"He's got a big hat, I'd guess that makes him pretty important."
- Snake, upon spotting Second-Boss Shub during a battle.Second-Boss Shub, or Shub, possessing the title of the Greatest Grot, was an extremely high-ranking Gretchin, the only one of his kind to ever be bestowed the rank of Second-Boss. He was a gifted tactician, a fearless soldier, and a faithful supporter and comrade to Grimskull. During the events of the Mythic Dawn Crisis, Second-Boss Shub served as the chief tactician and right hand of Grimskull in Grimskull's WAAAGH!
Though Shub served his Warboss with distinction and with great success, helping the orks achieve many victories across the globe, the Second-Boss met his end when he was assassinated during the war's final weeks in 2159.
Second-Boss Shub has since been an inspiration to gretchin all across ork lands, and is still recognized as a "true ork" by those who remember him.
Shub was brought up on the continent of Orsinium in an unknown year. Little is known of the gretchin's youth-hood, but he grew up under the shadow of bigger, stronger Orks whom he looked up to. Shub always sought to garner approval from his larger cousins, and often would engage in random acts of violence against others in order to get attention. It didn't take long before he was sent to the Training Pits, where he learned how to stab and slice with a knife.
6 months later, Shub was shipped off to get his first taste of battle, against a Sergal colony. He was assigned to a tribe of orks and, more specifically, to a gaggle of gretchin. It is recorded that he became the leader figure of these gretchin, and on his first day of combat, nine Sergals had fallen before his knife alone. It is also said that on the next day, where his tribe pushed for the sergal chief outpost on that colony, he killed eighteen Sergals.
After his first campaign, he became a hero among gretchin, and even came to be respected amongst the larger orks that knew him or heard of him. After only his first two days of combat, the young gretchin was given his first shoota.
Shub's military career proceeded much like this for many years. Campaign after campaign, Shub's kill count (the only thing that orks have as bragging rights) went higher and higher up. His ork superiors even agreed to promote him based on his level of success. Shub served as a legend and source of pride for his fellow gretchin, and became a well respected soldier (and in some cases, even a leader) to his larger Ork comrades.
His power grew as he continued to grow in size, even passing the tallness record in gretchin, reaching an astounding 4 and 1/2 feet. As he continued to get promoted, his assigned weapons became better as well. Eventually, he was given a chainsword and a bolt pistol. Several years later, after killing one of the Sergal emissaries to an important colony, Shub gained the attention of Warboss Grimskull. Grimskull himself began assigning Shub missions, which the gretchin was put in charge of. After completing all his tasks assigned to him, Shub returned to the warboss, only for the Warboss to bring him excellent news. Grimskull, awarding Shub for his "utmost Orkiness" granted Shub the very high rank of Second-Boss, right hand of the Warboss himself. Shub accepted this rank happily, and became Grimskull's chief tactician for the rest of Grimskull's life.
During the Mythic Dawn Crisis, when Warboss Grimskull pledged his massive WAAAGH! to the Mythic Dawn, Shub continued to serve as his right hand, and Shub himself orchestrated many of the WAAAGH!'s movements throughout the war. Shub continued to be a revered warrior and leader, and he was even known to hit his subordiante orks when they failed him.
In 2159, much to Warboss Grimskull's frustration, Shub was murdered in his chambers aboard Da Leviathan by an elusive and deadly assassin, the Sergal known as Kitsura.