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About the orcs
Written on the 3rd day in the sign of Hawkeye, the year 3452
The orcs’ personality is difficult to describe, they are a proud race and have a lot of temper. It does not take much to make an orc angry and when they are angry, they usually attack the nearest person. They put a lot of effort into rising above other orcs so they can be admired, and that is done by killing a dangerous prey or some enemies – usually humans.
The orcs wear hides or fur, since they mostly live outdoors. Their clothes are rough and made for protection. Some orcs use metal as armour, but mostly parts they have stolen, since they do not have the techniques to make metal into useful armour themselves. The colours on their clothing are simple ones, unless it is an orc woman dressing up with feathers and the like.
They are organized into small family groups or clans. This clan is run by a male orc, always the strongest in the clan. Only he can have offspring – with every female orc in the clan. Any other male orc in the clan can challenge him to a battle to the death. If the new orc wins he becomes leader, but the offspring of the previous leader is not killed. If they are old enough to pose a threat, they are run out of the clan. That is why one often runs into lonely orcs, who are out looking for trouble. In that way they can earn some recognizition with their own kind and grow stronger so they can take over another clan. The different orc clans have no single leader, and often they fight amongst themselves, again because the winner of such a battle can gain more honour in his own clan.
We do not know much about the daily lives of the orcs, but I assume the males train for battle and the females take care of the home and the young ones. The males are also the ones hunting. Orcs live in primitive houses, usually made from wood. They are built close together for protection against intruders. They do not waste time and resources building complex structures or temples, because the frequent battles would ruin fragile structures.
As far as we know, the females give birth to one or two cubs at the time, it is painful since the cubs are quite huge. They develop quickly and are considered adults when they are only ten years of age. An orc does not get very old, but that is because elder orcs are killed by others, when they get too old. They rather want to be killed by family, than by another clan attacking.
Most orcs live in Chrumsniklonia, but many have migrated across the border through different mountain passes and have settled in Morania. The king does not appreciate them, but they are tolerated as long as they only fight amongst themselves and do not attack humans. Often there are conflicts anyway, because humans fear orcs and many remember what atrocities the orcs have committed. Therefore, humans often attack the orcs’ settlements and the orcs answer back hard and brutally. Usually the orcs win, and then the King have to send out soldiers to take care of the problem... It is a conflict with no end, if we do not learn to respect the orcs and their way of life, and if we do not give them space for their internal battles.
Noone knows what Chrumsniklonia looks like. Maybe the orcs are better organized there – it could be? The orcs in Morania, anyway, stay out of the woods, they would rather burn them down, and the elves look upon such actions with anger. The orcs prefer to live on the plains, sometimes in landscapes with hills, which can be defended against enemies.
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