THE GORBA SEMI-GIANT RACE

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - MODE OF LIVING
FAMILY, SOCIETY & CULTURE - DIET - BELIEFS
- ORIGIN

Appearance. Gorbas are to be accounted to the semi-giant races, a strange mixture with human and orcish roots, quite differently looking though from tribe to tribe. They are about twice the height of orcs (up to three and a half peds), with big, muscular bodies and feet that very much resemble hands or monkey's claws. Depending on the tribe their ears are either more human looking or sharply pointed like their orcish and goblish brethren. The colour in their skin varies from pale yellow to dark green. Some tribes have noses that tend to be large and long, a bit more massive than the noses of goblins - but unlike their orcish and goblish cousins, these greenskins are rather simple-minded, regardless how they might look.

A Gorba

View picture in full size Picture description: A typical Gorba, living at the continent of Nybelmar.  Image drawn by Faugar.

Gorbas mainly exist at the continent of Nybelmar, mostly in the Kingdom of Orcal, used as workers in mines and lumber camps and any other simple occupations. Some also have been spotted by adventurers travelling near the Injérà, at the desert continent of Aeruillin. The Gorbas prefer living in caves, but don't possess elaborated mine systems like the goblins. As Gorbas can only be found in areas with summer temperatures for most time of the year, they mainly clothe themselves in towels. When at war, Gorbas either wear greenish chainmails and use quadrate daggers as their weapons, at least if they are warriors of Orcal and belong to the Gorba Guard of the kingdom. If wild, Gorbas often can be seen wearing leather- or fur-armour, and concerning the usage of weapons they tend to use similar weapons as their goblish and orcish brethren, like spiked clubs, scimitar-like swords and also spears. Return to the top

Territory. Still to be added.
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Mode of Living/Habits. Gorbas have a rather long lifespan, ranging from approx. 110 to 200 cycles. Thus they are one of the most persevering races on the world of Aér'aí'chán. Similar to goblins, Orcal Gorbas start combat training very early, mostly at the age of seven. At this age, Gorbas are already about as muscular as full-grown orcs. If wild, they follow their parents on their hunt as soon as they can, and therefore, when battling wild Gorbas, it is common to encounter fighting Gorbas at the age of 2-3 years.

The diet of the Gorbas consists of the same things goblins and orcs eat - boiled or roasted meat from sheeps, cows, boars and deers. Unlike the goblins, Gorbas don't ever feast on each other. They have a very kind temper and are calm most of the time. In general they have to be refered to as good-natured creatures, who don't care much about complicated ideas and plans they try to realize. They are quite content if they achieve their simple tasks and also don't mind helping others to achieve theirs by helping them. However, if Gorbas are insulted or feel utterly misunderstood, they can get angry very easily and may destroy whole buildings when enraged. On the other hand Gorbas may also calm down instantly, e.g. when smelling some roasted beef.
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Family, Society and Culture. As most Gorbas live in or around the kingdom of Orcal, the belief in the goblish gods of Gocal and Mor is widely spread. They also speak the orcish Kh'om'chr'om tongue although some of the most adventurous and intelligent of them may also speak the tongues spoken by humans and gnomes. In the Santharian year of 129 a.S. a minor Orcal attack was launched on the western Santharian coast in revenge of breaking of trading bargains. Of the hundred soldiers that were sent, forty of them were Gorbas. Many years later, a fragment of a soldier's diary was found describing how the Orcal army rampaged the small stronghold of Durinar near Chylikis, indicating the strength of Gorbas you have to reckon with when battling them:

"Today the Orcal battalion attacked us again. They almost managed to take the western wall, but thanks to our boiling oil they didn't manage it. Among these Orcals are some ferocious green- and yellow-skinned giants I've never seen before. They slay our men as if they were just mosquitos. We managed to take down two of them today, perhaps two more tomorrow. Our scouts have spotted that the Orcals are preparing for another assault, and the captain has commanded us to stay up all the night, just in case. Well, gotta go."

-- Fragment of an unknown soldier

Like the orcs and goblins, the Gorbas call the ones gifted with magic abilities Uon'kh'al'on. Till now, no known Gorba has possessed such abilities. To the most well known Gorbas, Gufur Mancrusher, has to be accounted. He assisted the goblin Gnufruk Gruknag Groku on his later quests. Return to the top

Diet. Still to be added.
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Beliefs. Still to be added.
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Origin. According to the elven Carpá'dosían myth Gorbas were among the races which came to life after the four main races sprang from the four elements. Thus, being cousins of orcs and goblins, the Gorbas also were born through the Rain of Life which fell on Aér'aí'chán, bearing the spirit of the High Goddess, Avá the Beautiful. [To learn more about the elven interpretation of the birth of minor races see the entry on Goblins.]

Since the beginning of time Gorbas have lived on the continent of Nybelmar and share much of the Orcal history, which was mainly influenced by the goblins predominating these lands.
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