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Orcs

Basic Information

Anatomy

  • Limbs- Four. Two legs and two arms
  • Muscular system- Imagine beefed up humans with more muscles around the face for the tusks
  • Skeletal Structure- Big boned, and bottom tusked
  • Hair/Fur- Long hair with a mane down the back. Plenty of chest hair too. Hair is colored based on type.
  • Ears- Erect and long pointed ears
  • Nose- Flat and snout like
  • Eyes- Black-ringed with yellow iris

Genetics and Reproduction

Orcs possess a unique division of sex and gender. The physical sex, and the subsex/dynamic. The physical sexes are male, female, and intersex. The dynamics are Alpha, Beta, and Omega.   Alphas can impregnate both Betas and Omegas regardless of physical sex. If the Alpha is female, the clitoris works as a phallus while the testicles are inside the labia. They urinate through the vaginal opening and ejaculate through a separate urethra in the clitoris.   Alphas have a knot (like canid mammals) to keep the omega or beta in place during copulation and release copious amounts of semen to ensure the beta or omega conceives. Betas can fluctuate between the two but mainly serve as a peacekeeper and buffer between the two other dynamics. They mainly mate with each other and Alphas, although Betas can mate omegas. Omegas can only be impregnated. They have a uterus and males birth through the anal cavity.   Orcs will go through a breeding season begins in spring and lasts until early summer, with mating mainly occurring during late summer. The implantation of the fertilized eggs – called blastocysts – is delayed until the start of the denning season. If the dam does not attain sufficient body fat or weight during the summer and fall, the embryos will not attach to the uterine wall and subsequently develop into cubs. They are also extremely fertile during that time, so unless the alpha is sterile the omega will become pregnant. Once pregnant, the typical orc gestation period is 7 months (the same as bears). Orcs typically give birth to five orc cubs at a time, although mateships with humans will produce one to three half-orcs depending on the gender roles the human and orc take in that mateship.

Growth Rate & Stages

  1. Birth: In the first 12-14 days, The newborns are extremely vulnerable during this time. They cannot see at this time and heavily depend on the love and care of their parents. Towards the end of this stage, their skin takes on the hue of their orc type. Their eyes open towards the end of this stage as well. They are unable to control their own body temperature. Their motor capacities are limited to a slow crawl and to sucking and licking. They possess a good sense of balance, taste, and touch. Nursing cubs feed four or five times a day for periods of three to five minutes. Their first teeth to come in are their tusks. Eyes open and are blue at 11-15 days, but the vision is poor. They can start eating soft foods made by adults. Cubs begin to stand, walk, and communicate. This occurs for 2 weeks.
  2. Cub: At 3 weeks, Begin appearing outside the den and romping and playing near the entrance; hearing begins. Around 27 days, ears begin to raise; At 31 days, their ears are erect but flop slightly at the tips; tusks, canines, and premolar teeth present. 4 weeks: Weigh 90-150 pounds; they grow a little adult hair on the back of the neck; bodies begin to take on conformation of adults with disproportionately large feet and head; high-pitched howls gain strength; the dam may go off for hours on end to hunt; dominance and play fighting begin as well as more effective communication. They pick up words and sentences rather quickly during this time. At 5 weeks, the gradual process of weaning begins. Can follow adults up to one mile from den. At 8 weeks, they have a disproportionately large head. At 52 weeks to 18 months, they complete weaning and can feed on solids. At 2-7 years their body begins to take on a more muscular form. During 8-16 years, eyes gradually change from blue to yellow-gold.
  3. Youth: At 13 years old, the cub will go through their first estrus or rut. Here, the change occurs around their endocrine systems. Their scent glands on the jugular, wrists, cheeks, and (for omegas) genitals will develop a more distinctive scent by then. Female alphas will increase in physical size and develop more body hair and deeper voices. Omegas will develop sweeter smelling scents whereas Alphas will develop stronger or muskier scents. Betas, however, will develop weaker scents that can only be released in conjunction with their emotion. Betas will not go into estrus or rut unless there is an imbalance in the Alpha and Omega populations, though Beta females do go through their first menstrual cycle. The first mating cycle lasts for a week. Tusks also grow great in size. They will become more heavily muscled as well as physically strong. This stage lasts until the age of 18.
  4. Adulthood: In this stage, the orc's mating cycles will stabilize into a familiar rhythm that they can track, and prepare for. Their tusks cease growth at this age. They are finally ready to take mates at this age. Usually, orcs mate for life. The mates usually go through a courting period and finally mate after knotting and sealing the mateship with a bite to any of the scent glands and mixing their scents. The couple will typically produce a litter of 4-6 cubs after mating. Adults typically die at 100 years old.

