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Does anyone no if the emperor is just human or is he also an astartes. Why is he so powerfull,
I believe there's some ancient back-story about nine or so of the most powerful human psykers performing some weird ritual which resulted in their souls being combined and reincarnated as one person - the Emperor.
But I'm not sure if that's acknowledged as canon any more.
Tell you what, I'll see if I can get this post shifted to the fluff forum, seeing as it's probably going to get more replies from people who know more about this kind of thing there.
He's effectively Astartes cubed, although he is human - I imagine his body has been moulded by his awesome mental powers.
Deadstar is correct in his recollection (although in the Realms of Chaos book it states that ALL of the shamans across the world combined their souls in order to create the Emperor), but it's hard to tell with GW what is still valid from the old books. He's definitely at least been around since the Persian empire.