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Fantasy Races: [4/4] Orcs by Dyemelikeasunset Fantasy Races: [4/4] Orcs by Dyemelikeasunset

WOW THIS TOOK LIKE TWO WEEKS? Well maybe more like 4 days overall, since I only worked on them over the weekends.
BUT YO, REMEMBER THE FANTASY CHARACTERS I POSTED A WHILE AGO

I'll probably be making more (as well as environments and creatures), but first I wanted to explore the races I had in mind for the world me and *Ai-Bee are building for this.
This project is currently unnamed, but it's something I've wanted to do ever since I was in middle school.

A lot of High Fantasy is very overdone and all the designs are inbred, so as a kid I wanted to see a fantasy world that was more diverse, but used a lot of familiar things from the genre.
I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway.
(sorry any Tolkien/D&D-die-hards, this project probably isn't for you)





Disclaimers:
I reference a lot of cultures and plan to mix them with more typical fantasy elements, but if anyone who belongs to the cultures that inspired me, by all means please let me know if I've done anything seriously wrong or offensive and I will look into it and fix it as best as I can. And yes, I know where the names I'm using came from.

No body shaming will be tolerated. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)

So without any further ado, here is some thought-vomit on each of the races and sub-races!

Orcs

Ogres: Despite their hulking, brutish appearance, the Northern Orcs are very family-oriented, and tend to have houses overrun with children. It’s common to see both parents with babies strapped to their backs and stomachs while they continue their daily routine. Marriage infidelity is severely frowned on. Like the Jotuns, they live in underground communities in houses they’ve hollowed out of the cave walls. They’re a loud and hearty culture that loves festivities, so flashy celebrations and ceremonies are common. They wear very little due to their immunity to the cold, and are experts at tanning and curing leather. Like all Northern races, their love of music is well known, specializing in percussion and lyrical chanting.
Inspirations and notes: Native American cultures, focus on Hopi. Bulky, powerful bodies. American Native, Central American, and Latin@ features.


Goblins: Once a proud nation, the Goblins have suffered from enslavement ever since they were defeated in a war centuries ago. Since then, their culture has grown in many different directions, usually adopting qualities from the country they’re employed in. They’ve started gaining independence in recent years, building small communities and districts within the Naiad, Myr, and Gnome Nations, and are slowly rebuilding relations with the Dwarves. Well known for their dexterity and intelligence, the Goblins are famous for their vehicles and automated tools, having some of the best repairmen and smiths in the world.
Inspirations and notes: Gaelic/16th century Scottish culture, mixed with contemporary Gothic fashion and dieselpunk. Thin bodies, shortest orc race. Western European features.

Trolls: Unlike the other Eastern races, the Trolls live outside of the Marshes, among various scattered islands. Ruled by separate clans and families, the Trolls are surprisingly at peace with one another, gathering often for big festivals and merry-making. Renowned for some of the most sought-after cuisine, their seafood dishes are considered delicacies across the world. Their fishing villages populate the coasts while the cities further inland are hubs for trading among the clans. Famous for their seafaring lifestyle, wood-work and craft, they range from fishermen to pirates and sailors. Crude and rowdy, the Trolls are well-liked for their humor, though they don’t prefer the company of any of the other Eastern races, preferring trade with the Northern countries.
Inspirations and notes: Ainu mixed with some Feudal Japanese culture. Tall, lanky bodies. North to East Asian features.

Gorgons: A powerful race of warriors, the Sourthern Orcs are a vicious and militant people who are known for their fighting prowess and invention of many competitive sports. Honor and physical abilities are held in the highest esteem, so their leaders are chosen from fighting and wrestling competitions. Despite their belligerence, their culture is very just, ruled by a council of generals. They’ve become reclusive after an unsuccessful siege on the Giant’s capital, but are patching up relations with the other southern races, mainly the Kobolds. The Gorgons have some of the best metalwork in the south, and have an impressive variety of tamed animals for both work and entertainment— mainly recognized for their pet trade and traveling circuses.
Inspirations and notes: ancient Roman culture, focus on gladiatorial aesthetics and ancient Sparta. Built, muscular bodies, usually thick necks. Mediterranean to North African features.

Also to answer everyone's question about why they glow:
The Orcs are the most in-touch with their magic on a physical level, so their elements manifest in their eyes and mouth

The other races:
Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by TysheaFantasy Races: [2/4] Elves by TysheaFantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by Tyshea

To see more of this world, please visit this gallery!

(sorry for anyone who got this twice, dA deleted it for some reason?? wtf)

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:iconsyko7-y:
Syko7-y Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018   Filmographer
What colors are associated with each element?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have specific colors for each element, especially since so many of them have prominent subelements (like air could be a light blue, but lightning can go from bright white to yellow-ish to even purplish, etc)
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Syko7-y Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018   Filmographer
What about those with metal elements?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the late response! I usually do a cool teal or metallic/slate blue or something for metal elements! Unless their subelement is something like electricity, then I might do yellow or purple or something. Honestly it's all quite liberal :D
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lancelobato Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
interesting concept.
so, in your world, "orc" is the species (like homo sapiens) and the other "monster" tags like troll, goblin and such, are the subraces?
is that it? or am I misinterpreting?

