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4th Oct '17 8:26:04 AM Raveled
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* At one point Lucius was killed by a Thousand Sons Rubric Marines swordsman, who is basically just a magic robot without any emotions or impulses of its own. Another time Lucius was killed by a Necron Lord, a creature without a soul who would be immune to Slaanesh's magics. Both times the Dark Prince just brought Lucius back. It seems like that s/he isn't willing to let her/his champion go that easily.
4th Oct '17 7:53:10 AM Raveled
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** In the Ravenor books, there's a Blank on the Inquisitor's team who is basically a pick-up artist and is constantly looking at nudie mags. People justify leaving him alone because he's an odious little toad, but they'd want to leave him alone anyway because he's a Blank. This troper's headcanon is that every Blank develops a bad smell or poor grooming or horrible personal habits so that people want to leave them alone, as a manifestation of their soulless nature.
30th Sep '17 8:03:58 PM nombretomado
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** It's been stated repeatedly within the setting. Lasguns have variable power settings, and at full power they can tear limbs off and shoot through two meters of concrete. I don't remember the exact soucebook (I think 2nd Ed. Imperial Guard Codex?) explicitly mentioned that power level, and both the ''GauntsGhosts'' and ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' books are consistent with this interpretation.

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** It's been stated repeatedly within the setting. Lasguns have variable power settings, and at full power they can tear limbs off and shoot through two meters of concrete. I don't remember the exact soucebook (I think 2nd Ed. Imperial Guard Codex?) explicitly mentioned that power level, and both the ''GauntsGhosts'' ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' and ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' books are consistent with this interpretation.
27th Jul '17 3:42:59 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** One thing you have to remember about the Chaos Gods is that they don't actually want to win. They're fully GenreSavvy about the VictoryIsBoring trope. They much prefer the current status quo of the galaxy that lends itself better to feeding them than a galaxy under which they won would. With that in mind, they'd tolerate if not outright encourage the Alpha Legion's closet-loyalist tendencies to ensure that their forces never quite succeed.

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** One thing you have to remember about the Chaos Gods is that they don't actually want to win. They're fully GenreSavvy aware about the VictoryIsBoring trope. They much prefer the current status quo of the galaxy that lends itself better to feeding them than a galaxy under which they won would. With that in mind, they'd tolerate if not outright encourage the Alpha Legion's closet-loyalist tendencies to ensure that their forces never quite succeed.
10th Jun '17 2:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* According to [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Earthshaker_Cannon this page]], the standard Earthshaker Cannon is a 132mm gun with a maximum range of over 15 km (more with additional powder bags). While we don't know why the Imperium favors bagged propellant instead of cased munition, why a piece mostly inferior to our current weapons? The WorldWarII-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M114_155_mm_howitzer M114]] had similar range (and much superior with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M549 M549 rocket-assisted round]]) and a larger caliber (inherited by ''WorldWarI''-era pieces), and current guns have the same 155mm caliber ''and'' superior range (around 19 km ''without rocket-assisted rounds''. Rocket-assisted rounds would have longer ranges)...

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* According to [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Earthshaker_Cannon this page]], the standard Earthshaker Cannon is a 132mm gun with a maximum range of over 15 km (more with additional powder bags). While we don't know why the Imperium favors bagged propellant instead of cased munition, why a piece mostly inferior to our current weapons? The WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M114_155_mm_howitzer M114]] had similar range (and much superior with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M549 M549 rocket-assisted round]]) and a larger caliber (inherited by ''WorldWarI''-era ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarI''-era pieces), and current guns have the same 155mm caliber ''and'' superior range (around 19 km ''without rocket-assisted rounds''. Rocket-assisted rounds would have longer ranges)...
27th May '17 1:58:01 PM Antigone3
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* How long does a typical human live in the 40k universe? I mean, Space Marines live for hundreds of years, but I've read that Ciaphis Cain is two hundred years old. Do some people get some kind of regenerative treatment?

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* How long does a typical human live in the 40k universe? I mean, Space Marines live for hundreds of years, but I've read that Ciaphis Ciaphas Cain is two hundred years old. Do some people get some kind of regenerative treatment?


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** Cain is confirmed, in ''Cain's Last Stand'' as I recall, to have gotten juvenat treatments. Amberley also arranged for Jurgen to get under-the-counter juvenat (since telling the medicae why she wanted him to get the treatments would have blown his secret sky-high).
25th May '17 5:30:45 PM Alt_Knight
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*** Librarians and Chaplains represent centuries or more of service to the Chapter in battle. They aren't just desk jockeys; they go out and fight and lead command squads of their own. Most had careers in their Chapter before being elevated to the position of Librarian or Chaplain, anyways, such as Grimaldus of the Black Templars who was a Sword Brother before studying to be a Chaplain. Each is probably trained in leadership and tactics and even if not they have more than enough experience to lead a fight small enough that only a portion of the company has to fight and even if they didn't they have plenty of experienced Marines and sergeants serving under them to fill in the gap.
13th May '17 5:10:13 PM nombretomado
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* Are the [[StarCraft Zerg]] really [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the Tyranids? I've heard somewhere that the 'nids only became a fully fledged HordeOfAlienLocusts after ''StarCraft'' was released. I've also seen some photos of second edition models, and they looked nothing like the modern Tyranids or the Zerg.

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* Are the [[StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft Zerg]] really [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the Tyranids? I've heard somewhere that the 'nids only became a fully fledged HordeOfAlienLocusts after ''StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' was released. I've also seen some photos of second edition models, and they looked nothing like the modern Tyranids or the Zerg.
8th Mar '17 9:54:35 AM nombretomado
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** It's also that Jurgen is an {{Expy}} of Private McAuslan, GM Fraser's other classic series besides Flashman. McAuslan is depicted as something like Pigpen, and is occasionably forcibly washed by his comrades. On the one occasion he is shown clean, he is unrecognizable.

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** It's also that Jurgen is an {{Expy}} of Private McAuslan, Literature/McAuslan, GM Fraser's other classic series besides Flashman. McAuslan [=McAuslan=] is depicted as something like Pigpen, and is occasionably forcibly washed by his comrades. On the one occasion he is shown clean, he is unrecognizable.
2nd Mar '17 6:39:46 PM Zaptech
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** If the Dark Eldar tried to invade a Craftworld directly through the Webway, that invasion would be terribly short-lived... and then the Craftworld's Eldar would come to pay Commoragh a visit and return the favor. And trust me, the Dark Eldar are hell on wheels when it comes to surprise attacks, but they're not quite so adept when it comes to defending themselves. A Craftworld's Eldar rolling up and kicking in the door to Commoragh would cause all manner of lengthy and often quite terminal problems for the Dark Eldar. They'd likely repel the attack, but the damage they'd take doing so would be rather catastrophic. Attacking a Craftworld is akin to headbutting a hornet's nest, except these hornets fly at Mach 5, are precognitive, and literally shoot lasers from their faces.
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