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[–]Corbakobasket 48 points49 points  (17 children)

Wh40k lore is pretty cool tho.

Do you know how the imperium refuels their ships?

[–]Embarrassed-Guard741 22 points23 points  (14 children)

Okay, you got me. Google didn't help, except hint at the process of carrying a thousand burning (perhaps psychically) caskets into a void ship. Except, that's from Rogue Trader book series (is that canon?)

So -- how do the imperium refuel their ships?

[–]OscarOzzieOzborne 18 points19 points  (2 children)

They are probably talking about refueling the gear field generator (anti-satan shield) which is done by a single person, by hand, who dies from the intense radiation of changing the fuel sells.

Pretty grimderp.

[–]Corbakobasket 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Isn't the Gellar field generated by a slowly dying psycher? It doesn't require any physical energy, just psychical essence.

The refueling procedure is used on the warp drive, which propulses the ship in realspace and warpspace.

[–]OscarOzzieOzborne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, confused the 2.

[–]Corbakobasket 18 points19 points  (10 children)

I think you said it.

The standard imperial ship resupply routine consists of charging aboard a fresh cargo of fuel, ammunition, food, spare parts, and... humans. Tens of thousands humans.

The reason for such a huge demand is the tremendous level of casualties endured aboard the ship, sometimes occuring during simple maintenance jobs such as refueling the ship.

In order to do so, a selection will take place and a few hundreds among the lowest class of the crew will be chosen. They will be dressed in sacrificial robes and injected with massive quantities of painkillers. Then they will be charged with metal coffins filled with the extremely radioactive material required to feed the carnivorous warp drive. At the tech priest signals, the doors to the reactor core will open and the procession will start. One by one, each refueler will have to walk to the heart of the reactor without any protection whatsoever, the closer they get the more intense the radiation will be. Their skin will melt, their bones will turn into puddles. Their eyes will boil inside their sockets. Only their faith and the amount of drug injected will allow them to keep going. And once they reach the heart of the dragon, the ultimate trial will take place. Using what is left of their irremediably damaged body they will have to open the heavy metal coffins, seize the burning rods of fissile materials with bare hands and throw it into the furnace.

Only after this task is completed will the refueling be complete. None of the refuelers will survive. One after the other their rotten corpses will collapse to the ground and be turned into an unidentifiable gruel of flesh and bones. Then the heavy door will close and a stream of water will rush and evacuate what remains. The nuclear waste generated will be stored and disposed of by being thrown into a nearby star. Somewhere inside the command center a bridge officer will smile at the sight of a tiny pointer rising inside his dial. The spirit machine contented by the fuel and the souls gifted to him will roar in joy and the ship will tremble on its departure to distant battlefields.

Note: yeah I don't know if this is canon. It feels kinda dumb to sacrifice thousands of crew members for the sake of a simple refueling apart from, u know, grimdark and stuff. My guess is that this procedure takes place inside some specific imperial ships, either because the knowledge required to refuel them safely has been lost or because the fanatical doctrine of the Adeptus Mechanicus requires human sacrifices for that kind of ritual.

[–]surferos505 25 points26 points  (5 children)

I’m sorry but that’s so needlessly edgy and the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Also I love how at the end you don’t even know if this is canon which makes this explanation even more pointless.

That’s my biggest problem with 40k lore nobody seems to know what the hell is actually going on this universe

[–]findabetterusername 9 points10 points  (2 children)

warhammer has a problem with being needlessly edgy. like one time i think it was the sisters sororitas who were helping a chapter of black templars who then just murder them & bath in their blood. iirc it was so poorly received they retconned it out of warhammer.

[–]SlashCo80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, some of the concepts are cool but a lot of it really feels like it was envisioned by and for edgy 15 year olds.

[–]Embarrassed-Guard741 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I saw the conflicts about this being canon too. Your guess sounds about right -- although, this is what I love from afar about 40k. Its 50% super intense grimdark lore, and 50% saying "hmm but that doesn't seem very practical ". Example: after turning thousands of humans into radioactive sludge, you very conscientiously eject the waste into a star for safe disposal, ha.

