NewHammer 40,000: The Great Rift


The following comes from the Warhammer Community site.

Those of you familiar with the Warhammer 40,000 universe who have seen the new galaxy map, will certainly have spotted at least one major change.

The Great Rift is a tear in reality that essentially divides the Imperium in half. Its emergence was a literal galaxy-shattering event, which threw the Imperium into chaos and ushered in new wars across nearly every world in the Imperium. So powerful and far was this storm that the very laws of physics fray at the edges as the inconsistencies of time fluctuations, once largely localised to larger storms such as the Eye of Terror, spread across the galaxy. Some worlds felt centuries go by in an instant while others were all but frozen in time, and still others have suffered constant temporal shifts.


None fully understand the origins of the rift – though there are many theories: the breach of the Cadian Gate, the sorcery of a Daemon Primarch, catastrophe in the Webway, mass bloodshed and fire in the Damocles Gulf – all may have caused or contributed to it. The rift is variously known by the cultures of the galaxy as the Crimson Path, the Mouth of Ruin, the Warpscar, the Dathedian, Gork’s Grin and a thousand other names besides. To the Imperium it is the Cicatrix Maledictum, or just the Great Rift. To those on the Terran side, it is a tainted scar across the sky. To those unfortunates on the far side, it is far worse…


While we saw the beginnings of this great tear in the events of the Gathering Storm, in the story of the new Warhammer 40,000Roboute Guilliman, Lord Commander of the Imperium’s armies, looks out over the ruins of his Father’s empire and sets about its reconquest in a crusade to liberate those worlds embattled by the forces of Chaos and free those beset by xenos predators closing in on the weakened worlds of Mankind.

What do you all think?


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16 Responses to “NewHammer 40,000: The Great Rift”

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    Luke May 4, 2017 7:34 am #

    There is a definite lack of Hive Fleets on that map. Clearly I need to buy more Carnifexes to fix this

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    Requizen May 4, 2017 7:34 am #

    Well, not every post can be an interesting rules change, but the lore is good too.

    So the interesting thing to me is that the only Chapter who is based on the far side of the Rift is Blood Angels. I wonder if we’ll see them cut off from the rest of the Imperium, forced to side with unlikely foes. Continuing the BA + Necron vs Tyranids storyline? I know they said the focus would be on Imperium vs Chaos, but Blood Angels are a pretty important chapter in the long run.

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    CaptainA May 4, 2017 8:36 am #

    Boooo! Fluff! Boooo!

    Need moar rules!

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      Reecius May 4, 2017 8:44 am #


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      fluger May 4, 2017 9:30 am #

      No kidding! I need something to overreact to out of context! This is unsatisfactory!

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        CaptainA May 4, 2017 9:48 am #

        Well I need to make judgement calls about units with one piece of information! Hordes are dead!

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          fluger May 4, 2017 9:59 am #

          No one loves hordes more than me, and nothing I’m hearing yet has made me think that they are doomed.

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            CaptainA May 4, 2017 10:08 am


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            Threllen May 4, 2017 11:16 am

            Didn’t you hear? Hordes won’t get any bonuses to leadership and they’ll all be leadership one. Plus they’ll lose double the casualties from morale.

            At least that’s what some people made it sound like XD

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    Ytook May 4, 2017 10:51 am #

    Well in AoS this works because…

    Sorry, force of habit.

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    WAAC May 4, 2017 12:43 pm #

    What factions can use ‘The Great Rift’ detachment? jk

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    Jural May 4, 2017 3:49 pm #

    It seems like there are no rules here, but I’m willing to bet this somehow will become an advantage to White Scars and Wraithknights 😉

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    AngryPanda May 4, 2017 6:51 pm #

    This will probably be the way to split the Imperium into the newish more reasonable forces of King Smurf and his new marines and the psychotic religious mess we got now.

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