Thursday, December 6, 2012

How to Skin A Half-Orc


Or an alternative way to skin them if you're tired of the same old thing. In the tradition of my two previous posts, may I suggest you give those half-orc mechanics a fur coat.

Hairies are mostly gentle, primitive hominids living in communal groups in deep in forests.  Sometimes though, one of them goes rogue.

Ill-fit for the close-knit hairy society, these individuals leave the forest enclaves of their people and put their size and strength to use where they can. Outcast hairies are not necessarily evil (though many are) just too aggressive and individualistic for their own kind. Those characteristics allow them to get a long pretty well in the world of adventurers.

7 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

So just like the Irish but more ginger!

Porky said...

It makes me wonder what the causes could be, whether it's just an issue thrown up by their development, or an error of some kind, or a deliberate flaw left in their nature, or whether it's something prompted from outside.

Trey said...

@AL - I find it prudent not to comment on that. :)

@Porky - That is a good question. The hairies themselves call it ho-wa-hwroo-ra meaning roughly "of a different spirit."

garrisonjames said...

Ah finally a suitable test-subject for the new Power Word: Dandruff spell...

Trey said...

Good point.

Bella Nelson said...

Years ago, I wrote a piece for the Diamond Throne website about a race called the Bach'nari who were essentially re-skinned half-orcs. They were genetically engineered cannon fodder who were abandoned in the tiaga when their masters were routed and banished from the land. They learned to survive from a monolithic memory stone (a conceit of the setting) that contained the lore of a tribe of reindeer-herding nomads, who they called "the invisible people.". The bach'narii who went adventuring usually did so because of a vision quest, dream or prophecy that demanded that they leave their society and venture into the wider world.

Trey said...

@Bella - Very interesting take!