Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Half-Orcs as Punishment

Art by Scott Purdy
Half-orcs are not a natural race. They are criminals whose bodies have been altered by mutational alchemy so that they might better perform hard labor as punishment; every half-orc was originally a creature of another race whose physicality and spirit has been changed by the introduction of orcish essences that lend strength, endurance—and an aggressive personality, as an unfortunate side-effect. As part of their punishment, half-orcs are renamed with brutish orc appellations that mark their status as convicted criminals.