The Last Empire
A fierce race of barbarous orcs hailing from some distant shore. They are burly humanoids with black, brown or red hair, red eyes and a protruding snout resembling a boar or bat. They prefer dimly lit, gloomy days or the dark of night to be most active as the bright light of day makes them uncomfortable. Males and females both hunt and fight, but few females achieve leader status. Uruk are highly variable in size and mental capacity with tribes including individuals ranging from 3’ to 7’ tall and animal to nearly human intellect.
Uruk are extremely adaptable and resourceful. They have mastered most basic crafts and members of the tribes specialize and barter. Their clothing and armor is crude but effective, primarily made from animal hides and fragments of metal. Uruk prefer large, heavy hafted weapons. Uruk have been known to domesticate wolves, bears, reindeer and other arctic animals, although the Uruks’ cruelty seldom makes them truly faithful.
Occasionally an extremely charismatic Uruk chieftain can unite more than one tribe into a rampaging horde. They quickly deplete the local food supply and bully their neighbors into joining the horde. There is no way to feed or supply such a horde in the Far North. They inevitably head south to clash with dwarves, elves and humans. Only the loss of their Uberchief can turn them back.
Some 50 years ago an enormous Uruk horde invader the Empire from the eastern sea along with a mysterious clan of sorcerers calling themselves The Iron Circle. The Uruk were commanded by Oxbleeder; an eight foot tall Uruk chief with an intense gaze and reportedly some sorcery of his own. the Uruk horde moved through the Empire with such ferocity that no significant force remained to oppose them in less than a season of battle.