Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Orc: Orcs are the most powerful of the ‘evil’ races. Once orcs lived in lowland marshes and swamps, breeding in secret dens deep in places inhospitable to humans. From there they’d attack other settlements to steal food and weapons. Of course, those days are long gone and now they live mainly in smaller settlements in the island sanctuary designated for them. While they aren’t inherently evil, many orcs still resent their peoples defeat and imprisonment. A few tribes have embraced the change however, and it is not uncommon to find a few ‘free’ orcs living in cities working where they can. None of the ‘evil’ races on Aldeya share a common ancestor with those of the elven line. Orcs evolved from a reptilian creature halfway between a mammal and true reptile. Surprisingly orcs have a very similar family structure to humans, with a single pair raising their own children. The ‘wild’ orcs in the sanctuary live in small villages of up to a few hundred where they produce the crops needed to sustain them. In almost all other ways, those that live in the sanctuaries are stagnant cultures, given little technology or even news of the outside world. Most have probably never even seen the races that they are taught to hate. Orcs have life spans similar to humans and, also like humans, have little talent for magic, but those that are born with the gift are treated as kings and often led the armies of ‘evil’ during conflict.
- Physical Characteristics: Orcs are heavily muscled and have smooth scaly skin ranging in color from light green to dark brown. Standing about 5 feet tall, they make up for their height with long arms that give them a surprisingly long reach. They have no hair on their bodies and lack most other mammalian characteristics, but they do give birth to live young. They see fairly well in darkness and have a very keen sense of smell.