Ecology and Habitats

Optimal environments for an orc depend on ethnicity. Reygols are found in warmer and temperate coastal areas whereas Frostirs are found in the frigid north. Surags tend to live in boreal forests. During colder months Orcs enter hibernation in the same state as bears. This occurs after the winter renewal, which takes a lot more energy than the spring one. Orcs end hibernation usually one-month before winter.

Dietary Needs and Habits

An orc’s diet consists of meat, fish, and various plant life.

Biological Cycle

In the spring, an orc’s behavior will change to that of typical breeding season behavior. 
In the fall and winter, an orc’s mane will grow to cover the expanse of their back. An or. Also puts on weight during the winter to prepare for hibernation. In the summer, orcs shed their mane down to a slim track in the middle of their back.
  In the fall, hunting resumes, as orcs prepare for winter. The whole pack prepares for hibernation together and sleeps in one den during that time. This behavior continues into winter but all hunting ceases ad the pack stays inside and waits out the winter. When they emerge in spring the first thing they do is reestablish the boundaries of their territories.   In winter, and colder months an orc will grow out their mane, a strip of fur down their back, which will grow to cover the entire expanse of their back. They also heat up around the chest.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Dependent on culture.

Facial characteristics

Tusks, Erect Ears, and Wolf Eyes.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Orcs are exclusively found on the continent of Euris. Reygol orcs are found on the continent’s eastern seaboard due to warmer temperatures and fertile soil.
Frostirs are found in the far north, in rather cold conditions.
Surags are found in temperate, yet cool, climates in Euris’ west, midwest, and south.

Average Intelligence

Orcs possess a high intelligence and intuition. This is due to instinctual responses that are higher in their species than other humanoids.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Orcs possess a superior sense of hearing, eyesight, and smell compared to humans and elves.
A unique extra sensory capability that is present in orcs is called command. It is a combination of phermonal and instinctual influence. Only an Alpha can command Betas and Omegas.

Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms

None

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Dependent on Culture.

Gender Ideals

In recent centuries, gender roles have become more stratified. This is due to the influence of invading elf countries. Most of the invaders' religion venerated birth and all things feminine, yet had a strict concept of femininity that was entirely different from that of many orc clans inland and coastal.   Inland, where there were clans still unreached by elves, Omegas are in equal standing with Alphas, though they do perform different roles.   On the coasts, where elvish settlements can majorly be found, most omegas are expected to be female. Male Omegas are typically looked at with a cultural sense of shame or disgust due to the elvish assumption that they are perversions of nature. The same could be said of female alphas who are expected to act in the role of an elf or human female. Betas are often forced to comply with the societal expectations of their primary gender.   In countries that share borders with orcs and include them as semi-autonomous provinces, orcs enjoy the same gender roles as they do inland, with more modern respects.

Courtship Ideals

During the courtship stage, many couples exchange gifts for its duration. Alphas often handover gifts that show they can provide for, care for, understand their intended. Omegas give gifts that prove they are loyal, fertile, and independent of their intended. Betas give gifts that show they can keep a level head, understand their partners, and be flexible in times of distress.   These days, most couples give as many or as little gifts as they want. They also tend to court for longer periods of time than older generations, taking the time to know their partners better.   Further rituals are dependent on culture.

Relationship Ideals

Dependent on culture.

