Half-Orcs and the Taer
Act One Scene One, an alleyway in Veneateo…
Brigand: Hands up Orc
Herbert, a half-orc, and our hero: But I’m a half-orc
Another Brigand: Come on Grom, now, none of this Grom-Smash!
Herbert: But as I’ve said, my name is Herbert, and I couldn’t smash you even if I wanted to.
Brigand one: And why is that orc face?
Herbert: Because you see my good fellow, I am a student of the humanities, and that would be inhuman.
Brigand two: Shut up! You talk to much for a half orc!
Narrator: And now we see the violence that Herbert must suffer as the brigands begin to smash his face.
Act Three, Scene One, a debtor’s jail in Veneateo…
Herbert: Hath not a Half-Orc eyes? Hath not a Half-Orc hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer
as a man or elf is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us,
do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
If a Half-Orc wrong a Human or Elf, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Elf or Human wrong a Half-Orc, what should his sufferance be by Human or Elf example? Why, revenge.
The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
— William Brandishlance, the Half-Orc of Veneateo
Half-Orcs are the product of humans and Orcs. Usually conceived in violence to humans half-orcs are an embarrassment while to orcs they are weak. As much as half-orcs do not fit in either society, they can overcome prejudice and rise to great heights in human and non-human society.
As long as human record can recall there have always been half-orcs on the fringes of human society. Through violence or peace half-orcs have been born between the civilized society of humanity and the raw barbarism of the orcish world.
Religion, Society, and CultureHalf-orcs as hybrid creatures do not have a specific society that is determined by their race. Rather they are part of either human or orc society and thus subject to its mores and attitudes. In human society half-orcs are generally shuffled off to the frontier where the lack of available manpower makes them more acceptable and tolerated.
Half-Orcs do not have specific cultural attitudes that are shaped by their race, but rather they gain their worldview from their nurturing society.