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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What is the best place to start Warhammer 40k?

I've got three omnibus books containing 9 total Warhammer 40,000 stories. Before I mention which ones I've got, which book would you recommend as a good place to start the series?
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Link between Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k

Is the 40k just Fantasy in the future? They exists in parallel worlds or Fantasy is an enclosed space quadrant of universe in 40k?
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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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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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What stops the Chaos gods creating an infinite number of daemons?

The chaos gods create, change, guide and destroy their daemons at will. But what prevents the gods creating an infinite (or very large) number of daemons to overwhelm the physical realms? I know ...
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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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In Warhammer 40000 are normal humans enhanced in any way?

In the Warhammer 40000 universe are the normal humans enhanced in any way, either genetically or through the use of technology, to ensure that their population can meet the demands of the Imperium? ...
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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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Is there no air superiority in Warhammer 40k?

In real life warfare, gaining air superiority is very important and often a deciding factor. However, in Warhammer 40k, most ground combat is in very close range, but still all participants can ...
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Tyranids have no god, would the Chaos Gods have any power over them?

The word god to me suggests that they are supernatural and control things that we cannot comprehend. This then raises the question: would they have any sway over the Tyranids and their giant Hive ...
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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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Was the gene seed harvested during the Horus Heresy?

I'm reading a number of Warhammer 40k universe stories and I've noticed something odd which I'm hoping someone can explain. In Helsreach a big deal is made of harvesting the Gene Seed of the fallen ...
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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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What can I read and in what order if I want to delve into the Warhammer 40K lore?

After playing a lot of Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, I suddenly have a huge urge to read more about that universe. It seems this story is quite old and lots of books have been written about it, and ...
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Can someone explain Warhammer 40,000's dates to me?

Ok, so I've been reading some timelines on Lexicanum: 989.M41 = 989th year of the 41st millennium) But you also get stuff like 138.997.M41: I guess that is day, year, millennium? But I also see stuff ...
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What makes Titans so valuable in the Warhammer 40k universe?

Titans seem to be a marvelous piece of technology from the past, so advanced that they can no longer produce them. So the Imperium oft launches whole campaigns, sacrificing a lot of lives and ...
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Did any members of Loyalist Legions turn traitor during the Horus Heresy?

There are plenty of examples of Astartes in Traitor Legions remaining loyal (Garviel Loken, Garro, Saul Tarvitz, etc.), but are there any instances of the opposite happening? Excluding the ambiguous ...
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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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How much bolt ammunition does a standard space marine carry into battle?

In no novel I read so far did I ever find a mention of some ammunition shortage for a space marine. It isn't even displayed on the models. Is this just a design mistake of the early days of GW or ...
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Is there a definitive source that explains the reason for the lost primarchs?

While most Legions are heavily featured in the Horus Heresy series, the Legions II and XI aren't really mentioned that much. There's an ongoing discussion about those Legions, with the general ...
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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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Why did the Imperium lose all of its advanced technology?

I realise that after the Horus heresy, worlds were separated and could no longer communicate with each other. But why did advanced technology disappear?
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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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How did mankind travel through the warp during the Great Crusade?

In his current state, the Emperor of Man on his Golden Throne generating the psychic beacon called the Astronomican which makes warp travel possible. The Astronomican is a psychic beacon which the ...
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Do Orks affect non-orks with their latent psyker abilities?

Orks believe that the color red makes things go faster. A basic understanding of the orks reveals that they are all latent psykers and because there are so many of them believing the same thing, they ...
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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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Did the Emperor orchestrate the Horus Heresy?

I don't know if I'm just being cynical but I find it hard to believe the Emperor could not see the Heresy coming. I can't help but think that the Emperor orchestrated the events that lead to the ...
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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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Why are Slaaneshi Daemonettes so Ugly

If Slaanesh is the god of perfection, the lone god that looks beautiful and all daemons look similar to the form of their patron god, why are Daemonettes so ugly?
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Can a Space Marine remove their armor?

In Warhammer 40,000 the Space Marines wear the iconic power armor into battle. However, when not in action, or not expecting to be, are they able to remove their armor? I had thought that a space ...
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Are Tyranids the creation of humans?

The origins of the Tyranids are unknown to us. All we basically know that they arrived 741.M41 at the eastern end of our galaxy. I was discussing that point with an Warhammer40k-enthusiast quite a ...
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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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Have the Tyranids and Necrons ever engaged in a large scale battle?

Have the Tyranids ever had an extended battle with the Necrons? Are there any publications by The Black Library which cover this battle, if it happened? The Tyranids probably wouldn't be bothered ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Although Orks, Chaos marines, etc. are always hostile to humans, they can be talked with, even if not reasoned with. Very rarely, even a (very short-lived) truce can be made with them. However, was ...
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Has there ever been a case of space marines refusing to fight enemies with weapons that can vaporise them?

Space marines of the warhammer 40k universe while being military forces also have traits of monastic orders. they are also known to simply ignore the needs of the wider Imperium to pursue their own ...
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Why were the Ultramarines fighting Salamanders?

I'm re-reading Rules of Engagement, one of the Horus Heresy short stories and I'm confused. This is the story of the 4th Company adopting the Codex Astartes and following their Primarch's tactics. ...
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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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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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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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Have the Tau ever allied with Space Marines or Eldar?

In the 6th edition rule book for Warhammer 40K, it states that Tau consider (and vice versa) Space Marines and Eldar to be battle brothers. The only encounter I know the Tau have had with Space ...
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If The Emperor wanted to reduce humanity's need for the warp why create the 15th?

I've been reading the Horus Heresy series and I've recently completed both The Thousand Sons and The Master of Mankind. The implication throughout the series (and again in this question) is that each ...
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Have the Tyranids ever made use of 'bugs'?

In any novels or any official material, have the Tyranids ever used anything 'bug' sized like a cockroach or even smaller like an ant? Tyranids obviously evolve after consuming biomass, but they also ...
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Proof that 40K inspirations in Chronicles of Riddick are intentional?

Is there any kind of direct mention anywhere, (like in an interview or something) or at least strong indirect evidence, that the striking similarities between aspects of The Chronicles of Riddick and ...
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Has GW referenced Malal or a Chaos God/Demon like him in recent editions of 40K or Fantasy?

I remember back in 1st and 2nd edition Warhammer Fluff there was a 5th Chaos God, Malal. This God's purpose was to attempt to counteract the works of the other gods, he was smaller, had fewer ...
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When did Space Marines become more 'religious'

I know 10,000 years is obviously a long time, but the Emperor decreed he was not a God and many of the Loyalists legions upheld this belief, though some obviously worshipped him slightly in secret. In ...
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WH40k: How do secret or obscure chapters (i.e. Grey Knights, Charcarodons) get techmarines?

In order for a Space Marine to become a techmarine, they must spend time training under the Mechanicum on Mars. This doesn't seem to be much of an issue for most Chapters, but what about those who don'...
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Are there any benevolent warp beings who help the Imperium?

I know the warp houses all the psychic and emotional energy created by all the psychic races in the galaxy, and that energy taken to the extreme by the nature of the warp caused the emergence of all ...
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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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Why is Slaanesh so young compared to the other Chaos Gods?

Considering the Chaos Gods are all fueled by negative emotion, and Slaanesh is fueled by one of the most base of all emotions, Lust, I would have expected Slaanesh to be the oldest of the lot. ...
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How is the post-heresy Imperium of Man governed exactly?

The imperium struggles each and every day from infighting, intergalactic and extragalactic threats, not to mention it is still recovering from the Horus Heresy. Despite the odds, the imperium still ...