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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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How do Centurion warsuits fit into existing fluff?

I was wondering how GW would go about integrating those Centurion warsuits into the existing fluff, but as far as I can see, they're going total retcon. I mean, I get the new anti-air tanks. Some new ...
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What is the reason for the Independance of The Farsight Enclaves?

Following the Events of the Damocles Crusade, an Expeditionary force Led by Commander Farsight recaptured Tau Territories and established a fortified region on the far side of the Damocles Gulf. The ...
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Do any chapters wipe initiates’ minds on becoming a space marine?

Many years ago I remember reading information about how, when an initiate was turned into a space marine, part of the process involved wiping his memories of his past life. This was completed ...
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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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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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How Ynnari protect themselves from Slaanesh?

Every Eldar is at risk of losing his/her soul to She-Who-Thirsts. Fortunately, there are ways to protect themselves from that: Craftworld Eldars wear spirit stones and follow strict mental Paths, ...
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Can Lucius transform a Pariah

Lucius the eternal has the ability to transform his killer in him again. Since that day, Lucius has borne a peculiar blessing from his patron, Slaanesh. Whoever takes his chosen champion's life, ...
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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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What is a rough estimate of the number of forces that the Imperium Possesses in Total?

There are 1 million Adeptus Astartes (until they are replaced by Primaris.) 10000 or so Adeptus Custodes 18(+2?) Original primarchs AND ONE TRUE EMPEROR ! ! ! Glory be to he, who sits atop the ...
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Is there anything in the lore that supports this game mechanism for the Dark Angel in the 3rd edition?

In the 3rd edition of the game, the Dark Angels have a few special rules to reflect their differences with more vanilla Codex Astartes-compliant Space Marine Chapters. One of them are the presence of ...
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Necron unit from “Hellforged” described as “a titanic metal-shod beetle”

I'm reading Hellforged by Ben Counter and there is a description of a Necron that I don't recognize, can anyone tell me what it is? It was shaped like a titanic metal-shod beetle, pulling itself ...
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The Macharius trilogy - is there a statement from William King about the storytelling?

In the Macharius Trilogy 1 Angel of Fire, the story is told from the view of one of Macharius guardsman in review of his life in the guard of Macharius. The first book ends with no stop to that kind ...
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Have we seen what became of the Gene seed the Alpha Legion stole from the Ravenguard?

During the Horus Heresy Alpharius (it may or may not have actually been him) stole the improved Gene seed Corax developed to create his Space Marines MKII. He then left a tainted gene seed in place ...
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Incubation period for Eldar Children

The title might not be perfect, but the idea is there. How long does it take Eldar children to be born? Reading the new eldar codex: every year there are fewer of their number to take up arms ...
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Which Primarch has been shown to be the strongest in battle?

In the Ravenguard Novella Soulforge Corax takes on and destroys 2 defilers on his own. I have been trying to think of a situation where a Primarch has been shown to equal or better this kind of ...
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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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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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Is the Emperor really related to these people?

I have just started reading Master of Mankind and within the first few pages you find out. A bit further on you then see a child in the earliest days of the development of civilization avenge his ...
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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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How do you communicate with a Necron Warrior?

The average Necron warrior is not the best at pleasant communication. I don't expect him to chat to his mates down the pub. I wouldn't be surprised if the Necron lords (looking at 6th edition fluff) ...
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Where to read about the Gathering Storms events?

Status quo has been the norm for the narrative of WarHammer 40k. However, through the Gathering Storm campain, Games Workshop decided to completely change the shape of the Galaxy: Cadia and Bieltan ...
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Why is Blenner allowed to remain a Commissar?

Throughout the Gaunts Ghosts books there are references that explain Blenner's behavior, lack of discipline and sheer competence as a Commissar. Commissariat takes their role very, very seriously. ...
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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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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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Why don't Sisters of Battle fall to chaos as Space Marines do?

I know both Sisters of Battle and Space Marines employ a lot of brainwashing and mental reconditioning to their recruits to assure loyalty to the Emperor and the Imperium, but there was only one ...
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Was a legion's philosophy and tactical preference inherent even before being reunited with their Primarch?

The legions were created by the Emperor out of the genetic material of each Primarch, but in all cases the Primarchs were also shaped and changed by their experiences growing up and the environments ...
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Can an apothecary create a space marine?

I've wondered for a while about it. Apothecary's are able to extract the geneseed and special organs from a dead space marine, so are they able to create a space marine or do they not have the proper ...
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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? ...
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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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Has the Thousand Sons involvement in the Heresy been ret-conned?

I may be wrong, but I am sure that in previous versions of the story of the Horus Heresy, the Thousand Sons played almost no role following the destruction of Prospero. Magnus took the survivors and ...
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Is Princeps Rank related to the Titan Engine they drive?

When a Princeps is promoted do they also leave there engine and move to a "bigger" machine? For Example a Warhound Princeps would be promoted to a Reaver, then a Warlord or does the engine have no ...
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Has the “history” of Tallarn changed?

I have been reading the Tallarn novel of the Horus Heresy series. I know that Tallarn of the 40K universe has always been a dessert world but given how Games Workshop like to change its own history ...
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Had the Tyranids attacked Cadia, would their very presence clog the Eye of Terror?

The question was worded in past tense, because The Eye of Terror is basically a permanent Warp Rift, a direct connection between the material world to the Immaterium. On the other hand, the very ...
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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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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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Can a waystone be lost without being destroyed?

Can an Eldar's waystone be lost without being retrieved or destroyed ? If it does, is it like an inert material (with a spirit potential inside) ?
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in the 41st millenium Are the Space wolves still the Emperors Executioners?

In the Horus Heresy books Leman Russ indicates that the whole purpose of the Space Wolves is to act as the Emperors Executioners/Enforcers dealing with all threats to the Emperor and, it is suggested, ...
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What happened to the Conversion Beamer?

Back in the 2nd, and I think 3rd edition, of 40K there was a fantastic weapon called a Conversion Beamer. This was a suitably overpowered heavy weapon that could literately transform matter it was ...
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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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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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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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Where do the Ethereals come from?

I've been reading up on the Ethereals from the Tau race. It occurred to me that GW hasn't officially come out and declared where they are from. It also states that the Imperium doesn't know how the ...
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How could a sister of battle win against a necron army?

So, I've read the book Hammer and Anvil by James Swallow and I'm a bit confused. I really like the Adepta Sororitas, but even so I'm still puzzled as how a simple sister could actually win against an ...
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Early (pre-1994) Warhammer 40K Space Marine novel about three central characters becoming battle brothers

I read this some time before 1994 so my memory is hazy. If I recall correctly it has three central characters who are from different, warring gangs representing different tiers of a Hive City. They ...
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What are the enumerations?

In many of the Horus Heresy books the Thousand Sons legions use the enumerations. These are numbered, I THINK there are eight (although I don't know where I got that from) and we know each are ...
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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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Can anyone identify the classes of these Warhammer 40k ships?

This image isn't the clearest but it's the best screenshot I could get. It's from the final cutscene of Dawn of War 2. Can anyone identify the classes of each of these ships? It can be difficult to ...
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What is the name of this story about a psychopathic priest

I recall reading a comic once that had a psychopathic priest/inquisitor from Warhammer 40k. He had a fat, small assistant and was very zealous. It might have been set in Necromunda. There were plague ...
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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 ...