Half Orc

Description

Half-orcs stand between 6 and 7 feet tall and usually weigh between 180 and 250 pounds. A half-orc’s grayish pigmentation, sloping forehead, jutting jaw, prominent teeth, and coarse body hair make his lineage plain for all to see. Orcs like scars. They regard battle scars as tokens of pride and ornamental scars as things of beauty. Any half-orc who has lived among or near orcs has scars, whether they are marks of shame indicating servitude and identifying the half-orc’s former owner, or marks of pride recounting conquests and high status. Such a half-orc living among humans may either display or hide his scars, depending on his attitude toward them. Half-orcs mature a little faster than humans and age noticeably faster. They reach adulthood at age 14, and few live longer than 75 years.

History

Half-Orcs like Half-Elves have no kingdoms of their own. Instead they live within Orcish or Human societies… Unfortunately neither society is a perfect fit for them.

In Orc society they are slow to develop (Though smarter!) and usually are not as strong or tough as their Orc counterpart often leading such individuals to rely on their wits to surive the barbaric rituals and customs of the Orcs. However, should the Half-Orc survive his early years to manhood he will have prooven to be an equal and will be accpeted within the tribe as an adult. From then on he/she will be treated as an equal, however in most Orc soceities only the strong survive and during tough times such individuals live shorter lives. However many Half-Orcs have become powerful warchiefs and advisors (Smarter!)

Within Human society a Half-Orc will always be treated as a second class citizen… Part due to fear and part to distrust as Orcs constantly attack and destroy all races creations including their own. Though often mistrusted within Human lands and Orc is often and readily hired on for jobs involving great strength… Sadly, this often stero-types them as a slave-like asset rather than an indivual.

Half-Orcs are as tolerant of other races as other races are of them (Leaning towards not very!). They have no predisposition to any particular god save they prefer more violent gods. They often live strife filled lives and often die in combat as Orcs do. Though they often fight with Orcs, other races rarely enlist them as troops unless they prove themselves first.

Half Orc

The Golden Empire JohnMadak