The outermost inhabited planet of the Talaks-Dayal system is a world of towering peaks, treacherous canyons and deep caverns. Creatures of all sizes lurk in the depths, and cling to a fragile life among the stark cliffs of the chill mountains and the fiery volcanic caves. On this world of savage predators, the Talaksian orcs are the undisputed top of the food chain.

Clawed hands, tusked jaws, and bulletproof skin bely an orc's even more dangerous adaptations: stone-crushing strength, land speed rivaling the lithe Caprian elf hunters, and reflexes second only to AI simuloids. A cornered orc will overheat as its body prepares for a berserker rage. The sight of Talaksian dripping with acid sweat is likely the last thing you will ever see.

Orcs are not mindless savages, but cunning tacticians. However, the nuances of their gutteral language can only be understood by sophisticated AIs and the best Avalonian xeno-linguists.

A Talaksian feast is a show of both strength and generosity. A Talaksian leader is the provider for its people. Whether by hunting prowess or trade in valuable ores, a clan chief looks after their own, and must ready to defend their right to rule from any challenger. This mindset has given Talaksians a leg up in the business of interstellar trade. The influx of new wealth on Talaks has brought with it both technology and cultural conflict.

When exploring unfamiliar territory, only a fool would travel without a Talaksian trail guide. Quick to spot any movement, orcs have excellent night vision and see in six colors, rendering camouflage all but useless.

If you ever cross a Talaksian, anything less than rocket-propelled grenade will only postpone your demise. In hand combat, only a ka of Xahna carrying the will of entire city could hope to survive an irate orc. Even a Rodorian giant would be loathe to challenge the much faster, and far more clever Talaksian.

After a show of strength, whether cunning, wisdom, or loyalty, even alien species are welcomed into Talaksian clans. Compared to the so-called "more advanced" species, Talaksians are far less given to prejudice and far quicker to forgive and forget. Perhaps humans have something to learn from these awe-inspiring rulers of the mountain world of Talaks.


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