Even in the tolerant lands of Faerûn, a half-orc’s life is hardly ever easy. Some human areas tolerate half-orcs, making their lives no harder than the lives of other settlers in the area. Other human areas despise half-orcs and persecute them, making life in the open with savage orc tribes look survivable by comparison. Although half-orcs are fairly common, they have no true homeland to call their own and as a result most spend their lives wandering the world in search for a purpose.

Among human lands, Amn, Chessenta, Damara, the Moonsea, the North, Vaasa, and Waterdeep are regions in which half-orcs are commonplace enough to be accepted—within certain limits. Aside from these places, most small cities possess enough of a half-orc population to create a small community of this race.

Most half-orcs are surly individuals who endured horrible childhoods. They are too coarse and savage to fit in well with humans, and too fragile and thoughtful to fit in with orcs. As a result, the majority of half-orcs grow up alone and without any influence from orc or human society. Thus, half-orcs often speak their mind and act upon their feelings without any fear of repercussions. They are nomads, loners, and hermits at best, and murderers and savages at worst.

Often without a place to call home, and often without a family or close friends to count on for companionship, half-orcs learn from an early age to look out for themselves. This is often interpreted as greed or selfishness by other races, but too many half-orcs have learned the hard way that they are not welcome in any land, and must provide for themselves.

Religion and Alignment
Half-orcs that do not dwell among orcs are free to choose their deities as they will from the Faerûnian Pantheon. Good or neutral half-orcs commonly worship Tempus or Tyr, while those with an evil bent might worship Bane, Loviatar, Malar, or Talona. Half-orcs that remain among their orc kindred worship the gods of the orc pantheon.
Half-orcs inherit a tendency toward chaos from their orc parents and are not strongly inclined towards good. Half-orcs raised among orcs and willing to live out their lives among them are normally evil, as orc society is strongly aligned this way.

Half-orcs mature a little faster than humans, reaching adulthood around age 14. They age noticeably faster as well, reaching middle age around 30, old age around 45, and becoming venerable by 60. Few half-orcs live beyond 75 years.


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