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I'm wondering what is the level of general knowledge of humans in the 40K universe with regards to the other races. I understand that most military sections will have some knowledge of aliens, chaos, etc. I also assume that there would be some dissemination of information to major corporations that cooperate with local Imperium forces, especially space faring ones.
However, would the general population be able to identify an Ork or a necron? Or would they just go around screaming "I saw green dudes attacking my farm!"? I'm wondering about this as it will help me prepare fluffy stuff for local campaigns my game group is planning :drinking:
I know in the Ultramarines Omnibus, there's a passage about farmers on an agriworld poking a Tyranid pod with a stick or somesuch until it hatches and sprays them with acid. Also, in the Ciaphus Cain novels and the Ultramarines Omnibus, the knowledge of Necrons existing is classified by the Inquisition.
Since one of the tenets of the Imperium (to paraphrase) is "An open mind is like a fortress with its gates wide open", and they guard knowledge closely for the select few, my guess would be that the general knowledge of alien types is very low. One exception might be on the fringes of the Tau Empire, where the Water Caste of Tau have dealings with many Imperial planets.
Hope this helps.
It depends on which world they're from, for example the populace of Utramar probably has a pretty good working knowledge of Tyranids after fighting Behemoth. Those from worlds around Armageddon, although lacking knowledge on Tyranids, probably have a very good general knowledge of Orks.
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a million worlds, so every world might have a different knowledge of aliens, so it really depends which planet it is.
As a whole the =I= function as a censor to all knowledge, so on 1 planet they might know orks exist (because of a recent ork invasion) but never heard of the Hrud.
I can see some planets deep inside the emperium (near terra) where the population has no knowledge of aliens: they would not have suffered an alien invasion for thousanths of years and all knowledge of the mere exitence of xenos would be suprressed.
Last edited by Zema; September 6th, 2007 at 10:23.
Disagree, your average citizen would probably have no knowledge of aliens, since having such knowledge would be considered punishable by death by the inquisition
SMs are clearly in a unique possition and would have access to briefs on tactics, stratergies, strengths and weaknessess
dont think most Ig would have any knowledge up to the point where they are going to fight them at which point they would be briefed, and that would be a very polarised brief.
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I think the knowledge of xenos depends on what world you are from. I thought that the average Joe though knew of the exsistance of xenos races but nothing else. I guess I was wrong on that part I think. See I thought that the average joe knew that xenos were out there and who to identify them but knew nothing else from there. The Imperium feeding them propaganda saying that all xenos are pure consitrated evil and other negative things about the xenos races. Know I guess my belief was crushed today.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that people have no information, they need enough to know that aliens exist and they need to look out for them, or their sheer ignorance makes them vulnerable. On the other hand, they can't know enough to be able to empathise or develop any accord with aliens.
Remember that 'citizens beware' poster in the Tyranid article telling people what to do in the event of a spore attack. Clearly, those citizens weren't completely ignorant. Granted, it's not explaining the full story (for example, that they're going to be royally screwed hiding in the basement when the mycetic spores start dropping) but it explains enough to ensure noone's going to be poking any spores to see what happens..
I believe guardsmen and PDF are generally issued with basic info as well.. Plenty of fluff bits take the form of enemy identification cards to be issued to soldiers. Again, it's not the whole story, but enough to ensure they can fight effectively.
Necrons are a special case, I believe, because the Ordo Xenos is seriously freaked out by them.
Chaos, I'd imagine, is much, much more sensitive as regards information, simply because people turn to chaos by free will, and the more knowledge they have the easier it would be to do so.
I don't think Orks would be restricted knowledge; they're pervasive throughout the galaxy and no human is likely to develop an fondness for them. Tyranids, too, although on a much lesser scale, and right on down to Necrons where knowledge of them isn't an issue as there are so few (civilian) survivors.
Guard would have detailed knowledge. They need to know that stuff.
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well it's diiferent for every planet
If I was on a planet that was in an area frequently raided by Dark eldar, and I've seen someone bring in one of there bodies and show use the foul Xenos, then Yeah, I'd be like "hey, that guy has elf ears, he's a xenos, Dropkick him!" or if an ork infestation was nearby I'd be like, "the emperors holy socks! those Orks are coming for me, DROPKICK TIME!"
so if on planet A the orks are near that area, then people would know about orks
and if on the other side of the galaxy on planet B Chaos Space Marines are going around, then I'd know that that space marine coming for me is a different colour than the Normal space marines that have a temple around here
it's all in the planet, but everyone should know that Xenos exist.
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