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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 the recent Black Library books attempting to retcon Abbadon?

I have just finished the Talon of Horus, in several places it suggests that Abbadon is a clone of Horus. I have also seen this idea postulated online in several places. This is, however, ...
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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 ...
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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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How do Eldar Rangers get back to their craftworld?

It is known that Eldar Rangers quit the path of the Eldar and left their craftworld. However they are still connected to it. Take Alaitoc for instance, where they still fight for their craftworld on ...
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Can a Demon Prince be permanently killed?

In warhammer lore it is mentioned in several novels, Talon of Horus as an example, that demons can't really be killed, only temporarily unmade and forced to remake themselves in the warp. Once a ...
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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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What are the color schemes for Dark Angels Space Marines?

All I'm finding is: Dark Green Black Tan What other colors could I go with them? I could easily just make them my own scheme, but I'd like to somewhat stick to their backstory.
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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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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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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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How can an Imperator Titan house a city on its shoulders when it's only 100 meters tall?

I've often been confused at the size of Warhammer 40k titans. I've been reading one of the Horus Heresy books and it describes an Imperator class titan as having a small city on its shoulders with ...
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Why do space marines value their gene-seed surviving?

In several books I've read recently an emphasis is put on saving the gene-seed of specific individuals. In Soul Hunter, Talos comments about possibly not saving the gene-seed of specific brothers ...
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Why was there not a firestorm at Tallarn?

At Istvaan after the planet is virus bombed, the decaying matter creates a large amount of flammable gas (methane etc) in the atmosphere. One of the ships fires into the atmosphere then igniting the ...
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Loyalist Primarch return conditions

Ferrus Manus and Sanguinius are dead. Some primarchs, i.e. Leman Russ and Vulkan, have stated conditions for their return. Leman Russ will return for the Wolftime, Vulkan when 9 Artifacts he had ...
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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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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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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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By the 41st millenium, how many people know the truth of how the Heresy started?

I have just finished reading The Buried Dagger and a section at the end seems to indicate that even 7 years into the Heresy the main actors of the Heresy still don't understand how or why it began. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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In Dan Abnett's “Gaunt's Ghosts: The Anarch”, when were the Tanith infiltrated?

WARNING: this question is about the latest novel in the Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett. It's really hard to ask it without spoiling anything about the story arc set up in Salvation's Reach and ...
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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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Naval Engagements in the Warp

Is it possible for vessels to engage in combat while within the Warp? I can find many bits of information relating to the fighting of daemonic incursions while in the Warp, so presumably weapons must ...
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What nationality are each of the legions meant to resemble?

Is there a definitive description of which nation/region each of the founding legions supposedly most closely resembles? A few I think I know: White Scars: Eurasia (East Asian European) Space ...
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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 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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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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What did the emperor do before becoming the Emperor?

What do we know about what the Emperor did before the Unification of Terra? He was born 8000 BC in Anatolia. This Q&A sheds a light on his birth. I don't really care about how he was born, either ...
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How do tau ethereals control the tau?

In Warhammer 40k, the Tau Empire is lead by Ethereals. The 5th Tau codex states ‘it is speculated that they (ethereals) exert some kind of pheromone based or latent psychic control over the other ...
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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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(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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Are there any canon discrepancies preventing the Warhammer universe from being the future of the Star Trek universe? [closed]

Talk about clash of the worlds! The Star Trek universe to my knowledge only extends up to the 29th centuary (or the 2.9th millenia), has had something similar to the STC disaster and features a '...
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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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Is it possible the four chaos gods of the Warhammer 40K franchise were once mortal?

In Aaron Dembski-Dowden's great novel The First Heretic, there are lines And you are not the first Colchisians to reach this world. Khanne, Tezen, Slanat, Narag, all ventured here, millennia ago, ...
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Who is the goddess Nurgle tests his potions on and is she in both universes?

May need to split this into 2 questions. I remember reading several years ago that Nurgle has a female being (think elven goddess) trapped in his garden. She has the power to heal any ill and so he ...
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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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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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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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Could a Necron be reprogrammed?

In the WH40k universe, Necrons were once Necron'tyr who sold their soul's to C'tan an ancient god. He put them into living metal bodies so they could live forever. However, what I'm not clear on is ...
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Why did Mortarion join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Has Dan Abnett said that The Anarch is his last Ghosts book?

After writing The Anarch has the author said anywhere that this is his final book in the series? I mean the last 3 books are together called "The Victory"...
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What is the source of this quote about Doombreed?

On the Spanish Wiki page, we have this quote about the Daemon Lord Doombreed, attributed to Richter Kless: Un antiguo Príncipe de Khorne llamado Doombreed empujará a los mejores y más puros de la ...
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Why do non-imperial humans prefer Autoguns to lasguns?

The lasgun is described as the main weapon of the imperial guard with the imperial guard codex mentioning that one of the main advantages to it is the ability to easily recharge ammo cartridges if a ...
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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 ...