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Related to this, we constantly read about aliens taking advantage of humans during the Age of Strife. But weren't their empires reduced to rubble just like with humanity?

With the exception of the Orks for obvious reasons but chiefly their immunity to fear, what do you think is the reason many alien races were in a position to enslave/take advantage of humanity who were arguably untouchable in their prime by any of the alien races save the Eldar?
In just thinking about the HH BA novel Fear to Tread, the Nephelim race enslaves humanity in the system, then you have the plant the SWs encounter on the way to muster with the larger legion that became an amusement playground for the Dark Eldar... in one of the short story collections I'm not recalling. I can see these kinds of situations happening, even pre-Fall, if the human society is relatively isolated (1-5 systems) without the constant oversight of a larger sub-sector sized government that can muster military starships. Despite the larger human federations like the Interex, I can imagine some of the human colony ships that made it to their host planet and never developed the resources go travel more than 1-2 systems away, if that. Just look at all the Death Worlds, like Caliban or Fenris.
 

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Khorne was recruiting daemon princes on pre-modern Terra: witness Doombreed. That level of Chaos activity seems pretty negative. I wonder what made Doombreed special, because in 40k you need to kill billions to get noticed and on pre-modern earth there's just not enough slaughter to go around.

It's not clear though how Terra didn't become a daemon planet, since a daemon prince can easily slaughter an entire planet when facing off against ordinary swords and spears. Perhaps the Emperor detected such a powerful psychic event as a daemonic ascension and forced Doombreed into a cowardly retreat to avoid true death.

I assume there'd be other Khorne worshippers with him, who would be favored by Khorne's elevation of one of their members. It's not known who destroyed them. Maybe Doombreed himself killed them.
I don't have a direct quote, but Lexi (without directly footnoting) indicates that Khorne was actually 'born' sometime during the middle ages of Terra's timeline. I don't see any Khornate demons developing during that time being the overbearing bad-asses of either 30K or 40K we've come to know and love, considering they're so newly minted. I could see someone of Genghis Kahn's stature, or possibly even Hitler, making the grade as either were killing on a historically precedent-setting scale.

Regarding what happened to Doombreed, the alleged first Daemon Prince of Khorne, well, around that same time the Big E was hog-tying the Void Dragon (or a ret-conned shard?) in a straight-up fight and shipping him off for a 40,000 year vacation in purgatory on Mars, so I don't think drop-kicking a newly minted DP off Terra would have posed too much of a challenge.
 
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