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Orcish Myths: Creation

By “Tolgron”

For those of you looking for something akin to the brutal cunning of Gork or the cunning brutality of Mork, be prepared to be disappointed. This isn’t like that at all.

A STUDY OF ORCISH HEATHENISM AND MYTHOLOGY

By Tyrinus Areticus

In the beginning the Gods made the world. They raised the mountains and they filled the seas. They planted the forests and they made fertile the fields. Wir set himself alight and became the sun, whilst his sister, Githa, grieved over her brother’s sacrifice and faded, becoming the moon. Frijia took her knife and spilled her blood, which congealed and became the animals, the birds and the fish. Then Voldin took his flesh and from it created the Races. They were not like the races of today. With the world thus finished the Gods wrote the Laws and swore to keep by them. Then they observed what unfolded.

At first all was well. However the Races were not like us. They did not have freewill. They acted like puppets and the gods grew bored with them.

“This is no good,” they said. “We intended them to be more like us, to create tribes and kingdoms. Let us remake them, and give them freewill like we have.”

So Voldin took the races and remade them. They were still not like the races of today however.

At first all was well. But they lacked judgement. Soon they turned on each other and the chiefdoms and tribes. The gods grew displeased.

“This is no good,” they said. “They do not know right from wrong. They will destroy each other if we do not remake them. Let us do so and give them judgement like we have.”

So Voldin took the races and remade them. They were still not like us though.

At first all was well. However now they lacked intelligence. They could not build buildings, craft tools, or create music or art. They could not make clothes, cook their food or heal their sick. The gods grew pitiful.

“This is no good,” they said. “They do not have intelligence. They starve and grow weak with hunger. They waste away with disease. They shiver from cold and are exposed to rain and snow and sun. Let us remake them, and give them intelligence as we have.”

So Voldin took the races and remade them. Now they were very much like us. However one thing still lacked. The gods looked at the races and were puzzled. What was missing? Why did the races still seem wanting? Then Voldin realised it.

“They lack gods. They can’t worship us all, their duties would conflict. Let each God choose a race and take it as their own. Each God shall grant their chosen race a blessing.”

So, one by one the gods chose their races. Frijia refused for she was content with the animals she had made.

Voldin took the race of Men and blessed them with intelligence, quick pregnancies and enquiring minds. However to temper this he shortened their lives and fractured them into lots of different tribes and clans and cultures so they would not swarm the other races. Two of these tribes he gave to his sons, Hringr and Wir.

Hringr took one of these tribes and led them south, where they built cities and prospered. Wir also took a tribe, and took them further to the south. Their skin became black by his heat and their land scorched. They became hardy though, and their knowledge of medicine was unequalled.

Githa took the race of Elves, whereupon she made them tall and beautiful, yet distant and cold like herself. She blessed them with immortality, yet also cursed them so that the changing world would always disorientate them. Their magic also became unequalled and soon they were more spirit than flesh.

Thyr took the Minotaurs and led them south. They became strong and forthright, patient and deep thinking yet they were made slow and ponderous and soon they were enslaved by the Race of the Men. Their language became forgotten, and soon too were their ways. They were castrated; made impotent.

None, however, took the Orcs. They were forgotten and overlooked and soon they suffered without a God to guide and nurture them. Their skin became thick and warty, their faces pig-like and brutish, their language guttural and their culture backward and crude. They wandered aimlessly, hated and abhorred by all. When the Gods remembered their existence they were disgusted by their hideous transformation and shunned them. All but one.

Frijia took pity on the Orcs. She saw their suffering and their woe and it touched her mother’s heart. Knowing that no other God would, Frijia accepted them as her own. As a sign of this she turned their once grey skin green like the deep forest and blessed them with strength, endurance and honesty. She made them honourable and secured a home for them deep within the Dark Forest. There they prospered, but like other races there was a curse with her blessing. They were simplistic by nature and even though their condition and appearance improved they were still reviled by other races. Despite this they grew strong and soon caught up with the other races.

Eventually the races forgot about the gods and made up new ones to replace them. The Minotaurs worshipped the sea, and thus Thyr discarded them and let them be conquered by Men. Men themselves found lots of different gods, including one they call Dayos, and whilst some remained true to Voldin the majority strayed. Voldin abandoned those Men who abandoned him and soon they began to war with each other and their societies stagnate. It is not known what happened to the Elves.

With the exception of a few Kingdoms of Men, only the Orcs remained true to the Gods and for this they loved them and blessed them. They withheld the curses, for they saw the Orcs were strong and faithful. Thus Orcs have remained faithful to this day, for we love the Gods as the Gods love us. We are their chosen and soon we shall reclaim the world they made for them and cast aside the false gods of the other races.

3 Comments

  1. avatar

    Ian Warner says:

    In other words “Orcs is made for fightin’ an’ winnin’!”

  2. avatar

    Tolgron says:

    Yeeeup. Pretty much.

  3. avatar

    Ricochet says:

    Very well written and entertaining to read!

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