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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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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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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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(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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is there any evidence that 40k lifted these races from Star Trek?

Been curious for a while. There are certainly some differences in the details, but at surface there seem to be parallel to me between Eldar and Vulcans, Dark Eldar and Romulans. They're both ...
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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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WH40K: Deathwatch: What helmet is this?

The cover of the Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch RPG's core rulebook depicts several space marines. One of them (second from the left in the picture below) is wearing an unusual snouted helmet design. At ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How much is W40K inspired from the Incal series?

I discovered Warhammer 40K quite late, and something struck me: There is a french comic called the Incal, set in a Sci-Fi world led by a "perfect imperoratriz", a supposedly perfect androgynous ...
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Do Sisters of Battle ever retire?

Do Sisters of Battle ever retire? I realize people in the Imperium can live to be quite old but that's mostly reserved for the heroes and the very wealthy. What about the rank and file, and especially ...
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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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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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What is needed to be done to obtain the powers to become a Daemon Prince?

I have been reading about the subject in Warhammer 40k, and I have raised a series of questions about the "transformation" suffered by a devotee of Chaos to become a Daemon Prince. What are the ...
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Who is the actual “Warmaster”?

I am currently reading Horus Heresy where Horus starts being the "Warmaster". But I have been looking for information about who holds this title at the moment in the universe of Warhammer 40k and I ...
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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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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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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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Are the Primarchs and Emperor Astartes?

So I'm fairly sure in "Virtues of the son" It makes reference to Sanguinius having two hearts. I'm not sure though. I know that the Adeptus Astartes have been augmented and have two hearts. I know ...
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The attitude of Eldar towards the Imperium

Why are do the Eldar feel so superior towards the Imperium? In various instances we are shown and told that a Space Marine is way stronger (raw strength) and close to the dexterity of an Eldar warrior....
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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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What determines whether and how a person mutates in Warhammer 40K?

There seem to be two, perhaps three, sources of mutation in WH40K - one, of course, is the "influence of Chaos" and the other is, curious enough, the exposure to entirely mundane environmental hazards ...
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Are all the Deathwatch members in hold of the Crux Terminatus?

The Deathwatch is collecting the best of the Imperium's Chapters and by the best I mean the top-most veterans of the Space Chapters. Are all the Deathwatch members in hold of the Crux Terminatus? ...