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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Have any Chaos Forces ever turned?

There are plenty of stories of the forces of the imperium turning to chaos, being corrupted or just becoming evil. Is there any indication anywhere that the same can happen the other way. Forces of ...
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When were the Shards of Magnus first mentioned?

I have been reading through the Horus Heresy, and after the attack on Prospero we learn that Magnus was shattered into shards. I know that other Black Library books set in the 41st millennium+ have ...
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Does the 40K universe have an equivalent of Kevin Feige?

Part of the success of the MCU has been the hand of Kevin Feige overseeing the various projects ensuring continuity. Do Games Workshop/Black Library have a similar role? It certainly feels in recent ...
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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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What is the fate of Space Wolves in M42?

Space Wolves have been decimated in recent years with Wulfen curse, Daemonic incursions in Fenris system etc. What is the current state of the Chapter and is the knowledge of the Wulfen curse now ...
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Is there anything in the lore that supports this game mechanism for the Dark Angel in the 3rd edition?

In the 3rd edition of the game, the Dark Angels have a few special rules to reflect their differences with more vanilla Codex Astartes-compliant Space Marine Chapters. One of them are the presence of ...
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What book did The Emperor speak with The Ultramatrine Primarch?

After finishing Dark Imperium: Plague Wars i found out that Robute spoke to the Emperor at some point after coming out of stasis. Has this happened in any book or is this just something that has not ...
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Has Dan Abnett said that The Anarch is his last Ghosts book?

After writing The Anarch has the author said anywhere that this is his final book in the series? I mean the last 3 books are together called "The Victory"...
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In which order where the Primarchs found by the Emperor?

The Primarchs were scattered through the galaxy by the Chaos Gods and then found one by one by the Emperor during the Great Crusade. It is well-known that Horus was discovered first. This gave time ...
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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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Single most powerful weapon in the 40k universe.

Is there one single weapon in 40k that is head and shoulders above the rest? In my mind the d-cannon has no limits on its power. But this can only effect a small area, I'm thinking more weapons that ...
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Necron unit from “Hellforged” described as “a titanic metal-shod beetle”

I'm reading Hellforged by Ben Counter and there is a description of a Necron that I don't recognize, can anyone tell me what it is? It was shaped like a titanic metal-shod beetle, pulling itself ...
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Can/do Psykers shut down senses in order to increase their psychic powers in the WH 40K universe?

The Astartes videos that have come out over the past 12 months or so have been amazing, especially the last one. However, there is a lot going on in the very short amount of time, so it can be a ...
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Where to read about the Gathering Storms events?

Status quo has been the norm for the narrative of WarHammer 40k. However, through the Gathering Storm campain, Games Workshop decided to completely change the shape of the Galaxy: Cadia and Bieltan ...
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Are the recent Black Library books attempting to retcon Abbadon?

I have just finished the Talon of Horus, in several places it suggests that Abbadon is a clone of Horus. I have also seen this idea postulated online in several places. This is, however, ...
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Do techmarines know enough to train other techmarines?

Imagine a space marine chapter which has lost contact with most of the Imperium (in particular, with Mars and other forge worlds) for centuries or even millenia, or a chapter which has fallen out with ...
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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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Has the Thousand Sons involvement in the Heresy been ret-conned?

I may be wrong, but I am sure that in previous versions of the story of the Horus Heresy, the Thousand Sons played almost no role following the destruction of Prospero. Magnus took the survivors and ...
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How do the thousand sons replace their ranks?

At the battle of Prospero, the thousand sons were decimated by the space puppies, then Ahriman turned the majority of the survivors into warp dust inside their battle Armour, turning them into walking,...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 Emperor avoid developing the Primarchs' powers?

We know that the Primarchs were probably all or mostly psykers of some degree. We also know, however, that most of them didn't exhibit significant powers compared to most major canon psykers. Nor do ...
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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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has Corax always been this strong?

I am just listening to the Corax Horus Heresy book, a selection of Novellas and short stories. There is a scene in Soulforge where Corax takes on 3 Defilers, 2 he destroys himself and the 3rd is ...
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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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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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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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Age of a Space Marine?

How long do Space Marines live on average? What technology lets them live longer than we are living now or does it have more to do with their psychas?
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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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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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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 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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How did the Imperium of Man become so well populated?

It seems in most novels that the Imperial guard and countless innocents are slaughtered by orcs, chaos, tyrranids and the like, yet the total population of humanity is never depleted. This questions ...
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Is there any official link between Warhammer 40,000 and Event Horizon?

I've read over on TVTropes that many fans consider Event Horizon to be some kind of prequel to the future-set game of Warhammer 40,000 and, in searching the internet, have seen a number of forum posts ...
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How was Earth single-handedly capable of creating 3 of the 4 gods of chaos?

The WH40k wiki states that Khorne, Nurgle, and Tzeentch all came to being during Earth's middle ages - at most only a few hundred years apart from each other. The descriptions imply that it was Earth'...
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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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Why are there no female Space Marines?

Why are there no female Space Marines? Have come across some theories which range from the models not being up to scratch, to lore that Space Marines are almost not human, but none of these give a ...
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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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Are there any other Chaos-worshipping races?

Throughout the 40K books Humans seem to be the main conduit for Chaos, are there any other races that worship, or have been known to worship, the Chaos Gods, either directly or indirectly (they ...
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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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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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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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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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Non-astartes Demon Prince?

Are there any known examples of the chaos gods turning a non-astartes into a demon prince in warhammer 40k? I know other Xenos races like the Laeren do worship them and they have normal human ...
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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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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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Why there were pylons on Cadia before the birth of Slaanesh?

From the description of the "Eye of Terror" we know, that this is a relatively new phenomenon: The Eye of Terror is not a naturally-occurring astronomical phenomenon. The Eye was created by the ...