forever agelessly. But ...
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Has there been any sea battles in W40k?

Does the W40k lore/history contain any battles fought at sea (or under it)? I'm just wondering because I've never seen a sea-faring ship in W40k.
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Does the Horned Rat appear in WarHammer 40k?

The Horned Rat is the God of all Skavens in WarHammer Battle, and is a minor Chaos God compared to the 4 main Chaos God. WarHammer Battle and WarHammer 40k are two separate universes, but they have ...
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Orks and Chaos? What? 40K [closed]

So I was looking in the rules, and I saw that Chaos and Orks are Allies of Convenience. Does this have any canon backing? I mean, fluff-wise. Sorry.
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How tall would a Warhammer 40k Wraithknight be if it were real?

I have used Google quite a bit to try and find this answer. I've tried to scale the 9" model metric with some sort of consistency, but to no avail. Does anyone have any idea how big these bad boys ...
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Is the Old World connected to the 40k universe? [duplicate]

Is the End Times connected to 40k or is it a complete different story? Because the Old World is hardly High-Terra and the corruption that Archaon brought is not the purity of High-Terra.
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Does the Emperor have a name?

Does the God-Emperor of humanity have a name, or is he recalled only by his title? For example from what I have seen, he is called The Emperor, The Emperor of Humanity or The God-Emperor of Humanity. ...
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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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Are Space Marines capable of fighting underwater?

Are Space Marines (no matter the chapter) capable of fighting in a underwater environment? Any book or game is welcome as a source but not fanfiction.
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What was the other 'Terra' system in Horus Rising?

I just finished my first 40k book, Horus Rising. The false Imperium, complete with 9 planets, yellow star, and Terra intrigued me. I was hoping that eventually some explanation would be provided: ...
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Where do Chaos stand with Tyranids? Are they pro or against?

So Chaos can't corrupt Tyranids, but Chaos like death. So where do the Chaos Gods stand on in the Tyranids? Do they like them, fear them, hate them? Just seems odd to me.
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Would the Imperium of Man fall if the Emperor finally died? [closed]

How long would Humans last without their golden child? Would they be able to recover from such a death.
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Do the Imperium know of Eldars history?

and if so, do they know to what extent they ruled the galaxy? I often wonder why Eldar have such an arogance and if the humans know of how long the Eldar have exsisted.
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To the best of the Imperium knowledge how many eldar currently exist?

I'd love to know if they have any idea on the numbers
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Does Eshrah ap Niht from Gaunt's Ghosts speak Middle English?

On planet Gereon Ghosts meet "partisans" that speak language other than Low Gothic. After a bit of concentration, Gaunt recalls that he was learning something similar in scholam Gaunt’s brow ...
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How often are Space Marine chapters deployed?

We know that the Imperial Guard is the meat shield of the Imperium and the main force. But how often are the chapters called, them being the elite of the Imperium. By deployment I mean from space ...
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What is the status of human slavery in the WH40K universe?

It's pretty wide question, which, for sure, contains innumerable sub-questions. For example, is it legal for planetary government to enslave distinguishable part of planet's population (not criminals!...