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How do Orks spread through space, from star system to star system? I have read about them teleporting onto or boarding space hulks and then just drifting with them, but this seems a very slow method. Space is BIG. Other fluff says that the Orks grow from spores carried by unsuspecting travellers - ie Imperial Guardsmen who travel home after fighting on an Ork world. Hasn't the Empire heard of fumigation?
What do you think is the most prevelant method?
I think both are true.
Orks do gather aboard massive space hulks, which they proceed to refit and use to capture other worlds in massive WAAAAGH's. The hulks do not just drift along in space either, they are randomly drawn into and out of the warp, so they can travel vast interstellar distances. I believe the latent psychic field all orkoids produce has some effect on this random form of warp travel - what are the chances you would drop out of warp near a system otherwise?
Orks reproduce via spores (have a look in the current codex, I think there is a bit on it in there). These spores can travel in space ships and lay dormant until they reach an appropriate place; for example in a IG transport moving from fighting the orks to another world. This can spread the ork race and cause little groups of the beasties to pop up in unexpected places.
The spoors are the reason it is so difficult to evict Orks from a world on which they are already present. As all orkoid species give off these spoors theoretically a single grot on a planet, if given sufficient time, could cause the production of thousands of orks. All the genetic material for the every type of orkoid creature (squig, grot, ork, squiggoth and the others) is contained in every spoor (and indeed evey orkoid). It is the strength and complexity of the ork's latent psychic field that decides which creature the spoor will develop into as it matures. Apparently the smaller and weaker species get chosen in preference when the field is weak (i.e. very few or no orks present), so squigs etc grow, providing food for the orks which are soon to follow. As the psychic field becomes stronger the spoors develop into more advanced creatures.
Thats my take on it anyway.
Speaking as The Great Red Ork, I can answer all ork transportation questions.
1) Orks are capable of Warp Travel. They just do it. Where humans are vulnerable candels in the warp, a WAAAGH of orks is a raging bonfire, because they psychically bolser each other.
2) Orks are adept at space travel. Like all their tech, it's genetically imprinted in them.
3) Ork spores are like cedar pollen. it gets everywhere. Including the space craft of other races....
4) There are enough orks that even if half their ships got lost in the Warp, it wouldn't be a big deal.
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i thought that the only spores were released by the orks, like when they fight, and only grow in dark damp areas, like under rocks
i newer new that they attach to stuff, thats wierd
Take some spores from a plant and pour it over your clothes or something. Do a hard day of activity. See that some of the spores are still there when you arrive back home. Ork spores work the same I think.Originally Posted by Martin the Warrior
guess i never thought that deeply about it, but it makes sence
and i knew about the warp and the wierd boys, from a precious post