When the orc tribes originally arrived in Ilysador they were a brutal, war mongering race. Fleeing some unknown dark force from their land and seeking a new home for themselves. Settling in the midst of the Ilysadorian plains and already warring amongst themselves and with nearby human and Tauren tribes they quickly caught the attention of the Masquari. The Masquari took the orcs outward rage and brutality and focused it inward honing their minds and bodies. Teaching the Orcs mental skills, allowing them to reconnect to the forces of nature and establish a homeland and city. This is how the High Orcs emerged. Now they are left with powerful spirits and bodies though they still retain their fiery edge; they work more towards developing themselves, their people and their home then lusting for battle. They call this, the path of Kel ' Adun.
High orcs are a tough willed and strongly focused race. Their natural psionic abilities give them a keen discipline but they still retain a fiery edge.
High Orcs usually have a greenish skin tone, large muscular builds and a High orc’s hair is usually thick black and tied back, some also prefer to shave their heads and go bald. They have long lupine ears and their most remarkable feature is that they have two sets of opaque eyes, one right on top of the other. High Orcs have high foreheads and elongated lower jars with two medium mandibles that jut out. An adult male High Orc can average about 6’- 6 1/2’ tall and weighs about 250-300 pounds. Females are smaller. They usually choose to wear their hair braided and decorated with fetishes. In fact it is considered very attractive for a female high orc to have very long braided hair infused with trinkets. High Orcs enjoy decorating their bodies with tribal style tattoos that signify their status and training. The language a High Orc speaks varies slightly from tribe to tribe, but any High Orc is understandable by someone else who speaks Orc.
High Orcs are usually seen in light leather and padded armors. Warriors tend to wear large spiked shoulder armor, spiked bracers and gauntlets, and heavy greaves.
Some high orcs choose to train and ride wild beasts. These maybe simply known as Riders. The two beasts that are commonly trained and raised are lionic type of Wyvern and a dread type of wolf, known as a lupine.
HIgh orcs live in a clan structure similiar to their ancenstors. High Orc clan leaders are referred to as chieftains, while the leader of all clans is called a warchief. Galn is the current warchief of the High Orcs. The chieftain is usually the strongest member of the clan and, according to the old orcish hierarchy, to become one you must first fight the old chieftain to the death. Alternatively, you can inherit the status of chieftain. High Orc clans of the Bladewind, Warsong and Frostwolf make up the largest clans.
Orcs live very comfortably side by side with Tauren and Gnolls. They see the Tauren as Brethren and Gnolls possibly as cousins. They have a great respect for the Masquari and often heed their wisdom. Overall High Orcs are still distrustful of humans and NIght elves.
The philosophies and teachings of Kel'Adun
High Orc (orcish variant)
Tauren, Gnoll, Common, Draconic
High Orc Racial Traits