Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Orc King and His Merry Horde (Swords & Wizardry)

Art by Eric Quigley - used with permission

Orc King (Horde Leader)

Hit Dice: 6 (35HP)
Armor Class: 4 [15]
Attacks: 1 by weapon type
Saving Throw: 12
Special: Inspire
Move: 12
Alignment: Chaotic
Number Encountered: 1 (with 30-300 Orcs)
Challenge Level/XP: 5/240

Orc Kings are rare but dangerous adversaries. Whereas ans Orc Chieftain may lead a group of orcs numbering in the dozens, an Orc King may lead a dozen chieftains and hundreds of orcs.

When an Orc King is on the battlefield, all other orcs under his banner have +1 to attack and damage due to his leadership and are much less likely to break and run.

On his own, an Orc King isn't too much of a threat, but leading a horde of orcs can make him nigh unstoppable.

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