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Okay so the Emeperor was mad at Magnus because some psychic message he sent screwed up his webway plans? Please explain, namely how did he get ahold of the webway?
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The story is that he left the Great Crusade to begin building a human gateway to the webway, so that human kind would not have to rely on the warp to travel between stars. The Golden Throne was initially the human webway gate, and the Emperor used it to send workers through to build a human passage to the webway using a psychic material he had created, and which he acted almost like a battery for.
When Magnus used sorcery to contact the Emperor and warn him of Horus's betrayal, his sorcery shattered the security measures the Emperor put in place to protect the workers and keep Chaos out. Daemons poured into our reality through the Golden Throne, and it was only the Custodes and the Sisters of Silence (a group of women who were psychically blank) who managed to beat them back enough for the Emperor to close the Throne. He was then forced to sit upon the Throne and focus on keeping the gate closed.
That's why he rarely left the Throne, and only took part in the defence of Terra by fighting Horus one on one; while the traitors attack the palace from without, daemons attacked from within, and only the Emperor was able to keep them at bay. When he went to fight Horus, the second most powerful human psyker (after Magnus) was the Emperor's friend Malcador the Sigilite, who sat on the Throne and kept the gate closed. But the exhertion was so much that when it came time to remove him and replace him with the Emperor, his body crumbled into dust.
The Throne was then jury-rigged to keep the Emperor alive so that he could keep the gate closed and protect humanity, while also providing a focus for the Astronomicon. That's how the idea of the Emperor preventing Chaos from spilling into our universe evolved: from him preventing our reality from being ripped apart, to him preventing Chaos from having a stable warp portal on Terra.
This is new fluff to me. Can you cite any sources?
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It's all from the Horus Heresy Artbook series, specifically Visions of Death, the fourth volume.
Yup, tons of Horus heresy fuff. The hardback omnibus even has an extra short story, the Kaban Project. If you want to know what each volume contains info on, check out http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Horu...Artbook_Series). Lists it, and without spoilers.
Don't worry, all that's there is BL grade fluff. It's a perspective, but it sure as hell isn't hermetically sealed canonicity. They deal with a LOT of mysteries in the 40k universe, and destroy the mystique surrounding a lot of them.
Always remember that they're authors, and publishers. Unrevealed secrets are a goldmine for fluff and story junkies. THey'll keep on digging up new ones until people stop buying the books.