February 14, 2011
Page 56 Book 5: Malevolent Machinations
Martin Luther Kragh.
There was actually quite a few great guesses at what it was that makes Aru’Kanak a poor choice for an Order member, but in reality his flaw is one that’s endemic to most of Orc society in general: Racism.
Orcs in general worship natural forces, including animal spirits and patterns in nature, such as natural selection. You’ll note that Aru’Kanak’s mention of not improving their odds of hunting success is actually a pretty good way to ensure you don’t exhaust your prey population, but one of the other things that creeps about in their society is a sense of racial purity.
When Orcs first appeared at all in Remember it was in Book 1 as soldiers drafted into the Empire from conquered nations, and you may (peering back into the mists and fecal matter of that period) notice that all the Orcs pictured speak in Kragh’s broken english, whilst the Chief and Aru’Kanak both speak perfect english. This is because the first Orcs seen are actually half-Orcs like Kragh, who are not given full education and who were sent off by Grand Tusk in the early days of the Empire to, essentially, die in battle.
Aru’Kanak is a bad choice because, in brief, he is not being oppressed, he is oppressing.