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As the title reads. Any insignificant piece of the world that you find cool

For example, one of my favorite bits of 40K is purity seals. Something so simple and small can really tell a lot about the world


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Another one of my favourites is grots and snotlings

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Basically everything about the Imperium of Man beyond the shiny poster boys in power armour. The more decrepit, grotesque, insane, miserable, dysfunctional, hypocritical and ostentatious, the better. It makes 40k an endlessly fascinating setting, where so many other settings just make me lose interest after a while. Aesthetics and daring to go over the top are key.

And usually also the more niche without mass appeal, the better, although I note happily that the Adeptus Mechanicus and the Inquisition have garnered some healthy popularity. To me, Warhammer 40'000 is all about the minor fluff.

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I am partial to the snippets of Ork lore in the codices I've had over the years.

The lost waaagh! - where a warboss jumps into the warp, emerges shortly before he left, and shot his doppelganger to get a spare of his favourite shooter. The resulting confusion stopped the waaagh! in its tracks.

Then there was the looted deathstrike missile, where it was used by the orks, "much to the surprise of 2 infantry platoons, a leman russ regiment and some 300 orks".

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Does Warp! Corax kicking Lorgar’s butt count as minor fluff?
   
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I recall a snippet in the 5E Tyranid codex regarding a conflict between a Tyranid strain (I think it was Gorgon) and a planet infested with Orks. This conflict stemmed from a machination of the Inquisition, where one would would destroy the other and become weakened in the process. What resulted was the inverse. The Tyranids altered their biology to adapt to the environment and their foe. The Orks kept growing and multiplying due to the endless amount of conflict they had on their hands. The Tyranids ended up out-adapting the Orks, and the Inquisition watched in horror as the strengthened Tyranids started heading in their direction.

There was also something another poster mentioned concerning a set of automated mechanical moving legs found by the Mechanicum. Nobody knew what to use them for, but the fear was that the legs would stop working permanently if they ran out of power. The solution was to put these giant automated mechanical legs on treadmills and keep them fueled until someone could figure out what to use them for. I’ve found it a good story when trying to explain how ridiculous the setting can get sometimes.

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I really enjoy the parts where they give you a peek at the weird Imperial logistics that keep their society or their armies afloat. Here's an excerpt from Gaunt's Ghosts on their spam in a a can that I've always liked:

Slab is pretty gruesome stuff. Pressure-treated down from any and all available nutritional sources by the Munitorum, it has no discernable flavour apart from a faint, mucusy aftertaste, and it looks like grey-white putty. Slab, as it's known to every common Guard lasman, comes canned and it comes freeze-dried, it comes in packets and it comes in boxes, it comes in individual heated tins and it comes in catering blocks. Company cooks slice, dice and mince it, and use it as the bulk base of any meal when local provisions are unavailable. They flavour it with whatever they have on hand, usually foil sachets of powder with names like groxtail and vegetable or sausage. Ibram lived on it for most of his adult life. He was used to the stuff and actually miss it when it's not around.

For Eldar I always thought it was interesting their titans need to be piloted by twins or triplets, then there are the Wraithknights where one twin is alive and the other a soulstone.
   
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It is, and almost certainly always will be, the Ork warboss who goes back in time to fight himself and get a second copy of his favorite gun, but accidentally destroys his own army in the process by disrupting the timeline.
   
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 SkavenLord wrote:
I recall a snippet in the 5E Tyranid codex regarding a conflict between a Tyranid strain (I think it was Gorgon) and a planet infested with Orks. This conflict stemmed from a machination of the Inquisition, where one would would destroy the other and become weakened in the process. What resulted was the inverse. The Tyranids altered their biology to adapt to the environment and their foe. The Orks kept growing and multiplying due to the endless amount of conflict they had on their hands. The Tyranids ended up out-adapting the Orks, and the Inquisition watched in horror as the strengthened Tyranids started heading in their direction.


