Orcs. Savage and brutal. Ferocious in battle. Mindless monsters to be feared—or better yet, obliterated—by those who meet them.
The truth, as always, is more complex. Violent though orcish culture is, the tribes have their own rich culture, spiritual life, and traditions. Some inhabit the highlands and mountains. Others live a hunter-gatherer existence in thick forestlands, while still others sail the seas, raiding for what they need.
Different though their tribes may be, orcs share many attributes. Theirs are warrior cultures, where strength, bravery, and skill in battle are prized. And all share a feeling known only to orcs preparing for battle—the indefinable emotion known as arrndgros.
Over the course of a year, some will undergo rites of manhood. Others will seek to reclaim land lost to an old enemy. Tribes will gather. Wars will erupt, sweep over the land, and subside. And the spirit of arrndgros will fill the hearts of warriors—for glory, death, or both.
Basing Arrndgros on ancient warrior societies, author Pyotr Andreyev reveals the rich cultural lives of fantasy’s most reviled monsters. Discover orcs as you’ve never seen them—proud, loyal, courageous, and, yes, brutal. Discover the warrior’s emotion. Discover arrndgros.
Pyotr Andreyev grew up in the rural midwest United States. His military experience exposed him to conflict, extreme hardship, and conflicting cultures—experiences that found expression in Arrndgros.
Now married, Andreyev lives with his growing family.