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Is there any backstory to the different races in Warhammer 40K...?

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Why not ask on the Sci-Fi stackexchange site? – Pureferret Jan 4 '12 at 18:25
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A basic introduction is available via Games Workshop, and a general overview can be found on the Warhammer_40,000 page on Wikipedia.

Beyond that, there is an enormous amount of information available in the Codexes. Games workshop produces a Codex for each race which contains a lot of backstory as well as units and rules specific to that race.

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There's also a huge amount of backstory in issues of White Dwarf magazine, and the Black Library range of novels. – ire_and_curses Oct 27 '10 at 5:06

You can also hit up the Lexicanum for relatively detailed historical entries; just bear in mind that being a wiki, there is some information on there that is of disputed quality.

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On the official part, GW has also the Astronomican with some articles

On the unnoficial, apart from the already mentioned Lexicanum, has also a lot of background (generic, not as unit-level deep as Lexicanum).

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Could you please expand on this at all? A single link shouldn't really suffice as an answer – Pureferret Sep 1 '12 at 23:24
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – user1873 Sep 13 '12 at 12:24

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