Orcs

Orc society has and always will be a patriarchy. Though it’s traditional for the eldest son to succeed his father, it’s also “traditional” for younger siblings to fight over it if they think that they’d make a worthier heir. Because of this tradition and the other “tradition”, it’s basically expected for the firstborn to be the strongest/worthiest child. Chiefs emerge by gaining the submission of other patriarchs. What this means for those who submit is that their wives become his wives and their children become his children. One’s ability to gain submission is called Gramba, which can be translated to power, potency, or masculinity. In less formal circles it’s a synonym for a certain body part. Out of this tradition grew the orc lords, who took the submission process to the next level (gaining submission of chiefs) and then turning to the next enemy.

The “bored lords” also grew from this tradition, though their placement in southern Prack made displays of power come in a different form. Once the Orcs had gained a more sizeable portion of land, some lords held territory that was no longer “on the border” and in need of serious defenses. This essentially nullified their societal imperative for skill at arms, but at the same time, it provided them an opportunity to fill a hole in the rapidly expanding Orcish society. They called themselves the Inner Lords and traded for slaves taken by the Border Lords to provide labor for massive agricultural projects and city-making. The Inner Lords still hold to the old patriarchy, though gaining submission to them is more like being bought out than being beaten up.

Orc Lords like to hold athletic competitions against each other for entertainment, and many games are lethal. It is a way for the bored lords to prove their physical prowess to the border lords, who generally look down on them. The high-status competition is reserved for the actual lords and their fellow orcs. Other low-status competitions occurs between slaves and young orcs looking for some practice. Many of the lethal games happen in this level of the competitions.

Orcs

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