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Orcs


Introduction

Orcs in Palæoboreanic mythology are a race of pseudo-undead creatures typically regarded alongside the undead proper as abominations, or "damned races". According to legend, the Orcs were first created by stitching together pieces of dead sailors and sea monsters, although many varieties shortly began to colonize the land, and by the time of The Sovereignty Cycle, there were far more land-dwelling varieties of Orc than there were aquatic varieties.

Like the trolls and ogres of European mythology, the Orcs of Palæoboreanic mythology displayed an extreme degree of sexual dimorphism and marked differences between the sexes in intellectual ability (or at least differences in the typical expression thereof). Male Orcs tended to be large, brutish, monstrous in both appearance and demeanor, and tended not to be very intelligent. Female Orcs, on the other hand, tended to be cunning, intelligent, and sometimes even eloquent; often times they were extremely skilled in the use of magic and sorcery, and tended to make excellent seductresses due to their otherworldly (and strangely monstrous) beauty.

Troglodytes (Orcus troglodytes)

Troglodyte male, or “Cavern Orc”
Several Troglodytes are encountered on the way to Swartelphame in The Descent of the Dryad.

Troglodyte female, or “Troglodytess”
In a chapter of The Descent of the Dryad entitled “The Pont of No Return”, a Troglodytess guards the eponymous bridge leading to the Underworld.


Trulls (Orcus tenebricosus)

Trull male, or “Giant Orc”
In The Descent of the Dryad, a Trull that has been regularly feasting on a tribe of Meadow Nymphs must be defeated before the heroes can reach The Elderwood.

Trull female, or “Trullmaid”
In a chapter of The Descent of the Dryad entitled “Endurance Lorn”, a Trullmaid and a Drollwife guard the bridge leading from Oakhaven Forest to the upper reaches of Mount Everwork.


Drolls (Orcus ferox)

Droll males, or “Bugbears”
Nocturnal woodland predators known for hunting in large packs. Surprisingly, their hunting techniques are actually somewhat sophisticated: Famous for whooping and cackling like hyænas in the dark of night, they use these terrifying sounds to “herd” their quarry into positions where they can be easily ambushed.

Droll female, or “Drollwife”
In a chapter of The Descent of the Dryad entitled “Endurance Lorn”, a Trullmaid and a Drollwife guard the bridge leading from Oakhaven Forest to the upper reaches of Mount Everwork.


Ettins (Orcus polycephalus)

Ettin male
Ettins are multi-headed Orcs who are known for hoarding treasure and living in labyrinthine subterranean dwellings. A three-headed Ettin is encountered in The Descent of the Dryad on the way to the top of Mount Everwork.


Yettins (Orcus alpinus)

Yettin males, or “Snow Orcs”
A troop of these are encountered by the heroes of The Descent of the Dryad near the top of Mount Everwork.


Ghouls (Orcus necrophagia)

Ghoul male, or “Carrion Orc”
Completely blind, the Carrion Orcs “hunt” for dead flesh using their keen olfactory sense, and otherwise use a combination of sight and sound to navigate. They are assumed to use some form of echo-location to move about. A number of these are encountered by Lodin and Gail in the the first chapter of the diegesis of Chaos & Virtue.



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