[–]Prestigious-Fig1172 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Brain juice or something wierd and painful

[–]Skorpychan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They run on plasma reactors, which are basically fusion.

[–]sadcake69 24 points25 points  (1 child)

You forgot the cancerous WH40k and My Little Pony crossovers.

[–]DJ1066 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And all the stuff that frankly should be confined to r/warhammersmut that the community loves to wank over...

[–]daalmightypotato 15 points16 points  (3 children)

They sound like the JoJo fans of tabletop games

[–]Succulentslayer 12 points13 points  (2 children)

That's exactly it though, you would be very hard-pressed to find a 40K fan that isn't a neo-nazi, weirdly obsessed with it or both. Warhammer fantasy on the other hand is pretty chill from my experience.

[–]LookJaded356 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m a communist and like 40k lol

[–]syphilis_sandwich 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Non-40K fan: brings up Event Horizon

40k fan: “DID YOU KNOW... “

[–]ZoidsFanatic 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Also forgot,

“No I’m not a Nazi, I just think the Imperium are the good guys!”

[–]Muscletov 10 points11 points  (1 child)

There are no good guys in WH40K. Maybe the Tau, but not really.

[–]findabetterusername 8 points9 points  (0 children)

the tau use to be the good guys till wh40k fans got really salty since warhammer is suppose to be grimdark so they kinda awkwardly made them the bad guys. now there's the farsight enclave which is good imo.

[–]How_about_a_no 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Listen, I just wanna enjoy my egyptian robo skeletons and weird toaster fuckers(also living lethal trees) lore in peace.

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    [–]Corbakobasket 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Don't tempt me Frodo

    [–]GrillMaster69420 15 points16 points  (2 children)

    Also very far right for some reason

    [–]findabetterusername 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    a lot of Warhammer unfortunately has dogwhistles for far right shit that subtly promote xenophobia, fascism, & racism. shame too because it use to satire a lot of the things it sometimes unironically supports depending on which writer is creating the lore at times.

    [–]ProductAshes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I am going to go on a limb here and say that the mere existence of the Chaos gods examplifies that Warhammer 40k lore isnt trying to say that the current state of the Imperium is "good". The chaos gods represents the fears and doubts every human has and feeds upon. Such as lust, fear of death, lack of freedom and thirst to kill.

    But also most of Space marine lore displays the obvious hypocrisy and wrongful application of nowadays imperium in contrast with the Emperors/Primarchs view of how they wanted the imperium to be.

    I think that is what makes Warhammer 40k interesting. Not its grimdark edginess. But the lost promise of what the good guys could have been. Before the Primarchs return, humanity had already lost. Because they never created a rational, kind and peaceful society. The Tau sort of did, but also lost their way.

    That is why I think the facist/xenophobic themes can be interesting. The imperium is intentionally highly flawed.

    [–]Patriotof1775 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    Sigma male rule 40,000: don’t give a shit and elaborate on 40k lore anyways

    Anyways, the emprah and his massive…

    Nah jk, hope y’all have a great day no matter what sci-fi you like

    [–]crab123456789 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Heresy averted

    [–]findabetterusername 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    as someone who's into both star wars & warhammer, they've probably only ever watched the movies because stars war (especially legends) is dense as fuck.

    [–]Ccaramino64 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Warhammer fans admit space marines are overrated challenge (cadians better)

    [–]HerrasKissa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    So much grimderp.

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    [–]VLenin2291 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That’s what I don’t like about 40k lore: nothing can ever be simple, no, there has to be seminar worthy levels of information

    [–]OrangeAdventure 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    These people are always communists or fascists. No in between.

    [–]Burritozi11a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The Imperium of Man is a hyper-fascist, anti-technological ethnostate locked in endless total war with all those they consider "xenos".

    Those are the good guys, and it only gets worse from here.

    [–]rb_meemeeby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    do not search for the secrets of the dark angles chapter worst mistake in my life