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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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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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Origins of the Space Marine Warhammer 40K

Is there a book which is available that covers the very first Space Marines and how they were, and why they were created? If not a book does anyone happen to just know?
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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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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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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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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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Who/What is the 'Classified' in this chart?

On the Warhammer Community site around the end of last month there was an article about a new unit, the canid. In the article there was one detail that jumped out at me and I have not been able to ...
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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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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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After the Horus Heresy, what are the next series chronologically?

I came to my instant Warhammer addiction by way of a single Horus Heresy book sitting in the library surrounded by lesser books not carrying the light of the Emperor...Once I beheld the staggeringly ...
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Warhammer 40K Primarch Vulkan Alive?

Can anyone provide me confirmed and CANON examples that may explain something i read on a wiki? Yes i know a filthy heretical wiki that can be edited by myriad traitor scum. http://warhammer40k.wikia....
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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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Do male Blanks exist in the 40K universe?

Throughout the books I have read I have only seen examples of female Blanks throughout the 40K universe, the Sisters of Silence being one example. Are there any male Blanks in any of the source ...
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Are the Sisters of Silence Augmented Humans?

In the Master of Mankind the Silent Sisters are shown as being almost the equal to Custodes in terms of fighting ability and Survivability however I have not read anything that suggests the Sisters ...
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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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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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Can a Demon Prince be permanently killed?

In warhammer lore it is mentioned in several novels, Talon of Horus as an example, that demons can't really be killed, only temporarily unmade and forced to remake themselves in the warp. Once a ...
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Which Traitor Legions can still create new Marines?

One of the downside of the embracing Chaos and its gifts are mutations, that would also affect the progenoid glands, necessary to create new Marines. In some cases (Rubric Marines), such organ ...
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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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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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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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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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Did the Old Ones create Chaos to win the war with the C'tan?

I know that the canon around the start of the 40K universe has changed from edition to edition of 40K but I am sure that at one point the history was retconed so that it was the Old Ones who brought ...
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How did forces get into the Webway to fight the Demon incursion during the Horus Heresy

After Magnus broke through the Webway and destroyed the Golden Throne in his attempt to warn the Emperor a war started to prevent demons from flooding through into Earth. In several short stories and ...
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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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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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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 was Caliban so heavily industrialized?

Before the coming of the Emperor on the planet, what would become the homeworld of the Dark Angels was a beautiful planet covered with forests, with a medieval civilization (though they had primitive ...
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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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Which loyal space marine chapter currently has the most members?

The codex astartes specifies that a chapter should have 10 companies, each of the first 9 have 100 marines. The 10th company is the scouts company and has no formal limit. Not all chapters follow the ...
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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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(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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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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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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What are the Blood Pact / Sons of Sek ranks?

When reading through Gaunts Ghosts novels I came across Blood pact / Sons of Sek ranks. I remember hearing Gaur and Etogaur but what are those equvalents of in the Guard? Are there others? Guard ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is this the Emperors sword?

After Pappa Smurf aka. Roboute Guilliman is back to W40k universe he is often holding a flaming sword in his hand. This sword looks a lot like the sword the Emperor had before he got entombed. Is ...
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Are Tau capable of reverse engineering advanced technology

In the WH40k universe the imperium of man has become technophobic, in the sense that anything Xenos (alien, i.e. non-human) is shunned and banned. The Tau have no such distaste, and have adapted and ...
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Who has killed the most primarchs?

I'm slowly reading my way through the Horus Heresy books and Fulgrim has just killed As far as I know this is the first primarch to have been killed (with the possible exception for the missing two ...
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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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Could the Emperor of Mankind in Warhammer 40k be classified as lich in common sense? [closed]

I wonder how the Emperor of Mankind of the Warhammer 40k universe could be classified in generic fantasy terms. Could he be named a lich?
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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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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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Would a weapon stolen from an Ork in 1 on 1 combat work against the ork?

It's my understanding that Ork weaponry is generally awful and unreliable, and actually only works in general because of their latent psychic abilities (Clap if you believe, in TV Tropes terminology). ...
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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 ...