Gargu-Arak (Small or Streaked Orc)
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By tdsharkey

At an average of three feet in height, the Arák are the smallest subspecies of Gârgún. They are usually possessed of streaky brown and tawny fur and have a keen sense of smell. The Aráki often dwell nomadically in tribes of 40–240 in woodland or forest where they are feared nocturnal predators, with extremely well-developed senses of smell, night-vision and stalking abilities. Like most Gârgún they are most active during night hours. They are also adept at using secret signs and signals amongst themselves, which few but the greatest trackers will recognize.

Aráki dwellings are often little more than crude huts or nests; sometimes slung between the limbs of trees. Every sixth tribe has a queen to protect, and resides in a large cave or lodge. Other tribes will be survivors of swarms, and often spend much of their time trying to steal a princess from another tribe so they can have their own queens. Occasionally arák form tribal ‘nations’ made up of a number of tribes centered around a complex and a single queen.

Aráki tend to avoid other Gârgún whenever possible, as they are likely to end up either as food or slaves for their larger cousins.

Long established tribes make spears, bows, arrows, and Mánkars. Aráki use bows more than any other specie of gârgún. They are also known to have a facility with herblore, and to make use of herbal remedies and poisons.

Most Aráki tribes are not capable of armor more protective than leather. They commonly use light, hide shields.

ST: 11 HP: 10 Speed: 5.25
DX: 11 Will: 9 Move: 5
IQ: 10 Per: 12 3' tall and 50 lbs
HT: 10 FP: 10 SM: -1
Dodge: 8 Parry: DR: 1

Short Bow(Bow): 11 (1d-1 impale)
Small Hand Axe (Axe/Mace): 12(9U) (1d+2 cut)
Mankar (Shortsword): 12(9) (1d+2 cut)
Short Spear (Spear): 11(8) (1d impale)

Traits: Bully; Callus; Night Vision 4; Short Lifespan 1;
Skills: Herb Lore 10; Mimicry (Animal Sounds) 12; Naturalist 12; Poisons 10; Stealth 12; Tracking 11.


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