On the Shoulders of Heroes
The orcs are a horrid threat from the mountains and dark woods. As long as they are around society is in peril.
Orcs are piglike creatures with greenish, to brown, skin. Their heads are blunt and pig-like, with beady eyes. They grow almost as tall as men. Most orcs hate the light of day and go out at night to murder and pillage. They are bullies and threaten and maim weaker creatures for enjoyment. They enjoy wearing stolen armour and fight with looted weapons.
Artwork: Eoghan Kerrigan
Nobody knows where orcs came from exactly. According to legend they were created by their goddess Loviathar to cause pain and suffering to others.
Orcs are still common in the mountains of Vuorilas, although they roam the lands of the other common people as well. They live together in groups, where the strongest orc rules. They live of the hunt and supply themselves with plunder.
Orcs hate all living creatures, but dwarves and elves more than others. They are cannibals, but especially savour the taste of elven flesh. The strongest of the group bullies his fellows into submission. He uses excessive violence to ensure his gang’s loyalty. Orc clans without leaders fight amongst each other to establish a pecking order. Orcs are bandits and carrion eaters. Their skills and abilities are limited, especially when it comes to digging and building stone structures. They fight with crude weapons, or with weapons stolen from their enemies, which they especially like.
Because orcs hate the light of day their most villages are underground. They often choose to further excavate natural caves, which they alter to their liking. Their lairs are decorated with grisly trophies, especially elf skulls are seen are priced possessions. Things like trading and mercy are unheard of in orc society, they do not even have words for such follies.
The orcs have a single, cold mistress: Loviathar, queen of pain. She often takes the shape of a beautiful face in a pool of blood that flowed from the veins of a freshly butchered intelligent creature. Shamans bring her sacrifices by mutilating themselves and by butchering intelligent creatures on altars of rock or ice.
Artwork: Eoghan Kerrigan
- +4 Strength, -2 Intelligence, -2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma. Orcs are beastly strong, but severely lack intelligence, empathy and social skills.
- An orc’s base land speed is 30 feet.
- Darkvision out to 60 feet.
- Light Sensitivity: Orcs are dazzled in bright sunlight or within the radius of a daylight spell.
- Automatic Languages: One of the common languages, Orcish.
- Favored Class: Barbarian.