The orcs are nearly everywhere across the rough wilderness of Markshire. Not only are they plentiful but they are diverse. There are 11 distinct tribes of orc. Given their hatred of Humanity and Elves it’s amazing that they haven’t banded together. However, like humans, their diversity works against them as well. The tribes are at war with one another more often than not.
The orcs are most commonly identified by their shield devices and standards. Each is unique and jealously guarded. A non-tribe member caught with a shield or flag of the tribe is generally killed outright.
Most of the orcs carry a round large wooden shield with their tribal device painted on it. Some however have earned through combat a higher position as an Orc Champion. These orcs typically favor a wooden tower shield with the tribe’s device painted on it.
Still while some orcs may not have what it takes to become a champion, others may make standard bearer. Not all of the orc tribes use standards. Those that do have treated the bearer of the standard as a coveted position and many internal quarrels result from challenges for the right.