Important occasions all through the Warhammer 40,000 timeline

Warhammer 40,000 has crammed the intervening 38,000 years between now and its darkish future with historic earlier and incident, whereas furthermore giving historic alien civilizations just like the necrons, c’tan, and former ones tales that unfold as soon as extra into prehistory. We’ll be skipping earlier that stuff correct proper right here for the sake of sanity, along with there’s a variety of flooring to cowl and factors must be summarized. Whereas the forty first millennium is value breaking down into particular specific individual years, what precedes is lumped collectively into broad ages. Which is not to say that stuff would not matter—the thirty first millennium gave us the Horus Heresy, an occasion that arrange numerous what occurs after and spawned a complete line of over 50 novels.

It is pretty a bit, is the last word stage correct proper right here. And it is a confused lot too. Dates are given in line with the Imperial system, which is a matter due to the big interstellar paperwork of the Imperium of Man accommodates a complete division usually referred to as the Ordo Chronos who’re presupposed to set official dates, nonetheless are in the intervening time experiencing a civil wrestle usually referred to as the Chronostrife. Their train is principally not attainable due to the Good Rift—a tear absolutely established close to the tip of the forty first millennium—has brought on temporal shifts and fluctuations.

These are all superb causes for Video video video games Workshop to vary their minds about particular dates and occasions given in numerous sources, and any look as soon as extra by means of the older books is fraught with uncertainty. Nonetheless we do what we’re going to, and proper right here is how the historic earlier of Warhammer 40,000 seems presently.

Age of Terra, M1 — M15

On this age people slowly start understanding the universe earlier Terra, lastly terraforming Mars and from there completely totally different shut by worlds.

The Darkish Age of Expertise, M15 — M25

Warpspace is found spherical M18, enabling the invention of warpdrives and FTL interstellar journey. This enlargement results in the primary encounters with xenos.

Age of Strife, M25 — M30

Warp storms separate and isolate human colonies, and wars escape each between them. Diversified xenos species reap some great benefits of this separation to invade.

The Good Advertising marketing campaign, M30

The Emperor turns into chief of Terra, creates the Primarchs and Area Marine legions, and sends them to unite the scattered human worlds into an Imperium. Mars is the primary to rejoin the fold, and its Adeptus Mechanicus present the expertise that drives the advertising and marketing marketing campaign.

The Horus Heresy, M31

Horus, Warmaster of the Good Advertising marketing campaign, betrays the Emperor. The legions are divided, and a great deal of side with Horus. His forces are lastly defeated after they lay siege to the Imperial Palace on Terra, nonetheless the Emperor is wounded must be encased in life assist contained within the Golden Throne to maintain up him alive. The traitor legions are pushed to the Eye of Terror all through the Good Scourging, from which they emerge periodically in actions usually referred to as Black Crusades.

(The videogames Betrayal at Calth, Battle of Tallarn, The Horus Heresy: Legions, and Talisman: The Horus Heresy are all set on this interval. So is the tabletop sport Adeptus Titanicus, and presumably the forthcoming promoting and advertising and marketing advertising and marketing marketing campaign of its videogame adaptation shall be too.)

The Rise of the Ecclesiarchy, M32

Whereas the Emperor maintained an Imperial Indisputable fact that held there have been no gods and used the Good Advertising marketing campaign to unfold this message, by the Horus Heresy many contained within the Imperium started to worship him as God-Emperor. Collectively alongside along with his encasement all through the Golden Throne this motion constructive elements energy and turns into the official faith of the Imperium.

The Nova Terra Interregnum, M34 — M35

The Imperium is break up in half by one totally different civil wrestle, this time attributable to Nova Terra and the whole Segmentum Pacificum seceding. For 9 centuries there are two warring Imperiums of Mankind.

The Age of Apostasy, M36

A battle between the Ecclesiarch and the choice Excessive Lords of Terra usually referred to as the Reign of Blood is adopted by a Plague of Unbelief all through which an apostate cardinal challenges the church itself.

The Age of Redemption, M37 — M41

Various crusades of religion burn out the apostates and heretics on the coronary coronary coronary heart of the Imperial Cult and renew the religion of the Imperium.

The forty first Millennium, M41


Abaddon the Despoiler leads the twelfth Black Advertising marketing campaign, opening with a raid on Arx Station. That is the primary battle in what turns into the Gothic Battle.

(Battlefleet Gothic Armada is ready all by way of this battle.)

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Eldar come to the help of the Imperial forces all through the Gothic Battle. The blended stress is victorious, although they spend a wide range of additional years pursuing the fleeing Chaos forces all the best way during which whereby as soon as extra to the Eye of Terror.


Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn’s six-year hunt for the heretic Murdin Eyclone entails a head on the planet Hubris, contained within the cryonic vaults the place the frozen planet’s rich residents sleep by means of its winter.

(These are the occasions of Eisenhorn—Xenos, each the sport and the novel it’s based on.)

