The Imperium of Man is an interstellar empire that controls a large portion of the Milky Way Galaxy. It has existed for ten thousand years, and has withstood countless threats from both aliens and Chaos.
The Imperium is ruled by the Emperor, its founder and figurehead. However, he is currently in a state of living death, and so the actual governance is done by the High Lords of Terra. The only leaders more powerful than the High Lords are the Primarchs, the Emperor's sons, who had been missing for most of the Imperium's existence but have started reappearing.
Military factions Edit
- Space Marines - superhuman armies that served under the Primarchs
- Imperial Guard - standard human armies that form the majority of military forces
- Imperial Knights - nobles who fight in battle walkers
- Adeptus Custodes - the bodyguards of the Emperor
- Sisters of Battle - the military arm of the Ecclesiarchy
- Sisters of Silence - a Great Crusade-era military branch that specialized in fighting psykers