Among the Órçs, discipline is not a common trait known or expected of them. While there are exceptions, it is among the Half-Órç that this is more common. One such race are the Kido. Named after the battlestave each carries, the Kido are a pale green to pink skinned Órç peoples with warlike dispositions. They merged with a humanoid race called the Apa with whom they had allied in ancient times and, from which, they became a Half-Órç peoples. It is from the Apa that they gained their devotion to physical training and combat readiness as these were traits that made the Apa allies... rather than victims.

The Órç learned self-discipline from the Apa as they assimilated but retained certain mercenary traits that benefit them when they are forced to live a solitary existence. Retaining the build and muscle mass of their Órç ancestors, the Kido lack the desire to rule in their own right choiosing to serve those who can pay for their services. Their only rulers are chiefs who attain their positions through their ability with any who become too corrupt, incompetent or self-centered generally being executed by beheading. This is the main reason they have no kingdom of their own but they do settle areas where tribal villages fortify regions for mutual protection.


They train from childhood to be warriors and are especially well known for their ability to fight using their legs. The reason for this is they sometimes bind their arms so they cannot use them for battle and learn to use their legs like a second pair of arms. Those who fail their training, and who must then become part of the civilian class, train in other specialties where their training as warriors continues as a physical discipline. As part of their self discipline routine, they meditate to keep their more primal instincts under control to better focus on more positive pursuits that benefit them more.

The Kido are a patriarchal culture except where child rearing is concerned. There are no labels where relationships are concerned as age and gender do not matter to them. It is common for orphans to be married in order to find a caregiver for them but it is forbidden to "touch" them until they are adults. Similarly, incest is forbidden but primarily because it is harder for children of such pairings to control their darker nature. Homosexual relationships are not uncommon but all Kido are expected to have children often leading to financial relationships where mothers have the controlling influence.


The Kido are best known for the wandering warriors who have become displaced for various reasons and set out to discover their world. These lend their skills and training where they are needed. Many of these will eventually return with partners who are not Kido or Órç. The Kido are very open minded about this as their Órç traits begin to re-emerge more strongly without new blood from other species to "calm" their hotblooded Órç nature. They welcome non Kido to join them for this reason but typically buy slaves or take prisoners more docile than themselves for these purposes being polygamous as a result.

All Kido receive a certain level of medical training in relation to mending their own injuries and that of others. But, where they fail to become warriors, they might choose to further their training in health matters to become Tufuga, a medical specialist. With only basic tools like scalpel, needles and thread; the Tufugu work miracles mixing medical arts with limited supernatural healing talent. Kido surgeons are so well trained that they can use little more than a scalpel to reroute blood flow, to reposition body parts and to alter the flow of life energies.


This ability allows them to fix deformities, to allow for the building of muscle mass in shriveled limbs or even to replace missing or damaged body parts with transplants. Some Kido seems almost addicted to this as the Kido medical profession works miracles made more possible by pre-existing Orc biological functions. Forms of therapy are also available to stimulate them while a version of acupuncture and tattooing help healing both their physical and emotional well being. Only the scars remain from their treatments and those can be covered with tattoos which Tufugu are masters at creating.

Órçs joining the Kido often do so to be made whole by Tufugu and submit to learning self-discipline devoting their lives to becoming Kido. This is far more difficult being that they are learning later in life but the Tufugu use their talents to aid in this as these Órç are indebted to them. Indebtedness among the Kido means servitude until the debt is paid. If the debt is too great, those incurring the debts become indentured for life... slaves basically. This means power for individual Kido. But power among the Kido comes with responsibility as corruption and cruelty are viewed as weakness and weakness even among the powerful is not tolerated.


The kido stick, from which they draw their name, literally grows as a straight vine which absorbs a special assortment of metals that are fused at the vines core. Broken at joints along the length of the vine, the kido stick is about six feet in length and while the hardwood of the vine can be damaged, the metal at its core is difficult to damage. They use the kido stick primarily as a weapon but they are trained to use it in many useful ways such as an extension of their arms. Over the course of time, they coat the exterior of the kido stick with metal which is often ornately crafted to protect the organic part of the vine which still lives and must be tended to.

Treating the kido stick as a living thing is part of the discipline they are taught and which they adhere to with some treating the stick more as a companion than as an object. They adorn their kido sticks with blades and mace heads to form various weapons to use in battle. But, these extensions are removable and are generally carried at their sides until needed. When they die, their kido sticks are used like gravemarkers that then grow into trees formed from twisting vines but which can also produce new kido sticks. Such is the way of the Kido that, even in death, they provide for their fellow Kido and are remembered as givers of life where they may have taken it when they were alive.