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    Re: On the Orcs of the Flanaess: History, Culture and Nation (Score: 1)
    by CruelSummerLord on Wed, April 20, 2005
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    Simple: He's an incredibly powerful, charismatic dictator who brutally punishes anyone who crosses him in even the slightest way. He emphasizes their loyalty to him over their hatred of one another, leading each tribe to attempt to gain his favor.

    Orcs are imbued with a sort of quasi-mysticism that leads them to devotedly follow their gods; hence why they name their tribes after the tribe's patron god. Turrosh Mak plays that to perfection, especially the rumors that he was actually sired in spirit by Gruumsh, the orc god acting through the mortal orc who violated his human mother. Mak, of course, does nothing to dispel such rumors.

    It's also how Mak manages to keep the rest of the humanoids in line-he avoids pairing up the races that have the worst hatred for one another, and gives each race a function for its talents. Ogres are used as shock troops to absorb the worst of the enemy's attack, and are followed by the orcs and gnolls. As another example, kobolds, given that they hate most other humanoids, either work with goblins as scouts or as snipers, sappers and engineers.

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