Korlandril here, and I will be looking at several changes within the fluff in the new 6th Edition rulebook. This is by no means a comprehensive list but, it highlights a few changes I found interesting.

The 6th edition fluff section numbers around 100 pages which is 20 extra pages than the last edition and 30 more than 4th edition. In my opinion GW have done a good job in fleshing out the section and it is still intriguing to read even after reading essentially the same story multiple times.

Onto the content itself, a change I noticed was the increase in the number of High Lords of Terra from 4 to 12. This makes much more sense as now specific organisations now have their own reserved seats, such as the Ecclesiarchy. It was really a bad move having, originally, 4 after the Imperiums fighting forces having been split up post Horus Heresy. There is, if I remember correctly, a piece on how it was founded by Gullimen but I can't seem to find the section. My bad, there were always 12 High Lords, but im sure I read somewhere there were 4.

Another interesting addition I found was within the timeline on page 171, it mentions The Redemption Crusades where, although it does not say specifically, that the five Primarchs returned. This raises many questions, "could they return again?" being the main one. Although its clear who 4 of them are, Vulkan, Leman Russ, Jaghatai Khan and Corvus Corax as these guys have never 'died'. The fifth Primarch could either be Lion el Johnson or Roboute Gullimen. My bets would be on Johnson as only the Watchers, I believe, know of his continued existence whereas Gullimen is in a stasis field. Maybe GW will bring out models/rules for using these five if they return again ? (Apocalypse only of course)

A final change I found interesting, being myself primarily an Eldar player, is the mention of 3 new Craftworlds I have never come across before, on page 205 in the third paragraph. These being Mero, the doomed Craftworld, Chto, the legendary lost craftworld and finnaly Drohai, who refuse contact with all other craftworlds. This would definitely be a sign of the new Eldar codex, fluff wise at least, being completed as the way it is written would suggest it is in the codex.

Please tell me your opinions and other changes you have found interesting.

62 Comments:

  1. Has the new "battle brother-type" alliance between Space Marines and Tau any fluff to support it? I've heard something about the Marines recognising the Tau as a race impossible to be corrupted by Chaos, but haven't found it in the book.

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    1. Its in the old Tau codex and i think the new one. They get a visit by a SM Captain, he recognizes their ability, but states they are too alien to be in the Imperial fold.

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    2. I think the background will go on, rumors about the true death of the Emperor must have a truth base.

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    3. What abou the farsight rebelion? Isnt what heading towards some kind of chaos related thing?? Or is the dawn breaker controlling farsight??

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    4. It's Dawn Blade - and that is the subject of numerous debates... one could argue that Farsight is acting on behalf of the greater good, although against the will of the Ethereals, by staging a "breakwater" of colonized worlds leading to the empire - there's a heck of a lot of Orks that way y'know. ;-)

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    5. If I remember well, there were an ancient human and an Imperial Fists Captain, not from the Ultramarines.

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  2. It doesn't say the five Primarchs return per say. "Like unto the Primarchs of old are these warriors" It could be the Primarchs....

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    1. It can't be the Primarchs, because right after the Horus Heresy, Russ and Vulkan went after the traitors, only to return at the end time. Corvus went to the Eye of Terror, to return nevermore. And Khan was lost in the warp (and I believe that he's the giant of a man that Trazyn keeps in his collection). So it can't possibly be primarchs.

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    2. Khan wasn't lost in the warp. He does into a D.Eldar webway and hasn't returned. If I remember correctly (been a while since I checked my old IA)

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  3. The eldar of Chto wear colours of varying shades of orange and worship an avatar named Chester by eating air puffed cheese doodles.

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    1. Very popular with Fire Dragons...

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    2. Actually they are a craftworld in a constant state of confusion.
      Chto (что) is the Russian word for what :)

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  4. Is the fold-out sheet between 186-187 Baal?

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  5. It was never 4 Lords of Terra.

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    1. It was in the 4th edition, looking back I dont think it specficially says there are 4 however in the 5th edition

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    2. This... I swear I've had it in my head that there have been 12 Lords of Terra. When I read that, I wasn't surprised at all.

      Of course madness could also explain my views on this.

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    3. Azzie is absolutely correct. It has NEVER been the four lords of Terra, not in any edition. I really don't know where the author of this article got that idea.

