I’m inspired tonight, and on a roll, what can I say.
So, the next group, because this is another grouped one, is the history and culture revolving around the Orcs, Trolls, Dradar, Dwarves, and the Grey Elves.
The Orcs are originally from Telluria, and in the southern valleys of the continent where there are more open fields and sparser amounts of rivers, the Orcs made their home. The wolf spirit, among others, is what they revere, but it is the wolf that they revere foremost. It was stated in a previous post that they might revere the creation of Thanatos, and thus him as well, but the Orcs do not associate any tie to the Fae or Faerie with their worship of the Fae. One might consider them atheist in that regard, or savage in others’ opinions, but nevertheless, they worship the spirits of ‘noble beasts’ rather than gods. For, what does it matter who is responsible for the creation of these creatures, it is their spirit and will that they seek to emulate in their own lives.
The wolf pack is a family unit. While there is some tyrannical elements in the fact that the strongest leads, and no matter how you feel on the matter of their decisions, you follow and do as your told, or prove you are stronger and usurp their control. More often then not, this involves a show of force in the form of a fight that usually ends up with the loser being killed. Due to such, Orc communities are built to last long periods of time, but the name associated to any Orcish village is often changed, for the name of the village is decided by the name of its leader. For those that saw my feeble attempts at map making, there were three Orc villages shown on the eastern coast of Silveria. As was stated, those names were associated to the leaders of those villages in the time of the Orcish contention with the Grey Elf empire. The Orcs were pushed out of Silveria, thus while those villages may still physically linger, their names mean nothing as those groups more than likely lost their leader in those contentions. If not, they still would have died in the thousand plus years that passed since those fights, the fall of the Ageless Empire, and the current time period in Repeating History.
After the Ageless Empire pushed the Orcs out of Silveria, and they were once more solely in Telluria, the Orcish people would endure hardship. Yami twisted the race of the Dradar into thinking that one of their own was plotting alongside the Orcs in order to wipe out the other Dradar people. Darmok the Bloodhide was the one pinpointed in this, but when he picked up one of the demonically enchanted weapons Yami gave the other Dradar, he became the Dradar’s leader, and enslaved the Orcs instead of wiping them out. All Dradar and Orcs followed him from that point on, and he built up a large Dradaran Empire that spanned more than half of Telluria –mainly due to the fact that Telluria is a largely mountainous continent, and the Dradar love the mountains–. Over time, this put the Dradar at contention with other races. Aside from there being some Dwarves in the mountains of Telluria, there was also other humans to deal with, as well as the Trolls.
The Trolls mainly live in coastal regions, and are, in fact, an amphibious race themselves that even plunge the depths of the sea on their own. They have the ability to breathe on ground as easily as in the water, but much prefer their underwater habitats. Yes, they live in villages underwater! None of this bubble enclosed/dome enclosed societies, for after all this is a older time period setting. The Trolls are divided among a categorization based upon their type of habitat (i.e. Sea Troll, Lake Troll, River Troll, and the odd/rare Cave Troll). You may ask though, if they’re amphibious, how could they live in a cave? Well, the reason the Cave Trolls are rare is proportionately associated with the rarity of their habitat. Sure there are many caves in a mountainous region, but being still an amphibious creature, they only reside within caves that have an entry to some underground water source, such as hot springs and well springs, or even fresh spring water sources in the mountains themselves. As such, the Cave Trolls have many differences even among themselves much less many differences when compared to the other types of Trolls. Like the Orcs, they worship the spirits, but to a wider variety and greater degree. They are a very ritualistic society that performs rites or sacrifices to the spirits that they consider their gods. These spirits are not just limited to the spirits of beasts, as with the Orcs, but to the spirits they see in all things, like the air, the grass, the water, the plants, and so on.. In this regard, they may be considered to be revering the lesser Faerie directly, instead of the Prime Fae. They’ll never refer to the spirits as Faerie though, as they would see such a term as diminutive and disrespectful to the spirits.
Despite the Trolls preference for the sea, and love for the sea that seems to suggest that without the waters they would die, they do go on land from time to time, and are not afraid of fighting. The Dradar attempted to take over the caves, and coastlines, for different reasons, but this draw contention against the Trolls. The Orcs tried to strike up an agreement with the Trolls, for a unified rebellion against the Dradar. The result of this, is the addition of Troll slaves to the Dradaran Empire. None of the Troll slaves survived, for they indeed cannot survive being away from the waters for too long. Once, the Troll slaves sat in cells with the Orcs, even now, only stone statues remain, for being out of the water for too long (or being out in the sunlight) turns them to stone.
The Trolls have kept to themselves since then, and are not widely spoken of. The Orcs remained enslaved for many years. In current times (sometime after the events of Repeating History) the Orcs rose up to try and free themselves of their enslavement once more, and rededicate themselves to the worship of the spirits. But even now, more than 1,000 years later, Darmok the Bloodhide remains to be contended with.