In the far reaches of the world, barbarian camps of humans and orcs live in uneasy balance. Half-orcs born in these lands might be born to human or orcish families, but nevertheless have exposure to both cultures. For one reason or another, some more ambitious half-orcs might leave for more civilised areas, accompanied by their wild, ferocious combat prowess and knowledge of the more savage areas of the world.
Quick to anger and often brash, half-orcs value action over a well thought out plan. They are lovers of simple pleasures, and will enjoy a feast, a rousing song or a wild dance. A half-orc will sit you down and boast of his exploits for hours on end, so long as there is nothing more interesting afoot. The more refined arts, such as poetry and choreographed dancing are lost on them. For a fellow barbarian, a half-orc is fine company, sharing the love of raucous and uninhibited living, however, it would be wise to leave them at the door when dealing with royalty.
A half-orc is not easily hidden. Standing anywhere from 6 to 7 feet tall, they hulk over most humans. Sharp, angular facial features, a sloping forehead and a prominent jaw offer an intimidating visage for all to see. Rough, greyish skin and coarse hair are some of their most easily identifiable features. The half-orc is not a paragon of beauty. Scars are regarded as tokens of pride and allure among orcs, and any half-orc who has lived among his cousins will bear many. Battle scars are ornaments to be discussed at a feast, while the more ceremonial might link them to a certain tribe or way of life. Half-Orcs will reach maturity by the age of 14, with few living beyond 75.
Half Orc Lands
Half-orcs claim no lands of their own, but will most often be found to live amongst their orcish kin. The race most likely to accommodate their kind are humans, and when a half-orc is not living among Orcs, they will most likely be found in a human settlement.
Half-orcs mostly worship Gruumsh, chief orc god and sworn enemy of Corellon. Even those half-orcs who are not evil themselves might worship this malign god as a war deity. Many half-orcs living in human societies choose not to make their worship apparent. Of course, it is not unknown for half-orcs to choose human deities over their own.
Orcs are the sworn enemies of elves and dwarves, and therefore, their half-breed cousins have little success when interacting with these races. In fact, many races regard any orc relation with contempt, and so a half-orc has to work hard to be accepted outside of an orc camp. Some attempt to put on shows of piety and devotion, while others seek to stay unnoticed and reserved, that they might carry their lives out in peace. Often, of course, a half-orc will simply be so tough that others are forced to accept them.
Half-orcs tend towards chaos, much like their orcish kin, however, their human blood pushes them towards good and evil in equal measure. Often, those who willingly stay in orcish encampments will err to the side of evil, while those with a good alignment find it easier among civilisation.
A half orc chooses a name that helps him make an impression that he wants to make. If his goal is to fit among humans he would choose a human name. If he is aiming to intimidate others he chooses a guttural orc name. As a half orc raised by humans he is normally given a name but can change it if he chooses once he is from his hometown. But some halforcs are not bright enough to choose a name this carefully.
Many half-orcs living amongst humans are put to work in some of the more violent professions, where their natural strength is put to good use. They naturally fins themselves rubbing shoulders with adventurers, often wanderers and outcasts themselves.