With the release of Darktide, gamers everywhere are hooked on fighting terrifying enemies with lasrifles and flak armor! But many folks have never experienced the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40k. To assist, we’ll discuss a bit about the lore to bring some more casual fans up to speed.
Warhammer 40k is a science fiction tabletop game that has been around for decades. The Astra Militarum are the military arm of the Imperium of Man and are often seen as the “good guys” in the world of Warhammer 40k. The Astra Militarum is one of the most iconic armies in Warhammer 40k lore and has some really iconic characters. They have been around since Rogue Trader and have been a part of every major event in Warhammer 40k history.
The Astra Militarum is the largest and most powerful military force in the 41st Millennium. The Imperial Guard’s origins date back to 22nd century when Terra was first invaded by the Orks. In response, Terra’s Planetary Defense Forces were reformed into a standing army called “Astra Militarum” which translates to “The Army of the Stars”. The Astra Militarum has grown over time and now includes hundreds of millions of Guardsmen led by officers drawn from across all walks of life.
The Astra Militarum is the largest and most well-equipped of the Imperial Guard’s fighting forces. They are primarily based on Terra, but are also present on many other worlds. Their numbers are uncountable, with hundreds of trillions of Guardsmen under arms at any given time. The Militarum Tempestus (Stormtroopers) form an elite corps within the Astra Militarum, trained to fight in hostile environments such as jungles or toxic wastelands.
The Astra Militarum was founded by Rogal Dorn after he became Emperor following the Horus Heresy and his own subsequent victory over Warmaster Horus aboard his flagship, the Vengeful Spirit, in orbit around Terra. It was established to provide a powerful human military force to protect Terra from external threats as well as to battle against rebellions from within should they occur.
I hope you enjoyed this lore drop on the Astra Militarum from Warhammer 40k!