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The Spread of the Imperium of Man The real reason the Imperium of Man has spread so far (relatively speaking, the Imperium only covers one quarter of the entire galaxy even in the 41st century) is because of several millennia of expansion, once during their Fusion Age of barely faster than light expansion for 14,000 years and then another 10,000 years of ...


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The in-universe answers I have seen are twofold: Firstly the Primarchs were all male; space marines are created using their gene seed and it reacts poorly to being implanted into a female. As others have pointed out, from Lexicanum we have: They must be male because the zygotes are keyed to male hormones and tissue types. Secondly (and possibly most ...


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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 born. In the first and second millennium, humanity's impact on the galaxy was next to non-existing1: yes, the Emperor was already alive, but he was pretending to ...


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As you surmise, sir, 989.M41 is the 989th year of the 41st Millennium. 138.997.M41 is the 138/1000th fraction of the 997th year of the 41st millennium. This is a notation used by the Administratum, rather than by common Imperial subjects. To and outsider or an apprentice ink-well filler this system may perhaps seem counter-intuitive, but I assure you that ...


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No. While the Chaos Deities are incredibly powerful in their own right, they have no means by which to infiltrate the Tyranid fleets to exert their powers. The Tyranids are so powerful mentally and work as such a complete collective being they cannot be affected by the Powers of Chaos. The Chaos Gods are the supernatural rulers of the Immaterium (the Warp)...


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No, air superiority was an afterthought in the Warhammer Universes. In early versions of the game, it was barely considered at all. Does it exist in the more modern versions? To an extent, but it is far less of a functional element than all of the pages spent on the ground combat aspects. The novels make a much greater effort to consider air power than the ...


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Short answer : Games Workshop officially stated that the 2 universes are not linked in any way. (edit if you find a link to that statement, but i'm sure of it) Long answer : the two worlds were previously kind of related but Games Workshop broke the link in the third edition of 40k The context (and timeline) of this affirmation is important This is a link ...


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A Space Marine enjoys the dubious type of longevity called "immortal until killed". Several Chapter Masters boast lifespans of over a thousand years of age. There are also Chaos Marines who are still alive (such as it is) for over ten thousand years, living in the Eye of Chaos. Commander Dante is one of the most experienced and able Space Marine ...


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Humanity and the Imperium of Man Humans in the Imperium of Man do not possess any significant difference from modern humans outside of environmental variances based on worlds they may inhabit, lifestyles and cultures on the worlds of the Imperium. There are two major differences between Humans in the Imperium and modern humans. The first is their ...


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Ton per ton, a Titan has value on a number of levels that if rumors of a working one that is not in the hands of the Imperium should surface, all haste is made to get it. If it is in the hands of the enemy or the enemy is fielding their own Titan, every resource is made available to destroy it. Titans can turn the tide of battle so completely as to render ...


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While Cyclonic Torpedoes are pretty powerful, there is something far more dangerous: The Celestial Orrery, built and owned by the Necrons. It's basically a real-time 3D holographic map of the entire galaxy, that allows for physical interaction. If you were to move a planet or snuff out one of the star lights, a similar fate would immediately beset the real ...


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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 / short-stories. It differs from 40k to Fantasy too, but generally the Chaos gods need a huge amount of worshipers doing whatever it is that particular Chaos god ...


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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, tendrils and symbiote weapons. They are amongst the largest biomorphs yet encountered by the forces of the Imperium amongst the swarms of the Hive Fleets, ...


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The Imperium didn't lose all of its advanced technology but millions of worlds who were now disconnected from the Imperium after the Warp Storms started lost their technological edge by being unable to renew their resources from other Imperium worlds. Overdependence on one technology was one of the reasons the Imperium fell into ruin. The other was a series ...


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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 Adeptus Mechanicus insignia on the other.


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It is a misnomer to believe Slaanesh is only the god of physical beauty or that anyone who worships him will be beautiful. Slananesh is a shapechanger so can be as beautiful or horrifying as she/he wants to be. As a matter of fact, his worshipers come in all sizes and shapes. Slaanesh translates from the Eldar as the "Prince of Pleasure." Slaanesh is the ...


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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 Marines the old fashioned way. Loyalist Marines really don't like it when that happens. If we consider how a gene-seed is created: a gene-seed is implanted in ...


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Event Horizon was written by Philip Eisner and Andrew Kevin Walker and was distributed by Paramount Pictures. I can find no real link between Paramount and Games Workshop nor between the Event Horizon writers and the Warhammer 40K writers. Therefore this sounds like an unsubstantiated rumor based on the similarity of the warp drive in Event Horizon to the "...


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Yes. A Space Marine can remove their armor. Space Marines Armour types in comparison: Dreadnought Armour, Centurion Armour, tactical Dreadnought Armour or Terminator Armour, Power Armour, Scout Armour (from left to right) All of the listed armors above with the exception of the Dreadnought are all able be worn by Space Marines after their final gene-seed ...


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[Warning, SPOILERS for the Horus Heresy novels below] It's an interesting theory, there are after all strong hints that Emperor has a heads up that he will die, but it's unlikely: The Emperor likely stole the bio-tech/warp magic used to create the Primarchs from the Warp. He went to great lengths to safeguard his sons from the warp but lost them anyway. ...


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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 believers. Simply speaking, at this stage of the Great Crusade no one heard about Chaos Gods and eventual meeting with demons was described as meeting "very dangerous ...


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Technically? A marine can take as much as they want in the form of additional ammo clips. Take a look at the MK6 schematic: The ammo clip is a small little package in the bottom right that's affixed to the marine's utility belt. There's no space in the backpack as that's a power supply, nor is there space in the rest of the armour. In the old Rogue Trader ...


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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 governed by the Adeptus Terra which is the central organisation body of the imperium. within the Adeptus terra are most of the official departments and ...


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The Alpha Legion are unique amongst the various Traitor Legions - they followed Horus in his heresy, but then did not follow the other Legions into the Eye of Terror. It is possible that they are still loyal to the Emperor (but not to the Cult of the Emperor) - but while they have not wholly fallen to Chaos, they still work with the Chaos Legions and help ...


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Alright, before I give a detailed answer, here are some historical details about Games Workshop that are relevant to the issue : Rick Priestley joined GW in 82 with a game he developed called Rogue Trader, which would in the future become Warhammer 40k (due to worrying about it being confused with Rogue Trooper, another game they published). From the ads ...


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NO. It is unlikely the Tyrannid menace were created by Human technology since they show up on the galactic map at the very edge of the Galaxy, far beyond the range of any Human technology has ever reached. Their flight path indicates they are coming from outside the galaxy, not from within. The genetic technology of the Tyrannids is FAR beyond anything ...


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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 are not interested in your soul ("Woz dad?"). Occasionally they can give a blessing to a powerful warboss or a weirdboy, but most of the time they are focused on trying to kill ...


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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 and an audiolog describing their physiology that says that the specimen's blood is a blue fluid, and that its skin is grey/blue. While there are many debates ...


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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 highly deadly war, which Khorne would appreciate. His armies did ravage entire nations. He was responsible for genocide during the second millenium. "Breed" sounds a ...


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Slannesh is young compared to the other Chaos Gods because his existence was due to a particular event called the Fall of the Eldar at the end of the Age of Strife. His/Her birth was caused through the unrestricted hedonistic activities of the psychically-aware, technologically advanced, culturally decadent and far-reaching Eldar Empire. In the early ...


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