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How was Earth single-handedly capable of creating 3 of the 4 gods of chaos?

You are mistaking cause and effect: Chaos gods haven't been born because there was war/plague/political manipulation happening on Earth, but the events on Earth have happened because the gods were ...
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What kind of tyranid is this?

It definitely looks like a bio-titan Or, to be more precise a Hierophant titan: The Hierophant Bio-Titan is an immense, hideous creature, towering over the battlefields and bristling with spines, ...
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What stops the Chaos gods creating an infinite number of daemons?

Worshipers and worshiping, they need lots and lots of both. GW leaves the exact mechanics vague (probably) in order to give their army of authors some leeway when writing new army books or novels / ...
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Why does this Ultramarine have red armour?

He’s a Techmarine. You can see the black and white Adeptus Mechanicus emblem on his chest. Techmarines are often depicted in red armor or with red helmets with chapter insignia on one shoulder and the ...
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Was the gene seed harvested during the Horus Heresy?

It became much more important post-Heresy TLDR: It's mainly because Chaos Space Marines need to steal Loyalist Marine gene-seed to produce new Marines, their gene-seed is too corrupted to produce new ...
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How can the Astartes be atheist?

This is the Horus Heresy, the 30K - there is no God Emperor and the ruling ideology is the Imperial Truth - rationalistic, atheistic view that Emperor tried to create to starve Chaos Gods from ...
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How was the God Emperor of Mankind able to live among Humanity before the Great Crusade?

Besides @Paul's great answer (that there is no proof that Emperor was as tall as Astartes), there is another point to consider: The Emperor of Mankind is (most likely) the most powerful psyker that ...
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Why aren't Gork and Mork chaos gods?

That's because they are something else. They can't offer you a deal "power for your soul" because they are not interested in giving you power ("Real Ork takez power hm'self!") and ...
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Does any faction in the world of Warhammer 40K take prisoners of war?

Imperium The Imperium of Man is, as the name states, for humans and humans only. Xenos are not tolerated and certainly not accepted within its borders. So, they wont take any PoW from Xenos, they'll ...
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What is the origin of the Emperor of Mankind?

Here is the original fragment regarding the "birth" of the Emperor first described in the "Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned" in 1990: The Emperor was born while the rhythm ...
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How was the God Emperor of Mankind able to live among Humanity before the Great Crusade?

I was not able to find any sources that support your claim that the Emperor was larger than a normal human, and all the lore says that he did spend his mortal days living in secret among normal people ...
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How is the post-heresy Imperium of Man governed exactly?

It's mostly self governed with an overruling force on Terra In 40K the imperium consists of over a million worlds as you said these worlds are hard to keep track off. The IOM (Imperium of Man) is ...
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Is Doombreed Hitler?

Maybe, but probably not I can't find any proof of it, whether or for or against. That said, I think the evidence leans against it. Points in favor: Hitler killed a lot of people and started a ...
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Why did Magnus join Horus in his Heresy?

He did not really. He was tricked by Tzeentch to do so. From Prospero Burns: ‘The Crimson King was loyal. Misguided, but loyal. So this tragedy need never have happened?’ He couldn't save his ...
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Are heretics always executed?

Important is: the Inquisition does not persecute all heretics. For the inquisition (Ordo Hereticus) to become active, the heretic needs to be quite high in the hierarchy. Low level heretics are ...
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(How) do Imperial Auto weapons differ from their 21st century counterparts?

Yes modern weaponry is similar to some 40K weaponry and probably would still be useful but mostly against other humans that have similar weaponry. Weaponry that we recognize today like shotguns, ...
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Is this a reference to "Ozymandias", from Shelley?

With a name like "Deliverance Lost," poetic allusions are very much to be expected. In this particular case, the poem that Corvax finds is the other 1818 poem titled "Ozymandias," ...
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Is there any official link between Warhammer 40,000 and Event Horizon?

Well this is from the writer’s twitter so: @phubar: I played the shit out of 40K, so it was definitely an influence, conscious or otherwise. Twitter, phubar, 4 May 2017
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Does the Emperor have a name?

He had a thousand names over thousand years - he has been known as Gilgamesh, Hercules and Saint George, but his first, original name is a secret. In the "Pariah" novel its suggested (although it ...
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Why is Tau commander Farsight's (O'Shoh) crisis battlesuit painted red?

Legacy from the previous codex editions We known that, currently, Tau blood color is officially cyan, as seen on the Xenology book, published by Games Workshop. There, we have a dissected (female) Tau ...
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Why don't the Dark Eldar use "home grown" humans?

Because free-range Humans are just so much tastier than factory-farmed... If Humans are bred amongst the Dark Eldar and on their worlds, they will eventually become 'domesticated' and grow accustomed ...
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How was the God Emperor of Mankind able to live among Humanity before the Great Crusade?

There is this one story in the Horus Heresy book Tales of Heresy, The Last Church by Graham McNeill, where the Emperor goes and wants to see the last church. Some quotes: The Emperor enters church as ...
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Map of the Imperial Palace on Earth

A map/aerial view of the imperial palace was released with the codex for the Adeptus Custodes (8th edition) With the new Siege of terra series GW have released some lovely new artsy maps. All details ...
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Have the Tyranids ever made use of 'bugs'?

I don't have the actual books for reference, but it seems like small bug-sized Tyranids are used in bio-weapons by other Tyranids. For example, the fleshborer beetle and flesh-worms. The Scataphagoid ...
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Who is responsible to align all Warhammer 40k books or stories?

It seems that in general, this process is a bit Chaotic (pun intended) From the interview with Dan Abnett we have a bit of a glimpse: Question: You mentioned the conversations with the editor – what’...
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Why are the ultramarines considered the "greatest of them all"?

There is no conclusive evidence that the Ultramarines are the greatest of them all. They are widely considered the poster boys of Games Workshop, the IP holder, for Warhammer 40000. Considering the ...
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When did Space Marines become more 'religious'

The Imperial Cult, which states the Emperor of Mankind is a God was made the official religion of the Imperium in the 32nd Millenium. However, it's roots reach to times before the Horus Heresy - ...
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Where do Chaos stand with Tyranids? Are they pro or against?

The Chaos Gods would most probably hate the Tyranids. It's hard to find anything canon pertaining to a Chaos god's opinion on Tryanids. It's reasonable to assume that Khorne would like 'nids, due to ...
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The Emperor's plan to destroy the Chaos Gods

What plan exactly are you talking about here? It sounds like you think the Emperor's plan was simply to conquer the galaxy and overcome all enemies, including the Chaos Gods, by force. That is not so....
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Why don't the Dark Eldar use "home grown" humans?

You have to understand few things about Dark Eldars: They are extremely arrogant - they see themselves (as a race and as individuals) as something absolutely perfect, that whole universe should bow ...
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