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Some of Various Orc faces

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"Orcs, also known as Orsimer, are natives of Orsinium, a small mountain kingdom between Hammerfell and Skyrim. It has been sacked and rebuilt many times."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Orsimer (more commonly known as Orcs), are the native people of the Wrothgarian and Dragontail Mountains. Despite historical misconceptions, they are in fact a variant of elves or mer, hence the name Orsimer, meaning "Pariah Folk". Following in the footsteps of Trinimac, and subsequently Malacath, Orcs have consistently held a standard as a race as some of Tamriel's greatest warriors and smiths.

Strongholds

Most orcs are found in strongholds throughout Skyrim, though some are seen in major cities such as Morthal and Markarth. The Dragonborn may enter, but cannot have conversation with the Orcs inside. Once you near an Orc Stronghold, a guard will tell you to stay away. You are allowed to enter the stronghold, but the Orcs dislike it. Thus making conversation impossible until you complete the quest the guard gives you. This quest varies per Stronghold. If the Dragonborn is an Orc, they will be accepted and may enter and engage in conversations without the need for prerequisite quests, though they will still treat the Dragonborn as an "outlander". Orc strongholds tend to have a mine and blacksmith tools, which are usable regardless of whether the associated quest has been completed.

Height

The Orsimer (Orcs) are the second tallest playable race in the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, standing slightly shorter than Altmer (High Elves),  at a scale of 1.0450.

Character creation

Skill bonuses

Starting spells

Special abilities

  • Berserker Rage - Take half damage and do double damage for 60 seconds. This does not apply to damage dealt by spells; however, it does stack with other physical damage buffs. While Berserker Rage is active, the screen turns red and a little blurry while sound dulls a bit.

Popular usage and unique gameplay

Orcs excel above and beyond in warrior roles. Their natural abilities fall under the warrior banner with the exception to enchanting, but this isn't outside of the realm of the warrior. With proper training this can easily give any Orc player character a needed boost in the game. The variety and extent of their skill bonuses make Orcs arguably the best pure warriors in the game. Two popular game play roles are as Tank or Blademaster, obviously focusing on use of heavy armor and respectively on shields and dual wielding over an Archer, Assassin or Mage-type role. Tie this into their racial Berserker Rage, and a tidy warrior is complete.

It is interesting to note that Orcs are the warriors of the Mer bloodlines. They alone excel under the warrior constellation focusing more on brute strength over cunning, speed and magic like the rest of the Mer. Oddly, an Orsimer is head of the Arcanium at the College of Winterhold.

Notable Orsimer

​Chiefs

Gallery

See also

Start a Discussion Discussions about Orsimer (Skyrim)

  • Are Orcs the best fighting race in Tamriel

    69 messages
    • Orcs are best warrior. Level 50 anything else can't beat level 50 orc. See what I mean? Do ya? Do ya?? Except that one redguard you fight at le...
    • 74.139.97.137 wrote:Orcs are best warrior. Level 50 anything else can't beat level 50 orc. See what I mean? Do ya? Do ya?? Except that ...
  • Orcs or Altmers?

    35 messages
    • Is this for Skyrim or Oblivion, cause I've seen people saying that High Elves run faster and jump higher. This is true in Oblivion but not in Skyrim.
    • It really just counts on what you want your character to be do you want a Orc spellsword that is able to take a hit or a Altmer spellsword who ...

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