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Warhammer 40k: Greenskins and toddlers

The Warhammer 40.000 universe is a very, very special place, a place where you will most likely die in a horrible manner. This universe is populated by a few different factions, which are all very extreme and kind of over the top (I think). We have the Imperium of man, which are crazy fascist and accuse everything that is different for heresy or being xeno (which ironically is also heresy). The factions are in some sense personifications of certain things. The Tyranids can be seen as the personification of over consumption and the sin of gluttony, since all they do is eat and hunger for more to eat.

Among all of these factions the orks are probably my favorites, because they lack a overarching goal (sort of). Orks in WH40K are savage barbarians, destroying civilization where ever they go. Like an unstoppable tide wildlings they plunder and burn all in their path, be it humans, eldars or even other orks. Orks could be likened to the Mongols, an unstoppable horde which brought destruction on Europe and Asia, nothing could stop them. In the WH40K canon it is said that if the orks ever united, they would become a unstoppable horde unlike anything ever seen. This is one aspect of the orks, but it’s not the one which I love.

What I love about them is that they are children; big, brutal, green, murderous children. What drives orks isn’t a greater goal, what drives them is joy. They are joy mongers. Most orks likes to fight, because a good fight is fun, they make war on other races (or themselves) just to get a good fight. But it isn’t just their simplemindedness.

All orks have weak psychic powers and if enough orks thinks that something is a certain way, than reality adjusts itself to their thinking. For example: Orks think that red things goes faster, therefore if they paint something red, it goes faster than it should.

They have the logic of children. Most of their weapons are just pieces of scrap hammered together, so that they look and sound dangerous. And since they believe it is dangerous, it becomes dangerous. The whole WH40K universe is their playground and they make up the rules as they go along, all in the name of fun. Just like children. If a child thinks broccoli is poisonous, than broccoli is poisonous (not really, but I hope you get my point). In a universe full of death, suffering and all around horribleness, the orks are a fresh breath with their quest for joy and childish shenanigans.

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