Mother Axe and the Lake of Tears
Naathos, the father of the giants had grown cruel and frustrated. Axe, goddess of war, had denied him any ground in the Eternity War. Along with the elemental gods, Axe had prevented him from advancing on Khusan, the grounds upon which he wished to settle his frost giant raiders. She was a nightmare to face in battle, a whirling tornado of blows, her power was unrivalled and Naathos plotted, seeking a way to harm her. Gael, mother of spirits and goddess of shamans was neutral in the war but kept in regular contact with Axe. They sent messages back and forth with ravens, conversing with one another, despite their differences. One day, a servant of Naathos saw Axe in a field, releasing the raven with the attached message. He waited until she left before tracking it and shooting it down. The script he held in his hands was a confession of Axe's love for her. The next battle was a bloody one, Axe fought valiantly alongside her elemental allies to beat back the frost giants and she began to gain ground, eventually working her way towards the fortress she suspected Naathos to be defending. She charged into the courtyard, expecting to face Naathos in single combat, so that she may finally put an end to the giant threat. What she saw instead was the delicate body of Gael, bloodied and sprawled out over the ground. It is said that her sadness formed Teardrop Lake, from which crawled the first orcs to help avenge their mother's love. Axe and her orcish army stormed Naathos' land with unbridled fury, destroying any who stood in her way. Once she found Naathos, her retaliation held a lifetime of fury. The strike shattered the earth between them and split the continent, slaying Naathos. The orcs settled the harsh, scarred landscape, forever vigilant agains the evils of the frost giants, fighting an eternal war against those that would do them harm, and thus, Skalheim was born.
The legend of "Mother Axe and the Lake of Tears" tells of a battle that occured during the Eternity War. Naathos, the now deceased deity of giants, slew a neutral deity (Gael) in order to cause harm to his opponent (Axe). This story tells of her revenge and of the birth of the orcs.
This legend is a core, integral part of how Old Orc culture formed and it heavily impacts their concept of honour. From this story they learn that harming an innocent opponent is an act of cowardice, and that fighting for and protecting those that they love is the most important part of being an orc.