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Properties and Symbolism of Seven
Seven is Nurgle's sacred number, and has a few additional associations in the Warhammer setting:
- The Imperial Fists were designated as Legion VII in the First Founding, under the leadership of Primarch Rogal Dorn.
- The Seven Devils of Dread Calyx are a group of powerful warp entities that hold sway over the fate of the Calixis Sector.
- The Seven Witches, hidden psykers who pronounce cryptic warnings of doom, that live in Footfall on the coreside edge of the Koronus Expanse.
- Yvraine proposed the Seventh Path, a course of action amongst the Eldar that winds between the darkness and the light. The Opener of the Seventh Way is spoken of in an Eldar prophecy by Kysaduras the Anchorite, and is said to be the nemesis of She Who Thirsts, who weaves the skeins at the dawn of the Rhana Dandra.
- Fleet Septimus, the "Silent Seventh" fleet, is the last of the Indomitus Crusade fleets. It had a hidden purpose set by Roboute Guilliman, and vanished without explanation.
Outside of Warhammer, seven is commonly regarded (particular in Western culture) as a lucky, mystical, or supernatural number. Indeed, informal polls have shown seven to be the most popular favourite number. Here are some additional properties of and notable references to the number...
In Mathematics, seven is:
- The Apkallu, seven demigods that established civilisation.
- Seven gods who decree: four primary (Anu, Enlil, Enki, Ninhursag) and three sky gods (Inanna/Ishtar, Nanna/Sin, Utu/Shamash).
- The seven gates to the underworld, through which Inanna passes.
- The Anunnaki, the seven judges of the underworld.
- The Seven (Sibitti), sons of heaven and earth, champions without peer, each assigned a destructive destiny.
- Shamhat has sex with Enkidu for seven nights continuously in order to civilise him.
- Humbaba gives seven auras to Gilgamesh in return for seven gifts.
- Lotan is a mighty serpent with seven heads.
In Celtic tales:
- Cú Chulainn has seven pupils per eye, seven toes per foot, and seven fingers per hand.
- In Tam Lin, the Queen of Fairies pays a tithe to Hell every seven years.
In the Americas:
In the Bahá'í Faith:
In Popular Culture:
For many other references, see: 7.