THE BAN-YUK OGRES

APPEARANCE - COAT OF ARMS - TERRITORY - PEOPLE - HOUSING - CLOTHING
DIET - WEAPONS - OCCUPATIONS - GOVERNMENT - PRODUCTION/TRADE
 
NATURAL RESOURCES -
MATING - HISTORY

Living in the Tandala Highlands, these ogres live along side with their not so pleasant cousins, the trolls. Ogres fight with the Tandala Trolls for cave rights, territory, and dominance over certain parts of the Tandala Highlands. Battles have raged on for years on end yet no battle have been too organized to end each others total population. Ban-Yuk Ogres are not a clan but a territorial race. Very few ogres, if any, can seemingly stay together and work as a group or family.

Appearance. Ban-Yuk Ogres are neither the biggest of all ogres, nor the strongest, and yet they are the most atrocious looking. A face of the Ban-Yuk Ogres can often look like a bashed up version of an undead creature's face. The shoulders are very stout and alined with one another. Ban-Yuks are also rather tall, coming to an immense average of 2.7 peds in height. The skin of these ogres is typically a light brown color most of the time, though often males come to a darker brown than females.

The muscular build is not that of some of the other ogre tribes, though it is still very impressive, especially the chest muscles. The raw power of these ogres can easily manhandle a troll, though the height of a troll gives it advantages over the shorter ogre. Eyes glow red at night and the sockets are usually red as well. This helps in intimidation of enemies, plus enhancement of vision through the glooming nights. Legs are unnaturally short, and look stout and abnormal. The legs of the Ban-Yuk grow shorter than most would expect, making them look clumsy. The upper body is quite tremendous as the chest is broad at 1 ped in width (or even more).

The Ban-Yuk teeth are yellow, and fall out often, though they grow back within five to six days. The teeth grow straight down, which can often cause problems in closing the mouth all the way. Crooked teeth are also up to infectious diseases. The teeth are used specifically for eating, and are not used for fighting because they can easily fall out. An ogre with no teeth cannot eat, and ogres must eat to survive. On the top of the mouth anywhere from 30 to 40 teeth are grown, as the bottom of the mouth holds around the same amount.

Hygiene is not a favorite subject for these ogres. Rarely every bathing, the stench of these ogres is vast and can reek very badly. This stench can actually be so bad that it drives away enemy trolls, or even thieves at night. The only time a Ban-Yuk actually baths is during hot days, when it goes into a local pool to cool off. Other than that hygiene is not part of the Ban-Yuk's behavior.

Nails or claws on the fingers are often torn off by scraping against something, but in general grow back as quickly as teeth. The nails never become very long due to the fact that they are always being worn or torn away. The claws can help in moving or manoeuvering objects as well, such as food. The claws are never used for battle as they tend to be too weak for any type of attack.

The face of a Ban-Yuk Ogre cannot be described in detail. There are so many variations, and possibilities to the outcome that it varies from ogre to ogre. Scars can create indentations and cause a dirty outlook. The Ban-Yuk Ogres, overall, have a very hideous and ugly appearance.
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Coat of Arms/Sign. Though there is no actual coat of arms that represents the Ban-Yuk Ogres, they do have a commonly known way of marking their territory. Any space of land or cave that owns to a specific elder or ogre, will have carved an "X" shaped mark into a nearby object. To make sure that it is unique, the ogre will urinate onto the "X" therefore marking the sign as his/her very own. The range between territories is unknown, though whole caves are owned when marked.
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Territory. The Ban-Yuk Ogres used to live in the eastern most part of the Tandala Highlands, but for some reason spread more westward to occupy more of the Tandalas. The immigration expanded the population, thus, from the very first mountains in the east to all across the Highlands, comprising one of the largest territories among ogre tribes. This can be attributed to both the inhabitability of the mountains to many race, as well as their long residence within the Tandalas. The first sightings of ogre inhabitance were recorded as being in the low foothills of some of the south-eastern mountains. From there, the ogres spread across the range, encountering trolls. Specific ogre territories tend to be in the foothills where most of the vegetation and wildlife reside, though there have been a few reported cases of ogres living high on the mountainside. Some ogres prefer this because there are no skirmishes over cave rights.