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Battle between the Deffsmasha orks and Imperial forces all through the Garmos system drags on as darkish eldar launch well-timed raids on each side to deal with the soundness of energy.


Lord Commander {Photograph} voltaic Macharius leads a seven-year advertising and marketing marketing campaign that brings virtually 1,000 worlds into the Imperium, plenty of them former colonies misplaced all through the Age of Apostasy.


Macharius dies and turns into an Imperial Saint. The generals who fought for him squabble over the territories they administration, starting a civil wrestle usually referred to as the Macharian Heresy.


Chaos Marines of the World Eaters legion assault the Imperial world of Armageddon, and are defeated by the Area Wolves and Gray Knights chapters.

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An house hulk usually referred to as the Sin of Damnation emerges from the warp. Beforehand, in 996.M40, Marines of the Blood Angels had tried to assault it and failed disastrously. They return and this time successfully recapture it.

(These occasions are the idea for Area Hulk, Area Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels and regarded one in every of many campaigns in Area Hulk: Ascension.)


All through the Koath system a probe is discovered that, when translated, bears a message of greeting from a xenos species usually referred to as the tau.


The Ultramarines lead a united stress all through the Corinthian Advertising marketing campaign, defeating the orks of Charadon.


A mannequin new chapter of Marines usually referred to as the Mentor Legion is created as a part of the twenty sixth Founding.


The Inquisition investigates commerce between tau and the Imperium all through the Damocles Gulf, declares the xenos to be a risk, and begins the Damocles Advertising marketing campaign in opposition to them.


Szarekh, Silent King of the usual cybernetic beings usually referred to as necrons, learns that creatures from earlier the galaxy are approaching. The tyranids are a conglomeration of species dominated by a hive concepts who incorporate every world they conquer into their biomass. Szarekh begins awakening the necrons on their Tomb Worlds to struggle the tyranids.


The First Tyrannic Battle takes place because of the Imperium fights as soon as extra in opposition to the invading tyranids, whose unfold is halted by the Ultramarines on the Battle for Macragge. The Inquisition investigates and determines this invasion stress, named Hive Fleet Behemoth, is just the primary.

Important occasions all through the Warhammer 40,000 timeline

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A tyranid hive fleet dubbed Naga enters the galaxy in eldar house, and is lastly destroyed by them at good value.


The hive world Piety emerges from a warpstorm overrun by Chaos. Sisters of Battle descend to get properly a wide range of holy artifacts, nonetheless solely a handful survive. The planet is lastly destroyed by Gray Knights by Exterminatus.


The primary contact between the Imperium and necrons happens at a Sisters of Battle fortress-convent usually referred to as Sanctuary 101, which the necrons destroy completely.

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The Chapter Grasp of the Astral Claws Area Marines rebels, destroys an Imperial fleet despatched to evaluation whereas they’re in orbit spherical their homeworld Badab, and declares himself the Tyrant of Badab.


The Tau Empire is beset by Hive Fleet Gorgon. The tau are compelled to ally with the Imperium to cease them.


The Second Battle for Armageddon. An infinite stress of orks led by Ghazghkull Journal Uruk Thraka assaults the hive world Armageddon, nonetheless are held as soon as extra by Imperial Guard beneath the command of Commissar Yarrick extended sufficient for Area Marines to reach and drive them off.

(These are the occasions of Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon and Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon—Da Orks.)

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The tau struggle an infinite ork invasion fleet all through the Good Battle of Confederation.


The orks of Charadon are united beneath Arch-Arsonist Snagrod and rampage by means of the Loki Sector. At Rynn’s World they defeat the Marines of the Crimson Fists, nonetheless reinforcements from the Darkish Angels chapter arrive and purge them from Loki Sector.


Hive Fleet Kraken is destroyed all through the Second Tyrannic Battle, nonetheless not ahead of devastating the eldar craftworld of Iyanden and two chapters of Area Marines—the Scythes of the Emperor and the Lamenters.


The Third Battle for Armageddon. Troops from over 20 Area Marine chapters are required to carry Ghazghkull Thraka’s orks this time, dragging the battle out till the warlord grows bored and departs.


Following a warp anomaly usually referred to as the Good Awakening, which triggers a wide range of daemon invasions, Abaddon launches the thirteenth Black Advertising marketing campaign. The planet Cadia is destroyed. Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, is wakened after 10,000 years in stasis and turns into Lord Commander of the Imperium’s armies.

(Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is ready all by way of this battle. Daybreak of Battle occurs inside the an equivalent yr, though that is in line with a novelization which can be not canon.)


Roboute Guilliman, having defeated the thirteenth Black Advertising marketing campaign, launches the Indomitus Advertising marketing campaign to reunite the Imperium it tore in half. With a mannequin new and improved interval of Area Marines usually referred to as the Primaris beneath his command, he dedicates the primary century of the forty second millennium to this advertising and marketing marketing campaign.

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