Average Technological Level

Orcs possess a relatively high technological level. Many enjoy the tech of the countries they happen to be located in. The Suragi countries inland, however, engage in limited trade with surrounding countries, thus attaining rudimentary tech. Major discoveries included a crude ore that was ideal for building dens. A such, many have homes built halfway underground with good ventilation. These houses remained in style ever since the 3rd century. With electricity built into these homes and connected to a power supplier in the province, the homes are an ideal shelter. Inventions include newer hunting items. Crossbows and rifles that kill prey rapidly cut hunting expedition time in half. This freed up time for Suragis to begin to practice subsistence agriculture. They majorly tend to wild plants and don't domesticate them for commercial agriculture.         Other common items include scent blockers that use strong-smelling bleaches to block out their natural scents. These are typically worn on the upper arms or neck. Phones that have been modified for durability and size are common for orcs to use.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

Language groups are divided amongst ethnolinguistic lines. The root language is Orkish, the three trunks are Reygol, Frostir, and Surag, and the branches on each trunk consist of differences in region and culture. There are three language families with over 500 languages per branch.

Common Etiquette Rules

Dependent on culture.

Common Dress Code

Dependent on culture.

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Dependent on culture.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

Dependent on culture.

Common Taboos

Dependent on culture

History

Three other species of humans survived the evolutionary processes. Although they had major differences, all were still mentally on par with human development around that time.   There were four orc subspecies: Vornulk, Reygol, Frostir, and Surag.   Starting out as pack oriented creatures, many of these familial associations developed into full-on clans, tribes and city-states. These were originally in groups of fifty to 100 but later evolved to include as many as 500,000 to 1,000,000 depending on the size of the settlement. This was due to extended family and mating with other clans, tribes, and city-states. Some clans were semi-nomadic and kept to a specific range of lands, though pressure from invading elves led them to settle down more and keep their dens strongly fortified.   At this time, many orcs developed their own folk religion. Reygols, however, developed beliefs similar to that of elves from Sokoreth. Their entire separate culture of city-states is enough for an article of its own.   There were at least a couple of notable Suragi clans along the coasts and inland of Euris including but not limited to Fjorgans, Freijords, Kaekh, Síl, Ognalis, and Ellomband. These clans held significant power in their regions.   The Fjorgans and Freijords were two clans that were close enough to be routine allies and hunting partners. They live in the northwestern region of Euris. Their history goes back centuries and a popular saying amongst orcs in their region details their relationship: Koth gungat ragan kothai. "A river flows better in a delta".   They would've converged into one through marriage had it not been for the arrival of the elves. When their clans came in contact with the first arriving elves, they came as a united front to welcome the newcomers. However, the elves soon set up boundaries dividing their clan lands in two. The Freijords were quick to anger, yet the Fjorgans trusted their elf neighbors (see the country of Agerim) and told the Freijords to try and reason with them. The Freijords listened to the Fjorgans' advice and, subsequently, their cubs were all stolen in one of the worst raids in the century. The embittered Freijords attacked the elvish settlement and were bested in combat. Thus their clan was broken into pieces and were severed from the Fjorgans. The Fjorgans were overcome with guilt and asked the fledgling country of Agerim for their assistance as allies in a war, yet their druids forbade entering the conflict.   In the age of exploration, elves sought to correct the orcs in their beliefs. So they ordained as many Rukshanas as elvishly possible and sent them into the surrounding villages. The main problem with this is that many of the new priests were some of the criminals sent abroad for rehabilitation. Thus they weren't respectful in their methods, nor were they patient. Some sought to force the orcs into Azism while remaining painfully unaware of the fact that their religion, and that of the orcs, were not the same at all.   At the time, a major motivation for the invading clergy was money and luxuries they gained from the temples when they won over more converts. This greed manifested whenever they went into orc villages, they would steal gold, furs, and food, saying that it was the orcs' penance for worshipping Palikos. They never committed the thefts while orc warriors were in the village, for fear of being found out. They almost always targeted the renewals and hunting expeditions since no one would be there to protect their young or belongings. Orc clans tried to engage in peace talks with the same officials who raided their villages in the first place. But time and time again they were sent away and the raids continued. Most villages retaliated immediately, while others were slow to act.   This kicked off the fairy stage. In this practice, elf officials paid mercenaries to steal orc cubs away from their clans and bring them into elf cities miles away from their homes to be educated in Azism. The practice first began as a way to extort orc clans but grew into a widespread effort to forcibly "educate" and convert their young. It was here that the elves encountered another issue: dynamics.   The elves had no experience with secondary genders. They themselves only had the primary two that delegated function and cultural roles. Thus, the elves assumed the orcs were in need of "correction". At the schools, cubs had their scent glands surgically removed. Alpha females had their genitals mutilated while all Alphas had their knot surgically removed. To control Betas since they appeared to have "normal" parts, Azism schools would send alphas and omegas to different schools to make sure there were the same amount of each. This prevented Beta students from having heats or ruts and thus eliminated their role as buffers between the other two dynamics. After their schooling, the students would be given to elvish noblemen and noblewomen to learn how to serve in the courts. The most resistant of students would be forced to serve in the colonies' militias.   By this stage, many of the clans had retreated inland to prevent their young from being targeted by Fairies. They closed off their settlements from outsiders but did   Some students did escape all the way back to their clan lands only to find their clan had long since left and concealed themselves. The few that did find their homes were welcomed back with open arms, though their parents and siblings were often dead and gone.

