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After using them in many wars over the centuries the countries of Niorath had to agree on certain rules. Sometimes they were used for quite atrocious acts by the nations in conflict. Now it is forbidden to just give any command to an ORC since it will obey no matter what.The perfect mercenaries, that is what the ORC's are. Give them some gold and they do whatever they are commanded to do, never forgoing a given command. It is unknown why they do this or why the do not expand their own territories. They only use violence in defence are when commanded to do so. ORCs are a rather strange species and not only because they insist on using a name all in capitals. No-one knows why they do this, not even themselves. Some believe it is some abbrevation of some kind. But if it is, it's meaning has become lost in time. Their civilization is also quite peculiar. They never expand their territories through warfare and are only known to defend them. However, if they are hired by another nation they are quite formidable and obedient soldiers. To this day it is still unknown why they are only capable of violence under certain circumstances. It is even stranger why they not attack Nekorians even if they are hired.
Orc are an incredible strong and hardy species and easily recognised by their green skin.
PhysiologyIn general an ORC looks like a human but has a green skin and is larger on average. Another aspect are the two teeth that rest outside the mouth. Almost all ORC are in fit shape and muscular. Only an ORC kept away from his daily routine starts to become weaker. An ORC has a natural tendency to work out, even from a young age. It is not known why they do this since it is not part of their culture and ORC raised outside of ORC culture have the same tendency.
ClimateThe ORCs can survive in almost any environment but appear to like the warmer areas of Niorath better. Most of their own territories are near the equator for this reason.
ReproductionJust like the other races the ORCs have a pretty standard reproduction cycle. A female ORC is however only pregnant for 6 months which is rather short in comparison to other species. Even though they can reproduce faster they never seem to overstretch their resources. In times of diminished food the reproduction of ORCs stops automatically without them even doing anything. Scientist are still not certain as to why this happens.
RelgionStrangely enough the ORCs don't worship any gods in general. If they worship any pantheon this is often caused by nearby religions that seeped through. But even if there are some followers of a religion in a settlement, the vast majority still thinks it is not important to their day to day life. Some, however, argue that their obedience towards orders can be seen as a form of worship. This has perhaps some truth to it since the martial code of the ORC's is the most important aspect off their culture.
This lack of interest could also explain why there are no ORC philosophers.Most nations in Niorath tend to follow some form of religion. Somehow the ORCs are different is this regard. From what we know from our studies this is mainly due to lack of interest in things that can't be used in any pratical form.
CultureThe culture of the ORC's is not as refined as most other species. The core aspect of their culture is the martial code they obey to the letter. They almost always obey any given command, even if such a command would go against the ethics of other species. There is, however, a limit to the orders they follow. They will only follow orders from those who hire them and they will never attack anyone from their own group. Strangely enough they are entirely peaceful when not hired for a violence. Their own territories are among the most safe and orderly of Niorath since crime is almost non existent in ORC society. The only crime in their countries is caused by outsiders and punished severely.
ArtORC's are very fond of music and they use it for many occasions. Typically a small settlement comes together in the evening to celebrate a new day with singing and playing various instruments.
ArchitectureFor their own settlements the ORCs prefer to use wood if available but they are known to use mudbrick as well in case there is not as much wood around. Their houses are rather simple and most often not larger than two stories. The only large buildings in their settlement are their gathering halls which are often decorated with various patterns carved in the wood. The gathering hall is frequently used for feasts and forms the center of ORC society.
The history of the ORCs is quite extensive since they have been used frequently in wars. But even though they are often part of other nations history they have their own.