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I have always thought that the Astronomicon and the Golden Throne are two very different things.
The Emperor founded the Astronomicon at the start of the Great Crusade to enable his forces to travel all over the galaxy.
It is in effect like a psychic lighthouse, providing a signal for the navigator of any traveling vessel.
The Astronomicon is a "choir" of trained psychers, who are not long lived because of the strain of their work, but do their duty because of the immense importance it has for the whole Imperium.
The Golden Throne however is basicly a life-support unit that was build specificly to keep the Emperor alive after his duel with Horus.
It is "powered" by the souls of psychers, who are un-willingly fed to the machine, after they are gathered from all over the Imperium and brought to Terra by the so called "blac ships".
Have I somehow gotten it all horrobly wrong over all these years or is this kinda/sorta correct?
You got the part about the Golden Throne wrong... It wasn't built after the HH, but during the final days of the Great Crusade as a control/power device for the "Emperor's secret project"*. It was used after the HH in an alternative manner, to keep the Emperor's battered body from completely dying, but that was not why it was initially built.
Regardless of what the psyckers sacrifices are used to power (Golden Throne or Astronimicon), given that the Black Ships are supposed to come at least once a generation to every Imperial planet and take away (almost) every psycker, the numbers provided in the first post seem actually quite low!
According to the fluff, Hive-Cities commonly harbour populations numbering in the billions. If only .0001% (1 in a million) of the population showed psycker abilities of any level, that would mean there'd still be thousands of psyckers to be "harvested" in a single Hive-City! Hence, a single Hive-City could, once a generation, provide "fuel" for a day or two...
A planet like Medusa V (a Mine-World, not a Hive-World) was listed as having a population of 4.5 billion, it could therefore, once a generation, provide enough "fuel" for 2 or 3 days...
Thus, if there were only the equivalent of 8000 billion inhabitants in the whole Imperium (which would mean an average population per world of only 8 million if we take the "million worlds" at face value), it'd be more than enough to provide the thousands sacrifices a day the fluff mentions and there would still be some spare to use as Astropath, Sanctionned Psyckers, etc...
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Keep in mind at the very least there are trillions, and very likely there are quadrillions of humans in the galaxy.
That being said it does seem a very monumental number that die every day.
Eumerin, I have never seen the quote officially but that is what I have heard too.
The numbers arent that bad really.. given that the nazis killed about 5000 ppl a day during a 4 year period during WW2, disposing of 2000 bodies when you have plasma furnaces is no feat of strength.
It would be like learning how to increase the fuel efficiency of one of the essential engines of civilizations!
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No it hasn't. The Adeptus Astronomica is still listed separately from the psykers fed to the Throne in the new rulebook. Unless you mean the origin of the Golden Throne, which has changed a bit today.
I suspect that they're kept in some type of drug-induced near-coma, and so they're being fed through tubes in their arms. So, it's even possible that they're being fed the previous generation of psyker. That said, they might totally destroy the dead psyker bodies, instead of recycling them, to prevent some type of psychic buildup from all those psychic corpses