Orcish Culture

Orcish culture is often difficult to understand as most scholars seem to unintentionally put themselves at odds with the orcs that are willing to talk by accidentally insulting them. Half-Orcs tend to be the sole providers of any information to share.

  • Anything that would cause someone embarrassment and/or the loss of respect by outsiders must often be backed up by a martial challenge with the victor often earning more/or less respect due to the audaciousness of the challenge.
  • Using the right hand when shaking hands, or other gestures of respect is seen as a serious disrespect to most orcs as using the same hand you use to kill is an implication of an intent to challenge.
  • Harin: The act of smothering the blood of a dead or wounded warrior on your mouth conveys the ultimate respect that an orc can give an enemy or ally. No compliment, written or said can compare to the admiration of Harin.
  • Admiring the weapon of an orc is often frowned upon, since an hospitable orc will feel obliged to offer the possession as a gift to the admirer. This is called Jhak Azog, which can be translated as ‘Weapon Debt’.
  • The second night of every week is often seen by most orcs as the luckiest night. Raiders wait till the second night, healers often practice their magic during the witching hour and more often than not, it is used to forge weapons to imbue the luck of tuesday in them.

Orcish Culture

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