In this lawless, miserable world the weak, or the merely out-manoeuvred, are either killed or put to back-breaking toil by the strong.
The Under-Empire is run by slave labour. Skavenslaves perform all menial tasks, including mining, tunnelling, and food production. In lean times, they themselves become the food. The majority of slaves are Skaven born into bondage, the lowest class of a hierarchical society. Their ranks swell as rival clans are captured during internecine wars. At times even non-Skaven become slaves, although few other races last long under the whips of the ratmen overseers. In warfare Skavenslaves are used en masse to absorb missile fire and to overwhelm the foe with numbers. A common Warlord tactic is to whip Skavenslaves to the fore of an assault. Many are butchered, but the loss is acceptable if the slaves bear the brunt of incoming or tire the foe for the next attack wave. The best Skavenslaves will even pull down and tear to pieces a few of the adversaries, although this is considered a bonus.
|Expendable||Witnessing friendly expendable units rout does not reduce other units' leadership, unless they are themselves expendable.|
|Hide (forest)||This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.|
"He who runs away lives to fight another day!" - so the foul, craven adage goes.
|Strength in Numbers||
Skaven are craven by nature but take courage when in packs of their own kind, where they move slower but enjoy the safety of numbers.
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