Uludal

Demonym: Uludani
Government: Tribal elective monarchy
Primary Race: Orcs
Capital: None

The nation of Uludal is its people – that's all they have left, with their homeland occupied by Iskaraya – and it's only a fraction of what it once was. Most orcs did not manage to flee north when it became clear the war was lost, and those whose ancestors were trapped behind the battle lines are now serfs in Iskaraya. Those who did escape were mostly the strongest and most skilled warriors, generals and commanders and their tribes who were on the frontlines when the war finally turned into a retreat, and so most Uludani who remain today are technically lords and ladies, a nation of exiled princes who want nothing more than to return home.

Currently, the Uludani reside in southern Eni, in the foothills of the great mountains that make up the majority of topside Eni – so long as they make no claim to the land itself, the dwarves don't mind if they reside there, and occasionally supply them with warriors to help defend against Iskarayan assaults. They do not build stationary homes – they're too easy a target for elven soldiers, and every orc feels deep in their hearts that there's no sense putting down roots here, because they are going home, one day soon.

The Uludani are not nomadic simply due to their current circumstances – even before the war, their land was more suited to keeping large herds than to farming, and so they developed a semi-nomadic culture, with tribes moving between pastures throughout the year. They did have cities and towns, even a capital where the tribes met to trade or debate important matters, but most orcs lived in mobile tent settlements with their extended families, as they do today.

Bloodlines are very important to the Uludani, and status is largely based on your bloodline and the heroic deeds of your ancestors, though a particularly heroic deed in the present day can certainly elevate someone's status, and the rest of their tribe with them. Membership in a tribe is traced through the paternal line, and leadership is usually, though not exclusively, male. Tribes are generally led by the oldest male, but occasionally a warrior who wins great victories in battle or who challenges the previous chieftain and wins in single combat might take the lead instead. The king of Uludal is elected by the chieftains of all tribes, with candidates generally coming from the previous king's family, though other candidates may be put forward – female kings are uncommon, but far from unheard of.

Storytelling and music are a major part of Uludani culture, and most history and knowledge is passed on in this form. Every tribe should have at least one person whose duty it is to memorize the stories and songs important to that tribe and the Uludani as a whole, and pass them on to the next generation.

They are all warriors, down to the youngest child capable of grasping a dagger without stabbing themself. Strength is the most valued trait among the Uludani, with a tactical mind coming in a close second – they meet any threat with force, grant no quarter, and never miss a chance to hurt their enemies. They may be few and far from home, but they are not weak.

Uludal

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