History Main / OurOrcsAreDifferent

31st Jan '16 12:25:15 PM Adeon
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** They also have a special ability that makes them each excel at a single skill. For example Skippy is the ultimate helicopter pilot while Gretchen is the ultimate healer.
28th Jan '16 7:10:28 AM MrUnderhill
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Small, cowardly Orcs are not unknown - the original Tolkien orcs seem a good deal shorter and less powerful than humans, but this is less popular these days. More recent Orcs (''especially'' the Blizzard kind) tend to be bigger, tougher and much stronger than humans, raising questions as to why humans are the ones in charge in the first place - although this point may be explained with the fact that humans have more friends and things like castle walls and wealth.
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Small, cowardly Orcs are not unknown - the original Tolkien orcs seem a good deal shorter and less powerful than humans, but this is less popular these days. More recent Orcs (''especially'' the Blizzard kind) tend to be bigger, tougher and much stronger than humans, humans (and thus more like Tolkien's [[EliteMook Uruk-hai]] than the original model), raising questions as to why humans are the ones in charge in the first place - although this point may be explained with the fact that humans have more friends and things like castle walls and wealth.
8th Jan '16 9:35:06 AM MadCat221
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[[caption-width-right:275: Top: An Orc from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''\\ Bottom: An Orc from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'']]
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[[caption-width-right:275: Top: An Orc Thrall, the most prominent exemplar of this type from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''\\ Bottom: An Orc [[CallARabbitASmeerp Orsimer]] from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'']]
5th Jan '16 2:11:34 PM AgProv
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* Creator/AlanGarner called the ''svart-alfar'' into being for his novel ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''. The name literally means ''dark Elves'', but the underground creatures have far more in common with Orcs or Goblins. In the sucessor novel ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', the place of evil footsoldier is taken by the ''bodachs'' from far Albany: these are a more lizard-like sort of goblin, still humanoid and intelligent enough to forge metal and organise as war-bands. The concluding novel in the trilogy, Literature/{{Boneland}}'', pays {{Homage}} to a well-founded theory that as newer sub-species of the human race arose, the predecessor races they co-existed with and then suceeded over inevitably became the goblins, dwarves and Elves of our legend.
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* Creator/AlanGarner called the ''svart-alfar'' into being for his novel ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''. The name literally means ''dark Elves'', but the underground creatures have far more in common with Orcs or Goblins. In the sucessor novel ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', the place of evil footsoldier is taken by the ''bodachs'' from far Albany: these are a more lizard-like sort of goblin, still humanoid and intelligent enough to forge metal and organise as war-bands. The concluding novel in the trilogy, Literature/{{Boneland}}'', ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'', pays {{Homage}} to a well-founded theory that as newer sub-species of the human race arose, the predecessor races they co-existed with and then suceeded over inevitably became the goblins, dwarves and Elves of our legend.
5th Jan '16 2:10:29 PM AgProv
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Alan Garner's orcs
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* Creator/AlanGarner called the ''svart-alfar'' into being for his novel ''Literature/TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen''. The name literally means ''dark Elves'', but the underground creatures have far more in common with Orcs or Goblins. In the sucessor novel ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'', the place of evil footsoldier is taken by the ''bodachs'' from far Albany: these are a more lizard-like sort of goblin, still humanoid and intelligent enough to forge metal and organise as war-bands. The concluding novel in the trilogy, Literature/{{Boneland}}'', pays {{Homage}} to a well-founded theory that as newer sub-species of the human race arose, the predecessor races they co-existed with and then suceeded over inevitably became the goblins, dwarves and Elves of our legend.
2nd Jan '16 5:02:12 PM RomanBowler
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*** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], Orcs have been driven back into a diaspora during the interregnum. They now have tribal strongholds dotting Tamriel, worship Malacath and raid as bandits, although many are still Imperialized as smiths or soldiers for the Empire.
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*** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], Orcs have been driven back into a diaspora during the interregnum. They now have tribal strongholds dotting Tamriel, worship Malacath and raid as bandits, although many are still Imperialized as smiths or soldiers for the Empire.Empire (one Orc even implies that this is the norm for those that leave their stronghold).
29th Dec '15 2:53:23 AM IHateAlmostEverything
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[[folder:Fan Works]] * In ''FanFic/TheLastRingbearer'', orcs avert and invert stereotypes of them - here, Mordor is a higly advanced civilization, with constitutional monarchy, universities, beautiful art and high scientific achievments, and they are destroyed by barbaric and genocidial hordes of humans and elves. [[/folder]]
24th Dec '15 5:01:05 PM Fireblood
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* Trollocs fill the role of Tolkien orcs in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. They are portrayed as stupid, cowardly, and by the fourth book none of the main characters have any trouble with them. By ''Knife Of Dreams'' (book 11) they are really only a threat to Rand if they are tens of thousands of them, and even then the good guys suffer very little casualties. It is traditional for British reviewers to refer to such scenes as "a load of Trollocs". (They're described as MixAndMatchCritters, having human and all kinds of animal features.)
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* Trollocs fill the role of Tolkien orcs in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. They are portrayed as stupid, cowardly, and by the fourth book none of the main characters have any trouble with them. By ''Knife Of Dreams'' (book 11) they are really only a threat to Rand if they there are tens of thousands of them, and even then the good guys suffer very little casualties. It is traditional for British reviewers to refer to such scenes as "a load of Trollocs". (They're described as MixAndMatchCritters, having human and all kinds of animal features.)
24th Dec '15 4:42:05 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' starts out looking like Tolkien orcs, but it's revealed in the climax of book one that they were under mind control by the Shade Durza. In book 2, they prove to be more civilized and honorable than they originally seemed, and ally with the Varden against Gallbatorix. The "Urgals" do not have tusks, but have fur and horns, and also come in an oversized variety called Kull.
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* Urgals in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' starts start out looking like Tolkien orcs, but it's revealed in the climax of book one that they were under mind control by the Shade Durza. In book 2, they prove to be more civilized and honorable than they originally seemed, and ally with the Varden against Gallbatorix. The "Urgals" They do not have tusks, but have fur and horns, and also come in an oversized variety called Kull.
16th Dec '15 7:28:44 AM Prime32
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* ''TabletopGame/TenraBanshoZero'' depicts {{Oni}} as Blizzard orcs in contrast to their usual AlwaysChaoticEvil portrayal, being a FantasyCounterpartCulture of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people Ainu]] who are hunted by humans because their [[GemHeart crystalline hearts]] can be used to power {{Magitek}}. Oni also [[RubberForeheadAlien look enough like humans]] that they can pass as human by cutting off their horns, though this causes them to lose their racial PsychicPowers.
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