Of Crows, Dirt and Dongs
The Orcish people have no standardized military or service. Instead, it is almost expected to fight if you are able; Training, equipment, gender or age is neither considered or important. Orcs are often warlike by nature.
Warbands recruit from their own clans, but often roam about the countryside, picking up new recruits from various other orcish tribes. An unwilling conscript does not exist among the orcish people. They have burnt away any remnants of weakness long before the inception of war.
Anger, hatred, fear and racism are tools that orcish warlords rely on. The scoffing imperialism of a knight, or the foolish play of a noble commander are often used against them. They take great pleasure in tearing their plans, and the men and women behind them apart.
Unlike rumors spread by imperialistic nobles and earls, an orcish warlord will almost seldom send his people to die in great swathes. An orcish warlord is expected to cover almost every faucet of a battle. His own tactics, and that of his enemy are taken into cautious deliberation among his soldiers who are also expected to speak their mind. A warlord’s supremacy is without question, but the tactical advantage lies in the minds of all the clan.
Cavalry is a coward’s tactic among the Redmaw. Why should a warrior the aid of a horse to win his fights for him? While seldom used for travel, those in the clan who refuse to dismount before a battle lose a great deal of face. It was this tradition that put the orcish clans in the books as an actual fighting force.
Knights suffer far worse a fate than merely suffering respect, as orcs have no mercy for rider or mount. When being faced with a charge, orcs often counter it by sending their own charge in reply; often a bait as they split to the left and right of a battlefield mid-charge and allowing the spearmen behind them to take the front of a charge. This tactic was analysed and debated hotly among scholars in Ameril and the General Gwadoc II in his tactical handbook titled ‘A Tactical Analysis of the Southerner Clans’ and submitted as proof to the kingdom at large that the orcs were not just simple savages who would bend the knee.
A Tactical Analysis of the Southerner Clans
‘A Tactical Analysis of the Southerner Clans’ is often cited by the advisers, kings and the few soldiers who can read as accurate as it could be without the insight of the clans themselves. General Gwadoc II has seen more clashes with the orcish clans than most humans see in a lifetime.
Alliances are most likely with most orcish clans. If there is a fight or glory to be had, then a warlord will jump at the chance. Though it is expected that the alliance be tested; Orcish soldiers do not hesitate to ‘borrow’ equipment or test their mettle against anyone in a combined warparty. Caution and planning is recommend when allying with them.
Gwadoc II endorses the use of leading in the front, as the ability to change tactics on the fly is crucial for physical confrontation with orcish combatants, as they will no doubt be doing the very same thing. As another key point to victory: playing upon an orcish warlord’s desire for orcish honour, challenging him to single combat can stop a war before it has the time to even start.
Gwadoc demands that any commander gives them the respect they deserve as warriors. A disrespected warlord being pushed against a wall is absolutely nothing to laugh at. An orc who has been scorned during war will stop at nothing to enact his revenge, and his soldiers will not buckle or retreat under any circumstance when they know there is nothing to fall back on.