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I'm planning on writing a series of short stories centred around an ork stormboy and some events that occoured during his lifetime, spanning from his emerging from his little cocoon to his eventual demise on some far flung field at the hand of a warrior much shootier and killier than himself. So I'm putting some of my ideas here in hopes of bouncing them off of people to see if they're any good or not, so here goes.
The main character is an Ork Stormboy named Grimklaw, he leads a squad of stormboyz but the story only really mentions about five of them, the rest being nameless gits who can die as much as needed. The story shouldn't go too far into detail about his entire life, rather aiming to be a collection of anecdotes set out in chronological order.
At the beginning he is a feral ork, running around beating things with blunt objects and wearing a loincloth while he's still a Yoof. As the story goes on he gets alot less "fun" and much more like a grumpy old git with a big gun, going through a stage where he is addicted to going fast which is where he becomes a stormboy becausue he liked the boots they had and didn't have the teef to buy himself a buggy.
When he first becomes a stormboy he's overly impulsive, almost dies numerous times and keeps getting bashed over the head by his Nob for being an idiot. Eventually he grows up and rises to become the leader of his own squad, not all combat will be done with rocket packs, I figure that they'd break or just not be bothered putting them on before rushing off to beat things with the butts of their shootas.
When he's older he'll beat up young Nobs and get depressed becasue all of his drinking buddies got killed, perhaps he'll sing a song while an unhinged Ork who wears a tophat plays a solemn tune on a really crude flute or something. Eventually I aim to see him getting shot in front of everybody, or possibly leading a heroic charge into enemy fire and being slaughtered because he's an impulsive git and really should have thought twice before jumping into that hole with those guys in power armour, the ones with chainswords and bolt pistols.
But the whole time I want him to be drinking beer, eating unhealthy food, hitting things and acting all orky and such. But the point of this was to see what other people thought of this idea, does the concept actually hold up? I mean, would anybody be interested in reading about Orks at war without focusing entirely on the whole beating up on things part? I don't know ... just tell me what you make of the whole idea, give me some advice or something, I'd really appreciate that or constructive criticism. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism ...
Personally IO think the story could be entertaining as long as it isn't just a long string of fights and it is slightly tounge in cheek.
7his idea is t3h sux0rz. P43r mah l33t cr1t1c1ng ski11z n00b!!!!111!!!oneeleven!!Originally Posted by Dunkelheit
On a more serious note, I think it's an idea, but you've got to find some way to make it interesting. Orks aren't like humans. They don't think creatively, or have deep and meaningful thoughts. They also don't develop as characters that much (though I like your idea about him getting grumpier with age is cool.) Therefore, it could easily turn into a long string of similar events and situations, with no feeling of real motion or development in the storyline.
If you can avoid this, it would be a very cool story I think.
notoriously difficult to write for Orks but a good story arc there, i don't like the comedy ork element especially the joky pidgin talking, they're meant to be grim hardcore killing machines
Originally Posted by deversnik
This aspect of orks varies betwen the background sources you can do it either way normally the leaders are the Evil (Note capital E) guys while the boyz are just up for a ruck.
In terms of a story having a group of grim killing machines would be extremely dull, I would argue that making it slightly humourous would be the only way to make the narrartive entertaining.
Well I wasn't planning to have a string of battles, or particularly deep and meaningful morals to the story. Just a bunch of drunken gits who like spicy food, hard liquor and punching things. Like ... comedy set against a particularly grim backdrop, or a grim storyline with alot of comic relief, like jump packs not strapped on properly and an Ork with a morbid fear of the dark due to an encounter with "Da fings wot built 'em" some time in his distant past. I figure one doesn't need particularly deep characters, just ones that I find interesting in hopes of people sharing my tastes ... anyways, I've been thinking about it for a while and have just recently began to write it out, sometime within a few days i'll post something up here.
Interesting idea, although montage stories in general are very difficult to weave together into a coherent whole. I'd like to see how you manage it.Could work... if you could lay your hands on the Ork Codex or the 2nd edition Codex Imperialis both give you a nice passage about how orks work, or work according to our minds. There is -some- humour in there, but not a lot.Originally Posted by DunkelheitBut no orks on a Waaagh would be from Gorkamorka. The orks on Gorkamorka are not leaving there any time soon.Originally Posted by Dunkelheit
And see if you can get hold of some Gorkamorka/old ork fluff that details their society in a bit more detail. Obviously stormboyz aren't the uber-disciplined youngsters they once were, and much of the ork fluff has been made obscure, but there's still quite a bit of mileage in those old ideas.
none of the Ork fluff has been overwritten, just broken down, to build it back up and make $
the best books are 'ERE WE GO, FREEBOOTERZ codexs and WAAARGH the source book
Erm... that the orks are now the creation of the Old Ones rather than snotlings on 'shrooms?Originally Posted by deversnik
That stormboyz are now not uberdisciplined youngsters, just speed-crazed loons?
That Makari gets no mention whatsoever in Ghazkul's fluff (I miss his 2+ invulnerable save)?
And ork society just seems to have changed in feel a lot, so I'd take bits of it (particularly various oddboyz) with pinches of salt.
of course you're right, reproduction has changed but everything else is still there, thats why the clan rules have now been publishes its all just slowly being built back up, its been simplfied for new players