Ogrelands

From Bestiary of the Hypogriph

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Never a good day when you have to pass through the Ogrelands. The land is worthless and the natives are anything but friendly... look like humans, but are twice your size and aren't beyond eating you alive. Oh yes, you can find tribes of ogres pretty much everywhere up north, but this is where they all came from.
โ€” Gusthiz Ietho, lizardfolk statesman

The Ogrelands are a region of badlands located at the south of Aurelia. The homeland of the infamous ogre race, who live scattered across the land in fractured tribes, it is considered a hostile place to travel through due to its harsh climate and unsavory inhabitants.

History[edit | edit source]

During ancient times, the area known as the Ogrelands belonged to the empires of the Aurelians. It is believed the ogres begun as a slave or servant race of the ancient High Elves, used primarily for manual labour. With the fall of the Aurelian Empire, though, the ogres were left to their own devices, leading them to spread across the continent. Those who stayed in their ancestral homes claimed large portions of land for themselves, leading to the birth of the Ogrelands known today.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The Ogrelands are a large extension of badlands which border the south-central desert. It neighbours Gemmaushia to the west, Isem-Ankharset to the south and Merovaren to the east, with the mountainrange known as the Starving Vale being a notorious landmark which makes up much of the region. The Ogrelands are known for its hoodoos, which are prominent near the base of the mountains and where ogres tend to congregate.

Government[edit | edit source]

The Ogrelands are not an unified nation, and likewise, no true countries consider it one. Hundreds of ogre tribes thrive in the region, and each dictates their leadership by whoever is the strongest and wealthiest among their tribesfolk. Often, these individuals rule through fear and are only ever challenged through duels to the death. Most tribes are at least partially nomadic in nature due to the Ogrelands' lack of natural resources forcing them to move to richer regions when they begin running low on food. The most powerful chieftain of the Ogrelands is Nugkroc Gorepunch of the Starcrusher tribe, the self-proclaimed "Great Chieflord" and ruler of the region, a title he has maintained by devouring all who attempted to wrestle it off of him.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Due to the primitive and violent nature of ogrekind, the worship of demon lords is notoriously rampant across the Ogrelands. Among their preferred lords are Ormenthdraverang, Druacath and Hamoilles. The presence of Xitannoth in the region leads many of the ogres to worship him as a fearsome monster to be honoured by making sure no food ever rots away, and in return, the giant vulture demigod enjoys terrorizing the ogres and eating them in order to intimidate them into continuing their reverence.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

As their name implies, the Ogrelands hold the world's largest population of ogres. Beyond them, the few rivers of the region are known to be inhabited by crocodilians, who are among the only things the ogres tend to avoid whenever possible. Tribes of goblins also run rampant in the Ogrelands, either waging war on the ogre tribes or being conquered and enslaved by them.

Relations[edit | edit source]

As far as international laws go, the Ogrelands are technically unclaimed territory, though no nation has ever managed to take them due to the extremely heavy ogre presence; should their territory be under the threat of conquest, the tribes unite into a monstrous, angered horde to push the invaders away. Foreign travellers, such as merchants and explorers, must take caution when threading through the Ogrelands, for the ogres see them as easy pickings. They also launch infrequent raids to their neighbours whenever their resources run low or if they simply desire a fight.

  • Positive relations
    • N/A
  • Ambivalent relations
    • Skitterfall - Secretive deals of food, slaves and weapons have been done between the Starcrushers and Clan Gladius over the recent years.
  • Negative relations
    • Isem-Ankharset - The ogres raid the undead land of Isem-Ankharset regularly, to prove their courage and might against the undead.
    • Gemmaushia - Ogres have raided the borders of Gemmaushia for centuries, always eager to pick up a fight against their warriors.
    • Merovaren - Merovaren is the ogres' favorite raiding spot, as their caravans are always filled with things the ogres like to steal.

Notable inhabitants[edit | edit source]

  • Starcrusher Tribe
    • Nugkroc Gorepunch the Feared - chieftain of the Starcrushers and self-proclaimed "Great Chieflord" of the Ogrelands

See also[edit | edit source]