I always combine goblinoids (goblins, hobgolbins, ogres, bugbears and such) in my worlds, as part of a bigger etnic group, that historically worked together in resistance to other more "civilized" humanoids.
so I love when people blend in fantasy creature races with etnic and cultural themes.  :)
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep you got it, Orc is the overarching species that trolls and goblins etc fit into :)
I've wanted to do a project like this since I was 13 haha, I think the concept has so much potential!
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:iconlancelobato:
lancelobato Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
great potencial indeed.
world creation is so cool. and you are doing an amazing job, pal.  :)
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate that, thanks!
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Porphyrophobi4 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Would love to see tieflings 
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh I probably won't be doing Tieflings since they're specific to D&D! If I ever publish this project, I wouldn't want a lawsuit on my hands :P
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Kanguigrok Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2018
Hey. I have checked all your fantasy races. I think they are cool, but all of them are very very very humanoid and thats fine but like its a fantasy world where is the fantasy divercity? And though i understand that this is merely a small part of the world and appearently you are doing these to be in a world where you can rp and these would be the ones you rp as? But still i would love to see some of the less humanoid ones from your world like animals and such. :)
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, these are the humanoid races that players can rp as! I have some monsters and creatures I'm working on, but it's coming along slowly since animal art isnt' my strong suit :XD:
Thank you so much though! I appreciate the feedback and interest in my world :)
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RomanDark Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
Helloooooo South Gorgon Male *fans self*
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thank you! :XD:
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Well.......they're better looking than the LOTR orcs.......*shudder*
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MythMason Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Love your interpretations. I'm working on something similar in novel form.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And good luck to both of us!
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peterrook Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
Nice work!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PrincessBeautiful Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
I love how they look
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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neilsiva Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey when you use ethnic feature (like "Mediterranean features")are you using psychical features or cultural features?    
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I mean both cultural and physical :)
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BlueberryPyro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The male east troll reminds me of sollux captor, was any inspiration derived from him? Or is it just a coincidence?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know what character that is, when I googled it I saw things that didn't remind me of how my Trolls look at all... so I'm not sure what you're talking about?
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BlueberryPyro Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Its is mostly the hair and some kind of electricity coming from the eyes...
sorry for the inconvenience of making you have to google it.
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enpoleonking Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really intereesting that you would make your goblins intelligent and technologically advanced mechanical people, because that's actually closer to Tolkien's Goblins/Orcs than most adaptions. Was it intentional?
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
A bit! My goblins were a mix of Tolkien's original vision of the industrial orcs, added with the tech Warcraft (specifically WC2) would give their goblins :)
Those two influences always had me envisioning the Goblins as little tinkerers in workshops and such!
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TornadosDeath Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2018
"I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway."

Thank you, finally someone who shares my opinion.

Great ideas you had there, and the art is just magnificent.

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:icondyemelikeasunset:
Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to know there are other people who feel the same, thank you!
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TornadosDeath Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
It's the same with that tiring discussion about dragons and wyverns.
It's fantasy, dragons do not exist, so imho everyone can picture them as they like.
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Ban-Sidhe Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love, love, LOVE how you are taking 'typical fantasy elements' and making them yours! I did something similar with my first book but I had to stop working on it because it was too expansive for my abilities at the time. Some day I will pick that story back up and finish it. But I am soooo happy to see someone else out there pushing the genre! I look forward to reading what you release. If it's as good as your work above, you'll have a true fan <3
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, don't be discouraged! This idea of mine is actually from when I was in middle school, i'm 28 this year so don't lose hope :)
Thank you so much!
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
I love Orcs and Goblins.
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henrythefox Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
I love all these interpretations for classical fantasy races. I may homebrew some stuff based on this set you've made. Excellent job!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing! As long as you don't go online or make money off of the ideas inspired from me, you're golden. Have fun with it, and thanks for liking my stuff!
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henrythefox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
No problem!
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EricThorwaldson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
THIS SIR...IS SOMETHING... INCREDIBLE!!!    YOU GOT BIG TALENT...

I immediately clicked on watch button... whis i could do more :D
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! A watch is plenty, thank you! :blush:
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TehBeefChief Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
These are awesome. All of your fantasy characters have a unique feel to them. Good job.
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:icondyemelikeasunset:
Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm glad to hear that :D
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CathFreaky Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
do you do point comissions? because i wanna have a skinny east troll sexy man!

Greetings from Germany
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:icondyemelikeasunset:
Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I don't do point commissions, but I might be open for money commissions in a couple months :)
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Madmouse101 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting
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DyingUtopia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love all of your concepts so much! So cool!!!
I was actually thinking of making a character based on one of them if that's ok? 
Also! Roughly how advanced would the goblin technology be? Like, would they have guns or steam engines?
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