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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Why do space marines value their gene-seed surviving?

In several books I've read recently an emphasis is put on saving the gene-seed of specific individuals. In Soul Hunter, Talos comments about possibly not saving the gene-seed of specific brothers ...
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What did the emperor do before becoming the Emperor?

What do we know about what the Emperor did before the Unification of Terra? He was born 8000 BC in Anatolia. This Q&A sheds a light on his birth. I don't really care about how he was born, either ...
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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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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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Was a legion's philosophy and tactical preference inherent even before being reunited with their Primarch?

The legions were created by the Emperor out of the genetic material of each Primarch, but in all cases the Primarchs were also shaped and changed by their experiences growing up and the environments ...
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Can each Space Marine only produce Gene-seed for a maximum of two others

The creation of a new Space Marine relies on the Gene Seed harvested from existing Astartes. According to the Wiki - Creation process Progenoids: Phase 18: There are two of these glands, one ...
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What was possible during the Dark Age of Technology?

We always hear that in DAoT, there was technology enabling humans to basically do everything. Some examples are named, e.g. the Men of Iron and Artificial Intelligence. Are there more examples of what ...
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Astartes Legion homeworld had the primarchs not been abducted?

The Primarchs have been abducted from the Emperors laboratory when they were still being created. The Chaos Gods then distributed them on different planets. After being reunited with his legions, the ...
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How did the warrior lodges help to spread the Heresy?

There are several mentions of the warrior lodges in the Horus Heresy books. According to the books, this helped Lorgar to spread the heresy. From Lexicanums Warrior Lodge Article: The Warrior ...
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How Ynnari protect themselves from Slaanesh?

Every Eldar is at risk of losing his/her soul to She-Who-Thirsts. Fortunately, there are ways to protect themselves from that: Craftworld Eldars wear spirit stones and follow strict mental Paths, ...
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Is the imperium carrying out any new expansion in the galaxy?

It is always stated that the Horus Heresy ended the great crusade, and after the heresy a lot of time and effort was spent retaking and rebuilding the planets lost to Horus and Chaos. However did ...
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How many Chaos God are there in WarHammer 40k?

Remark: This question was prompted by the answers to this question. As explained below, the secondary sources like Lexicanum, usually very good and well-linked to primary sources, is ambiguous here, ...
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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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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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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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How do Eldar communicate without line of sight

According to the Eldar Lexicon entry, the language depends highly on non-verbal communication: This is largely because, as noted above, the Aeldari language is not actually comprised of words alone ...
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What is a rough estimate of the number of forces that the Imperium Possesses in Total?

There are 1 million Adeptus Astartes (until they are replaced by Primaris.) 10000 or so Adeptus Custodes 18(+2?) Original primarchs AND ONE TRUE EMPEROR ! ! ! Glory be to he, who sits atop the ...
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Loyalist Primarch return conditions

Ferrus Manus and Sanguinius are dead. Some primarchs, i.e. Leman Russ and Vulkan, have stated conditions for their return. Leman Russ will return for the Wolftime, Vulkan when 9 Artifacts he had ...
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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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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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Who is responsible to align all Warhammer 40k books or stories? [duplicate]

Given that Black Library offers an enormous number of books, I was wondering what the process looks like which ensures that all the stories do align nicely and do not contradict each other. Is there ...
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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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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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Can Lucius transform a Pariah

Lucius the eternal has the ability to transform his killer in him again. Since that day, Lucius has borne a peculiar blessing from his patron, Slaanesh. Whoever takes his chosen champion's life, ...
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Did the Emperor always have the correct legion in system when meeting a new Primarch?

When reading of the reuniting of the Emperor with each of his Primarch sons it always seems that the Primarch linked up with his legion in a very short space of time. For instance Angron seems to ...
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Is the Heretical Status of “In Defence of the Future: A Logical Discourse” based on the preservation of the Emperor?

In the 40k Universe, the foundation of humanity is based on faith in a fair few things, much like a fairly unstable stack of pebbles - each piled up into a tower. Move one, and the whole thing comes ...
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What is the reason for the Independance of The Farsight Enclaves?

Following the Events of the Damocles Crusade, an Expeditionary force Led by Commander Farsight recaptured Tau Territories and established a fortified region on the far side of the Damocles Gulf. The ...
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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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How was the God Emperor of Mankind able to live among Humanity before the Great Crusade?

As I've been reading through the lore, it’s been noted that a standard Space Marine stands head and shoulders from a typical human in terms of height (7-8ft). While a Primarch possesses an average ...
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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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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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is there a Glossia dictionary anywhere that is Abnett sanctioned?

Just finished listening to Magos and there were a few Glossia phrases in there. I got to thinking then. I remember the other Eisenhorn novels are full of Glossia. Has Abnett ever made a dictionary or ...
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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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Do the Ultramarines have Primaris Squads in their 1st Company?

I’m currently painting an army of Primaris Ultramarines and I’d like them to vaguely canonically accurate. I know the 1st company is made up veterans, usually terminators. Does the 1st company also ...
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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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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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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. ...