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 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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Is there evidence to suggest that the Emperor of Mankind is still in control of the Imperium?

There seem to be some inconsistencies in the Imperium's laws prior and post the Horus heresy, regarding religion: Prior: The Emperor was opposed to religion, instead he promoted a secular society. He ...
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Does the general population know that the Emperor of Mankind's physical body is dead?

Does the average human in the 41st millennium know that the Emperor is "dead"? Alternatively at what point in the chain of government/military/religious institutions does this knowledge end? For ...
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Discrepancy in the Imperium of Man's attitude towards STCs

Why are Standard Template Constructs (STCs) not considered heretical by the Imperium? An STC is a store of knowledge from the dark age of technology, that is operated by an artificially intelligent ...
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Alaric's impression in the first Grey Knights book

SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN COMMENTS In the first Grey Knights book written by Ben Counter why is Alaric so contempt on believing that Tancred's body could not be found - Alaric knew that it never would ...
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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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Is Horus Heresy the series that chronicles the oldest “lore” in Warhammer 40k?

I've heard some people call Horus Heresy warhammer 30k since it really happense before 40k. I was wondering if there are any books that talk about the story even before Horus Heresy. Basically, is ...
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Why aren't Gork and Mork chaos gods?

Lists of chaos gods generally focus on the Khorne, Slaanesh, Nurgle, and Tzeentch, with the Emperor sometimes being considered among their number (if you are being heretical). Malal is sometimes ...
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Can new titans or Space Marines still be produced in Warhammer 40k?

In general there are still quite a few forge worlds retaining this knowledge. If we're considering books as cannon material: In Titanicus don't they imply that they still produce some? If you have ...
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Are space marines Sterile?

Could a Space Marine father a child? I haven't been able to find any canonical answer either way... I've found hints that it may be possible, but a lot of people seem convinced it's not.
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Can the Adepta Sororitas bear children?

I have read somewhere (forgot the source since it was some time ago) that the Adepta Sororitas menstruate normally. If this is true and my memory does not fail me, can they have children? Because it ...
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Could a lone Space Marine create its own chapter

Hey I'm new to the whole space marine chapters and was interested in making/creating my own chapter. Is it possible to make a chapter where a marine has been abandoned by his chapter in a war and goes ...
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What kind of helmets are these?

I've been troubled by helmets recently. Namely, artwork of Horus leading the Sons of Horus into battle. The image shows all sorts of variations of space marine helmets ranging from the Mk4 helmet to ...
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Was Alexis Polux Chapter Master for longer than Dante?

Polux is said (on Lexicanum and 40k wiki admittedly) to have served for eight centuries as Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists. Although Dante is probably older at 1300+ years, I don't know who has ...
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What “Dark Bargain” was made by the Cult Mechanicus to repair the Golden Throne?

In Warhammer 40k, the Golden Throne maintains the physical remnants of the Emperor of Mankind and anchors him to the Astronomocron in the bowels of the Imperial Palace on Terra. Over the millennia, ...
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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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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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Who was the Primarch of the Blood Ravens?

I was playing Dawn of War 2 lately and I was wondering who the primarch of the blood ravens was?
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The use of Chaos weapons against Chaos

I have read in a comment that quote " There are some chapters that even use Chaos forged weapons against Chaos ", the comment is from this question . Wouldn't the chapters using such weapons be ...
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(40k Dark Angels) Are any loyalist Fallen still alive?

I know the hunt for the Fallen is a big part of Dark Angels lore, and I know that a number of Fallen Angels turned fully to Chaos and live full-time in the Warp, where they live forever agelessly. But ...
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Has there been any sea battles in W40k?

Does the W40k lore/history contain any battles fought at sea (or under it)? I'm just wondering because I've never seen a sea-faring ship in W40k.
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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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Orks and Chaos? What? 40K [closed]

So I was looking in the rules, and I saw that Chaos and Orks are Allies of Convenience. Does this have any canon backing? I mean, fluff-wise. Sorry.
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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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What level of education do average citizens have in the Warhammer 40k universe?

How much education does the Emperor give his subjects? Is the average inhabitant of a macropole or forgeworld able to read His word? Do they learn about the vastness of the Imperium of Mankind and ...
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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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What was the other 'Terra' system in Horus Rising?

I just finished my first 40k book, Horus Rising. The false Imperium, complete with 9 planets, yellow star, and Terra intrigued me. I was hoping that eventually some explanation would be provided: ...
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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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Would the Imperium of Man fall if the Emperor finally died? [closed]

How long would Humans last without their golden child? Would they be able to recover from such a death.
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Do the Imperium know of Eldars history?

and if so, do they know to what extent they ruled the galaxy? I often wonder why Eldar have such an arogance and if the humans know of how long the Eldar have exsisted.
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To the best of the Imperium knowledge how many eldar currently exist?

I'd love to know if they have any idea on the numbers
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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 are the names of the Current Lords of Terra?

In the most current timeline of the W40k universe it is M42. Of the 12 Lords that are supposed to rule the Empire of Man I know only the name of one, Decius XXIII is Ecclesiarch of the Adeptus ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When did Space Marines become more 'religious'

I know 10,000 years is obviously a long time, but the Emperor decreed he was not a God and many of the Loyalists legions upheld this belief, though some obviously worshipped him slightly in secret. In ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Space Marines vs Imperial Guard

I am currently playing Dawn of War - Soulstorm and I am wondering why Space Marines of the Blood Ravens Chapter fight The 252nd Conservator Regiment of the Imperial Guard, since both Space Marines and ...