Your adventures ahead in Neverwinter will be an exciting and rewarding one. However, you must be wary of the dangers that await. From the smallest creatures to the most imposing, do not take any encounters lightly or they may be your last in the Forgotten Realms. Travel cautiously with your party as you dungeon delve and explore the darkest regions of Neverwinter.
During your travels, you will encounter creatures known as Orcs. Orcs have always been a race unto themselves and a threat to the civilized cultures of Faerûn for as long as anyone can remember. Early legends even speak of the orc god Gruumsh having lost his eye in battle with Corellon, god of the eladrin and elven races.
Their race’s history is cloaked in mystery and very little is known about their ancestors. However, what is known is a tragic tale of deceit, betrayal, and a clear delineation of the orc line. King Obould XVIII of the Kingdom of Many-Arrows sent a vanguard of orcs to explore options in Neverwinter. But the commander he entrusted with the task – the power-hungry Vansi Bloodscar – far exceeded her orders. Rather than report back about the city’s state, she pressed through its walls and established a base in the Cloak Tower, claiming territory in Neverwinter’s ruined northern half in the old Tower District.
While King Obould XVIII rules the Kingdom of Many-Arrows, Vansi Bloodscar is the commander of the Many-Arrows orc contingent in Neverwinter. While it is rumored that Valindra had approached Vansi about subservience of the orcs, Vansi declared she served another master greater than the Thayans.
In combat, the orcs are ruthless and merciless. Orcs typically travel in warbands. Some warbands consist of nothing more than a few drudges and axe throwers, but tougher warbands include battle-tested orcs, powerful Eye of Gruumsh leaders, and even ogres the orcs have convinced to join in their raiding.
If you are willing to test your might against the mighty orcs, they can be found all over the Tower District as well as in the Cloak Tower dungeon. There are a number of orc war leaders found through the Tower District, but the most notable is Vansi Bloodscar herself. Vansi lairs in the dungeons deep below the Cloak Tower.
Orcs are just one of nearly countless enemies you will face throughout your quest in the Forgotten Realms. With insight into their troubled past and how they currently operate in Neverwinter, you are more prepared than ever to face orcs in battle. Be strong, adventurer, and be victorious!