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ASTRAL ORC
Created 1982 ("Ethnumarium") by my brother Steve, updated 1989

FREQUENCY: Very Rare (Common on Astral Plane)
NO. APPEARING: 1-4, 4-40, or 10-100
ARMOR CLASS: 5
MOVE: 9"
HIT DICE: 2 to 4
% IN LAIR: 25%
TREASURE TYPE: Individuals M (x 1-4); I in lair
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE: By weapon type
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Spell use
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Silver or +1 to hit; spells
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard (see below)
INTELLIGENCE: Average to Exceptional
ALIGNMENT: LN
SIZE: M (4'-6' tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP:
-- Warrior (2 HD): II / 73 +2/hp
-- Shaman (3 HD): III / 160 +3/hp
-- Elite (4 HD): IV / 215 +4/hp

The Astral breed of Orc comes in three standard classes of Warrior, Shaman, and Elite (2 to 4 hit dice). Typical Warriors use one-handed weapons to defend their clan. Spell-using (as 4th level Mages) middle-class Shamans do not fight physically but are typically stronger regardless. Meanwhile, the powerful Elite classes of Astral Orcs can both fight and use spells (as 6th level).

These beings are hateful of their Prime Material Orcish cousins, never communicating nor being seen with them in any circumstance. They are also unimpressed with other humanoids of the Prime, but never with as much visceral hate per se. It's more of an empirical intolerance. Still, they are not above communication, expecially if it's obvious that they are dealing with a greater intellect.

In combat, Astral Orcs retain great strength, carrying bonuses as a humanoid Fighter with a measured Strength of 18/01 to 18/00. Shamans are usually weaker than Warriors, but none outclass the Elite.

All Orcs of this supernatural type have an unexplainable ability to perform a sort of PLANE SHIFT once per month. They are also immune to mind-based spells, possessing a unique dimension of wisdom.

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