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8-25-2008 @ 6:33AM
"One final note: orcs sometimes have an undeserved and incorrect reputation for being incredibly stupid. This is probably caused by the image of orcish peons walking around doing menial tasks and speaking with poor grammar (i.e. "Me not that kind of orc!"). Remember: the peons who speak that way are a kind of "UNTOUCHABLE" class within orcish society..."Just wanted to correct the following the "untouchables" are constructs within a caste system. If those orcs will never have the opportunity to advance within their society, then the orc's societal structure is based on a caste system model.
8-25-2008 @ 7:17AM
From what I gather, if an orc displays no skills or abilities whatsoever, they become a Peon. A Peon is the lowest of the potential orcish "professions" and epitomises the concept of unskilled labour. With all the skilled orcs filtered out earlier in life, it is unlikely that they CAN better themselves, regardless of the opportunity. That said, I think the orcs are pragmatic enough to promote the more skilled peons to "head peon" to aid in organisation.This caste system seems a tad better than the human one, where it appears that those born into nobility tend to stay nobles whilst those born into a Peasant family tend to remain there.
8-25-2008 @ 10:14AM
From what I read it was unclear whether the peons are less capable because they are denied education and privileges from the earliest childhood, or whether those orcs in whatever part of society seem to do most poorly growing up just become peons. I suspect it's both. My main point here in mentioning them is that your adventuring character probably wouldn't be a peon, and hence there's no need to talk like one.
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