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8th Jun '16 8:02:54 AM TangoThree
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* WeirdWeather: Warp storms are disturbances over vast expanses of space that can engulf entire systems, cutting off sections for galaxy for centuries at a time. The Dark Eldar and forces of Chaos can exerce some measure of control.

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* WeirdWeather: Warp storms are disturbances over vast expanses of space that can engulf entire systems, cutting off sections for galaxy for centuries at a time. The Dark Eldar and forces of Chaos can exerce exercise some measure of control.control over them. Subverted by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Shadow in the Warp]], which has the same effect - isolating a star system from hyperspace travel and communication - but isn't a natural phenomenon. It's the psychic presence of the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] [[EldritchAbomination hive mind]], and the first and only warning you'll get before the hive fleet arrives to eat your planet.
8th Jun '16 7:46:15 AM TangoThree
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** [[https://www.1d4chan.org/wiki/Your_Dudes At the end of the day, it's really all about your story and your dudes]]. The rest of the canon is backdrop to be used, abused and discarded at will.
8th Jun '16 4:04:07 AM TangoThree
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* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: It begins with the Tau (for whom peace talks are-- [[GunboatDiplomacy usually]]-- the first resort), then the Eldar (who will not normally screw you over [[CombatPragmatist unless the lives of their own species are at stake]]), then the Imperium (which has to be that brutal so that mankind as a whole can survive), Orks ([[BloodKnight WAAAGH!]]), then Tyranids (driven by hunger rather than any genuine malice), then Necrons (who want to bring back their ancient empire and are willing to unleash the wrath of evil star-gods who want to farm every sentient species in the galaxy on their enemies), Chaos (let's convert the materium into more warp and fuck everyone else!), and Dark Eldar (pure, unrepentant evil, even by this setting's standards).
** The Imperium also sends its forces to a planet based off this-- the worse the situation there gets, the more Mooks, EliteMooks, TankGoodness and HumongousMecha it sends. If that all fails, they call down [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus on the planet]].



* SoulsavingCrusader: The forces of the Imperium of Man are examples of this and also the other races that appears to be fighting for what seems right in this setting.

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* SoulsavingCrusader: The forces of Incorporated as official policy in the Imperium, where unrepentant and brutal policy often takes sway over more conventional practices. Specifically, while there are some worlds that are okay, even great to live on, the Imperium of Man are examples of this as a whole indoctrinates its people to accept hardship and also stay loyal to a psychotic dystopia--no matter how hard their lives, how misplaced their loyalty, or how misused they are. All because failure to do so and to stay a coherent force in the other races that appears galaxy will eventually lead to be fighting the extinction of the human species.
** Used more specifically by the Ecclesiarchy, and by extension their Adeptus Sororitas, and by the somewhat more close-working Ordo Hereticus. They take anybody spiritually impure, or otherwise suspect, and use a wide range of punishment
for what seems right in this setting.their redemption, from [[BurnTheWitch burning them at the stake]] to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment being mounted onto a]] [[SuicideAttack penitent engine]].
* SoundOff: Imperial battle hymns, Ork war chants.



* SoundOff: Imperial battle hymns, Ork war chants.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: It begins with the Tau (for whom peace talks are-- [[GunboatDiplomacy usually]]-- the first resort), then the Eldar (who will not normally screw you over [[CombatPragmatist unless the lives of their own species are at stake]]), then the Imperium (which has to be that brutal so that mankind as a whole can survive), Orks ([[BloodKnight WAAAGH!]]), then Tyranids (driven by hunger rather than any genuine malice), then Necrons (who want to bring back their ancient empire and are willing to unleash the wrath of evil star-gods who want to farm every sentient species in the galaxy on their enemies), Chaos (let's convert the materium into more warp and fuck everyone else!), and Dark Eldar (pure, unrepentant evil, even by this setting's standards).
** The Imperium also sends its forces to a planet based off this-- the worse the situation there gets, the more Mooks, EliteMooks, TankGoodness and HumongousMecha it sends. If that all fails, they call down [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus on the planet]].
* SoulsavingCrusader: Incorporated as official policy in the Imperium, where unrepentant and brutal policy often takes sway over more conventional practices. Specifically, while there are some worlds that are okay, even great to live on, the Imperium as a whole indoctrinates its people to accept hardship and stay loyal to a psychotic dystopia--no matter how hard their lives, how misplaced their loyalty, or how misused they are. All because failure to do so and to stay a coherent force in the galaxy will eventually lead to the extinction of the human species.
** Used more specifically by the Ecclesiarchy, and by extension their Adeptus Sororitas, and by the somewhat more close-working Ordo Hereticus. They take anybody spiritually impure, or otherwise suspect, and use a wide range of punishment for their redemption, from [[BurnTheWitch burning them at the stake]] to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment being mounted onto a]] [[SuicideAttack penitent engine]].



