In the wild frontiers, tribes of humans and orc barbarians live in uneasy balance,
fighting in times of war and trading in times of peace. Half-Orcs who are born in
the frontier may live with either human or orc parents, but they are nevertheless
exposed to both cultures. Some, for whatever reason, leave their homeland and
travel to civilized lands, bringing with them the tenacity, courage and combat
prowess that they developed in the wilds.
Half-orcs stand between 6 and 7 feet tall and usually weigh between 180 and 250
pounds. Many half-orcs have scars, whether as symbols of pride or shame. Halforcs
mature a little faster than humans and age noticeably faster. They reach
adulthood at age 14 and few live longer than 75 years.
Half-orcs inherit a tendency toward chaos from their orc parents, but, like their
human parents, they favor good and evil in equal proportions. Half-orcs raised
among orcs and willing to live out their lives with them are usually the evil ones.
Like orcs, many half-orcs worship Gruumsh, the chief orc god and archenemy of
Corellon Larethian, god of the elves. Half-orcs who want to solidify their connection
to their human heritage, on the other hand, follow human gods and they
may be outspoken in their shows of piety.
- +2 Strength, -2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma.
- Medium: As Medium creatures, half-orcs have no special bonuses or penalties
due to their size.
- Half-orc base land speed is 30 feet.
- Favored Class: Barbarian.