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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How tall would a Warhammer 40k Wraithknight be if it were real?

I have used Google quite a bit to try and find this answer. I've tried to scale the 9" model metric with some sort of consistency, but to no avail. Does anyone have any idea how big these bad boys ...
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Is the Old World connected to the 40k universe? [duplicate]

Is the End Times connected to 40k or is it a complete different story? Because the Old World is hardly High-Terra and the corruption that Archaon brought is not the purity of High-Terra.
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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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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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Are Space Marines capable of fighting underwater?

Are Space Marines (no matter the chapter) capable of fighting in a underwater environment? Any book or game is welcome as a source but not fanfiction.
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Does Eshrah ap Niht from Gaunt's Ghosts speak Middle English?

On planet Gereon Ghosts meet "partisans" that speak language other than Low Gothic. After a bit of concentration, Gaunt recalls that he was learning something similar in scholam Gaunt’s brow ...
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How often are Space Marine chapters deployed?

We know that the Imperial Guard is the meat shield of the Imperium and the main force. But how often are the chapters called, them being the elite of the Imperium. By deployment I mean from space ...
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What is the status of human slavery in the WH40K universe?

It's pretty wide question, which, for sure, contains innumerable sub-questions. For example, is it legal for planetary government to enslave distinguishable part of planet's population (not criminals!...
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What happens when Thousand Sons take battle damage?

I'm told when the sorcerer Ahriman tried to prevent the rest of his legion from succumbing to mutation, he unintentionally caused their bodies to disintegrate and their spirits to be trapped in empty ...
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Did Moties from CoDominium influence the Tau from WH40k?

Tau and Moties seem to share a suspiciously large amount of similarities, from their specialisation into 'careers' to the origin of being a technologically advanced civilisation isolated due to ...
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W40k book about Tyranids and astartes

I'm trying to find a specific W40k book. I remember reading a snippet in white dwarf a long time ago. It was from the perspective of imperial guard stationed on a farm planet and Tyranids were ...
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Is Machine Spirit simply Artificial Intelligence?

Adeptus Mechanicus religion is based on a dogma that every machine has its own spirit (either sent or part of the Machine God Omnissiah). But in the end those machines are exactly just that, so while ...
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Which of the Warhammer 40k races have allied with one another most often?

I know that permanent alliances in the WH40k universe are impossible, all races are too prejudiced, too proud, or just too mindless to achieve such an alliance. In the grim, dark future of the 41st ...
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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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Does the emperor want to bring Horus Lupercal back?

I had a conversation with someone recently who said the Emperor had someone try to clone Horus Lupercal, but there was no soul to put in the body as Horus has been totally destroyed, which my ...
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Is Space Wolf reproduction more efficient than regular Space Marine reproduction?

Lexicanum states that to create Space Marine the candidate after passing all the trials has to go through extensive surgery that will implant him with specialized organs- from secondary heart to black ...
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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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Why does the Empire of Mankind still refer to dates based on the Common Era calendar?

In Earths history, we've had quite a few calendars, each one marking its own "Year 1" - e.g., the founding of Rome; birth of Jesus; Mohammed's emigration to Medina; the French revolution; etc... In ...
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Between 15m-25m Humans and Eldar must have co-existed. Why did the Eldar let this happen?

So, humans once lived on millions of planets and to me, seemed like they were pretty much running away with our galaxy. Its my understanding however that Eldar ruled this Galaxy a long time before ...
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Imperial palace wall names

From a book called I am Slaughter we get to know that there are 50 walls/gates on the Imperial Palace on Earth Some of them: Daylight Tranquility Zarathrusa Bastion Gate I was wondering if there is ...
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Has a Tyranid Hiveship ever descended on a Tau occupied planet?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if there has ever been a large scale conflict between the Tau and the Tyranids. And if so, is it covered in any Black Library novels or novellas?
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What specific measures, if any, are taken to prevent a Space Marine from going AWOL?

I understand that the Space Marines of Warhammer 40K undergo rigorous psychological & behavioral conditioning as part of their transformation. That said, however, what specific measures are taken ...
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What would be the alignment of a Slaanesh worshipper?

Would a Slaanesh worshipper necessarily have an evil alignment in D&D? can't a character be a hedonistic Slaanesh worshipper without mutating and going insane, if so, why?
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Are there other characters enhanced in the same way as Hector Rex in Warhammer 40K?

In one of the Siege of Vraks books (Part III I believe), Hector Rex is described as having undergone genetic enhancement to make him larger and stronger then a Space Marine. Is the Imperium being ...
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Is there a source for canon changes and retconcs in Warhammer 40K?

Is there a definitive list of canon changes in Warhammer 40K? I've been reading some older source material, and some more recent codexes, and it is hard to keep track of what has been changed at times,...
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How many worlds are controlled by each Warhammer 40k race?

In Warhammer 40k how many worlds in total are controlled by each of the IoM, Necrons, Tau, Orks, Chaos, Eldar, and minor races? Later dates preferred, but any would be useful. Approximations, ...
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Why hasn't the Inquisition sanctioned Logan?

The Church and the Inquisition don't like the Space Wolves very much. This is evidenced in all the clashes that the Space Wolves have fought in against the two other branches of the Imperium. Is it ...
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What's with the Alpha Legion in Warhammer 40K?

In every book I've read about Warhammer 40K, the Alpha Legion always have a finger in everything. I have read occasionally that they have a secret agenda in connection with some alien council, but if ...
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Is the knowledge about Grey Knights existence still punishable by death?

Aaron Dembski-Bowden's "Emperors Gift" describes the sad conclusion of the First Armageddon's war(444.M41): to keep the existence of Grey Knights secret, the Inquisition orders the execution of every ...
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Can anyone identify these tyranids from this description?

In the audio book Helion Rain, some tyranid creatures are described but never actually identified. I don't recognise them from their decsription, Two enormous tyranid creatures were hovering ...
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What is the current date in W40K?

Last I have delved into the W40K the "time" was M40.999. This was at or around the 13th Black Crusade. Cadia is almost taken and most of the planets around the Eye of Terror have fallen to Chaos. Is ...
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Do most of the high ranking Inquisitors possess psychic abilities?

I believe that all senior inquisitors that I've read about - Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Jarldottyr, Heldane - were all powerful psykers. From the stories that I've read I think only Amberley Vail (from the ...
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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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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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What are The 666 Rituals of Detestation the WH40K grey knight neophyte undergoes?

I am still not able to find a credible source on 666 Rituals of Detestation apart from the satirical 4chan link... Have they ever been written down ?
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Does Dan A. ever explain Gaunts Ghosts continuity flaws

The Gaunt Ghosts books now span over a decade and beside the books there are countles short stories, spinoff books etc. Does Dan Abnett ever explain some of the flaws in the books or does he just fix ...
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Why didn't the Chaos gods kill all of the Primarchs when the had the chance?

When the Chaos gods gain access to the laboratory where the Emporer is creating the Primarchs, they pull them into the warp and scatter them throughout the galaxy. They drop each Primarch on a planet ...
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How many Space Marine Chapters are lost due to the Tyranid encroachment?

Ultramarines came close to extinction but survived due to the courrage and tenacity of the First Company. I remember reading a while back that the fleets of Tyranid have devouered some planets that ...
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What is the name of the Chaos champion that owned the axe of Morkai?

Recently i have read the saga of Arjac Rockfist and in the telling i was surprsed to read that Logan Grimnirs axe used to belong to a Chaos champion. My question is: Does anybody know the name of ...
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Which Space Marine Chapters possess a Imperator-class Emperor Titan?

In the world of Warhammer 40k, the most coveted piece of Imperial weaponry is probably the Imperator-class Emperor Titan - a massive mechanical construct of walking death. The art of manufacturing ...
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Warhammer 40k and Helmets

I have been looking through some pictures and I started to notice that in some pictures of the battles, some leaders won't be wearing any type of helmet. Is there any lore to this or do I have to ...
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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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Why didn't the Cabal try to prevent Horus Heresy?

In the accepted answer to the question What would have happened if the Horus Heresy hadn't happened in WarHammer 40k, it is explained that the projects of the Emperor would have been completed, that ...
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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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Can the Webway be used to move to a different galaxy?

The Tyranids are coming!!!! Just a practical thought, can the Eldar Webway be used to to move away from our galaxy? If it can't, why not?
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Is this girl really Slaanesh?

Is the woman in this image really Slaanesh, the god "She who thirsts"?
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Would the Eldar be able to stand against the Tyranids before the fall? [closed]

I've always been Eldar and I often get upset that they threw away all they had just because they got bored (more or less) So what would happen had the Fall never happened and we bring in these Fleets ...
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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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Do Imperial Space Marines ever retire? [duplicate]

I know that the Imperial Space Marines are modified to be super human, but apart from violent death in battle do they age at all? Do they ever reach a point where their bodies are no longer fit for ...
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Has the Tau empire encountered Necrons yet?

The tau are a relatively new race in the WK40K, the Necron are an ancient one. According to the 6th edition wargame rule book allies table, Tau and Necron forces are 'Allies of Convenience'. Necron ...