Fell Orc (5e Race)

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Fell Orc[edit]

Neagor nu Hirin! Dora log ralak jur! Vir Groshnakan!
—Kormatul at the Battle for Zalon

Physical Description[edit]

Fell orcs are race of savage humanoid creatures. Their skin tone ranges from dirty white to almost pitch black, with most being in gray between. Their hair colors are always dark, though many prefer to be bald. Their eyes are blank and often have a red or orange glow to them. Unlike the typical image an orc would elicit, fell orcs are wiry and dexterous, like elves, and have pointed ears. Rather than thick bones, protruding teeth, and a savage face of brutality, their features are less pronounced, having a more insidious feel.


Fell orcs are believed to have slipped into the Material World from around the same time the grey orcs came when the Imaskari foolishly opened a portal from the Spine to the home realm of orcs. While the other orcs moved southward and came to be ancestors of mountain orcs, the fell orcs remained relatively close to the Spine. It is said that, even in their homeworld, fell orcs were considered the lesser blessed of Gruumsh. They were spat on by other orcs, who saw them as weaker turncoats who knew not the valor of battle. But the fell orcs did not care, and they shirked their supposed god, instead choosing Shargaas as their primary deity. They love the use of trickery and foul tactics, preferring them to the crude methods of barbarity common to orcs. Due to their choice of methods, fell orcs grew in a different manner than regular orcs, being built for speed and espionage rather than front line combat.


Like regular orcs, fell orcs hate elves. In the ways of Shargaas, many take on the feats of necromancy. They live in nomadic tribes that go about the Spine. These tribes have occasional slaves, which are bought back from outside the mountains by fell orc adventurers. Fell orcs are sent out into the world to do evil deeds of thievery and assassinations, partaking in the fruits of societal underworlds. They are favored as mercenaries due to their lack of scruples and willingness to dirty their hands. Their cruelty is well known, as they love tormenting victims with the illusion of escape, as well as other torture tactics as grisly as that of goblins. However, they have some sense of community with their own, hence why they bring back spoils as gifts from their travel to their tribes.

While a majority of fell orcs remain in the Spine, some have migrated southward in the footsteps of the other orcs. They are very versatile and not picky about homes, living in a variety of terrains like caves, forests, plains, and badlands. Generally, they prefer not to be around anyone else, so they can scheme in quiet. They are not very fond of other orcs either, and have been known to turn information over to elves to endanger them to try and trick the two groups into killing each other in battle. They, therefore, are hated by both groups. But they rarely care, instead reveling in amusement over their schemes.

Fell Orc Names[edit]

Fell orcs do not get to name themselves. The tribe names them for their devious feats and schemes accomplished against enemies in the name of Shargaas and the tribe.

Male: Adgur, Arzig, Burkras, Corgar, Degner, Duregor, Durgar,, Fagras, Garbas, Gevrug, Gorkal, Gudurmal, Hurgas, Hurgrin, Jurkas, Krundamar, Larhas, Nogurodir, Prugundir, Rath, Revguval, Tugrand, Tuzorv, Uvath, Uxar, Woulkorg, Zogek

Female: Alvag, Avga, Braga, Curka, Durlin, Frajok, Gosurgva, Ghev, Hiegvu, Hunzez, Ithraf, Kal, Kih, Mielvam, Nidvi, Oggol, Odkung, Omeez, Rongim, Radkiz, Shagzaz, Vogvek, Yevdi, Zotua, Zumzo

Fell Orc Traits[edit]

A foul breed of wily orcs
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Age. Fell Orcs reach maturity around age 10 and can reach up to 70 years, but don't usually live longer than 40.
Alignment. Fell Orcs are almost always chaotic and evil in their ways. Some are more neutral.
Size. Fell orcs range from 4 feet to just under 6 feet. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Superior Darkvision. Thanks to living in caves, deep forests and dark badlands in honor of Shargaas' night, you have superior vision in dark and dim Conditions. You can see in dim light within 120 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Sunlight Sensitivity. You have disadvantage on attack rolls and on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, the target of your attack, or whatever you are trying to perceive is in direct sunlight.
Versatile Arsenal. You have a wide repertoire of weapons to use, allowing you extreme adaptability. You are proficient with the dagger, shortbow, club, maul, and sling.
Dastardly Mind. You have a scheming mind with many tricks up your sleeve. You are proficient in two skills of your choice from the following: Stealth, Deception, sleight of hand, and Intimidation.
No Survivors. You are skilled at finding prey who try to escape. You have advantage in Wisdom (Survival and Perception) checks to track creatures with hit points below their maximum that bleed.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Orc.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 1″ +2d4 60 lb. × (2d4) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a Fell Orc character, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I like to eat raw meat. Raw, Raw RAW!
2 A book will not help you survive in the wild, a sword might.
3 When in doubt kill the Elf... or Orc...
4 I like to collect bones from my enemies to remind me how great of a fighter I am.
5 I like to look as terrifying as possible. Keeps the fancy snobs away and looks dangerous.
6 I am never calm, no matter what the situation I know that an elf might attack me any time.
7 I rarely take offense but when I do... You better start running lad.
8 I like, no I love, no I Live to drink!
d6 Ideal
1 Revenge. What are Elves good for? Nothing! I say we kill every one we see from now on! (Evil)
2 Greed. Other orc races are not as smart as we are! They should worship us! (Chaos)
3 Change. I will do whatever it takes to leave my home. That Place is Cursed... (Neutral)
4 Charity. I steal from the wealthy so that I can help people in need. (Good)
5 Power. I'm a monster that destroys other monsters and anything else that gets in my way. (Evil)
6 Freedom. I’ll stop those bastards that haunt me or I'll die trying. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 A terrible guilt consumes me. I hope that I can find redemption through my actions.
2 There's a spirit in me, I can feel it. But I can't set it free.
3 I have a sibling to protect. I must make the world a safer place for them.
4 I will bring terrible wrath down on the evildoers who destroyed my tribe.
5 Should my discovery come to light, it could bring ruin to the world.
6 I owe a debt I can never repay to the person who took pity on me.
d6 Flaw
1 If I'm outnumbered, I will run away from a fight.
2 I will never fully trust anyone other than myself.
3 I'd rather kill someone in their sleep than fight fair.
4 People who can't take care of themselves get what they deserve.
5 I made a terrible mistake in battle that cost many lives—and I would do anything to keep that mistake secret.
6 My hatred of my enemies is blind and unreasoning.

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