Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub is a large and cunning Ork Warlord of the Bad Moons Klan. He is an overweight and greedy Greenskin who is also extremely rich in teef, as well as gaudy and over-indulgent. When his personal Space Hulk crash-landed on the Imperial world of Medusa V, Urdgrub played a major role in the Fall of Medusa V campaign and managed to escape that doomed planet to trouble the Imperium again.
As with most Orks, Nazdreg's past is largely unknown. What is known is that he is a member of the super-wealthy Bad Moonz Klan, and he is widely and infamously renowned as an Ork pirate and general threat to Imperial shipping. An exception amongst the brutish Orks, Nazdreg demonstrates a measure of both intelligence and patience, as he speaks excellent Imperial Gothic and understands the "carrot and stick" approach of rewards and punishments to boost the productivity of his hapless human and Gretchin slaves.
In 998.M41, Imperial investigations into events within the Abisus Sector confirmed the reports that the Ork Warlord Nazdreg was operating in that area of space. Certain numbers of the citizens liberated from the Ork slave-world of Charakis eleven months earlier reported seeing a huge and well-fleshed Ork leader in black and yellow armour directing the Orks there. By their account this leader spoke excellent Imperial Low Gothic and used reward as well as punishment to ensure increased production of munitions and armaments. The citizens involved were subsequently placed into penal servitude for their betrayal of the Emperor in allowing themselves to be captured. A number of officers and soldiers at Hellaspont believed that Nazdreg's warband participated in the sacking of that planet, bringing the total number of Imperial worlds which this beast had assailed to eighteen.
In the past, Nazdreg has allied himself with the dreaded Ork Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka. The world of Piscina IV suffered a grievous strike launched by the two allied Greenskin leaders before their defeat by Imperial defenders and the supposed destruction of Nazdreg's Space Hulk, the Scylla, which in truth fled unnoticed into the Immaterium. It ultimately appeared that the invasion of Piscina IV was nothing but a general rehearsal for Ghazghkull, who wanted to test the strategies he planned to use on Armageddon, and whether Nazdreg's "Tellyporta" technology could be useful.
Despite the apparent destruction of Nazdreg's Hulk in orbital battles around Piscina IV, it appeared that he somehow affected his escape and left the system. As it would turn out, the Scylla was not destroyed. Given Nazdreg's of raiding and piracy, he continued to remain elusive. Following the assault on Piscina it eventually emerged from the Warp and crash-landed on the planet of Medusa V. Nazdreg ordered his Boyz to go out and gather as much scrap materiel as possible from the surrounding Imperial settlements so that his Mekboyz could repair the Hulk as quickly as possible, as his Weirdboyz had warned him that the world they had landed upon was soon to be consumed by a massive Warp Storm. Nazdreg had no intention of still being on the planet when that happened, but true to his Ork nature, he still desired to get in all the combat he could while his forces were present on Medusa V.
Surviving Medusa VEdit
Even though the battle on Medusa V ultimately led to another defeat for his Orks, Nazdreg and many of his Boyz managed to get off the planet alive. After learning that the Imperial forces had damaged his Space Hulk beyond any hope of repair, Nazdreg came up with a (by Orkish standards) truly brilliant escape plan. The Orks commandeered a slightly damaged Imperial transport, the Minnow, and managed to get it into orbit. Nazdreg left several captured humans alive to fly the Minnow and transmit a false distress call. The orbiting Imperial Battleship Terra’s Defiance received the communication and came to the transport's assistance only to be boarded and taken over by the Orks. Although the disappearance of the Terra's Defiance was noticed by the Imperial Navy, Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub managed to escape with many of his Boyz against all odds. It is likely that he will eventually turn up elsewhere in the galaxy to trouble the servants of the Emperor once more, now with an Imperial Battleship (suitably modified to Orkish tastes) at his disposal.
Nazdreg wears a suit of Mega Armour, painted in yellow flames and fitted with his Kustom Blasta-X, a large plasma weapon with long range that he wields with unusual accuracy for an Ork.
- Codex: Orks (3rd Edition), pg. 41
- Codex: Orks (2nd Edition)
- The Fall of Medusa V (2006 booklet)
- The Purging of Kadillus (Novel) by Gav Thorpe
- Medusa V Archive