No longer does humanity appreciate the wonders and promise of science or technology, for such things have long been supplanted by superstition. The achievements, struggles, and triumphs of ages past mean nothing now. All that matters now is survival: the survival of Mankind as a species.
Survival, in a universe ridden with mind-bending horrors the likes of which the human psyche was never meant to behold. A universe in which our race is but the flickering flame of a mere candle struggling to stay alight against the force of a mighty gale. A universe enveloped in brutal, unforgiving, unending war. War well beyond the comprehension of mortal men.
A war that we are losing.
But even in this bleak era, hope, though fleeting, remains. The glorious God-Emperor, carrion lord of all Mankind, still sits upon the Golden Throne of Terra. Though His body has long been ruined by the ravages of time, His soul lives on in another plane of existence, His unrivaled psychic abilities holding together the rotting Imperium of Man that he founded ages ago. So long as the Emperor remains a force in the universe, the Imperium of Mankind shall not fall.
But no one knows how long this shall last.
All accross our Milky Way galaxy, the servants of the God-Emperor work tirelessly to safeguard the Imperium from threats originating within, without, and beyond. They come in many forms, from the lowly men and women of the Planetary Defence Forces and the Imperial Guard, to the mighty Space Marines, the Emperor's legendary Angels of Death. All of them fight valiantly against impossible odds, for they dream of the day that humanity shall once again know solace from conflict.
But, for now, such a day is but a sweet, wishful dream.
Warhammer 40,000: Imperium of Blood is a fan-created expansion of the Warhammer 40,000 lore. It is the combined efforts of multiple users to contribute towards a shared, interconnected vision of the grim darkness of warfare in the 41st Millenium.
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