Homo sapiens robustus
Orks are proportioned similarly to humans, albeit with a heavier build that adds to their overall bulk. Beyond size, the most distinguishing physical feature of orks are large lower canines, which often look even more alien when paired with the metatype’s characteristic thin lips and flat noses. Ork ears are pointed just like elf ears, though not as elongated. Also like elves, ork eyes are naturally adapted for low-light situations.
Likely due to their high birth rates, orks often live in large, communal, extended family groups. Children are most often born in litters of four, but some ork mothers have given birth to as many as eight young. When sapiens are born to ork mothers, they will express as robustus at puberty roughly 95% of the time. Ork gestation periods are the shortest of any of the metatypes at roughly 6 months.
In 2060, The Or’zet Codex, published by the Orkland Community Center, established the basics of an ork language and spread through academic and social networks. This was not a new language; Or’zet is an interpretation of an ancient text, one of the many secrets of the old world that the great dragon Dunkelzahn hoarded until his death. Though some tried to suppress this discovery, Or’zet soon became a cultural phenomenon and helped fuel “ork pride” throughout the sixties. On the other hand, it also has led to an explosion of “orxploitation” media that exploits the stereotyped image of orks as poorly tempered or prone to criminal activities.