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Skaven population
Topic Started: 1st November 2007 - 09:49 AM (1,392 Views)
maryshelly2
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Just wondering

Has anyone done a census of how many Skaven there are in the Underempire. I have read about Skavenblight having about quarter of a million skaven and that the total skaven race has about 30 times as many members as the human race. Does anyone have any suggestions. Some Clans in the Skaven book seem to run into the tens of millions (and they are not even the greater clans). Any suggestions?
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I'm not really sure. 30 times larger the current human population is 180 billion, but if we go by the vaguely medieval setting of the Old World, then we can assume the human population referred to is much, much smaller.

In conclusion: don't know.

But, I moved this topic to Warlord clans as it is more to do with general discussion of skaven than the Squeekpaw Guide.
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It's an interesting question, and I cannot as yet find any source that gives a definitive answer.

The answer has surely got to be millions considering the prolific Skaven breeding rate, but it would be an impossible task to give anything near an exact number. I always envisage that our population sways backward and forward to the tune of thousands per day given the brutally short and vicous life style of the average Clanrat/slave.

In times of success (for example when the Red Pox decimated the Empire and Brettonia) our numbers would have swollen immensely as our man-thing enemies weakened and we were able to raid their lands and breed unchecked. Conversely then when the disease actually swept through the Skaven (and we'd started killing each other again) our numbers rapidly declined.

Like true rats, our population is influenced by food supplies and natural predators (ie every other race in the Old World). Throw in constant in-fighting and you'll see why an exact number is impossible to gauge.

Put another way, the answer I find to the question 'How many Skaven have you got?' that unnerves my opponents the most is simply...'enough'. :)
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I can pretty much garentee that you'll never find a definate answer to this question because frankly nobody really cares (fluffwise, not that I'm dissing you :P ) But humans would have no way to gague our numbers at all and everyone in the Skaven world is too worried about their own problems to give a damn. The only time they would care is if they get dangerously low to the point where their clan is threatened then they just raid and gather slaves until their satified again; they don't have a specific number to shoot for.

Like Sneaky said it fluctuates too much too often to really follow. The only way you could really tell is with vague comparisons like ' the number of grains of sand...' ect.
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*ponders*... Wasn't there a topic like this before? :huh:

Still, the wording that's used in general to describe the total population of all Skaven would be that we outnumber all the races combined. The exact amount is simply too vague to keep track of, due to the points mentioned by Sneaky, as our numbers wax and wane too much.

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Actually, I believe there are only about 13. The rest is done with smoke and mirrors. :lol:

But really, I think this would be a great question for you to pose to Seer Squeek in the next gazette.
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The best thing is that it depends on who you ask.
If you ask some ignorant man-things they say that we don't exist at all :P

Actually, that's a good way to unnerve an opponent as you deploy
"Do you know how many Skaven there are in underempire?"
"No. How many are there?"
"I don't know, but here are 300 of them" :P

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The Mordheim fluff mentions that, had the Co13 wished, they could have put millions into the field. Millions. And that is just the combatants. Imagine how many non-combatant skaven also exist...
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lets calculate this

if there is one pregnant female skaven, who has a litter of twenty children, half of wich are female, and she has this litter two times a year. keep on mutiplying this by the same litter size for each female for seven years and you end up in the millions. IN JUST SEVEN YEARS!
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maybe we should do a day to day population of skaven :D

it would be insane yes but very interesting. :wacko:

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We could have an underempire concensus. What i mean is that how many finished skaven models (so assembled and painted... perhaps even bases) they have. That will give a fictional and irelevent number, but it would be cool to know how many models we as a forum have. Then we could do a the same type of consensus for our clans but fluff wise. For example, Clan Vorgor about 100 000 skaven, 40% under Vorg's army, the rest workers, merchants, breeders, etc

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lets calculate this

if there is one pregnant female skaven, who has a litter of twenty children, half of wich are female, and she has this litter two times a year. keep on mutiplying this by the same litter size for each female for seven years and you end up in the millions. IN JUST SEVEN YEARS!

Take in acconunt thogh that probably 9 of 10 skaven die before 7 years has passed :P
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and i tought i was being so original :P

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Man how did I ever miss that one! :blink:

In amy case that might just be an idea to try, seeing how much Skaven we got. Though I think if we really wanna have an accurate number out there we would have to stick all our compined Skaven on a single sheet
i.e:
first guy: 2CR's = 2 CR pop.
Next guy: 5 CR's = 7 CR pop.
next guy: 3 CR's and 1 GS = 10 CR pop., 1 GS pop. and 11 total pop
etc.
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