The Sanguine Harvest
Orcs are the largest and most warlike of the common humanoid races of Mitleia. They have long arms made up of large slabs of muscle with short legs giving them an almost gorilla-like appearance with a thick green skin, large jutting teeth and beady eyes.
Orcs usually live in small, violent tribes amid constant mayhem. Intimidation and brutal violence are the glue that holds orc culture together. They settle disputes by making increasingly grisly threats until, when a rival fails to back down, the conflict escalates into actual bloodshed. Orcs who win these ferocious brawls not only feel free to take whatever they want from the loser, they will often murder their opponent to send a message to others. Orcs rarely spend time improving their homes or belongings since doing so merely encourages a stronger orc to seize them. One of the greatest strengths of the orc race is their fecundity – were it not for their tendency to casually murder their own, the other races would find themselves inundated with vengeful orc raiders.
Despite their violent culture they possess a strong feeling of self-preservation and will not just fight for the sake of fighting, they respect strength and especially with their now limited numbers recognise that fighting when defeat is likely is a risk not worth taking.
In the past the Orcs were the most populous of all races, surpassing even humans in their ability to expand. Now they have been pushed to the brink of extinction. A past war left them scattered across Mitleia in small tribes nursing a fierce hatred of the races responsible for their downfall.