Common Myths and Legends

Creation- Reygols worship the pansoren creation myth of Azimuth, though there are some major changes. A goddess became pregnant but her mate left her alone. So, in bitterness, she induced labor. Her child was the world of Azimuth and her eyes and soul became the three moons. The elves, ogres, and some Reygol clans believe themselves to be an extension of the world they live on. As such, they worship and environmentally protect Azimuth. Suragis have many variations of their myth which claims that the three moons are each a goddess that all created an aspect of the world as their children.   Renewal- This myth came from the belief that in the solstices, the child of the goddess cries since it cannot nurse from its mother, thus they offer their own energy to it to sustain. Legend holds that a terrible landslide wiped out a clan that forsook the ritual. This version belongs to the Reygols, while Suragis believed that the three moon mothers responsible for the world's movement went into a deep sleep during winter equinox and that only their energies could wake them again.   Ethnicities- Suragis believe they were sired by the first orc Brunhildr and birthed by her mates Varuk and Jotuntrog. She was shocked to see that her children were different colors not her own. One had hair like the sun, another had hair like ice, and the third had hair as black as night. As she and her mate raised them, they taught them ways of nature and respect for the moon mothers. Their names were Frostir, Reygol, and Surag.   However, the children began to bicker as they grew up. One thought that the best way to serve the moon mothers was actual prey. Another thought the mothers desired their children. Still, another thought they must sacrifice their own energy. The other two laughed, for it was tiny Surag who suggested this. So each held a contest.   When the solstice came, Reygol placed the kill on the altar. Nothing happened. Frostir such him aside and offered her child to a life of service in the stars. Nothing happened.   Then came Surag's turn. She knelt before the altar and pushed her palms into the earth. As she did, the ground glowed green and sprang to life. The ritual ended, and a pleasant hum could be heard throughout the earth. A singing came from the skies, a sign from the moon mothers. Reygol and Frostir apologized for mocking Surag and asked her to teach them the ritual. She agreed and now all types celebrate the solstices this way.   The Reygols have a variation that claims the children were trying to pacify the earth-child who cried for its mother each equinox. The Reygols also claim they were the once to come up with the ritual. In their version, Frostir offered the milk of a mother on the altar.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

Some orcs do intermarry with elves. This disgusts the orc community at large who believes elves to be physically greedy and pompous. There are tensions left over from the poor treatment of orc and orc youth for much of history. They have rather favorable relations with ogres who they fancy as strong and intelligent. They regard humans as weaker and thus unattractive. Most intermarriages occur with ogres rather than elves and humans.

Genetic Descendants
Scientific Name
Homo Sapiens Orkoskis
Lifespan
60 yrs
Conservation Status
Thriving
Average Height
7'2"
Average Weight
800 lbs
Average Physique
Orcs tend to be muscular and bulky. Omegas tend to be leaner, but have supple muscles built into them.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Reygols-Avacado to Nepeta   Surag-Olive to Sage   Frostir- Nature to Fern
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