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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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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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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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Why is Slaanesh so young compared to the other Chaos Gods?

Considering the Chaos Gods are all fueled by negative emotion, and Slaanesh is fueled by one of the most base of all emotions, Lust, I would have expected Slaanesh to be the oldest of the lot. ...
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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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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 do the Chaos Gods get “stronger”?

Most things I read indicate certain acts make the Chaos Gods stronger, for instance Khorne is strengthened by slaughter, while Nurgle feeds on despair. But what does this empowerment actually entail?...
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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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Do Space Marines ever have contact with their families

While many of the chapters recruit from dangerous planets where potential space marines are found among the child survivors of brutal gang warfare, or an environment that wants to kill them, or the ...
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Do techmarines know enough to train other techmarines?

Imagine a space marine chapter which has lost contact with most of the Imperium (in particular, with Mars and other forge worlds) for centuries or even millenia, or a chapter which has fallen out with ...
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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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When did the other Traitor legions kill their loyalists?

Isstvan 3 is the site where the Sons of Horus, Death guard, Emperor's Children and World Eaters killed most of the loyalists in their legions. The Thousand Sons are a special case since they didn't ...
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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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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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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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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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Who is responsible to align all Warhammer 40k books or stories? [duplicate]

Given that Black Library offers an enormous number of books, I was wondering what the process looks like which ensures that all the stories do align nicely and do not contradict each other. Is there ...
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What other Space Marine forces are there with a similar purpose to the Ravenwing?

So, as many of you will know, the purpose of the Ravenwing is to hunt down the traitorous Dark Angels that betrayed the Legion in the depths of the Horus Heresy. The Dark Angel successor chapters (...
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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 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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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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(40k) How does a Space Marine get into and out of his power armor?

How does a space marine get into his armor? I understand that the armor itself is separated into segments, such as the torso and pauldrons are separate and can be replaced when damaged. Is the armor ...
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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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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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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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Do other races have their own versions of Blanks?

The pariah gene within the Human Race is a very important gene for the forces of the imperium that fight the forces of the warp, rogue psykers etc. Are there any examples of other species having ...
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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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What is the fate of Space Wolves in M42?

Space Wolves have been decimated in recent years with Wulfen curse, Daemonic incursions in Fenris system etc. What is the current state of the Chapter and is the knowledge of the Wulfen curse now ...
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Is Doombreed Hitler?

Just saw another question regarding Doombreed, and it made me wonder. Evidence from the text: His True Name was long forgotten, remembered only on a scroll of dried skin, but he was once human, a ...
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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 there any instances of Blanks serving as Space Marines?

Are there any instances in literature of Blanks/pariahs serving as Space Marines? Surely they'd be unstoppable when facing warp entities. I know assassins can be blanks and they're rare, etc.
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Astartes Legion homeworld had the primarchs not been abducted?

The Primarchs have been abducted from the Emperors laboratory when they were still being created. The Chaos Gods then distributed them on different planets. After being reunited with his legions, the ...
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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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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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How did the warrior lodges help to spread the Heresy?

There are several mentions of the warrior lodges in the Horus Heresy books. According to the books, this helped Lorgar to spread the heresy. From Lexicanums Warrior Lodge Article: The Warrior ...
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How do the thousand sons replace their ranks?

At the battle of Prospero, the thousand sons were decimated by the space puppies, then Ahriman turned the majority of the survivors into warp dust inside their battle Armour, turning them into walking,...
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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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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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Do blanks have souls?

Is there an authoritative source stating whether or not blanks in Warhammer 40,000 have souls? (as opposed to pariahs which definitely do not?) I seem to recall around 3e that there was no real ...
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Rebirth of the Emperor of Mankind

Has there been any canon that forecasts the rebirth of the Emperor? Yes, there have been descriptions of some concepts regarding his "second coming", as in the Star Child, but are there narratives ...
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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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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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What happened to the Warrior Lodges of loyalist Legions during the Horus Heresy?

In Warhammer 40k, the Warrior Lodges were secret groups amongst the Space Marines Legions during the Great Crusade. They presented themselves as a transversal organization, where official hierarchy ...
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Do we know yet any details of the lifting of the edict of Nikea?

The Edict of Nikea forced the legions to ban the biggest threat to the forces of chaos and ensured the thousand sons eventual turn, as, in a typically stupid short sighted move by the emperor he ...
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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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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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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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How do Space Marines put their helmet over long hair?

Some Imperial Space Marines in Warhammer 40K are shown with long hair and/or long beards - the Space Wolves in particular. This must get in the way if they ever have to put on a helmet quickly, in the ...
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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 ...
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What's the name of this Space Marine Commander?

I've got him as a gift and don't know where it was bought. Material is metal, hand-painted by gifter (by the original scheme I believe). Any suggestions on his id?
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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 ...