The Tragedy of Tirath
Hatred of orcs make the lives of half orcs very difficult. Most share a fair amount of physical characteristics with full blooded orcs, though some only have a greenish tint and large physical stature to betray their heritage. Full orcs consider them to be accidents not even worth keeping around as servants or spoils of war, and other races hate them for what they represent as most of them are products of rape and violence. Often half orcs don’t even get along amongst themselves due to disagreements about their place in the world. Some half orcs try to join orcish tribes, and some whose appearance is more orcish than not and who are exceptionally strong and skilled at combat even succeed. Others try to make their way in general society and most of these end up as pit fighters, mercenaries, and crude laborers, though some have made names for themselves as carpenters, blacksmiths and even shipwrights.