August 16, 2021 9 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Half-Orcs in Dungeons & Dragons 5e find it difficult to explore the world due to their mixed heritage. Let's use their interesting stories to make compelling D&D 5e characters.
Despite their appearance, Half-Orcsin Dungeons & Dragons 5ecan become the proudest, fiercest, and strongest companions any adventuring party can have. In classic D&D 5elore, Half-Orcs find themselves fighting alongside orc tribes or intermingling with humans that have accepted them. Either way, the presence of Orc God Gruumsh beckons them to feel emotions more fiercely - which in turn can either make them the jolliest, saddest, or - let's hope not - angriest creatures ever to walk any campaign setting. Players who want to make brutally honest characters with a cause can make a Half-Orc for their team.
This quick guide will have everything you'll need to make a compelling and engaging Half-Orc that can bring out the color of your fellow adventurers in your 5e campaign.
Half-Orcs carry on the traits of both Orcs and Humans, which means they possess the same physical prowess of the Orc - from the teeth down to the muscles - and the ingenuity of Humans. Unfortunately, like the Tiefling, others frown upon the Half-Orc’s appearance - at least, in most Human societies. Thankfully, Orc tribes value battle prowess more than appearances. However, this does mean the Half-Orc walks on a tricky in-between.
Here are some traits common to Half-Orcs:
Players who imagine Half-Orcs will likely imagine Barbarians or tribal people living in the outskirts of society. However, like the Half-Elves, Half-Orcs may end up travelling the world and discover their potential outside their tribes. In fact, in some adventures, Half-Orcs may even end up outside “tribes” and “cities” and instead end up being with a group they’ll eventually call their own family.
For a player who doesn’t want a Half-Orc raging on the battlefield, here are some interesting class choices they might want to consider:
Half-Orcs often find themselves in a divide, just like the Half-Elves. However, whereas the typical Half-Elf might be concerned with their longevity, the Half-Orc in most adventures will usually have to deal with stereotypes associated with both their Human and Orcish heritages. For the most part, Half-Orcs in cities populated with Humans might experience some prejudice in terms of their appearance and Orcish stereotypes. On the other hand, Half-Orcs might be regarded as “weak” in Orc tribes and would constantly have to prove themselves.
For players who want to add a bit of tension in this department or perhaps for those who want to add a new spin to the Half-Orc, you might want to consider these options: