Saturday Morning D&D
The blasted lands are the home of the Orc’s. The civil one’s at least. Like humans, elves and dwarves, there are those who are civilized and those who are bandits.
Before the world grew smaller (politically speaking), the Orc’s lived in war tribes. These tribes fought for control of their land. Once a lush forest with giant trees and beasts, it was decimated by the constant wars and skirmishes between the tribes. Over centuries of conflict the land itself dwindled beneath their feet as they adapted to the now harsh sun on their shoulders and growing scarcity of food.
Nowadays the Orc’s follow the chieftain Porlak, a giant of an orc with the cunning of a Fox. He bought the tribes together and formed the Blasted Land’s, now a place of peace and prosperity. The city nation is controlled by him and the old tribes each founded one of the town’s around the city. Nowadays the town’s are a mixture of different orcs from various tribes and their once distinct shades of greens and brown’s are slowly but surely starting to blend. He named it the Blasted Land’s to remind his people of what their own kind was capable of doing to itself when the worked against each other instead of for each other. The symbol of their flag is a white tree stump. The tree stump itself can be found outside Porlak’s tribal center and it is the single remaining tree from the old Forrest. Legend says it has begun to sprout a single leaf.
There are those who don’t follow Porlak, but rather his older brother Tirlak. The last known and self proclaimed ‘warlord’. Him and his followers were cast out due to their radical beliefs and unwillingness to change as the rest of the race did. They can be found across the lands in small, roving bands, picking up rough jobs or congregated together. All of them brandishing the mark of the crescent moon to symbolize their allegiance to Tirlak.
The Blasted Lands get their food primarily from the Tac’Lir, a beetle creature as large as an Ox that is herded for food. Orc farmers march them across the deserts from village to village to sell them to the villagers. Their carapaces are used in the building on the villages and in the making of their clothing, armor, tools…pretty much everything. The Orcs find it an affront to ride on the back of a beast and have thus not developed any for of mount. The entire Blasted Lands area derive their water from the Oasis the City was founded near. Water is a highly sought after property and is often used instead of gold for currency between the poorer Orcs.