On the face of things, Orcs don’t appear to be that big a threat. Sure, they don’t have the raw elemental power of a dragon, or the unending malevolence of a ghoul. What they do have, though, is numbers and raw hatred, and that can count for a lot.

For a long time, though, it seemed like the Orcs were basically done as a major power. Oh, sure, various tribes would try to strike at various human cities, dwarven strongholds, or elven holdouts. But they were nowhere near as threatening as they were back in the First, Fourth, and Sixth Ages. It had been so long since there had been an Orc Lord, that the scattered warbands of the Orcs seemed like an afterthought compared to the threats that dragons or demons presented.

But for the first time in Seven Ages, the Orc Tribes are united again. And at their side stand a whole host of other monstrous creatures; goblins, gnolls, giants, trolls, and other, worse things. Another Orc Lord has arisen, and the sheer size of the army that he’s gathering is already comparable to the Hordes that his predecessors have created.

Already, the Orcish Hordes press against the Dragon Empire’s Northern and Western borders. So far, they’ve been held in check. But two previous great civilizations fell to Orcish Might. Will the Dragon Empire repeat history?

Orcish Designations

Icon Relationships: An Orc Lord is named when a majority of Orc Tribes swear fealty to him. Since this Age has its own Orc Lord, most other orcs are by default his willing subjects.


Thirteenth Cataclysm Ventnor