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  6. Vulkan is unknown last seen at dropsite massacre the others corax russ left for the eye of terror khan is somewhere in the webway guilliman is in stasis the mortal wound supposedly healing the lion is asleep at the lion base of the rock so my bet is russ , corax, Johnson , khan, then a toss up between guilliman and vulkan

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    1. The salamanders novel series makes suggestions that Vulkan had prophetic abilities as he wrote the tome of fire which is full of events in the future

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    2. So it could be him

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    3. I hadn't realized that Ferrus Manus was officially dead. I read "Iron Hands" years ago, & I thought they were under the impression that he was simply missing.

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    4. Official is this - "Fulgrim personally killed Ferrus during the battle at Isstvan V, using the Daemon weapon he acquired fighting the Laer, striking his head from his shoulders in one fell swoop." (citacion from Lexicanum.com)

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    5. I too was under the impression his hands were found but his body never was.

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    6. @JayDee
      You are thinking of Rogal Dorn, primarch of the Imperial Fists.

      Regarding Ferrus Manus, he was decapitated at the battle at Isstvan V by Fulgrim, but I have also heard that so much of his body was mechanical he may not have needed his head anyways. Likely not true, but there are those that argue that the death of the Primarch physically/mentally affects the corresponding legion (see Blood Angels and the Red Fury/Black Death) and given that is not the case with the Iron Hands, Ferrus Manus may be alive.

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    7. Ooooo i see. Ha i get mixed up with those two.

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    8. Wait. Ferrus Manus never had any modifications to his body. Even his iron fists were covered in some sort of liquid metal rather than being anything robotic.

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    9. The authors have mentioned that Ferrus' head will make an important appearance later within the HH series.

      Dorn's location is somewhat of a mystery as originally, he was killed whilst boarding a Chaos cruiser. Later it was retconned that his death was faked and that he's appearantly hiding somewhere within the depths of Phalanx.

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  7. Don't forget about the reference in Codex Necrons to a unusually large power armored figure one of the special characters has in a vault. Can't remember exact wording. Stasis Primarch Trophy? /shrug

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    1. Trazyn,the Infinite
      Necron Codex pg 58: "....the ossified husk of an Enslaver and a giant of a man clad in baroque armor,..."

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    2. Continued ....
      "his face contorted in a permanent scream"

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  8. Like unto the Primarchs of old are these warrors.

    Veiled referance. It is my oppinion, the Primarchs realized if Horus and 8 others could be corrupted they all could. That is why they a disappeared, to protect themselves and most importantly mankind from their turning as well.

    Sounds good, anyway. :)

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    1. Sounds more epic and if it made it into the main story officialy it would make th eahe fluf feeling more mature..
      Cheers!

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    2. I could totally rock that scenario... the remaining primarchs, sitting around a table... Johnson tells 'all' about things, 'if it could happen to us then it could happen to you'... they all decide to leave... Guilliman gets 'ambushed' on his way out of the Imperium but found by his chapter maybe even a duel between him an another primarch about keeping quiet...

      It could work...

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    3. Guilliman's throat was cut in a fight with the Deamon Prince Primarch, Fulgrim.

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    4. I've always wondered why the Primarchs who left dissappered into the eye of terror of all places,

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  9. I thought there were always 12 Lords of Terra :/

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  10. I couldnt help but notice the multiple references to adeptus mechanicus,. and the skitarii..

    if they were going to make a new dex...

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    1. Mini dex perhaps, if the rumor is true..?

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  11. Can't wait to get my copy of the rulebook (ordered it yesterday).

    With Forge World rumours a plenty it is no longer far fetched to imagine a 'Return on the Primarchs' in the future.

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  12. Feh. I've been playing 40k since 1989, and in all that time EVERY new release and EVERY new piece of fluff has led to whisperings and murmurs of some "big event" to move the plotline forward.

    In all honesty, guys... I think if they were gonna do it, they would have done it in the new BRB. I seriously doubt the 40K universe will EVER move beyond 999.M41. There's too much existing lore to flesh-out/retcon for them ever to be compelled to move beyond that point.

    Funny thing is, some of the (non-canon) stuff put out by Black Library (Helsreach comes to mind) indicates that there ARE events after 999.M41. In Helsreach, it refers to a commander "publishing his memoirs in later years and reflecting on the battle", even though the siege of Helsreach takes place in 999.M41. So there IS a 42nd millennium, I just don't think we'll ever see it.

