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Earthdawn Survival Guide

112 EpisodesProduced by Josh H & Dan BWebsite

A semi-official podcast dedicated to the Earthdawn role-playing game, hosted by Dan Boice and Earthdawn developer Josh Harrison.Whether it's rules basics, setting lore, or behind-the-scenes insights, this is the place to start building your legend.


EDSG Episode 30 - Email and Orks

* Episode 30!

* Email from Jan: Questions about the Servos Jungle and ruins within.

* Shorthand for appearance of Barsaivian cultures?

* A deep dive into the Passions and theories about them.

* Email from Cory: Refund of Legend Points from broken/defunct threads?

* Email from Matthew: Obsidiman biological functions?

* Orks!

* Etymology of the word “orc”.

* Folkloric and mythic origins of orks and similar monsters.

* “Modern” development of the fantasy genre and fantasy gaming.

* Orks as allegory or parallel of racism, especially in Shadowrun.

* Problematic descriptions of orks and similarity to racist language.

* Earthdawn’s cultural context of orks as slave race and the related real-world minefield.

* Approaching perspectives of orks and Cara Fahd in the setting and the appropriate empathy.

* Fiery, passionate, shorter-lived people whose culture derives from that nature.

* Archetype of the nomadic horsefolk.

* Vast majority—like any Namegiver—are just people.

* Gahad: A physiological response that drives them to act.

* “We are measured by our outlaws.”

* Three flavors: City orks, raiders or “Scorchers”, and the “Carads” or traditional tribes.

* Gender equality - prominent female ork leaders.

* Ork manners and behavior.

* Game mechanics: Higher Strength and Toughness, lower Willpower and Charisma.

* High Karma - only Windlings are better.

* “Ujnort”; “Those who do not understand.”

* The ork Cavalryman as a Barsaivian icon.


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