No one, not the oldest Dark Elf of Mount Dagoth-Ur
or the Ancient Sage of Solitude, no one can recall a time
when the Orc did not ravage our fair Tamriel. Whatever foul
and pestilent daedra of Oblivion conjured them could scarcely
have created a more constant threat to the well-being of the
civilized races of Tamriel.
Orcs are thankfully easy to recognize from
other humanoids by their size, commonly forty pertans in height
and fifteen thousand angaids in weight, their brutal pig-like
features, and their stench. They are consistantly belligerant,
morally grotesque, intellectually moronic, and unclean. By
all rights, the civilized races of Tamriel should have been
able to purge our land of their blight eras ago, but their
ferocity, animal cunning, and curious tribal loyalty has made
them inevitable as leeches in a stagnant pool.
Tales of orcish barbarity preceed written
record. When Jastyaga wrote of the Order of Diagna joining
the armies of Daggerfall and Sentinel "to hold the wicked
orcs in their foul Orsinium tower ... and burn all" in
1E 950, she assumed that any reader would be aware of the
savagery of the orcs. When the siege was completed thirty
years later, after the death of many heroes including Gaiden
Shinji, and the destruction of Orsinium scattered the orc
survivors throughout the Wrothgarian Mountains, Jastyaga wrote,
"the people rejoiced for their ancient enemy was dispersed."
Obviously, the orcs had been terrorizing the region of the
Iliac Bay at least since the early years of the first era.
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