Orcs In Popular Fantasy Settings

Orcs are always depicted as ugly and barbaric in fantasy settings. Their contribution to the storyline the campaign and the world of fantasy makes the adventures of your heroes and heroines a lot harder and more interesting. Orcs have become fairly popular nowadays that a fantasy setting feels a bit incomplete if they are not included in it. Their savage and warlike nature adds a particular color to the world of fantasy/science-fiction. Big fantasy related franchises such as Forgotten Realms, Warhammer 40,000, Warcraft, Middle Earth include orcs in their settings. Take a few minutes or seconds of your time to learn about the presence of orcs in certain science fiction/fantasy settings.

Orcs In Warcraft

Orcs in the world of Warcraft have their uniqueness compared to the orcs of other fantasy settings. It is in Warcraft worlds that orcs are able to become heroes, doing deeds for the greater good and battling the forces of evil. The most famous of the orcs in the world of Warcraft is probably Thrall, the great and mighty war-chief of the Horde. Thrall begins his journey to greatness as he taken as an orphan by human masters. He is very different from other orcs, in a sense that instead of being savage and primal, he is generous, loving and warm. Thrall later meets his master Blackmoore in mortal combat in the later parts of the story. In Warcraft 3, Thrall is chosen to lead the orcs to establish their own kingdom and escape the oppression they receive from their human enemies.

Orcs In Forgotten Realms

Orcs in the setting of Forgotten Realms fantasies are very primal compared to their Warcraft counterparts. They also come in many different colors but green. The orcs in Faerun (where Forgotten Realms is mainly set at), are constantly depicted as villains and barbarians who raid caravans and pillage for a living. Goodly races like the dwarves and the elves hate the orcs, and the orcs hate them as well. They are less civilized compared to Warcraft orcs, as they prefer to live mostly in caves rather than kingdoms. There are however, a few exceptions in orc behavior in the fantasy setting of Forgotten Realms. Famous orcs like Obould Many Arrow is able to establish a kingdom that maintains a shaky alliance and trade relations with dwarven neighbors. It should be taken into account that Obould, how famous he may be, is only an exception to the rule of orc behavior.

Orcs In Warhammer 40,000

Orcs are spelled as Orks in Warhammer 40,000. Their skin is colored green, similar to the orcs in Warcraft, but a bit different. They get their green color from their biology which is a combination of both flesh and algae. Orks in Warhammer 40,000 might carry more advanced weaponries compared to Warcraft and/or Forgotten Realms, but their nature should not be considered as less primal. Orks in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise are the very definition of beasts. They love war, and war is the only thing they do besides eat and sleep (Itís even questionable if they sleep). There is no such thing as peace to Orks in Warhammer 40,000, the Orks live and reproduce through war. Orks are also very comical in their speeches. Most people find them funny despite their crude and barbaric nature.