That's the Octarius War between Leviathan tendrils and the Ork Empire of Octarius. It was engineered by Inquisitor Kryptman who used captured Genestealers to direct some of Leviathan's tendrils into Ork space to prevent a full-scale invasion of the Imperium. The Nid's would adapt to the Orks and create new biomorphs and the Orks would get bigger, stronger, and smarter for every battle they won. The fighting then spread into Imperial space anyway drawing in the Raven Guard, White Scars, Salamanders, Saim-Hann Craftworld, and even a Khorne Warband looking for Tyranid skulls. Then to top it off, Ghazghkull showed up, beat up a Mawloc, and is now leading a huge Ork armada into Imperial space.
Kryptman got kicked out of the Inquisition for this plus the other measures he took to curb Leviathan.
   
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I think my absolute favorite bit of minor fluff is that SoS can inflct literal damage and pain through their language of Thought Mark, which is literally just hand signals/USL. There are varying levels of "force" they can put on each gesture, which is akin to volume or emphasis. So if they shout "STOP" loud enough they can inflict pain on the person they are talking to.

If I remember correctly Aleya states the true practitioners of the art back in the HH could literally kill with these gestures.
   
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 Gert wrote:
 SkavenLord wrote:
I recall a snippet in the 5E Tyranid codex regarding a conflict between a Tyranid strain (I think it was Gorgon) and a planet infested with Orks. This conflict stemmed from a machination of the Inquisition, where one would would destroy the other and become weakened in the process. What resulted was the inverse. The Tyranids altered their biology to adapt to the environment and their foe. The Orks kept growing and multiplying due to the endless amount of conflict they had on their hands. The Tyranids ended up out-adapting the Orks, and the Inquisition watched in horror as the strengthened Tyranids started heading in their direction.


That's the Octarius War between Leviathan tendrils and the Ork Empire of Octarius. It was engineered by Inquisitor Kryptman who used captured Genestealers to direct some of Leviathan's tendrils into Ork space to prevent a full-scale invasion of the Imperium. The Nid's would adapt to the Orks and create new biomorphs and the Orks would get bigger, stronger, and smarter for every battle they won. The fighting then spread into Imperial space anyway drawing in the Raven Guard, White Scars, Salamanders, Saim-Hann Craftworld, and even a Khorne Warband looking for Tyranid skulls. Then to top it off, Ghazghkull showed up, beat up a Mawloc, and is now leading a huge Ork armada into Imperial space.
Kryptman got kicked out of the Inquisition for this plus the other measures he took to curb Leviathan.


Right! That was the one. I’ll have to give that one a reread, as I could have sworn it was the Tyranids that emerged the victors of that conflict. Didn’t hear about everyone else getting drawn into the conflict however. Was that part included in another codex entry by any chance?

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Octarius was mentioned in quite a few books IIRC. It's technically still an ongoing conflict as well.

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 SkavenLord wrote:
There was also something another poster mentioned concerning a set of automated mechanical moving legs found by the Mechanicum. Nobody knew what to use them for, but the fear was that the legs would stop working permanently if they ran out of power. The solution was to put these giant automated mechanical legs on treadmills and keep them fueled until someone could figure out what to use them for. I’ve found it a good story when trying to explain how ridiculous the setting can get sometimes.


I'd need to grab my copy of the 8th 'dex, but isn't that how they describe the Ironstriders?

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This is, emphatically, why I will continue suggesting nuking Guard and starting over again. It's a legacy army that needs to be rebooted with a new focal point.

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 Dysartes wrote:
 SkavenLord wrote:
There was also something another poster mentioned concerning a set of automated mechanical moving legs found by the Mechanicum. Nobody knew what to use them for, but the fear was that the legs would stop working permanently if they ran out of power. The solution was to put these giant automated mechanical legs on treadmills and keep them fueled until someone could figure out what to use them for. I’ve found it a good story when trying to explain how ridiculous the setting can get sometimes.


