Orcs are More than Beefcakes with an Axe: One Page Lore: Orcs

This is an excerpt from One Page Lore: Fantasy Folk. Orcs and details on 20 other fantasy folk (including halflings, gnomes, lizardfolk, and more) each have their own one-page entry. You can purchase it at rexiconjesse.itch.io/one-page-lore-fantasy-folk.

Orcs are way more interesting than just being total beefcakes. I don’t see much lore about them going into what it would mean to be so naturally strong or how they differ from other folk on a biological level. They don’t have to be warlike or tribal to stand out. Orcs can exist in a variety of ways. They have their own unique abilities and drawbacks.

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Steal My Idea: Cult: Nal’s Hand, on behalf of Neira, Goddess of Illusion (CN, Trickery)

For more on the Gollicking’s cult series, check out Bhaal’s Gentry, Hum Alshirih and u/Mimir-ion‘s cults: The Unanchored,The Order of the White Rose, The Chicanery and The Harvesters

Deity – Leira, Goddess of Illusion (CN, Trickery)

Cult Name – Nal’s Hand

Symbol – An eye with lashes looking to the right (or looking to the left if they drew it upside down)

Worship is a strange and subjective act. Loviatar seeks praise in pain. Bhaal feels his follower’s devotion through acts of murder. Tyr demands justice. But pain, murder, and justice only affect a small group of people with each act. Nal, the leader of Nal’s Hand, believes the worshiping of Leira, the goddess of illusion, should be a far grander and more public affair. Nal and her followers do not concern themselves with what is good or evil.

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