Half orcs in Bretonia


Half orcs are found throughout the world, anywhere that has had the difficulty of orcs. In the Orc homeland, Valsgarde, they are considered second-class citizens unless they can prove their strength and mettle. Among Orcs, they are the runts of the litter. Among humans and other races however, they are quite strong and hardy folk.

Orc blood is strong and dominant, even over other dominant blood-line traits. Perhaps due to the unknown origins of the Orcs, whenever an Orc breeds with anything else, human, elf, half-elf, aasimar, dragon-born, or even halflings, the result is a half-orc. While Half-orc blood is not dominant over other dominant blood-line traits, it is dominant over recessive blood-lines, thus the pairing of a half-orc and a human, for example, results in a half-orc.

Sometimes half-orcs are the result of peaceful unions. Yes, Orcs are brutal, and savage, but following the third Horde invasion they were given permission to settle some of the lands. While most Orcs consider other races as second or third-class beings, there are some who still genuinely care for other creatures. And although ugly by most standards, not all orcs are repulsive beasts. Some have been known to be quite handsome or beautiful by other races standards.

This is not always the case. Sometimes half-orcs are the result of war, and the reaction to such half-orc children varies by the region and the people involved. Many half-orcs have been raised and loved as children of the home in which they were born. Many have also been cast out, or even killed upon their birth.

While not as common as humans upon the face of Bretonia, they are still a common race and it is not surprising to see half orcs among the people of the villages, towns, cities, and homesteads of Bretonia. While there are half-orc members of Noble Houses, there are no native half-orc noble houses in Bretonia, and cases of a half-orc being the inheritor of titles / estates / etc. are exceedingly rare.

Public reception of the race varies. When they first became known to Bretonia they were rare, and frightful, and many superstitious led to their persecution. Now ignorance has given way to the realization that they are not so different from mortal men, and can be great boons to society when pressed. The official stance of the various religions concerning Half-Orcs are welcoming, with the exception of a few rare cults.

Statistically, Half-orcs are as presented in the PHB, with one minor alteration. In place of the Orc Language, a half-orc can substitute any native language of the parent that raised them.



  • Caerleon: Common
  • Angelia: Common
  • Cymru: Uncommon
  • Essen: Uncommon
  • Ixling: Uncommon
  • Lothia: Common
  • Caledon: Common
  • Pictavia: Common
  • Atlantia: None Native
  • Hibernia: Uncommon
  • Austrasia: Uncommon
  • Iberia: Rare
  • Valsgarde: Common
  • Aksum: Rare
  • Ardina: Rare
  • Harshan: Rare
  • Parthia: Rare
  • Shangri: Rare
  • Vaticana: Uncommon
  • Volgarra: Common

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Half orcs in Bretonia

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