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Old Common term: Euroz

Orcs were a savage, brutal race of humanoids, that raid, pillaged, and battled other races and other orc tribes.  Their hatred for dwarves and elves was well known.  They spoke their own language, Orc, but were also known to speak Goblin and Giant


An average adult male orc stood at 6ft tall and weighed about 210 pounds, with females being smaller. They had lupine ears, red eyes, and hair is generally black. They wear vivid colors humans find unappealing, such as mustard yellow, and blood-red. Their equipment is always dirty and unkempt.


According to their own legend, the orc race was created by the blood of Gruumsh after his battle with the elf god Corellon, during which Gruumsh's eye was stabbed out by the elf god.  This was beleived to be the reason for their intense hatred of elves.

Twenty-three orcs served the half-dragon Thereax Guldeer upon his warship Gnasher.[1]


Orc society is male dominated with women being prized possessions at best and cattle at worst.  Status was determined by battle prowess, territory they claim, possessions, the number of women they own and how many children they sire.  They were covered in scars and ritually scarred themselves.  Many of their tribal leaders are great warrirors or clerics of their god Gruumsh.  Orcs were able to breed with humans, creating what was called a Half-orc.  

Gruumsh is not the only god worshipped by orcs.  Some tribes have served Iuz for generations as the shock troops of his army and worship the Old One as their god.  

The Orcish Empire of the Pomarj was the largest orc dominated nation in the Flanaess, with orcs having conquered the nation in the aftermath of the Hateful wars against the Ulek states.  It was ruled by a half-orc named Turosh Mak.  Orcs also held power in the fallen states of Geoff and the Bone March and were used in the Northern Kingdom to enforce the will of Overking Grenell I.  




Ghosts of Saltmarsh

  1. Mike Mearls, Kate Welch (May 2019). Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7869-6686-8.