Another name for a goblin, invented by JRR Tolkien. The word was taken from Anglo-Saxon "orc-nea" meaning monster or demon, which itself comes from Latin "Orcus," a god of the dead.
Orcs are goblin warriors that were created in the First Age of Middle-Earth by Melkor, an evil Valar (read, demon with godlike power), who captured a number of Elves and tortured and maimed them until they became Orcs.
I have a +2 sword of Orc-slaying, and since I'm a ranger with Favored Enemey (goblin-kind), I get another +4 to damage orcs! Sweet!
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