Though I believe we Daeb have little more to learn of taming the creatures of this world, I have found some profit in an interrogation of members of the Warborn races. It seems their relationship with beasts is closer to that of unruly siblings than master and servant.Orcs appear to make connections with creatures as brutal and stubborn as themselves. Giants, boars, wyverns are treated as comrades in arms, earning glory and feasting on the spoils, tusk to tusk in the mud and gore.Meanwhile, (...)
A Beastmaster’s Journal on Orcs and Goblins
A Dwarven Moral Story
A Goblin entered into partnership with an Ogre on the pretense of becoming his servant. Each undertook his proper duty in accordance with his own nature and powers. The Goblin discovered and pointed out the prey; the Ogre sprang on it and seized it. The Goblin soon became jealous of the Ogre carrying off the majority of the spoils, and said that he would no longer find out the prey. After a month, both starved without the (...)
A researcher’s notes on Orc broods
Increasingly convinced orc society organised by birthgroups (broods) - comprising all individuals emerging at same site. Each group competes for dominance of the tribe. Brood alphas vie to be warchief.
Individual observations (working names):
Gustav - member of youngest brood. Extremely unruly behaviour; he and siblings are feverishly eager to fight.
Heidi - used to be much wilder. As brood has grown, she has developed basic weaponcraft & some modicum of discipline in battle.
Henning - (...)
An Ambassador to the Elven Court
My young friend,
Serving as the liaison between our beloved Empire and the heirs of the White Queen is a burdensome assignment. Elves are a spiteful people beneath the cordial airs enacted for official events. Their grace in words, voice and movement can turn swiftly lethal. Pay attention to your behaviour; they love formality, and you should respect their ceremonies. You always refer to an Admiral as Herald of the Pearl Throne, Eyes of the Most Precious Jewel of the Elven Race, the White (...)
An Overview of the Elven Military of the Pearl Throne
As a lifelong merchant, I have known the fleets of all nations, at sea and port. Believe me: there are none more functional than the Royal Navy of the White Queen. It’s not just the vessels, nor their sailing capacity. It’s the perfect coordination, among their many ports and regiments of naval infantry, the Sea Guard, whose training would put Sonnstahl’s Imperial Guard to shame. It’s the feared espionage and oversight of the Grey Watchers, regarded as the eyes and ears of the Queen herself, (...)
Canrac and Asfad
I am writing to you with my latest findings into the investigation of the demise of your nephew in the battle of Tulpenfeld during the Silver Stoat incident. At a recent audience at a mansion of one of the Aldan nobles I had the dubious honour of meeting one our elven “colleagues” and the displeasure to be quite rudely schooled for my apparent ignorance on the subject of Arandai institutions of learning. Though it is no secret to anyone who deals in elven lore that they (...)
History of the Orcs and Goblins
Orcs and Goblins
Orcs, on the other hand, should never be trusted, and make deals with Goblins at your peril. These green-skinned maniacs live to fight. Even their resting state is a small squabble. Orcs resolve every dispute with fists or blades, and if Goblins are less interested in a fair fight, they are truly resourceful in matters of murder. As varied as they are obscene, they blight civilisation everywhere.
It is said that in the mists of time, before even the Golden Age, the (...)
Making a deal with a Goblin King
Sir, the cargo you ordered be sent to Sagarika has been detained and impounded by the Goblin King west of the Barren Mountains. As I have repeatedly advised, the King possesses far greater wit than you give him credit, and our deception as to the quality of the goods we were sending failed to dupe his staff. I will state once more for the record that I believe the only way to secure a long-term overland route through this region is free and fair negotiation with His Majesty. This will no (...)
Males and Females, Kings and Queens
Are dwarves patriarchal, or are there dwarven queens?
An interesting point, which strikes at dwarven society on a wider level. Dwarves appear to have little regard for gender. Male and female dwarves can be clearly distinguished, but aside from the duties of childrearing, they both participate at all levels of dwarven society.
The word “King” is our best translation for their title, yet there are no gender specific titles, and no special honours afforded to the partners of a King. I have (...)
Where do dragons live? Where do they come from? Are they sentient? Few are those who have ever found the nest of a dragon. Fewer still survive the experience. For many an age, the value of a dragon’s egg has driven expeditions to take dire risks. As a result, dragons seem to make their homes in the most inaccessible of locations - rocky crags, distant mountains, remote islands, some even in the Wasteland and other areas of high magic or where the veil is thinnest.
No one living knows where (...)
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