The Orc Lord
The Great Khan
Vachir Burilgi [Orc Leader of Kesk] (the Orc Lord) is a figure of legend. The last time he walked the land Vor Kragal fell, in part because of the Orc Lord’s attack. Who will fall before his hordes this time? Who won’t?
“There’s nothing in the universe cold steel won’t cut,” answered Conan. “I threw my ax at the demon, and he took no hurt, but I might have missed in the dusk, or a branch deflected its flight. I’m not going out of my way looking for devils; but I wouldn’t step out of my path to let one go by.” — Robert E. Howard, Beyond the Black River
Kesk > Arken
Orcs have always been a problem for the “civilized” cultures. The idea that there is a true icon leading the orcs now makes everyone uneasy. Most people think there may have been an Orc Lord at some point in the past, but only elves, historians, and people who pay attention to the world’s real problems are aware that the Orc Lord is a problem that has returned from the Age of Strife.
Adventurers & the Icon
Adventurers who like plunder more than law have joined up with the Orc Lord.
The Orc Lord is a big unknown. This icon has shown up only once before, so it’s hard to predict what he will do. Destruction is clearly in the cards, and the other icons are mostly sensible enough not to cozy up to the Orc Lord. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to use him to their advantage.
The Orc Lord helped bring down the tiefling empire of Bael Turath, so there’s bad karma between he and Aži Dahāka (the Crusader). As another abused vassal-race of the ancient elves, the Orc Lord has a special thirst for the Elf Queen’s blood. It’s the Emperor’s duty to defend the Dominium against the Orc Lord. And the Dwarf King takes the Orc Lord’s claim on the mountains and the lands of the North as a personal affront.
The elves conscripted the Orc Lord as part of a successful bid to take down the tieflings. No Orc Lord has appeared in the ages since then until now.
The True Danger
Without allies, the Orc Lord will dash his army against the his foes and die before he reprises the age-old victories that won him renown. With allies …