Navis Noblite

The Navigator Houses For over twenty thousand years, the unique breed of mutant humans known as Navigators has guided Mankind’s vessels through the Warp. The early history of the Navigators has long been forgotten, save perhaps by the most venerable ancients of the Navigator Houses, though it is doubtful that even they remember everything accurately. … Continue reading Navis Noblite

The Adeptus Mechanicus

With its foundations stretching back to before the Horus Heresy, right back through the Age of Strife to the Dark Age of Technology, the Adeptus Mechanicus is the oldest institution in the Imperium. In fact, it is so old and the power it wields so great, the Adeptus Mechanicus is more akin to an allied … Continue reading The Adeptus Mechanicus

Structure of the Imperium

The Imperium is a rather diffuse structure. The Imperial Court on Terra is a distant, almost mythical place. The Imperial structure that means the most to the average Imperial subject is the Great House. The House rules the world or hive upon which the individual subject lives, the nature of the Lord of that house … Continue reading Structure of the Imperium

Phonetic Alphabet

The phonetic alphabet assigns code words to the letters of the English alphabet acrophonically so that critical combinations of letters (and numbers) can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by vox regardless of their native language, especially when the safety of navigation or persons is essential. The paramount reason … Continue reading Phonetic Alphabet

Interpreting Dates in the Imperium of Man

Since Rouge Trader, Warhammer 40K has used an arcane dating system.  I thought I'd do the obligatory explanation of horology in the 41st millennium, and make sure people can figure out some of the weird dates.A typical date might be 4.423815.M41. This can be broken down into 4 basic parts- 4.  423   815  M41.The first … Continue reading Interpreting Dates in the Imperium of Man