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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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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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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) 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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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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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 ...
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What is the giant creature at the end of the Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 Trailer?

The upcoming Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 will introduce a number of playable factions/races which includes The Necrons and even Tyranids. I don't have much knowledge of the space combat side of 40k. I ...
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How can the astartes be atheist?

I'm reading Horus Rising (the first book in the Horus Heresy series) and the Luna Wolves are on their great expedition to reunite the galaxy and quash the primitive beliefs of the worlds they're ...
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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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Is there a more powerful transformation than Daemon Prince?

Does anyone know if there is a more powerful transformation, or is Daemon prince the limit, given these beings are not omnipotent? My question is: [Q] Is there a further transformation? Maybe a "...
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Map of the Imperial Palace on Earth

Last night I read a book that describes places on Earth (hives, rooms and some of the buildings of the Imperial palace). I was wondering is there a painting/drawing of it anywhere in the GW world?
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Incubation period for Eldar Children

The title might not be perfect, but the idea is there. How long does it take Eldar children to be born? Reading the new eldar codex: every year there are fewer of their number to take up arms ...
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Can (and do) single navigators pilot multiple ships through the warp?

While reading farseer I started thinking, its mentioned in that book that a rouge trader (Janus darker) once had a fleet of ships at his disposal but the book only ever describes a single navigator. ...
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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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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 ...
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Emperors Gift novel plot hole

I have recently re-read the Novel Emperors Gift. What does bother me is the fact that the Inquisitor is from Fenris. Knowing the relationship between the Wolves and the Inquisition is there any ...
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Is the Emperor really a Perpetual?

Arguably the most powerful creatures in the WH40k universe are called Perpetuals - they are basically immortal, because they either rapidly regenerate their wounds or immediately reincarnate. ...
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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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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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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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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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Where do Chaos stand with Tyranids? Are they pro or against?

So Chaos can't corrupt Tyranids, but Chaos like death. So where do the Chaos Gods stand on in the Tyranids? Do they like them, fear them, hate them? Just seems odd to me.
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Can a Null enter the Warp?

In Warhammer 40k, Nulls or (in more extreme cases) Pariahs are humans whose very presence cuts off access to the Warp. As such, it would seem that they could potentially beat Chaos on its own turf&...
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How does an inhabitant of a low tech world react when leaving their world?

Many Imperial Guard regiments hail from planets that lack just gunpowder. What I want to know is how do they react when they get sent away from their homeworld to anywhere in the galaxy. I would ...
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Can the Butcher's Nails be removed?

In Warhammer Horus Heresy, the Primarch Angron had surgical implants in his head known as the Butchers Nails. These implants were forced upon him in his youth. In the second Horus Heresy book, '...
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Does the Horned Rat appear in WarHammer 40k?

The Horned Rat is the God of all Skavens in WarHammer Battle, and is a minor Chaos God compared to the 4 main Chaos God. WarHammer Battle and WarHammer 40k are two separate universes, but they have ...
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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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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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Warhammer 40K: Origins of Ork “psychic gestalt”

One theory about the Ork race (which seems to have been largely debunked) is that Orks generate a telekinetic field that allows their weapons and technology to work properly. Without this field, it is ...