Snotlings are Orkoids, and are the smaller cousins of Gretchins and Orks. Snotlings are often used by them as cannon fodder, food or even ammunition in certain cases. Snotlings represent the lowest rung of Orkoid society and are bullied by all other Greenskins. Snotlings often wield mushrooms or sticks into battle.
Snotlings are tiny beings that appear as small Gretchin and because of this small stature in the Ork's "might makes right" "kultur" they occupy what is perhaps the lowest rung of Ork society. While the Gretchin serve as servants and other secondary positions in Ork society, Snotlings will serve sometimes as "pets," but more often they serve in Orkish agricultural and animal husbandry roles due to their affinity with the fungus and Squigs that appear in Ork settlements. Snotling's affinity with Squigs usually ensures that only a few dozen Snotlings are eaten by their "livestock" on any given day. Supervised and trained by Runtherdz, Snotlings will cultivate the fungus preferred by Greenskins to provide Orks with food, drink, and medicine. Snotlings' affinity with squigs usually ensures that only a few dozen Snotlings are eaten by their "livestock" on any given day.
The exact nature of the Snotlings is the subject of some controversy. Ork legend tells of a lost race of Orkoids that were highly intelligent, called the "Brainboyz" by the Orks. The Brainboyz created the other Orkoid species as a means of protection, while at the same time directing Greenskin society. What happened next is unknown. Some legends indicate the Brainboyz died out during a great plague (giving the implication that the Brainboyz were really the Old Ones). Other legends indicate that the Brainboyz reverted into the Snotlings.
On the occasions that Snotlings are used in battle by the Orks, they quite obviously do not pose any threat to larger opponents unless found in massive numbers. They do not have the intellect to use any weapon more complicated than a sharp knife. Nonetheless, they make excellent distractions as larger and more dangerous Ork units move into place. This role is enhanced by the Snotlings' tendency to not notice danger until it is far too late. Snotlings are also employed as live 'ammunition' for Shokk Attak Gunz by the Mekboyz. This strange contraption teleports its living ammunition straight inside the intended target, and Snotlings are favored as ammo over Gretchins for they are more numerous, and, unlike Gretchin, too stupid to understand the huge contraption worn by the Mek is actually a threat to them.
Snotling's staple diet is fungus, since it is their primary role to tend the fungi gardens of Ork society, but occasionally a lucky Snotling may scavenge a piece of Squig meat as a rare treat. Snotlings tend to live in filthy cesspits or dingy and derilict huts once intended for Ork Boyz.
- Codex: Orks (4th Edition), pp. 7, 35
- Waaargh: Orks (1st Edition) , pg. 4
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