Weirdboyz, also known as Wyrdboyz, are the Orks' psykers, unique in that they act as psychic sponges, absorbing and channeling the natural psychic energies of other Orks. All Orks are innately psychic, though in only a few - the Weirdboyz -- are their psychic powers fully developed. Weirdboyz have no control over their ability to absorb the Orkish psychic energy, only being able to channel and discharge it in the form of a specific effect, such as the Psychic Vomit and Gork'll Get 'Em! powers. Weirdboyz are also found in Feral Ork armies, where they are known as Wyrdboyz. Warpheads are those Weirdboyz that -- unlike normal Weirdboyz -- actually revel in and enjoy the use of their powers.
Orks in battle are always chanting, stomping their feet and brandishing their weapons in an enthusiastic fashion. The anticipation and excitement floods the battlefield in Orkish psychic energy which is absorbed by Weirdboyz. Weirdboyz dislike being around other Orks as the pure psychic energy given off unconsciously by other Orks can build up in them and eventually results in an 'Eadbang if it cannot be discharged safely. Weirdboyz discharge the energy in the form of a wave of energy erupting from its mouth much like vomiting fire. While the Weirdboy feels a lot better for this, those around him are unlikely to feel the same way. To this end, Weirdboyz are forced to live away from the rest of the Ork settlement. They live in large, raised houses built on copper stilts which help to channel their psychic power into the ground, like a wire conducts electricity. The 'Weirdhouses' are guarded at all times and Wyrdboyz aren't allowed to wander the camp without an escort of a couple of guards, or 'Minderz'.
Weirdboyz wear brightly-colored and gaudy clothes and large, conspicuous hats to mark them out from other Orks, so they can be easily avoided - and also because the discomfort and danger of being psychic conduits often tempts them to hide or even run off when they are most needed. For the same reason, their clothing often incorporates bells, rattles and other devices that make a noise when the Weirdboy moves.
Weirdboyz carry copper staffs around to help ground excess psychic energy. If a Weirdboy is caught in the middle of a group of excited Orks, things will quickly go from bad to worse and furniture will start flying around the room and guns will fire along with a variety of other strange occurrences.
The 'Eadbang occurs when a Wyrdboy cannot let go of his built-up psychic power fast enough. Their heads literally explode, and the psychic overspill can be so great that the heads of other nearby Orks explode as well. For this reason, Weirdboyz are also known as 'Eadbangers.
During combat, a Weirdboy can build up immense amounts of power, causing him a lot of pain. His psychic outburst, however, is highly effective at frying handfuls of the enemy at once. Weirdboyz often find themselves dragged onto the battlefield by their Minderz and used as living weapons, usually involuntarily. The Minderz drag the poor Weirdboy towards the enemy lines and when they see sparks in his eyes they snatch away his copper stick and try to bodily aim him in the direction of the enemy. The results can be devastating, both for and against the Orks. If given the chance, Weirdboyz will flee the battlefield in order to escape the pain produced by such a large gathering of Orks.
- Codex Imperialis (1st Edition)
- Chapter Approved 2003: Feral Orks, p. 4-10
- 'Ere We Go: Orks in Warhammer 40,000 (1st Edition)