Their Place in the World
Orcs are a species that appeared suddenly and forcefully in the world and few know of their true origin, their self proclaimed charge appears to be to expand and cause strife in the world with their every breath. Their role in the Eldritch War was an antagonistic one as they saw the chaos as an opportunity to wage their wars and force Humans
to fight on two fronts which resulted in heavy losses for the Elder Races
and explains why Orcs still have vast numbers to this day. Orcs are known to be aggressive brutes that are cruel in combat that often attack or enslave other races but they can also be bought as an attacking force if you can sate their greed and lust for battle.
Currently, they live in the mountains, the Underdark
and in the swamps of the world but small bands of exiles or raiding parties can be found far from their natural homes. The largest concentration of Orc tribes and settlements is found on the Northern Continent
in a place called the Moorlands
, here the nest
of the Ancient Black Dragon Nizlek
still stands and is a testament to their service of the evil a thousand years ago. This race will thrive in the most inhospitable areas and seek to pillage and burn the settlements of other races in order to thrive and when they cannot war against other races they will war against themselves destroying the landscape that they call home in the process.
1. The strong exist to tower over the weak, the only way to determine weakness is to test it and strike out in glorious war until one side falls lifeless before the other.
2. War has no rules except that the victor shall have total dominance over the loser. In this all tactics are acceptable but those that win through open combat on the field of battle will receive glory and status above those that use methods that communicate weakness.
3. Glory and Battle are the deciding factors of status among all Orcs and tribes, if one wishes to raise their status they must be victorious in many battles and then contest the status placed upon them through single combat.
4. Single combat is a sacred agreement whether it be between Orcs or Orc and another species, those that would violate its sanctity will suffer death.
Orcs get along with any race that they deem to be strong but that does not prevent them from going to war with those same people unless a treaty has been established. Despite seeming like brutes from an outside view, Orcs are very legalistic and honor-bound to traditions and laws.
Orcs have a particular distaste for Elves
, if given the choice of what species to attack they will almost always aim their blades towards an Elf
. A deep hatred goes between these two races because they have attempted to eradicate each other since the Orcs first appeared. Legend states that Orcs were once a type of Elf
that mutated and fell under the influence of dark power but there is little to substantiate this aside from the hatred between them.
The greatest insult to an Orc is to violate the sanctity of single combat that both parties have agreed to.