Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Way of the Orc

A guest post by Matt Treasonous Bailey

"On an almost instinctive level, orcs believe they are entitled to anything they want unless someone stronger can stop them from seizing it. They rarely exert themselves off the battlefield except when forced to do so; this attitude stems not just from laziness but also from an ingrained belief that work should trickle down through the pecking order until it falls upon the shoulders of the weak."

"Orcs usually live amid squalor and constant mayhem, and intimidation and brutal violence are the glue that holds orc culture together. They settle disputes by making increasingly grisly threats until, when a rival fails to back down, the conflict escalates into actual bloodshed. Orcs who win these ferocious brawls not only feel free to take whatever they want from the loser, but also frequently indulge in humiliating physical violation, casual mutilation, and even outright murder. Orcs rarely spend much time improving their homes or belongings since doing so merely encourages a stronger orc to seize them. In fact, whenever possible, they prefer to occupy buildings and communities originally built by other races.

"Orcs view humans as race of sheep with a few wolves living in their midst. They freely kill or oppress humans too weak to fend them off but always keep one eye on the nearest exit in case they run into a formidable human.

"Orcs look upon half-orcs with a strange mixture of contempt, envy, and pride. Though weaker than typical orcs, these half-breeds are also usually smarter, more cunning, and better leaders. Tribes led, or at least advised, by half-orcs are often more successful than those led by pure-blooded orcs. On a more fundamental level, orcs believe each half-orc also represents an orc exerting dominance over a weaker race."

(If you say you read all of that without thinking of Ferguson even once, I say you are either fibbing or inexperienced. )
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Note: That last in parentheses is Matt's comment on the quoted material, which was clearly written without any sociopolitical commentary in mind at:
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.d20pfsrd.com%2Fraces%2Fother-races%2Ffeatured-races%2Farg-orc&h=_AQE7U01z

3 comments:

  1. could apply to a whole lot of feminists, too.

    except that their violence is by proxy.

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  2. It maybe kind of thrilling to be living in a J. R. R. Tolkien novel but unfortunately I feel we maybe living in a Thomas Dixon novel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Dixon,_Jr.

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