The Urk-Khag

Half-Orcs (or, as they are known amongst the Urkhani, “Urk-Khag” or “Orc-Man”) are monstrosities, their tragic births the result of perversion and violence—or at least, that’s how other races see them…

It’s true that Half-Orcs are rarely the result of loving unions, and as such are usually forced to grow up hard and fast, constantly fighting for protection or to make names for themselves. Sill, Half-Orcs consistently manage to surprise their detractors with great deeds and unexpected wisdom—though sometimes it’s easier just to crack a few skulls…

Physical Description

Both genders of Half-Orc stand between 6 and 7 feet tall, with powerful builds and greenish or grayish skin. Their canines often grow long enough to protrude from their mouths, and these "tusks combined with heavy brows and slightly pointed ears give them their notoriously bestial appearance.


Unlike Half-Elves, where at least part of society’s discrimination is born out of jealousy or attraction, Half-Orcs get the worst of both worlds: physically weaker than their Orc kin, they also tend to be feared or attacked outright by the legions of humans who don’t bother making the distinction between full Orcs and half-bloods.

Still, Half-Orcs tend to be valued for their martial prowess and Orc leaders have been known to spawn them intentionally, as the half-breeds regularly make up for their lack of strength with increased cunning and aggression.


A lifetime of persecution leaves the average Half-Orc wary and quick to anger, yet those who break through his savage exterior might find a well-hidden core of empathy. Elves and Dwarves tend to be the least accepting of Half-Orcs—seeing in them too great a resemblance to their racial enemies, but other races aren’t much more understanding. Human societies with few Orc problems tend to be the most accommodating and there Half-Orcs make natural mercenaries and enforcers.

Alignment and Religion

Due to their usual brutish or lonely existence, most Half-Orcs tend to be bitter, violent, and reclusive. Evil comes naturally to them—but they are not evil by nature. Rather, most Half-Orcs are Chaotic Neutral, having been taught by long experience that there is no point doing anything but that which directly benefits themselves. When they bother to worship gods, they tend to favor those that favor warfare from either heritage (Orc or Human).


Staunchly independent, many Half-Orcs take to lives of adventure out of necessity, seeking to escape painful pasts or improve their lot in life. Some take on the mantle of crusader to prove their worth to the world.


Male : Ausk, Davor, Gahndor, Hakak, Karg, Kizziar, Makoa, Nesteruk, Rusk, Tsadok, Uthnar, Yash

Female : Bredga, Canan, Drogheda, Fundra, Goruza, Karsh, Mazon, Shirish, Tevaga, Varsha, Zeljika

The Urk-Khag

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