Beastmen (Homo sapiens variatus) are the most bestial and inhuman type of abhuman.
Their bodies combine the features of both human and animal. Beastmen are much more variable in form than other abhuman types. They are considered abhumans rather than ordinary mutants, as individual Beastmen conform to a general physical and genetic standard and are no more prone to further mutation than normal humans. Beastmen warriors which worship the Chaos God Khorne, (known as Bloodgors) and Tzeentch (known as Tzaangors), frequent the armies of the Lost and the Damned.
Those Beastmen who have been introduced into the Imperial cult possess a simple but fierce devotion to the Emperor, regarding him as a vengeful god which demands tribute in the form of the blood of his enemies. They are driven by the need to atone for the sin of being mutants by fighting for the Emperor.[Needs Citation]
Beastmen were initially part of First Edition Imperial Guard armies. They could later be used in Imperial Guard armies with the use of the Homo Sapiens Variatus Doctrine, and in the army list for the The Lost and the Damned (as an upgrade to ordinary mutants in the codex), though these rules are now obsolete.
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compendium
- 2: Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks - Part Two, pg. 135
- 3: Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned, pg. 174