Ratlings are the smallest type of abhuman, their ancestors having become stunted by thousands of years of inbreeding on worlds with naturally soporific climates and abundant harvests.
Ratlings are short and squat, although not strong. They are idle, hedonistic, gregarious, over-friendly and sexually promiscuous. Their lives are spent eating until sick, drinking copious amounts of intoxicating liquids, and procreating uncontrollably. These small, loud, hungry and lecherous creatures are called Runtlings, Stunties, Halflings, Maggots and Ratlings, among other things.
Ratling home worlds
Ratling home worlds are self-sufficient and agricultural, and the hedonistic and unambitious nature of Ratlings means that these worlds do not progress beyond a medieval level of civilisation.
Ratlings in the Imperial Guard
Although Ratlings make generally poor warriors, the Imperium still has a use for them, and they are often recruited into the Imperial Guard as snipers, the one battlefield role in which they excel. In this role they operate independently of the rest of the Imperial Guard force, and are equipped with sniper rifles and flak armour.
Ratlings of note
- 1: Codex: Imperial Guard (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), pg. 43
- 2: Codex Imperialis, pg. 29
- 3: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 43
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