The Tragedy of Tirath
There is almost no remaining record of what Orc society was like before the Ancient War, when they sided with the mad despot Formene in his attempt to rule the world. Since then, orcs have been nearly universally reviled. Their lives tend to be short, brutal, and violent. They have never been good at organizing themselves and the closest thing they have to a society is a cutthroat, survival of the fittest tribal power structure. They used to live almost exclusively underground, but the dwarves have successfully driven them out of almost all of their former strongholds and cities leaving them as a semi nomadic race. They are easily swayed by powerful or charismatic leaders, and as such have been exploited by power hungry, would-be rulers who aren’t scared of their brutishness and less than stellar reputation. They are not as stupid as the general population believes them to be, but their hunted status and violent nature has prevented them from demonstrating this.