Children of violence, half-orcs seem condemned to lead a life of violence from the moment they leave their mothers' womb. Few half-breeds are as commonly scorned and looked upon with so much prejudice as the half-orc, born from an union not as foul to be unholy but still not 'clean' or eagerly expected in the least. Whether they grow up amidst humans or raised by orcs, a half-orc child can look forward to a life filled with abuse and misunderstanding.
At their core, half-orcs raised by humans are not as different as those taken in by an orcish tribe even if their outward demeanour is completely different. A runt raised by orcs learns to endure the physical abuse of other orcs his age, just like a bastard child must endure the psychological and emotional torture of growing up in human society. Even those rare half-orcs who grow up without ties to either society, or as a result of both have the same core of rage, shame and resentment that makes up most of a half-orc's mindset. With the help of this sourcebook, however, any character choosing the half-orc race will find many alternatives of growth for any class the character follows beyond the stereotypical barbarian.