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Orks (Homo orcus) are a race of sentient hominids included in the “Five Races”. Orks exhibit many features in common with more archaic hominids, suggesting an early point of divergence.

Physical appearance
Orks are a large and robust species, regularly ranging between 6 and 8 feet in height (rivaling some giants in size at the top of their range). They are broad-shouldered with barrel-shaped rib cages and lack the prominent waist seen in smaller, more gracile hominids such as humans (Homo sapiens) and fae (Homo nympha). The arms and legs are thick and well-muscled. The head is large with saggital crest to support the powerful jaw muscles, and a broad face, exhibiting the hooded nose common to the Homo genus, and the heavy brow ridge and sloping forehead characteristic of more robust species. The eyes, which are adapted for night vision, are large with yellow or red irises. Of particular note are the teeth which are specialized for a mostly carnivorous lifestyle, with fang-like canines for puncturing and tearing flesh, and powerful molars for cracking bone. Orks generally have similar hair cover to humans, but facial hair is common in both sexes. Hair colour is usually black, but is rust red in some populations. The skin is light pink in infancy but gradually darkens with age to a grey-black, with some populations retaining pinkish skin around the lips. Males and females exhibit very little obvious sexual dimorphism aside from the prominent breasts of the females, and other races often have trouble telling the sexes apart.

Behaviour
Orks, like all Homo species, are social creatures who live in tribes or clans. Unlike their relatives, however, orks are nocturnal and primarily carnivorous, only occasionally consuming vegetation to supplement their diets. Due to their carnivorous and predatory nature, they tend to be naturally aggressive, but due to their lack of sexual dimorphism, orkish society is remarkably egalitarian, with males and females holding equal social status. As a result, gendered violence and rape are nearly unheard of within orkish communities. While orkish civilizations have been known throughout history, most still live as simple hunter-gatherers (with a strong emphasis on hunting), sheltering in caves and crude huts constructed out of wood, bones and animal skin.

Relationship with other races
Throughout history, their unusual appearance and nocturnal, predatory habits have often put orks at odds with the other races, particularly humans, who saw them as demonic monsters who would emerge from the forest at night to devour helpless peasants and livestock. This reputation was cemented by the often very real cannibalistic practices of orks, who saw their fellow hominids as just another prey item. As a result, orks were heavily exterminated by humans, and like giants, they were nearly driven to extinction. In spite of this conflict, human/ork hybrids were not unheard of. The famous Hindian warrior Ghatotkachi was famously the offspring of a male human and a female ork. Many Occidental royal houses were also said to be of orkish blood, but this was likely no more than political slander.
Orkish relationships with fae were historically little better, as their much smaller size and lower musculature made them easy pickings. The Elven peoples of the northern Occident were frequent allies in the human effort to exterminate the orkish race. However, the Yaksha people of south-eastern Panterra were historically thought to have interbred with orks, and recent DNA testing has confirmed this. Yakshas are notably sturdier than other fae, and some individuals even have prominent canines.
Gnomes (Homo pygmaeus) historically had very little interaction, positive or negative, with orks, as their small size generally made them undesirable as prey or prospective mates. However, some orkish communities were known to use gnomes as slaves.
Giants (Homo giganteus), in contrast, have historically had mostly positive relations with orks. Their large size made them unachievable prey, and strong alliances between the two species formed independently many times in many different regions throughout history. Mutual persecution by humans helped strengthen these ties and as giants and orks around the world united against a common enemy, the association became so strong that many ancient human sources make little distinction between the two races.
In modern times, orks frequently live in harmony with other races, but prejudice is still rampant.
So, I finally got around to writing up about on of the "Five Races" that inhabit Telluris, in this case the much maligned orks. I'll add an illustration eventually.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Wow that's some really interesting reading, usually I find a lot of fantasy world pretty boring because things seem to be simplified and boil down it's such a matter but you already know ahead of time that there's only one group that you could even be rooting for in the setting, and the XYZ outcome is probably inevitable.

But this world building you're doing it's pretty interesting, so kudos.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks. :)
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grisador Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Nice !

So calling an ork 'greenskin' is considered 'racist' at this timeline ?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Well, they don't have green skin, so that wouldn't be a thing, but don't call them trolls, whatever you do. However, male Yakshas do paint their faces green.
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grisador Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Understood :nod:


Trolls ? I wonder how they'll '' react '' to that word !! :evillaugh:
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Very badly. "Troll" is actually a common slur colloquially applied to many non-human species in the northern Occident, including giants and some fae. Another common slur applied to orks and giants is "ogre".
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grisador Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Any non human species ? Now that's very unfortunate. :o
At least orks have their own slum word unlike the giants of Occident
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's good to see new stuff of this project :D I like your version of the orks
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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gavingavin123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
So, would Goblins, Hobs, and those sorts of thing be diminutive species of Orks?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Gnomes are the closest thing to goblins in this setting, but some of them are quite nasty.
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gavingavin123 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, I also would've imagined them to be some type of european Monkey.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Why exactly?
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gavingavin123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Goblins are usually portrayed as mischievous, thieving sprites. Monkeys would explain the looks and behavior. (Admittedly I'm going to edit out the racoon part, doesn't make much sense now).
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Makes sense. In this scenario all "races" are Homo species that can interbreed with each other. Most mythical creatures described as "goblins" like kobolds and buccas are gnomes (Homo pygmaeus) but some of the bigger ones like redcaps are fae (Homo nympha).
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