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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-22-11, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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I just wondered, what happens to the spirits of Imperial citizens that die?
Is there such a thing as an afterlife in 40k?
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It depends if you're religious or not. If you are, then they go to Heaven, if not, Hell. The Chaos "Gods" are still entities and are techincally material, although from another dimension, therefore making them powerful deities and not Gods in the literal sense. Not to mention they couldn't exist if evil didn't exist, seeing as they represent four parts of it, therefore there would have to be a devil for the Chaos Gods to exist in the first place.

Warp Gods are also just powerful beings, and the Emperor, well, he's false .

If you're not religious, then the Chaos Gods are real Gods, and I don't know what happens to the good people.

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When you die, your soul becomes one with your chosen deity. For most Imperial citizens, that is the Emperor, and for worshipers of Chaos it depends on who you worship the most. Atheists get eaten by warp monsters because they don't have a deity protecting them.

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Yup, that sounds about right. The only faction who are a bigger bunch of backstabbers than the Imperium are the Eldar (and this is debatable as the Eldar only stab OTHER factions in the back).
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So the emperor absorbs the souls of the faithful? Or are they transported to some kind of paradise?
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I was under the impression that either the Emperor absorbed their souls, or that actually the Emperor wasnt powerful enough of warp material enough for him to absorb souls of the faithful ... seeing as according to himself he is not a god.

So daemons just eat imperial souls when they die, or the Emperor assimilates them.

If the Emperor does assimilate them, I don't think they are transported to a paradise as according to the Eldar, humans are lucky enough to not be concious after death ... so it would be like if you were in paradise, but you were in a coma.
But hey, it would not be the first time the Eldar were wrong about something, so we can hope for most of humanity that for one, they are taken in by the emperor, and two that they arnt brain dead (metaphorically speaking) so they can experiance the bliss that would come about from being part of the galaxies greatest super being ... well ... aside from the chaos gods and the star gods ... and maybe the hive mind ... but that still has the big E in the top ten so, not so bad.
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What are you guys on about?

When you die, your soul gets sucked into the Warp and fuels it's inhabitants.

The Emperor does not protect your soul or whatever, he is kind of too busy to do that assuming he even could.
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I was under the impression that the general human's "soul" dissipates in to the warp, and rejoins the tides of energy within.
More psychically resonant races (or psychic humans) leave a stronger impression in the warp and so their "souls" are strong enough to maintain a presence after death... and are then consumed by the ravenous hordes of warp entities.

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So the emperor absorbs the souls of the faithful? Or are they transported to some kind of paradise?
The proper word is 'eaten' . Gotta keep Corpse Daddy nourished somehow.
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Yeah, no. When you die your 'soul' which is actually the manifestation of your consious in the warp is taken and eaten by the thousands of daemons that hover around you at every moment, waiting for exactly this. The Ecclesiarchy teaches that the souls of the faithful will be protected by the Emperor but this is a lie, the Emperor doesn't have the power to do this, and even if he did it is doubtful he would have the time or desire to do so. A sufficiently strong psyker could potentially retain consious in the warp and it is theorized that one could fight off the daemons and survive as a similar being but this is the only way to ahcieve an afterlife, baring the soulstones of the Eldar.

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Codex: Chaos Space Marines states that the souls of mortals essentially dissolve into the currents of the warp following death. There are several exceptions to this rule however. For example the souls of Chaos worshippers are absorbed directly by their patron god(s) and Craftworld/Exodite Eldar are able to sustain their consciousness via soulstones and the infinity circuits/world spirits.

Essentially the ultimate destination for mortal souls is the warp, where there awaits a variety of possible fates. Codex: Chaos Daemons makes reference to some of these fates (generically getting consumed by daemons aside). The souls of cowards for example reside in the Fortress of Khorne, and the souls of the indecisive Chaos worshippers become Furies.

As for the Imperial propoganda which suggests that the souls of the faithful are protected by the God-Emperor, there is no evidence to support this. It is not implausible but there are certainly issues with it. Firstly why would the Emperor maintain the souls of his followers within the warp (unless it directly benefited himself)? Would he even be able to considering the sheer amount of pressure his consciousness is already under maintaining the Imperium? What does he care about the souls of the faithful? Who is even to say getting "protected" (consumed) by the Emperor is a more preferable fate to getting consumed by daemons?

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