Ogres are only territorial if their cave has been invaded. They can live with other trolls peacefully if there is nothing to fight over. Since most of the population of ogres does not have caves, they are not considered a territorial race.

Gob-Oc (Goblins) reside in the Tandalas as well. Ogres see these small creatures to be their enemies and often fend them off just for coming in contact with them. The exceeding number of goblins to ogres makes them a threat for the ogres, thus disputes take place.
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People. The Ban-Yuk Ogres seem to have adapted to their new grounds very quickly. They learned what they could use for resources, what foods there were, and what other species who lived around them.

The Ban-Yuk particularly do not like the Gob-Oc orcs, the goblins. The goblins of the Tandalas rarely get into fights for they would not stand a chance, but thieves often prove handy. At night goblins often venture into ogre territories and steal any resources that they can such as foods, coal, or even capricus goat horns if lucky.

The Ban-Yuk Ogres do not have a very good social structure. They do have a communication system that is built from grunts and growels, but that is about all. Mother Ogres may or may not stay with new born babies, though the father always leaves after mating. To speak about a "family" of ogres is a false statement. If any, only two or three ogres may stay together for a short period of time.

There is somewhat of a governmental structure though, even though the social part lacks. Elder ogres are respected greatly, and often have the upper hand in making decisions for a region of ogres.
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Housing. There are no specific Ban-Yuk housings worth mentioning. Ban-Yuk sleep on the ground using rough materials or just rocks to lean up against for aid in sleeping. That is unless a cave is overthrown by an ogre and he defeats any trolls living within it. Then the ogre sleeps with shelter. Caves are kept strictly to one ogre. That would be the ogre who owns the cave. If any others challenge for the cave, they will have to take on the owner. Inside a cave is a set place for a fire to keep warm on cold nights. The circle is usually just a set amount of wood that is partially burned or ashes that have been set about. Other than that the cave is not really used to store anything, or do anything else but provide shelter for sleep at night.
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Clothing. Very few cloths are actually worn by the Ban-Yuk. One prized possession worn by these ogres are bone necklaces made from bones of there enemies and victims. Many of the ogres use some type of plant or material to connect the bones. On the body, only a small torn piece of animal skin that covers the front and back of the private parts is worn, if any. Most of the time an ogre is seen with only a bone necklace or just his weapon.

Some Ban-Yuk can grow hair on there head, but if hair is grown anywhere then its on their backs. When it is grown on there head the hair is usually torn off because of annoyance. When the hair is grown on the back nothing much can be done other than rub it off against rocks or trees. Ban-Yuk do not groom their hair in any way. 
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Diet. Ogres rely on meat. Fresh, old, cooked, it really does not matter. Fresh meat is the largest part of their diet. Some desperate ogres who have been blood-driven and have not eaten for days, shall even resort to cannibalism. This may be rare throughout the Ban-Yuk Ogres but most ogre types should go for anything at any time anyways. Ban-Yuk Ogres do not usually rely on speed to capture enemies, but the ogres of the Tandala Highlands have learned stealthy tactics. Hiding in large quantities of bushes or camouflaging as rocks are common ways to capture their prey. Once close enough, one blow to the head or a strangling may make a quick end to the prey's life.

The only way that a Ban-Yuk eat cooked meat is if they come across meat at night. They do not hunt at night so eating cooked meat is rare. Ban-Yuk usually have a fire going at night so they will just hold the meat across the fire until it becomes well done or even burnt.

Every Ban-Yuk hunts on his/her own. It truly is every ogre for themselves. There is one rule off that, which is respected by most ogres across the Tandalas. That rule is to feed the young ogres at least a portion of their meal to younger ogres. When an initial kill is made, any nearby younger ogres will surround the dead prey and wait for their turn and piece of meat. Not always do they get a share of meat, yet they can hunt smaller game. Once again not all ogres do this for some are berserkers and blood-driven for foods.