I'd need to grab my copy of the 8th 'dex, but isn't that how they describe the Ironstriders?


yes. they have some not-really-understood anymore, almost perpetual motion thing going on, they basically dont need refueling. they aren't sure how to restart them anymore so they just....never stop them. they "park" them on treadmills (some places hook this treadmills up as a power source!) and replace pilots and servitors in them "on the hoof". its not clear if they can still make these anymore (it doesnt say they cant, but it doesnt specifically say they can, either).


just for added kicks, "just dont turn it off" was a actual fix applied to one of the early computers (i think colossus, the UK Codebreaking one), as they had a long standing issue with vacuum tubes failing form heat stress, but most of the heat stress was on startup/shutdown (ie big changes in temperature causing differential heat expansion). So, they started just turning it on and leaving it on, and that brought the failure rate down form 3 or three a day to one every two or three days.

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I've always liked the Iconoclast's Mound:

Beneath Port Carmine in Commorragh there is a vast area full of full of jewels, religious artifacts and relics. These have all been dumped by Raiding parties returning from Realspace. It is rumored to have started as a joke, but it has escalated into a tradition among the kabals there.

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 harlokin wrote:
I've always liked the Iconoclast's Mound:

Beneath Port Carmine in Commorragh there is a vast area full of full of jewels, religious artifacts and relics. These have all been dumped by Raiding parties returning from Realspace. It is rumored to have started as a joke, but it has escalated into a tradition among the kabals there.


you'd think the drukhari would just use that stuff to buy extra slaves

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 harlokin wrote:
I've always liked the Iconoclast's Mound:

Beneath Port Carmine in Commorragh there is a vast area full of full of jewels, religious artifacts and relics. These have all been dumped by Raiding parties returning from Realspace. It is rumored to have started as a joke, but it has escalated into a tradition among the kabals there.


Some (well mostly all) Drukhari just want to see the world burn...

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Feral Cherubs - the little flying cloned flesh baby servitors which have cybernetic spliced cat brains.

Sometimes the cat part manages to break free of its programming and can get a little murdery.
   
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Port Carmine

BrianDavion wrote:
 harlokin wrote:
I've always liked the Iconoclast's Mound:

Beneath Port Carmine in Commorragh there is a vast area full of full of jewels, religious artifacts and relics. These have all been dumped by Raiding parties returning from Realspace. It is rumored to have started as a joke, but it has escalated into a tradition among the kabals there.


you'd think the drukhari would just use that stuff to buy extra slaves


I don't think they like to pay for stuff when they can 'forage'.


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 Turnip Jedi wrote:
 harlokin wrote:
I've always liked the Iconoclast's Mound:

Beneath Port Carmine in Commorragh there is a vast area full of full of jewels, religious artifacts and relics. These have all been dumped by Raiding parties returning from Realspace. It is rumored to have started as a joke, but it has escalated into a tradition among the kabals there.


Some (well mostly all) Drukhari just want to see the world burn...


Yeah.

They also have an odd relationship with divinities.....I wonder if there is an element of "our gods failed us, and this is to show yours are just as useless".


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A.T. wrote:
Feral Cherubs - the little flying cloned flesh baby servitors which have cybernetic spliced cat brains.

Sometimes the cat part manages to break free of its programming and can get a little murdery.


That is awesome.

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xerxeskingofking wrote:
 Dysartes wrote:
 SkavenLord wrote:
There was also something another poster mentioned concerning a set of automated mechanical moving legs found by the Mechanicum. Nobody knew what to use them for, but the fear was that the legs would stop working permanently if they ran out of power. The solution was to put these giant automated mechanical legs on treadmills and keep them fueled until someone could figure out what to use them for. I’ve found it a good story when trying to explain how ridiculous the setting can get sometimes.


