Dire Orc, anyone?
Blame Sons of Gruumsh, the rather good Forgotten Realms adventure designed for 4th level cannon fodder. I read the opening paragraph the other day, and it talked about a “dire orc threat”. That’s as far as I got before picking up pen and paper
For those that don’t know, in Dungeons and Dragons, a “Dire” creature is a bigger, stronger, uglier more primitive version of an animal. A Woolly Mammoth could be thought of as a Dire Elephant, for example. In the Monster Manual there’s examples of Dire Lions, a Dire Bear, etc.
But a Dire orc? Yow!
Thankfully, Tome of Horrors from Necromancer Games includes a template to turn any critter into it’s “Dire” counterpart. It’s only supposed to be used on Animals, but I’m sure plenty of people would agree that Orcs should be in that category anyway, so let’s fudge that a little.
So, a Dire Orc would be….. well big. very big. And ugly, with bony ridges and spines protruding at odd angles. It would also be every bit as cunning and tribal as an ordinary Orc. A Dire Orc would stand head and shoulders above even it’s Uruk cousins, and would be a force to be feared on any battlefield.
So, without further ado, presenting the DireOrc!