Deep down in the wasted foundations of Hive City Ib-26, homeland of the Many Faces of the Vox Populii, limping and steaming, almost human shapes stalk between the wreckage of conapt and silent holy places. Some lift, some push, the others cut; never stopping, never talking.
Fools say the Grubbers are looking for survivors of The Shiver, even so many centuries after the event. The Embittered talk about lost technologies their masters want to rediscover. Those who have lived long enough know that they are not looking for anything anymore, but just following their last order.
But once or twice a decade, something happens and they gather around a broken engine, a fallen bridge, or a long dead servo skull. And then comes a draped silhouette, surrounded by a cold mist full of clicking noises, and everyone hides. The mist gets thicker and thicker, the noises scrapes louder and louder. And when the mist disappears, the draped one is gone, and so are the Grubbers.
No one knows what happened in the rubble. No one knows where they went back, or why. But some time later, the Grubbers are in the streets again, like they were never gone. That’s just another kind of season down here.
This Adeptus Mechanicus warband was created by Nicholas Grillet, a Swiss freelance illustrator who says he is highly obsessed with the Warhammer imagery and curious about the way of life of the common citizens of the Imperium.
You can find more of his creations on his blog: www.nicog.ch