I'd need to grab my copy of the 8th 'dex, but isn't that how they describe the Ironstriders?


yes. they have some not-really-understood anymore, almost perpetual motion thing going on, they basically dont need refueling. they aren't sure how to restart them anymore so they just....never stop them. they "park" them on treadmills (some places hook this treadmills up as a power source!) and replace pilots and servitors in them "on the hoof". its not clear if they can still make these anymore (it doesnt say they cant, but it doesnt specifically say they can, either).


just for added kicks, "just dont turn it off" was a actual fix applied to one of the early computers (i think colossus, the UK Codebreaking one), as they had a long standing issue with vacuum tubes failing form heat stress, but most of the heat stress was on startup/shutdown (ie big changes in temperature causing differential heat expansion). So, they started just turning it on and leaving it on, and that brought the failure rate down form 3 or three a day to one every two or three days.


Was it really an actual fix? That’s amazing. I’m going to look that one up.

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FezzikDaBullgryn wrote:
I think my absolute favorite bit of minor fluff is that SoS can inflct literal damage and pain through their language of Thought Mark, which is literally just hand signals/USL. There are varying levels of "force" they can put on each gesture, which is akin to volume or emphasis. So if they shout "STOP" loud enough they can inflict pain on the person they are talking to.

If I remember correctly Aleya states the true practitioners of the art back in the HH could literally kill with these gestures.


I think this would be hilarious if the harmful gesture just happens to be a fist to the face.

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I like the fluff around lasguns.

That their power packs can be warmed on a fire to get a few more shots out of them.

That they make a whip crack sound rather than pew pew.

I just think they are neat.

 
   
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 SkavenLord wrote:
Was it really an actual fix? That’s amazing. I’m going to look that one up.

Yep - Bletchley Park was reluctant to use valves due to their failure rate until Tommy Flowers from the General Post Office (GPO) research station pointed out you just don't turn the machines off (he then built Colossus).

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Yes! great thread. Karak Norn you've nailed it mate and summed up my thoughts exactly.

But seriously, it's beard squigs.


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Just reading through the thread you linked there Karak, reckon you must be a black belt in Blanchitsu.

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beast_gts wrote:
One battle - three versions


yeah I thought that was a nice touch, just proof that even modern GW can do some great stuff.
   
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 General Kroll wrote:
I like the fluff around lasguns.

That their power packs can be warmed on a fire to get a few more shots out of them.

That they make a whip crack sound rather than pew pew.

I just think they are neat.


Completely agree, I really like how they describe the whip crack of lasguns instantly gives you a feeling you're in a completely different science fiction universe than the classic pew pews.
   
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THe fact the imperium post humorously executed a guard regiment for being late to a battlefield (after they got lost in the warp)

A planet had a hive fleet with venomthropes and toxicrenes trying to outtoxic a nurgle daemon force and it got so virulent both sides just melted into sludge.
   
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I always liked the fact that the war in heaven made the great crusade and the horus heresy look like childsplay.
Considering that the whole setting of 40k is anchored around the events of the colossal conflicts during the great crusade and the heresy, it really gives a sense of scale when both of those eras pale in comparison to the war in heaven. Necrons be OP y'all....

The Echoing Vault:
an ancient xenos device that unleashed eldritch horrors just called "the harrowing" from the halo stars, which took the combined effort of several space marine chapters, the inquisition and even some xenos to repell.
Several thousand years later an ambitious black legion lord tries to gain control of the echoing vault again. But before he can do so not one, but two of the moraides, ancient warships of the custodes, show up. They deploy a bunch of wardens and forty terminators to annihilate the chaos marines, while also permanently stationing a garrison of wardens to protect the vault.
Really gets you thinking as to how dangerous these eldritch horrors must have been. I just love cosmic horror sprinkled in 40k lore.

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I like how vague the majority of the War in Heaven is left. The Crusade and Heresy gained something because it gave modern 40k forces better options for stories and character motivations. Why do the Custodes hate Astartes? Ah because they were responsible for ruining the Emperor's vision. Why was Abbadon crowned Warmaster? Here is his origins and growth as a warrior and commander.
The War in Heaven works better as this unknowable but intensely destructive conflict works better because it was millions of years ago rather than 10k. Most factions in 40k shouldn't have an idea of the War in Heaven whereas it makes sense they'd know about things like the Heresy or Crusade.

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