In 460 ACW, the elves of Oringard were thoroughly dismantled by a large orc incursion from the neighboring land of Nubrince in the east. The invasion came as a sudden surprise. The orcs hit the elves on multiple fronts, destroying their defenses easily. The orcs were battle tested, numerous, and absolutely ruthless in their attacks. The elves, over the course of a couple of years of futile resistance, finally yielded Oringard to them and fled west into the fields of Merrimont. The orcs then became the primary inhabitants of Oringard and have remained such for over three and a half centuries.
For the next one hundred years, the orcs built up Oringard into their domain, spreading to as many areas as possible within the forestland, populating and conquering whatever stood in their way, like the gryphons. They cut down large sections of trees, mined coal, built large training arenas and fortifications. They mapped out Oringard, learning the secrets of the forest, locating good hideouts and lookout points. As their population swelled, so did their confidence. The orcs stayed quiet in Oringard for over a century, until the time of Phumbaas.
To protect herself and her community of immortals, Hovaia cursed a large section of forestland that would later be called the Bleak Woods. Making a petrified forest, the wood there became lethal to touch. White Bark is a common dryad trap, designed to petrify intruders. This prevented the orcs from entering her small section in northern Oringard, which would later be dubbed Hovaia’s Cradle.
Since Phumbaas, the orcs have begun to call their clan the “Nation of Oringard”, establishing it as separate from the rest of Damir. Because of the thick woods and its internal maze-like structures, Oringard is almost impregnable by any army. Even so, elven merchants will occasionally venture into Oringard to seek out rare herbs that the forest is known to grow. Some adventurers continue to search for Hovaia and other hidden treasures. Many do not return from these expeditions, but it doesn’t keep others from trying. The kingdom of Damir sends scouts into Oringard year round, trying to decipher what the orcs are planning and when they might invade next. Because Oringard is so dense and long, the orcs can strike from any point along the tree line. It is standard orc procedure to deceive the enemy as to where they will strike next. To do this, the orcs use the trees as cover while they shuffle legions from north to south, confusing enemy scouts, and leaving Damir’s military command holding their breaths.
Oringard is viewable as far west as Whitehood, and from Merrimont’s Peach Orchards the forestland looks like an endless ocean of trees and forested hills that goes on beyond what the eye can see. It is an ominous looking domain to anyone who comprehends the danger and threat that lies beyond its forested curtain.
Notable creatures that can be found in Oringard (aside from orcs):
2. Black-spade Bears
4. Owl Raptors
5. Saw-tooth Beavers
6. Red-eyed Condors
7. Mud Frogs
8. Shadow Squirrels