Emperor Karl Franz, current ruler of the Empire. I do not believe he has a “real name” because of his origin. The Emperor’s Champion is permitted to bear powerful artefact’s from the armoury, namely the Armour of Faith and the Black Sword. The first edition of the rulebook was published in September 1987, and the ninth edition was released in July 2020. This is a complicated topic partially because the 30K stuff was never meant to "make sense" so to speak. There was an interview with Rick Priestley a while back where he flat-out said that he wrote the original Horus Heresy stuff as mythological text - it was never meant to hold up under close scrutiny, so the writers already had an uphill task when it came to writing the Heresy series. He is chosen from the Elector Counts by the 15 Electors and crowned by the Grand Theogonist. The Emperor is the leader and ruler of The Empire, the most powerful nation of the Old World.He is chosen from the Elector Counts by the fifteen Electors and crowned by the Grand Theogonist.The first Emperor was Sigmar Heldenhammer and his crowning started the reckoning of the Imperial Calendar.The current Emperor, Karl Franz, was crowned in 2502 IC. Before battle, the Champion also leads the Templars in renewing one of the four Vows, each one adding a different effect during battle as it in stills the Black Templars with righteous fury. The first Emperor was Sigmar and his coronation marked the starting point of the Imperial Calendar. The Emperor is the leader and ruler of the Empire of Man, the most powerful nation of the Old World. Warhammer 40,000 is a miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop.It is the most popular miniature wargame in the world, especially in Britain.