Orcish Religion Amongst the Stars

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Regardless of subrace, orcish (and in fact most goblinkin races) society tends to take one of two distinct forms in wildspace: Independent tribes and organized nations. The independent tribes operate much as their groundling cousins, and in fact most truly are groundling tribes who somehow gained control of spelljamming vessels and migrated into space. These tribes still favor a single orcish deity as their patron, and the priests of that deity will dominate any other priests who reside with the tribe. Such tribes have few long term goals beyond increasing their territory, and subsist primarily on piracy and raiding.

The organized nations are a very different story; they are composed of multiple tribes and have more complex governance. While some are formed due to the might of a single orc warlord, those rarely outlast the life of that individual, breaking up into their disparate tribes upon his death. Those nations…

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A Common Orc

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Gor’tar (Officer) Thorgir of the Clan Bloodfist took his zabbak’tarr (Rite of Passage: literal translation “rite of the warrior”) as a common orc of the Doomspear Clan, but soon after became a thrall to the Bloodfists in a failed raid for commoner women.  Dorin Bloodfist saw great potential in the young orcish Doomspear and spared him if he agreed to become a thrall for 10 years.  The Clan Chieftain felt that 10 years would give them enough time to ensure the young man’s integrity, and he was right.

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The Needs of the Many (Book Excerpt)

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It was over.  The Champion of Clan Bloodfist looked over the flotsam and jetsam that had once been the greatest fleet in the history of the Scro Empire, shattered and broken like so many forgotten toys.  At least, they would be if the blood and body parts weren’t floating serenely between them.  His blood brother Corin, the clan leader, was no longer pouring blood from the wound in his throat where a stray shard of broken metal from their shattered rail had pierced it, but he was still unconscious and whether or not he would live or die remained very much anybody’s guess, especially since the healer was only Sarga’s acolyte.  Sarga was dead, killed when their primary helm was crushed by rough-hewn accelerator shot.  They were adrift in the Void, and all around them the noose tightened as the butterfly-shaped vessels of the Imperial Elven Navy Fleet, easily three…

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Major Rewrite of Brothers in Arms Completed, and Website Moving Project

Brothers in Arms ThumbnailI have completed my major rewrite of Brothers in Arms and am working now towards the end of the book!  If you have been reading it, I advise you to search for any reference to Y’Anid or Ynga and skim it over so that you can roll with my changes.  You may also wish to go over the beginnings of each chapter in the flashforward sections.  I’ll explain why in my post on the Development Notes.  The links above take you to the website and the pdf, or you can read it here on Scribd.

In other news, the website moving project chugs along in between my preparations for my Witch’s Eight Paths of Power book tour.  I have added most of the Appendices, the music, and the navigation references.  You may also be interested to note that I have added a link to my story, “Survivor”.  I am taking an entirely different path with the character art; I am creating character write-ups in a reference page called “Dramatis Personae” so that you can look up the characters in each novel/story.  I  haven’t posted it yet.

That’s all for now.  Development Notes to follow!

Karr’Tahl the Controller and the Book of the Law

Worldbuilding – some important info about the goblins of the Scro Empire!

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A great deal of legend surrounds Karr’Tahl the Controller and his Book of the Law.  People tend to think so little of goblins, that most reasonable scholars believe Karr’Tahl was probably a hobgoblin, orc, or human who dominated a goblin tribe.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

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A Lady of the Clan (Book Excerpt)

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The Bloodfist summer home was really quite lovely, Ynga decided as she peered excitedly over the edge of the sail barge’s railing. It was nothing like the fortress in the mountains that served as the Bloodfist clan’s residence in Dukagsh’s rainy season, carved into the rock diligently over the course of generations; solid, stone cave walls and warrens that were imminently defensible, but gloomy. Those halls, where Ynga had dwelt among the clan’s unmarried girls her whole life, were ill-suited to her unseemly adventurous nature, and she and her twin sister Y’Anid had spent many hours, even days, clambering over the rocky steppes on whatever pretense they could invent; from overseeing the pepper and quinoa farms to inspecting the lofty rope bridges that connected one outcropping to another. Their excursions were never approved of, naturally, but their mother was the reigning Den Mother, and she defended her daughters’ right to…

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