Civilization and Culture
Half-orcs have human blood and orc blood in their veins. However, while the human race is still alive, the orcs are extinct. Thus, even though some half-orcs use human names, most of them receive one orc name when they are born, in order to "preserve" their lost heritage. This names are hard to pronounce, and many of them have lost meanings in Chaaklach, the language of the orcs. What half-orcs lack is clan or family names. For them, the four tribes are more than enough to mark ascendence of anyone. If more information is needed, they only say the name of their father, mother, grandfather or grandmother. Sample half-orc male names: Achak ("Spirit"), Aranck ("Stars"), Keme ("Thunder"), Khassun ("Stone"), Kitchu ("Brave"), Machk ("Bear"), Marrak ("Chew"), Matunaagd ("Fight"), Matwau ("Enemy"), Mukku ("Child"), Rowtag ("Fire") Sample half-orc female names: Alawa ("Pea"), Alsoomse ("Independent"), Kantu ("Sing"), Khaussis ("Sage"), Khurit ("Pretty"), Kimu ("Secret"), Nijlon ("Mistress"), Nuttah ("Heart"), Odina ("Mountain"), Sokanon ("Rain"), Tahku ("Blizzard") Tribe Names in Chaaklach: Minwrg ("Gray Worg"), Nwiwrg ("Coyote Worg"), Suckuwrg ("Black Worg"), Tahkuwrg ("White Worg")
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Half-orcs are nomads, so they don't need to learn the languages of ther races However, those Half-orcs that come closer to civilization usually know Aztlani, the language of the humans, and Chaaklach, the language of the orcs. However, it's rare to find orcs that can actually write Aztlani Glyphs. Chaaklach is a harsh, grating language with hard consonants. The only script of its own are the Worg Pictograms, that look like claw marks on the wood and stone. More information on languages can be found here
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
THOU SHALT SHOW HATE FOR ELVES Half-orc legends say that it was elves ("standing people" in their language) who killed all the members of the "worg people", the orcs. It is not known if this is true, but anyone in Nurna knows that half-orcs despise elves with vehemence. It makes sense to think that this results from the fact that they share hunting territories and opposite customs on the same matters. Racial Tradition rules: every half-orc character will refuse to deal with an elf character, e.g.: buying, selling, diplomacy or accepting a mission. And they will always be wary of every elf, rolling Insight checks whenever possible. Not doing so will be considered a violation of the Tradition and the character will risk become Tainted.
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