The Sarvonian white deer is a favorite hunt by the Ban-Yuk. Though an extremely hard prey to catch, the meat on the white deer is greaty appreciated. Sometimes the furs from the deer are also used for the very few clothing that they wear.

The capricus goat on the other hand is only hunted for its horns. A Ban-Yuk will try to catch one of these goat's horns because it is such a sharp object and does not have to be sharpened for usage.
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Weapons. Ban-Yuk Ogres commonly use branches of trees just to lengthen their reach. No weapon is really needed. Other weapons include throwing rocks, bashing rocks, or other kinds of rocks. Sometimes when an ogre has nothing else to do, and that happens a lot, they will begin to sharpen the end of whatever object they have. So a ot of the time the branches they had picked up, or the rocks they were using have very sharp ends which can prove very useful in battle.

Capricus horns are used in battle as well, though it is very rare to see an ogre with such an object. To catch this goat would be a feat almost impossible because of the speed of the goat.
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Occupations. There are four noticeable occupations held by thes Ban-Yuk Ogres.

The women Ban-Yuk can only take care of young until so long. The young grow very rapidly though so after a year of protection under their mother they should be ready to hunt smaller game. Not all Ban-Yuk make it to adulthood, in fact many do not. The mothers hunt for their young, and protect them within the first year of development. After this the mother leaves and goes off to mate again. Return to the top

Government. Most of the time the Ban-Yuk can get along good and not fight each other. When minding there own business, they won't notice anything or anyone else. This can be dangerous for attacks can be set off easier.

Most ogres will listen to elder from their own areas. If the elder takes initiative mad then most chaos will stop. There are berserker ogres though, who will go on rampages without consideration of others. These cannot be stopped unless they come out of berserk mode or they die off.

When cave rights are challenged, the Ba-Yuk will fight to the death in most cases because running seems to be dishonorable to them. Often times when the cave owner is a troll, then the challenging ogre will just try to simply push the troll out of the cave and into the open. For some reason the trolls seem to think that they have lost when they are pushed out, thus victory is awarded to the ogre.
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Production/Trade. The Ban-Yuk - like most other forms of ogres - are not intelligent enough to produce of their own or to trade items. They live self-sufficiently and don't bother much about their surroundings, unless they see to need to occupy these territories for their own good.
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Natural Resources. Coal is often used by the Ban-Yuk to make fires. Deep in the depths of caves, coal can be found within the compounds of the walls. Other rocks can also be broken to receive coal. Many times Ban-Yuk will use repeated blows with some type of sharp object to break into rocks or dig deep within the mountain-side for coal.
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Mating. Male Ban-Yuk have a very distinct way for attracting their female partners. Oddly enough a fight does not pursue.

The first step is to make a call into the air. A male ogre comes and prepares himself for competition. Instead of fighting they use a form of intimidation. Ban-Yuk jump high into the air and slam both fists into the ground to see who can make the ground shake more. After it is all said and done, a female ogre chooses who had the best performance and then they mate. Often times the loser will become jealous and start a fight with the winner. This ruins the whole purpose of the other competition but its just another way to see who gets to mate. Not always does the winner of the fight get a chance to mate, thus making the process very difficult and confusing.
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History. Ban-Yuk Ogres hadn't always been resident in the Tandala, actually they made a great journey to their new home. Originally hailing from the territory belonging to the Baal Ogres, the Rimmerins Ring, they split up and headed up north.

Around 100 a.S. were the first sightings of Ban-Yuk traveling into the Tandala area. A local farmer from the town of Acht wrote in his journal:

"The beasts were great. Great in size, strength, and intimidation. Their numbers on the other hand, were not so great. It seemed that the numbers were only two hundred beasts all in all, if even that much. Many were wounded or had newly bred scars on their bodies. Through battles, or even a war they may have gone. My farm is one of the most outer layers of the town, thus not many others saw the ogres, and fear was not drawn to these great beasts. They all looked very tired, and I grew worried for the first ogre to strike. But, the ogres for a very odd reason did not even bare to look at the food within my farm."

