Elf-Orc (4e Race)
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The Forbidden Off-Spring of an Elf and Orc
|Average Height: 5'6" - 6'2"|
|Average Weight: 130-200 lb.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Strength or Wisdom|
|Speed: 7 squares|
|Vision: Low Light|
|Languages: Common, Giant, Elven|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Nature, +2 Intimidate|
|Swift Charge: You gain a +2 bonus to speed when charging|
|Fey Origin: Your ancestor were native to the Feywild, so you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature orgin|
|Wild Step: You ignore difficult terrain when you shift (even if you have a power that allows you to shift multiple squares).|
|Dual Heritage: You can take feats that have either elf or orc as prerequisite (as well as those specifically for elf-orcs), as long as you meet any other requirements|
|Furious Accuracy: You can use furious accuracy as an encounter power.|
|Furious Accuracy||Elf-Orc Racial Power|
|You combine the coordination of your elven heritage with the wrath of your orcish blood.|
|Trigger: You miss with an attack|
|Effect: Reroll the attack roll. Use the second roll, even if it is lower. If you hit, you deal 1d6 extra damage.|
Often times a bard might tell a story of forbidden love between an elf and orc and have a child together, or an orc that had their way with elf, result in a child, many people that hear this story often think of it as nothing more than a work of fiction, but it is not, and the offspring are called Elf-Orcs, a race that are said to have the best features of both elves and orcs, but they hated by both.
Play an Elf-Orc if you want...
- To be a race that is both strong and graceful
- To be hybrid species hated by both of the parent races
- Be a rare, and unique race that be few have seen before
- To be a member of a race that favors the Ranger, Monk and Seeker classes.
How one describes an Elf-Orc depends on who you ask, Elf describe them as Orcs with pointy ears, Orcs might describe them as a slightly bulkier elf, Humans and most other races would describe them as a slightly less bulky Half-Orc with Pointy Ears, which is close to accurate. Orc-Elves much like Half-Orcs tend to have skin that tends to various shades of gray, broad jaws, and prominent lower canine teeth, though these are still a far cry from the jutting tusk of orcs. But there elven blood just as plainly visible, they a bit more slender then the average human, with the same height range of the average human, their eye colors tend to be blue, violet or green (though Elf-Orcs with Brown eyes are unheard of), and with hair favoring browns, though Autumn Orange or Mossy Green aren't that uncommon. Their outfits and hairstyles vary rapidly, depending on what cultural they grew up in preferring styles found where they grew up, however if they are kicked out, or run away from there home they may choose to abandon those outfits, going for a more neutral human style outfit.
Elf-Orcs tend to mature at around 16 and live to be about 60 but tend to be vigorous in their old age, as the elves do.
Playing an Elf-Orc
Elf-Orcs are a hybrid race that arguably gets the worst luck out of any race, having no home and hated and untrusted by both of their parent races.
Elf-Orcs tend to result from a lusting desire of an Orc lusting for an Elf and having their way with them resulting in an unwanted child, or sometimes an Elf scholar could choose to live amongst an Orc tribe for a few years to observe them. Orcs tend to agree to this as long as the Elf contributes to the tribe somehow, and the Elf might have a child with one of the Orcs during this time if they feel a particular closeness to the tribe.
If an Elf-Orc grows up in an Elf society, they tend to be treated as a second class citizen, untrusted and often viewed as stupid and uncivilized regardless of how they act, leading them to leave the village at quite a young age, in most cases being sick and tired of how they are treated. However Elf-Orcs do (albeit rarely) get some respect and appreciation if the Elf-Orcs makes selves useful by excelling in Physical Labor.
An Elf-Orc is actually quite a bit better off being raised by Orcs, because Orcs of the same tribe tend to a bit more tolerant of Elf-Orcs though they do consider them weak and soft, but tend to at least be tolerant of them, valuing them for wit and knowledge. However, this is only valid for Orcs living in the same tribes as the Elf-Orc, Orcs from other tribes have been known to attempt kill an Elf-Orc on sight.
Since an Elf-Orc if often an unwanted child the new mother of an Elf-Orc often chooses to drop the Elf-Orc baby at an Orphanage. Usually these Elf-Orcs are never adopted because an Elf-Orc child is highly undesirable to perspective parents, as such they tend to grow-up in the Orphanage, usually with questions of who they are and how they came to be. When an Elf-Orc is adopted it is almost always by a Human parent, which is usually the happiest existence an Elf-Orc can expect, but even then they might experience distrust because of their Orcish Blood, and usually some issues of abandonment
Elf-Orc Characteristics: Distant, Untrusting, Aggressive, Uncaring, Cautious
Elf-Orc Names: Elf-Orcs tend to have names from either Elf or Orcs depending on which races they grew up with
Three sample Elf-Orc adventurers are described below.
Adran is an Elf-Orc ranger, he was raised in an elven village by his mother, he does not know who is father is, or why his mother was with him, as he was hated and untrusted by all the villagers due to his Orc blood. He felt that it would best if left the village and lived in the forest by himself
Nogu is an Elf-Orc monk that was found on a door of a monk monastery, her parents are unknown. She proved herself a powerful monk with loads of potential, she is reserved and prefers to be in the background, but is very agresive in a battle, combining her grace and rage to be ideal monk, that her fellow monks look up to
Mord is an Elf-Orc seeker growing up in an Orc tribe, his father was an Elf that lived with the Orc tribe for a few years and even was in a relationship with one of tribe woman but he left the tribe before he found that the said tribes woman was pregant with his son. Though is tribe trusts Mord and treat him better than most tribes would, he is often teased and called "weak", or "soft". Though it is hardly anything more than playful teasing and the tribes men value him for his strength and knowledge