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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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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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Why don't Sisters of Battle fall to chaos as Space Marines do?

I know both Sisters of Battle and Space Marines employ a lot of brainwashing and mental reconditioning to their recruits to assure loyalty to the Emperor and the Imperium, but there was only one ...
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Can an apothecary create a space marine?

I've wondered for a while about it. Apothecary's are able to extract the geneseed and special organs from a dead space marine, so are they able to create a space marine or do they not have the proper ...
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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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Which of the Warhammer 40k races have allied with one another most often?

I know that permanent alliances in the WH40k universe are impossible, all races are too prejudiced, too proud, or just too mindless to achieve such an alliance. In the grim, dark future of the 41st ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can a waystone be lost without being destroyed?

Can an Eldar's waystone be lost without being retrieved or destroyed ? If it does, is it like an inert material (with a spirit potential inside) ?
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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 happened to the Conversion Beamer?

Back in the 2nd, and I think 3rd edition, of 40K there was a fantastic weapon called a Conversion Beamer. This was a suitably overpowered heavy weapon that could literately transform matter it was ...
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Had the Tyranids attacked Cadia, would their very presence clog the Eye of Terror?

The question was worded in past tense, because The Eye of Terror is basically a permanent Warp Rift, a direct connection between the material world to the Immaterium. On the other hand, the very ...
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What does “secondary orders” mean?

In the novel The Warmaster Mkoll tells a trooper: "Consider us at secondary orders" Is there like a military list explaining meaning of this? I remember when listening to the audiobook that every ...
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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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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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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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Do any chapters wipe initiates’ minds on becoming a space marine?

Many years ago I remember reading information about how, when an initiate was turned into a space marine, part of the process involved wiping his memories of his past life. This was completed ...
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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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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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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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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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Can anyone identify the classes of these Warhammer 40k ships?

This image isn't the clearest but it's the best screenshot I could get. It's from the final cutscene of Dawn of War 2. Can anyone identify the classes of each of these ships? It can be difficult to ...
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What is the name of this story about a psychopathic priest

I recall reading a comic once that had a psychopathic priest/inquisitor from Warhammer 40k. He had a fat, small assistant and was very zealous. It might have been set in Necromunda. There were plague ...
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What is the shortest route through the Horus Heresy series?

I have begun reading the Horus Heresy stories in the recommended order: Horus Rising False Gods Galaxy in Flames Flight of the Eisenstein I've also read Fulgrim where the story moves onto Isstan V ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How rare are untouchables in the Warhammer 40k universe?

I've been lead to believe that in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, untouchables - those who are psychic blanks, and act to cancel psychic powers - are very rare. However in two separate series the main ...
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What evidence supposedly supports Tau as related to the Necrontyr?

I've heard of rumours saying that the Tau from Warhammer 40K are in fact the Necrontyr. Is there anything that supports this statement, in WH40K canon? I just found this, on 1d4 chan1: Helping ...
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Did Games Workshop make a big mistake in the 'Siege of the Imperial Palace' diorama?

During one of Games Workshop's open days, they had a very impressive diorama of the Siege of the Imperial Palace: You will notice that the Chaos Marines in the foreground are in the Black Legion ...
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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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Who is the current Master of Legio Custodes?

Not much has been written about the Legio Custodes in recent times. I guess it would be a boring read to write about soldiers guarding the Emperors throne room. What I am interested in knowing is ...
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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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How big is the smallest warp capable ship in the 40K universe?

In the Horus Heresy short story "Ghosts Speak Not" the lead character Amendera Kendel is given a ship for her mission, it is stated this is one of the smallest warp capable vessels in the Imperium. ...
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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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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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What happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy?

While the Horus Heresy books have not got there yet is there any information as to what happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy? I am assuming it didn't take place until after the ...
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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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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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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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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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How long do the Flesh Tearers have?

In the latest novel about the Space Wolves called Ragnar Blackmane it is cited that the Flesh Tearers have 100 (?) years to live as a chapter. However in the Lexicanum it is stated that they will ...
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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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Have we seen what became of the Gene seed the Alpha Legion stole from the Ravenguard?

During the Horus Heresy Alpharius (it may or may not have actually been him) stole the improved Gene seed Corax developed to create his Space Marines MKII. He then left a tainted gene seed in place ...