Desert-Orc

AUTHOR: Matt Kearns (GandalfOfBorg)

ISSUE: 22:21-22

 

Attributes

BRG 6 (+0)

NIM 8 (+1)

PER 7 (+0)

STR 8 (+1)*

VIT 8 (+1)*

WIT 5 (+0)

Reactions

STAM +2*

SWIFT +1

WILL +0

WIS +0

 

Defence

10

Size

Medium

Courage

 

Health

9

Move

6

Renown

 

 

Edges

Keen-nosed, Mobile Archer, Travel-sense

Flaws

Craven, Hatred (Dwarves, Elves)

Special Abilities

Armour (thick skin, 1), Natural Weapon (claws, 1 pt)

Skills

Armed Combat: Blades (Orc-scimitar) +2, Intimidate (Fear) +2, Language: Westron +2, Language: Orkish (dialect) +4, Lore: Race (Orcs) +4, Observe (Smell) +4, Ranged Combat: Bows (Short bow) +4, Run +4, Siegecraft (Unit Leadership) +2, Stealth (Hide) +4, Survival (Desert or Plains) +2, Track (Scent) +2

 

Race

Orc

Orders

Warrior

Order Abilities

Evasion

Advancements

0

Gear

Orc-scimitar, leather armour (hauberk), short bow, quiver with 20 arrows

 

TN Equivalent

5 (band of three)

 

Description

Out in the desolate plains, arid grasslands, and dust-choked deserts of Middle-earth, you will find a breed of orc that has adapted to this fell environment. Like the Wild Men that live in these unforgiving lands, desert-orcs roam in large bands of 30-50 hunting down anything that moves; some of the more powerful leaders even ride upon great wargs. The elements concern them little, so they construct shelters of any type and leave little more than piles of bones and ashes of campfires in their wake.

 

These orcs are short yet gaunt, with skin a mottled light brown and gray. Unlike any other type of orc before the emergence of the Uruk-hai, they were the only breed to be able to withstand the sunlight without penalty. Fewer in numbers as time went on; Sauron tried to cross-breed them with others so he could rid his armies of their sensitivity to sunlight, but all his attempts failed. This breed is mostly found in Rhn, Nurn, and further east.