Warhammer 40k – The Back Story Behind the Emperor Every Player Should Know
The Warhammer 40K tabletop game has produced a great universe of its own. Its characters and machinery have been making groups for many years now but not many people know about the back-story of Warhammer 40,000.
The back-story of Warhammer 40k is distributed all over its rule books, the White Dwarft magazine and the Imperial Armour novels from Black Library. Black Library is Games Workshop’s publishing arm which provides the history of the particular units in the 40k tabletop game.
The insights on the history of the Imperium of Man and its enemies prove to be interesting for both new players and experts alike. Here is a quick 5 minute introduction to the story behind the Warhammer 40K tabletop game:
The storyline begins when the Emperor liberated humanity from their experiencing during the Dark Age of Technology, also known as the Age of Strife. The emperor reunited human colonies all over the Milky Way and produced the greatest empire mankind has ever known: the Imperium of Man.
The Emperor is also an excellent psychic, and he uses his powers to guide the interstellar mutant navigators by their space travel. Other psychics who do not know how to use their powers are often sacrificed in order to empower the emperor’s abilities.
However, the world of Warhammer 40k is never safe from the enemies of the emperor and humanity. Space travelers are often unprotected to the demons of Chaos and, consequently, become possessed and in turn themselves wage wars on the Imperium.
To solve these problems, the emperor produced Primarchs that would presumably rule legions of Space Marines, the superhuman defenders of the human race, in the fight against the emperor’s enemies. However, already before the Primarchs were “born”, the demons of Chaos took them and distributed them all over the galaxy, and consequently began the Great Crusade. During the Great Crusade, the Emperor himself, rule the Space Marines in their quest to liberate more worlds for humans and find the lost Primarchs.
One by one the Primarchs whom the Emperor found returned on the Imperium’s side. One Primarch, however, by the name of Horus, got possessed by the demons of Chaos and rule 4 other Primarchs on a battle against the Imperium.
Fortunately, the Emperor and his best army fought and killed Horus. However, as a consequence, the emperor’s mortal body was shattered. Now, the emperor’s body resides inside the Golden Throne which protects it from adversaries while it guides the navigators by interstellar travels.
The 40K tabletop game is based on the idea that space battles are regularly drawn between the Empire and the alien invaders: the Orks, the Eldar, and the disorganized demons to name a few. The 40k tabletop represents the battlefield in space where these alien armies wage war against the Space Marines and the Imperial Guard, the largest army in existence with billions of soldiers strong. The Warhammer 40K tabletop game allows you to build your own miniature army of in any case race you want and join this epic interstellar battle.