Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The O.S.ORC

Say goodbye to green-skinned Khal Drogo.

The following fragments, penned by the Sage, Avidian, were unearthed in the wastelands east of the Orith Mountains...

...pattern has been observed with the first sightings of the swine in any particular region is that they are unarmored and unclothed, in fact devoid of possessions.  A farmer near Turgath noted his pigs behaving in a manner most peculiar, stomping around the sty and snorting nervously.  When next he saw them they all lay deceased and slowly sinking in the mud...cannot be confirmed as the farmer is considered mad by the local Turgathians who claim he spins the same yarn every few years when he murders his own stock...within a fortnight that Turgath reported the first Orc sightings in over ten years... 

...style of Orc varies as wildly as does the pig, but initial outbreaks are almost universally of a similar type. It is only after Orc droves meet in the wild that differences are reported...cloven hooves and three "fingers" appear to be a universal trait, with the presence of tusks inconsistent...unable to speak the common tongue or any civilized language, but apparently can understand words not unlike a hound...eyes that never lock directly onto yours which makes their intentions hard to read, but anyone who is still in doubt about said intentions...

...a feast of mud and blood as the Orcs created a sty of the slain Rendrik soldiers...as they rolled excitedly among the dead eating and bathing...nothing remained...never witnessed an Orc handle the delicate operation of donning armor, but the Orcs that stormed Brandelbrook were indeed armed like Rendrik foot soldiers...

...sights more terrifying than a frenzied Orc snorting loudly in one's face...stench is putrid, but not supernaturally so...

...scout reported that as he sat behind the Orcs in the dark cave, concealed under a cloak of elvenkind, the swine, who hitherto sat quietly as if in a calm trance, began snorting and oinking louder and louder as the Sarisian Knights came into view in the gorge below...leadership was vague...run for his life when the wind shifted and they could smell him...knights circled the remaining Orc who scraped it's cloven hooves restlessly in the dirt...

...savage undisciplined fighters stronger than the average man and sometimes much stronger...of Orcs riding large, fiendish wort-hogs, witness is now deceased...confirmed by the... 

...claims that Elves are the group responsible for the Orc scourges throughout the realm...origin is from the land of the fairies...not related to goblins...chapter of the Chronicles of St. Jendimar that Orcs are the spawn of Orcus...questions this as ignorant...not a true scholar of demonology...do indeed come from the mud, but no definitive link to black magic has yet been proven...

...most peculiar that mere days after the Penidar Orcs lay waste to the once proud city of Naris, the ruined city was abandoned and that particular breed of Orc was never witnessed again...many Narians never accounted for...remains of the nuns slaughtered at the nunnery outside of Vrindel, so atrocious, the site was condemned and razed, left alone to this day...cryptic scrawling on the walls sparked debate of a written Orc language, dismissed as outlandish...rituals in the dungeons below...rise of the Order of the Sisters Militant of Vrindel...swine-like mutations in the royal family of Heinmarc sparked a vicious inquisition in the year...more reports from peasants regarding curious behavior of domestic swine in the Tansula Valley... 

...and on it goes...

Slay them, by order of the King.
 
  

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Orcs Are Evil.


The basic nature of the universe is kill or be killed, eat or be eaten.  Everything in this universe fights for it's place, from the largest star to the tiniest microbe.  Compromise exists only out of mutual convenience and is often fleeting... 

Orcs will always be evil to me.  I'm not interested in all the nuance, there's already plenty of that in humankind.  Why do orcs raid?  Because they're fucking hungry agents of Chaos and they want nothing more than to destroy the realms of men, elves, and dwarves.  They're not humans, they're not even humanoid.  They're monsters.  The stuff of nightmares.  Do orcs have babies?  HELL NO.  They don't farm and they don't build cities.  They rape and pillage and kill and eat.  If orcs are discovered in the hills near your town, you're in DEEP SHIT -- Achtung! Orcs.   It's like an infestation that has to be dealt with.  "Sire, orcs are raiding up and down the frontier, three villages have been lost!" -- "Muster your knights!!!"

Imagine seeing the remnants of an orc raid where it's clear the villagers were cooked and eaten.  And God knows what's happening to any that were taken alive...  The stakes are so much higher now aren't they?

Realm, The (Vol. 1) #9 VF ; Arrow comic book
Comic series from the 80's when orcs were like giant hogs.  Their image has since humanized and become more ethnic over time, which is partly why we are where we are.
   The Realm was classic D&D.

And then there are the subterranean, spider-demon worshiping, human sacrificing, slavers.  No, that's not evil.....  What if they were albinos?

Anyway, it's your game play it your way, whatever way that is.

The rest is noise.

Game on.


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