Today orcs control the greatest political machine in the world, the Empire of Wu-Yu. This was not always the case. Until two centuries ago, orcs were mostly nomads and barbarians. Many left the traditional life, however, to answer the call for mercenaries in the Empire. In the last two centuries, orcs mastered dwarven culture and technology, and finally usurped power. Some orcs still live as traditional nomads. But for those of the Empire, the old ways are considered antiquated. Imperial orcs scoff at tribal orcs as “human-ish.”
Plenty of adventurers are of orc blood. Impoverished nobles, disgruntled warriors stripped of clan-status, mercenaries, and starving herders are but a few.
Other races think of Imperial orcs as “children make-believing the parts of their elders.” Indeed, they have more or less adopted the culture of their Imperial predecessors, with some changes (one of which is to call it “Imperial” culture, rather than “Dwarven”). But there is one thing all races admit, if not admire: orcs are unparalleled riders. Centuries of nomadic life made the horse indispensable, and even Imperial orcs remain masters of cavalry.
Orcs stand tall at about 5-6 feet, have light to deep bronze skin, and are distinguished by long, protruding lower incisors. Nomads tend to be bow-legged from poor nutrition and constant riding, while Imperials stand straight with a noble bearing.
|Sex||Some common names|
|Male||Alagh, Bayar, Guyuk, Kipchak, Korok, Vachir, Walayagh|
|Female||Arslan, Gowa, Magsa, Ho’elun, Siyan, Ticha, Yisun|