Half orcs are a fairly rare race of humanoids. They can be raised by either their human parent, their orcish parent or brought up within a small community of other half orcs. In any case, most half orcs follow the traditions of one of their parent races.
Most half orcs find themselves at odds with their native culture, either seen as too aggressive for human societies or too passive for orcish societies. Half orcs, more so than most races, commonly become bandits, mercenaries or adventurers.
Some scattered half orc societies exist in the world, most notably the Guaiwog Sauri Clan in Danasia. Much of this clans history is lost to time, but exist in the 5th age as passionate craftsmen and masters of several art forms, including the culinary arts.
Half-orcs are, on average, somewhere from 5'9" – 6'4" (1.75 – 1.93 meters) in height and usually weigh around 155 – 225 pounds (70 – 102 kg) making them a little taller and stronger than humans on average. Most half-orcs have greenish skin (or grayish skin if the orcish parentage is a Short-Tooth Orc,) jutting jaws, prominent teeth, a sloping forehead, and coarse body hair, which causes them to stand out from their human brethren, though their canines are noticeably smaller than a full-blooded orc’s tusks. Half-orcs as such appear bestial to humans, though among orcs they are considered human-like physically. Half-orc hair is most often black, though it grays very quickly with age. In general, half-orcs do not live as long as humans, maturing by their sixteenth year and often dying before their sixtieth.
Half Black Orcs are almost unheard of, as Black Orcs more commonly view humans as food.
Like other half-breeds, half-orcs combine the natures of both their lineages into a unique whole, a trait which extends into their mentality as well as their physical qualities. Like humans, half-orcs are quick to action, tenacious, and bold, with an adaptability that is unusual among most races. This is useful to the race, given that they are considered outsiders just about everywhere and so the ability to thrive in unwelcome or unusual locations is a necessity for a half-orc’s welfare.
From their orcish blood, half-orcs take less desirable qualities typically, which adds to the discomfort others often feel around them. Few half-orcs have the patience for the etiquette or protocol that civilization often imposes and are far from quiet about their opinions on the subject. As a result, half-orcs are often perceived as uncouth savages, a reputation perhaps accentuated by the half-orcish love of physical pleasures such as eating, drinking, or dancing. Impatient and ill-tempered are stereotypes that are not too far off the mark for most half-orcs, but these qualities are not necessarily negative. Sometimes, a brash and straight to business attitude is precisely what is required.