Orc, Black

This creature resembles a 7-foot tall orc with bluish-black skin and red eyes.

Black Orc (CR 1/3)

XP 135
Black orc warrior 1
CE Medium humanoid (orc)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception -1


AC 17, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+5 armor, +1 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 8 (1d10+2 plus 1)
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will -1; +4 vs. undead attacks
Defensive Abilities blessing of Orcus, ferocity; DR 1/—


Speed 20 ft.
Melee longspear +5 (1d8+6/x3)
Ranged light crossbow +2 (1d8, 19-20/x2)


Black orcs have a decent understanding of tactics. They are adept in the use of reach weapons such as longspears and glaives. Many of their number are proficient in the use of light crossbows. In melee they prefer to gang up on powerful opponents and dispatch them quickly before moving on to lesser foes whenever possible. As they are often led by clerics and necromancers in the service of Orcus, they are likely to take prisoners if possible with the intent of sacrificing them to the Demon Lord of Undead at some future time.


Str 19, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 9, Wis 8, Cha 6
Base Atk +1; CMB +5; CMD 16
Feats Power Attack
Skills Intimidate +2
Languages Common, Orc
Gear scale mail, longspear, light crossbow, 10 bolts


Blessing of Orcus (Su)

Black orcs gain a +4 racial bonus on all saving throws made to resist any attack or effect created by an undead creature.


Environment temperate hills and mountains
Organization gang (2-4), squad (11-20 plus 2 3rd-level sergeants and 1 leader of 3rd-6th level), band (30-300 plus 150% noncombatant plus 1 3rd-level sergeant per 10 adults, 5 5th-level lieutenants, and 3 7th-level captains), or tribe (1d4 bands plus 1 10th-12th level chieftain)
Treasure standard

Fully a head taller than an ordinary orc these foul brutes have been known to make other orcs cringe in fear. Unlike normal orcs, black orcs move in daylight as well as they do the darkness of their subterranean lairs (they do not have the light sensitivity penalty that normal orcs have).

Black orcs were taken in early ages by Orcus the Demon Lord of Undead and bred with demonic blood in a matter that would accommodate his diabolical needs. Black orcs refer to their dark master as “Old Man Death”. These orcs fairly worship death and display the death’s head prominently upon their standards and devices. They are often found in the service of necromancers and move easily in mixed groups of zombies, skeletons, and even ghouls.

Larger and more intelligent than their lesser kin, black orcs look down on other orc races as inferior to themselves. When forced to cooperate with other orc tribes in large forces black orcs consistently plot to overthrow the other tribe’s chieftain and take command. This treachery is likely the reason there are so few bands of the black orc nation known to exist, as the infighting tends to keep their numbers down.

Black orcs stand 7 feet tall and weigh 200 to 280 pounds. Females tend to be about the same height, but are a bit lighter. Both males and females have blue-black skin with red eyes and more pronounced tusks than their smaller cousins.


High Priest of Orcus

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Black Orc from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games, Author Casey Christofferson .

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