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25th May '16 4:24:00 AM Kakai
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* HumanOutsideAlienInside:
** While it'd be heresy to call them "alien", Space Marines definitely count. They look like oversized humans, but the process that turns them into {{One Man Arm|y}}ies is much more intersting on the inside. Their bone structure is remade - among others, their ribs are fused together into a biological "plate" - and they're given third lung (which can breathe in water and oxygen-low environments), a super-kidney and second heart. They also get a membrane that lets them enter suspended animation, an organ that extracts memories from food, gland that lets them spit acid, superhuman enhancements to senses and light armour growing under their skin, which lets them interact with their PowerArmour. Not to mention the progenoids, which are located in the neck and which are the most important of all "extras", as they can grow all those other organs, making them essential to continued existence of Space Marines.
** The Eldar, while looking like tall humans with almond eyes and pointy ears, are also different on the inside. Their skeleton is more plastic and bending, their muscles stronger compared to human ones, their teeth are actually parts of jawbone (like with some birds), and their pregnancy can last several years. There's also the fact that while human psykers appear to age quicker from using their powers, eldar ones start to crystallize instead.
24th May '16 7:10:59 AM zequeins
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* TheArchmage: Almost every race has their own, named characters who are renowned for their mastery of the Warp, save perhaps the Tyranids and the Necrons.
22nd May '16 4:43:24 PM ThraggLootrippa
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** Chaos Marines who survive long enough can start having their power armour slowly bond with their bodies to varying degrees, thanks to the Warp. This has been described as thousands of small hooks finding purchase within their flesh.
18th May '16 3:32:35 AM SuckerPerpetrator
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* CharacterExaggeration: The Imperial Guard's leaders are generally considered {{General Ripper}}s who care very little about their troops because WeHaveReserves by fans, as well as Commissars being complete sadists who will kill Guardsmen at the drop of a hat. Naturally, the Imperium doesn't encourage death-- the 3rd edition 2nd Imperial Guard Codex says itself "A good general does not lead an army to destruction just because he knows it will follow." The Imperium just has lower standards of 'pointless' compared to us. However, that is usually done for GallowsHumor, and helps them say ''Warhammer 40000'' is a WorldHalfEmpty very well. Which it still is.
** It's understandable that Guardsmen lives are treated like that; considering most worlds where guardsmen are recruited from, they're actually considered an exportable product rather than living human beings.

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* CharacterExaggeration: The Imperial Guard's leaders are generally considered {{General Ripper}}s who care very little about their troops because WeHaveReserves by fans, as well as Commissars being complete sadists who will kill Guardsmen at the drop of a hat. Naturally, the Imperium doesn't encourage death-- the 3rd edition 2nd Imperial Guard Codex says itself "A good general does not lead an army to destruction just because he knows it will follow." The Imperium just has lower standards of 'pointless' compared to us. However, that is usually done for GallowsHumor, and helps them say ''Warhammer 40000'' is a WorldHalfEmpty very well. Which it still is.\n** It's understandable that Guardsmen lives are treated like that; considering most worlds where guardsmen are recruited from, they're actually considered an exportable product rather than living human beings.
17th May '16 11:02:31 PM darkknight109
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* AlienKudzu: The specialty of the Tyranids. A planet undergoing assimilation by the swarm starts growing deadly flora, which kills off the local wildlife (both flora ''and'' fauna) and gathers resources for the rippers to easily consume. Imperial bioscientists actually believe that some of the galaxy's most notorious death worlds, like Catachan and Fenris, were planets that underwent partial invasion by the Tyranids before the attack was defeated or interrupted.
17th May '16 10:51:51 PM darkknight109
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** During the Horus Heresy, the Emperor called upon the Forge World of Vostroya to supply desperately-needed soldiers for the war effort. The Vostroyans, believing that it was better for the population to stay on the planet and run the factories. In the aftermath of the Heresy, with the guilt of failing the Emperor hanging over their heads, the Vostroyans vowed to never again fail to heed the call of arms. Since then, the firstborn of every family on the planet-- man or woman, noble or commoner-- is inducted into the Imperial Guard (into a regiment suitably known as the Vostroyan Firstborn).

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** During the Horus Heresy, the Emperor called upon the Forge World of Vostroya to supply desperately-needed soldiers for the war effort. The Vostroyans, believing that it was better for the population to stay on the planet and run the factories.factories, RefusedTheCall. In the aftermath of the Heresy, with the guilt of failing the Emperor hanging over their heads, the Vostroyans vowed to never again fail to heed the call of arms. Since then, the firstborn of every family on the planet-- man or woman, noble or commoner-- is inducted into the Imperial Guard (into a regiment suitably known as the Vostroyan Firstborn).
17th May '16 10:42:13 PM darkknight109
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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is ''Warhammer 40,000'', but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a still more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and helpless to directly intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values.

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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is ''Warhammer 40,000'', but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral mortal injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a still more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and helpless to directly intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values.
17th May '16 8:49:25 PM mobius1
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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is ''Warhammer 40,000'', but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a still more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and helpless to directly intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values. And you thought your job was bad.

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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is ''Warhammer 40,000'', but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a still more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and helpless to directly intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values. And you thought your job was bad.
17th May '16 8:33:53 PM mobius1
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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is 40K, but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a far more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and utterly helpless to intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values. And you thought your job was bad.

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* AndIMustScream: You could pull any number of examples of this trope from the big bag of crapsack and grimdark that is 40K, ''Warhammer 40,000'', but the fate of the Emperor of Mankind deserves special mention. After suffering moral injuries in personal combat against his traitorous son, Horus, the Emperor was compelled to make a far still more dreadful sacrifice to secure the immediate survival of humanity in the aftermath of his son's failed rebellion: The Emperor ordered that his body be cybernetically fused with an arcane device capable of sustaining it past death, so that he could continue to use his godlike mental powers to tune the special psychic beacon which alone enables reliable interstellar travel by humans. Physically crippled to muteness and immobility, he has spent ten thousand years at this task, under constant psychic assault from the same demonic forces which corrupted his son, dependent on the daily sacrifice of thousands of lesser psychics to augment his power, and utterly helpless to directly intervene as the Imperium he gave his life and soul to forge twists into an ever more insane mockery of his own rationalist values. And you thought your job was bad.
12th May '16 6:09:49 PM SpoopS
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* AIIsACrapshoot: The first true human-created artificial intelligences, the Iron Men, wiped out humanity's first great interstellar civilization and plunged the human race into a galaxy-wide dark age. The Adeptus Mechanicus outlawed sentient [=AIs=] as a result, and for the most part the Imperium's modern-day "machine spirits" are pretty well-behaved (if you treat them right).

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* AIIsACrapshoot: The first true human-created artificial intelligences, the Iron Men, wiped out rebelled due to Chaos. A small factor in ending humanity's first great interstellar civilization and plunged played a part in the descent of the human race into a galaxy-wide dark age. The Adeptus Mechanicus outlawed sentient [=AIs=] as a result, and for the most part the Imperium's modern-day "machine spirits" are pretty well-behaved (if you treat them right).
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