** The Imperium bans any technologically advancement, partly as part of their reverence for old tech in their religion, with beliefs of StatusQuoIsGod.
** The Eldar are in a decline, with all their efforts focused on keeping their immortal race alive.

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** The Imperium bans any technologically technological advancement, partly as part of their reverence for old tech in their religion, with beliefs of StatusQuoIsGod.
** The Eldar are in a decline, with all their efforts focused on keeping their immortal race alive.
17th May '16 7:23:48 PM darkknight109
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* [[ScrewYouElves Screw You, Eldar]]

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* [[ScrewYouElves Screw You, Eldar]]ScrewThisImOutOfHere: The battlefields of the 41st millenium are not particularly nice places; unsurprisingly, soldiers assigned to them often decide they have better places to be. Whenever something particularly scary happens (lose a quarter of the unit to shooting, lose a round of close assault, see a nearby friendly unit get wiped out, confront one of the setting's many, many, many [[EldtrichAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]...), basic troops have to pass a morale check or immediately fall back towards friendly lines. If they still have more than half their starting number, they can test to regroup during the next friendly turn (otherwise they'll decide they've had quite enough and just continue running). Those who reach the table's edge get one last chance to [[ChangedMyMindKid return to the fight]]; if they fail, they leg it off the battlefield and count as destroyed.
* ScrewYouElves: Or Eldar, as the case may be.
4th May '16 7:06:05 PM ErikModi
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* SchrodingersCanon: Because of Games Workshop's approach to the canon (it's all propaganda), nailing down one, true, accurate picture of the ''real'' canon state of the 40k verse is pretty much impossible. While it allows Games Workshop plenty of freedom to retcon things the fans don't respond to, it also means that just about anyone's interpretation of the canon is as valid as anyone else's.
** Especially notable is the Sisters of Battle. Much is made about the strength of their faith in the God-Emperor, including rules for weaponizing that faith on the tabletop. So strong is their faith that only one Sister has ever fallen to Chaos, [[http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Miriael_Sabathiel Miriael Sabathiel]]. Except that Mirieal has also turned to Chaos many Adeptas Sororitas who came hunting her. Then there are stories involving whole convents of Sisters falling to Chaos. Whether or not it's even possible for an Adepta Sororitas to fall to Chaos, and how often it may or may not happen, is [[FlameBait a somewhat contentious topic within the Sororitas fandom.]]
29th Apr '16 7:02:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* SupernaturalFearInducer: A ''very'' popular ability is to inflict fear (or, worse yet, ''terror'') on the enemy. Necron pariahs have this effect on people, due to the inherent wrongness of their lacking souls entirely. Some human blanks have this ability, but whether or not this is because they don't have souls seems to vary ([[CiaphasCain Jurgen]] is generally repulsive to everyone around him, but this is generally because of his poor hygiene and appearance rather than his being a blank).
19th Apr '16 8:42:51 PM TARINunit9
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* RedOnesGoFaster: The Orks are the TropeNamer, and it can also be seen with the red tanks the Blood Angels Space Marines drive around.
17th Apr '16 7:15:15 AM kikiandlala
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** Chaos started losing some of its threat as the Tyranid onslaught was increasingly hyped and the Necron/C'Tan were introduced. Besides the many failures of Abaddon and the Black Crusades, one of Chaos's big trump card - Corruption/Daemonic possession, was almost nerfed against any race that wasn't human despite fluff about even inanimate objects getting possessed. Recent editions have restored Chaos as the predominant danger to the galaxy and now every race faces the danger of corruption (Necrons had half a Tomb World turn to Chaos, Khornates brought an entire Tyrannid Hive ship and its crew under its control, increasing numbers of Orks and Kroot are going over to Chaos, and Slaanesh have even possessed an Avatar of Khaine).
16th Apr '16 9:22:10 PM kikiandlala
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** In the early days of the Great Crusade, the Space Marine standard weapon was the Volkite Charger. This was a heat ray that was as devastating as the Tau Pulse Rifle. Unfortunately, demand outgrew supply and Mars couldn't keep up, so the more easily manufacturable bolter became the Marine main gun. And after the the Horus Heresy, the knowledge of making more Volkite weapons have been lost. So Space Marine Volkite weapons are also a case of KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter.
4th Apr '16 4:57:04 PM TARINunit9
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** To be fair, the reason why it's a category is because certain armies, like Space Marines, use their pauldrons to display things like squad/rank markings, army badges, and personal heraldry. Many players/collectors will buy pads with sculpted-on icons for their entire army if Games Workshop provides them, so giving them their own category makes sense if they want to move them in bulk.

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** To be fair, the reason why it's a category is because certain armies, like Space Marines, use their pauldrons to display things like squad/rank markings, army badges, and personal heraldry.heraldry (for most models, the more traditional chest simply isn't an option). Many players/collectors will buy pads with sculpted-on icons for their entire army if Games Workshop provides them, so giving them their own category makes sense if they want to move them in bulk.
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