Is the Emperor in "Warhammer 40,000" Dead?
May 27, 2014 2:42 PM Subscribe
It seems to me that the Emperor could very well be dead without making much difference to how the society functions. Is he?
posted by Ipsifendus to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have a very cursory understanding of Warhammer 40k lore, and I'm aware that the Emperor is "kept alive" in what's passed off as something like a comatose state, by sacred machinery that takes up several cities' worth of space. I know that somehow the will of the Emperor is supposed to play a role in maintaining the psychic beacon that enables their entire esp-enabled transportation system. I gather than no character with whom one is ever likely to come into contact (in either the tabletop game, the roleplaying offshots, or the video games), is likely ever to have seen the Emperor in person.
So, is there an implicit joke going on here where the Emperor is actually just straightfowardly dead, and the whole horrific religiofacist structure surrounding him is a sham? Is there any textual support anywhere for either the "yes" or "no" answer to this question?