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    1. The Ciaphas Cain novels are even more obvious reference of the 42nd Millennium, since Cain himself is alive and kicking in that time to write his memoirs, after having taken part in the defence of Cadia against Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade.

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    2. events move slow in 40k, that's a fairly consistant fact. even if we assume the beginning for the 41st millinum marked the end of the age of the Imperium and the beginning of the end, it could take centuries for the fall to totally happen.

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    3. GW have said before that 'empire on the brink of collapse' is exactly what the fluff will always be.

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    4. IIRC, one of the sources quoted by Inquisitor Vail in the Cain series actually had a date early in M43.

      As someone else said, pretty much, the fluff has advanced ten more seconds between editions. I'm guessing GW figures that if they actually resolve the fluff, then people would quit playing.

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  13. Indeed I will concur with other who mentioned that the High Lords were always 12, 9 who always sat as members of the Senarotum Imperialis and 3 who are selected among a list of high ranking officials.

    Back in the old days (for me at least), when the current version of the Land Raider was released, there was a fluff article which explained that the tracks of these tanks have 12 unmarked links, symbolising the 12 High Lords, and one marked with the Aquila Imperialis (the two-headed eagle)representing the 13th membre of the Council, the Emperor Himself. And if you look at the actual model, it's exactly the same.

    As for the return of the Primarchs, it is obvious to me that GW will never move the fluff foward into the era of the Ragna'ork, the Rhana Dandra, the End Times... So no return of the Primarchs there. But with FW doing a HH series, it's not unlikely we'll see the 18 Primarchs in their full glory at some point

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  14. I even dont want to go M42..... as for the HLoT you're right IMO.

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  15. There was something called the Necron World Engine in one of the fluff sections. I have no ide what it is! But it apparently destroyed am entire sector! Hoping this is a FW model :)

    Page 174 of the english book

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    1. not likely, the things basicly a necron death star

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    2. It's in the 5th Edition Space Marine Codex. Took a chapter getting destroyed to make it vulnerable.

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  16. My favorite change to the fluff is that they finally added a light at the end of the tunnel. Paraphrased: " mankind stands on the precipice, the birth pains of a new era of psychic mastery, an epoch of wonder and a new golden age. That is why the emperor knows he must stay alive, must live forever if need be, until such time as psykers of sufficient mastery have evolved to protect themselves from the dangers of the warp"

    The emperor knows what is going on but he knows he must guide us through the darkness of the end times, If we can hold out long enough, trillions of extremely powerful pskyers will be born and human psionics will wash the galaxy clean of our enemies. The darkness of the current age is intact, but the imperium has something worth fighting for.

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    1. Hahahahaha....

      NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thats just the lie you've been told.

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  17. The necron overlords -would- say that ^.~

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  18. There have always been 12 high lords of terra... just so you know, every piece of fluff I remember reading on the subject lists 12.

    Fabricator General, Inquisitorial Rep, Ecclesiarch, Lord Marshall of the Guard, etc Some positions always have a place on the high lords, others are voted in every time the council of high lords changes.

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    1. I think you might actually be right, I must have read something that said there were four. I cant find it though

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  19. I found two pieces of fluff that were totally new to me.

    The first is about the Black Library. Had it always been established that the BL is indeed an entire craftworld of its own? I didn't know that but maybe I just didn't read Codex Eldar carefully enough.

    As for second, players around the world are rejoicing that the Squats have been officially brought back to the 40k universe. The appendix clearly states that Squats do not count towards the extinct human subspecies. So they finally retconned the 'eaten by tyranids' plot. I actually shed tears after reading this. (No I didn't but I might have).

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  20. in the nid section there were two very interesting thing;
    * the concept saying two nid fleets might compete for the same bio rich world - which would be contrary to a single "hive mind"
    * the info that all of the hive fleets thus far are just the forward tendrils of the actual nid mass, the majority of which is not here yet and is much much larger.

    The first is ...against everything about the nids.
    The second is ...the doom of the galaxy.

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    1. I think it said something about competing to get even stronger so two fleets become one better than the other two put together I think.

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    2. I remeber when it was STRONGLY hinted that the necron Ctan TheOutsider was the leader of the Hive Mind....

      I still hope this is still possible somehow :/

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    3. You'll find out that The Outsider was actually devoured by Tyranids as C'Tan are no longer of any importance fluff-wise.

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