The Orks are a hyper-violent species of hulking green-skinned humanoids who have existed as long as the Eldar, yet continue to be a powerful force in the galaxy due to the durability of their own biology, if not their civilisations. Universally perceived as a crude and savage species by all of the other intelligent races of the galaxy, this is for the most part an accurate assessment. Often fighting for the sheer sake of the joy they find in violence, the Orks are in a constant state of war with the other races of the galaxy and themselves. Due to the peculiar adaptability and efficiency of their reproductive spores, Orks may be the only species in the galaxy truly immune to extinction, and are more akin to an infestation than a species.

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