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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 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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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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Map of the Imperial Palace on Earth

Last night I read a book that describes places on Earth (hives, rooms and some of the buildings of the Imperial palace). I was wondering is there a painting/drawing of it anywhere in the GW world?
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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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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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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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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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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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What happens when Thousand Sons take battle damage?

I'm told when the sorcerer Ahriman tried to prevent the rest of his legion from succumbing to mutation, he unintentionally caused their bodies to disintegrate and their spirits to be trapped in empty ...
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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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Naval Engagements in the Warp

Is it possible for vessels to engage in combat while within the Warp? I can find many bits of information relating to the fighting of daemonic incursions while in the Warp, so presumably weapons must ...
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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 names of the Current Lords of Terra?

In the most current timeline of the W40k universe it is M42. Of the 12 Lords that are supposed to rule the Empire of Man I know only the name of one, Decius XXIII is Ecclesiarch of the Adeptus ...
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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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(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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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 '...
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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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Can a Null enter the Warp?

In Warhammer 40k, Nulls or (in more extreme cases) Pariahs are humans whose very presence cuts off access to the Warp. As such, it would seem that they could potentially beat Chaos on its own turf&...
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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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Could a Necron be reprogrammed?

In the WH40k universe, Necrons were once Necron'tyr who sold their soul's to C'tan an ancient god. He put them into living metal bodies so they could live forever. However, what I'm not clear on is ...
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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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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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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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The makeup of the Imperial fists pre M 42

In the book 'I am Slaughter', the author Dan Abnett describes the naming convention of companies and battle brothers inside of the Imperial Fists. Apparently the companies are named after the walls ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we know yet any details of the lifting of the edict of Nikea?

The Edict of Nikea forced the legions to ban the biggest threat to the forces of chaos and ensured the thousand sons eventual turn, as, in a typically stupid short sighted move by the emperor he ...
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The Macharius trilogy - is there a statement from William King about the storytelling?

In the Macharius Trilogy 1 Angel of Fire, the story is told from the view of one of Macharius guardsman in review of his life in the guard of Macharius. The first book ends with no stop to that kind ...
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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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Incubation period for Eldar Children

The title might not be perfect, but the idea is there. How long does it take Eldar children to be born? Reading the new eldar codex: every year there are fewer of their number to take up arms ...
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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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Is there any limit to how much sorcery a Pariah can cancel?

In Warhammer 40k, Pariahs can cancel out the power of the Warp. Their power to do so is so great that Magnus the Red, one of the most powerful sorcerers and a Demon Prince, was unable to affect ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you communicate with a Necron Warrior?

The average Necron warrior is not the best at pleasant communication. I don't expect him to chat to his mates down the pub. I wouldn't be surprised if the Necron lords (looking at 6th edition fluff) ...
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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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Why is Blenner allowed to remain a Commissar?

Throughout the Gaunts Ghosts books there are references that explain Blenner's behavior, lack of discipline and sheer competence as a Commissar. Commissariat takes their role very, very seriously. ...
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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 ...