It seems that the Ban-Yuk actually originated from the Baal Ogres dispersed at the Rimmerins Ring. When the Santharian Kingdom was founded, the kingdom even more favoured the protection of civilized races than the prior local kings had done before. Ogres were definitely a dangerous race and though endowed with an established communication system, ogres did not have much more which would make them civilized and ready for integration in Santharian society. They remained a constant danger in central Santharia as were the trolls in the Troll Mountains in the northwest of the kingdom.

And though: Many years passed and most of the Baal Ogres still had remained in the Rimmerins territory, representing a constant danger. In the course of time the locals with support of the royal army had managed to drive them farther away from inhabitated territories, and targeted attacks at the end of the first century a.S. made the life of the Baal more difficult than ever.

Finally the Baal Ogres split up in two groups as they apprehended that their presence was endangered constantly. While a group of approx. 300 ogres started to migrate to the north, only a small, more civilized percentage remained, which later on should even start trade with the local population to a certain extent. The remaining group is now still refered to as the Baal Ogres.

The other group, which moved up north, are the ones to who we now call the Ban-Yuk.
Many did not welcome there presence in the northern regions either, and many fights pursued along the journey as a result. The timeline of events below will show events from the Ban-Yuk's horrendous journey towards the Tandala.

Time Table of the Ban-Yuk Ogres

Age of Change

98 The Departure
A large group of Baal Ogres (approx. 300) decides to make a journey from the Rimmerins Ring to a new home, in order to escape prosecution. They avoid any settlements of other races as best as they can. Right away the Thaehelvil River is approached.

Crossing of the Thaehelvil
The Thaehelvil River is found, and represents the first obstacle for the former Baal Ogres. They decide to cross, and some fatalities are a result. It is reported that some ogres already drowned during the crossing of the river.

The Plain of Truoor
The ogres come upon the Plain of Truoor. It is here that they first rest for a few short days. A lot of the time they have traveled straight forward, and had no time to sleep for anxiousness was built between all of the ogres. Some food is eaten here, though not all the ogres found it easy to capture deer, specifically the Santhalian black hart.

The Fores
The ogres begin to travel into the valley in-between the High and Low Fores. It is here that it seems peaceful, though they are wrong. On the way into the valley, some ogres drop dead, seemingly from poison contained in the Santhalian black hart meat. Others grow sick from the meat and cannot go on. They become dead meat for other scavengers to eat. All in all the numbers drops to approx. 270.
99 Attack near the Fores
Being informed about the movement of the ogres a nearby stationed kingdom's garnison ambushes the resting group in the Valley of the Fores. The assault causes several casualities on both sides. Estimed 220 ogres continue northward.

Arrival at Jernais
The ogres have made it out of the Valley of Fores successfully, and begin their march once more. Very thirsty, they desperately search for a water source. They travel all across the Heath of Jernais, and after days of travel arrive at a river. The ogres drink and rest at this spot.
100 A Brief Rest
The ogres decide not to cross the river for it is much more wide, and probably deeper than the one before. So they decide to travel up with the river than against it, thus making it easy to stop for a drink.

Holm and Acht
The ogres come to the town of Holm. Instead of walking blindly into territory, they actually learned from previous acts to avoid that. They walked around the town, and soon came to another town (Acht). They also avoid this town and continued their journey to the north.
101 Another Crossing
The ogres come to a low spot in the river and decide to cross. No casualties occur.
100 A New Home
The ogres come upon small marshes, these indicate at least some type of shelter. They continue to march up into the very low point of the Tandala Mountains. It is here that many abandoned caves are found and prey is plentiful. Not many others seem to disturb them as they approach, thus their new home is found.

The numbers grow steadily over the years, and the ogres spread slowlyacross the Tandalas. These Ogres, formerly known as Baal Ogres, are named from other locals, as the Ban-Yuk Ogres. At the current date over a thousand ogres can be found across the Tandala Highlands.

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