The Orcish Hordes are a group of Orc tribes that banded together under the rule of the God-King Laminok in 5 PK. They raided on the eastern and southern coasts of Aldorath. Their depredations caused Shalana Silvermyst to call the first Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms to battle what became known as the War of the God King. Although the Hordes were driven back, a scattered group of tribes on the southeastern coast of Aldorath, while many more took the orcish ships and fled north along the coast to an archipelago of reefs and islands in the Bright Sea. As corsairs of other races joined them, they became a greater power, and the islands became known as the Holds of the Sea Barons.
During the Second Witching War, the Hordes regrouped, driven by Laminok’s call. They took advantage of the confusion sowed by the attacks of the Witch Queen and the betrayal of Gristamere to almost completely displace the halflings of Dalenshire and to capture portions of southern Summerlund. The area they have conquered, largely unhospitable, arid land, has become known as the Orcish Steppes. They have built a powerful temple-city to Laminok that they call Sharbaduk, previously the island city of Sudwaine in Summerlund. They remain in fairly constant conflict with Dalenshire and Summerlund, as well as Tavanion to the west.