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 do the Chaos Gods get “stronger”?

Most things I read indicate certain acts make the Chaos Gods stronger, for instance Khorne is strengthened by slaughter, while Nurgle feeds on despair. But what does this empowerment actually entail?...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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(40k) How does a Space Marine get into and out of his power armor?

How does a space marine get into his armor? I understand that the armor itself is separated into segments, such as the torso and pauldrons are separate and can be replaced when damaged. Is the armor ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can the Butcher's Nails be removed?

In Warhammer Horus Heresy, the Primarch Angron had surgical implants in his head known as the Butchers Nails. These implants were forced upon him in his youth. In the second Horus Heresy book, '...
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After the Horus Heresy, what are the next series chronologically?

I came to my instant Warhammer addiction by way of a single Horus Heresy book sitting in the library surrounded by lesser books not carrying the light of the Emperor...Once I beheld the staggeringly ...
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Do blanks have souls?

Is there an authoritative source stating whether or not blanks in Warhammer 40,000 have souls? (as opposed to pariahs which definitely do not?) I seem to recall around 3e that there was no real ...
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What happened to the Warrior Lodges of loyalist Legions during the Horus Heresy?

In Warhammer 40k, the Warrior Lodges were secret groups amongst the Space Marines Legions during the Great Crusade. They presented themselves as a transversal organization, where official hierarchy ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is Machine Spirit simply Artificial Intelligence?

Adeptus Mechanicus religion is based on a dogma that every machine has its own spirit (either sent or part of the Machine God Omnissiah). But in the end those machines are exactly just that, so while ...
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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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What's the name of this Space Marine Commander?

I've got him as a gift and don't know where it was bought. Material is metal, hand-painted by gifter (by the original scheme I believe). Any suggestions on his id?
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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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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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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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How do Eldar Rangers get back to their craftworld?

It is known that Eldar Rangers quit the path of the Eldar and left their craftworld. However they are still connected to it. Take Alaitoc for instance, where they still fight for their craftworld on ...
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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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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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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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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 are the color schemes for Dark Angels Space Marines?

All I'm finding is: Dark Green Black Tan What other colors could I go with them? I could easily just make them my own scheme, but I'd like to somewhat stick to their backstory.
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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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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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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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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 ...