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Oddboyz in action: Weirdboy, Big Mek and Runtherd[1a]

Oddboyz are types of abnormal, specialist Orks.

Overview

If Orks were just single-minded killing machines they would be dangerous enough, but they would be unable to sustain the level of technology required to ply the stars. Gretchin, though obedient if beaten with sufficient regularity, are not inventive enough to maintain the weaponry that the Orks possess, nor to patch up casualties when the going gets tough. These highly technical demands are met by a caste of Orks known as Oddboyz.[2]

Although it may seem strange to humans, Oddboyz all possess an innate understanding of their fields of expertise without having to be taught. A Mekboy knows how to create engines and generators even though he has never been taught to do so, and a Painboy instinctively knows which squirty tube connects to which wriggly bit when he is delving into some unfortunate patient’s abdomen. If asked where this knowledge comes from an Oddboy might reply that it was in his blood all along.[2]

It seems possible that the abilities of Orks to build machines, practice medicine or even use psychic powers are passed down through Ork society on a primordial, biological level. No studies of the greenskins have ever successfully determined how this process works. Yet it seems most likely that the knowledge is hardwired into the very cellular make-up of the Orks, perhaps a legacy left to them by their legendary Brainboyz. However he comes by his latent knowledge, as an Ork matures it will start to make itself apparent, leading him to assume the role in Ork society for which he is best suited. Should he lack any specialist knowledge, the Ork will happily join the vast throng of Boyz at the heart of each tribe and content himself with a life of murder and mayhem.[2]

Varieties

Mekboyz

Main article: Mekboy


Painboyz

Main article: Painboy


Weirdboyz

Main article: Weirdboy


Runtherds

Main article: Runtherd


Flyboyz

Main article: Flyboyz

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