Author: Igenlode Wordsmith
2004 Award Category: Races: Orcs - Second Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: violence, disturbing images
Summary: An Orc patrol encounter.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
Orc speak at its best. Or worst. I don't really know what to call it, but the writing is superb. This is clearly an Orc and he is clearly reveling in the fact that he's got an alleged sixth finger trophy. The story doesn't shy away from the true nature of the Orcs, and as readers, we are treated to a full retelling of a battle from an Orc's perspective. The opening paragraph starts us off with no apologies and no remorse by comparing the ease of the Orc victory to a blade slicing through a baby's neck. Tone and mood firmly established, the fic takes off on a horrific narrative that describes the deeds and actions of Orcs as well as their motivations better than anything I can think of. The notes of characterization (such as the fact that the Orc-chieftain is apparently blind on one side and has a lackey that can approach from that angle) are splendid and very much in keeping with the tone of the fic. A very disturbing and very vivid look at the world of the Orcs. By the end, I was completely intimidated.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Just about what I'd imagine from orcs. Well-written, and I liked the little bit at the end, when we realize that the orc captain is actually narrating to us after all.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
Definitely sounds like an Orc patrol to me. Poor captives. And poor Nidrak as it happens. There's no security in an Orc patrol.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
Wowh, that was a tour de force. Very well written Orc talk. Quite believable recounting by an Orc leader with quite believable features as the juicy human youngster inducing irresistible flesh hunger or the dubious sixth finger trophy. One quibble: "boss" seems to me totally wrong, for me that is a modern Americanism.
Reviewed by: sos8n ✧ Score: N/A
It's good to hear the thoughts of an ordinary orc, love the trophy and the creative insults. The matter of fact way the orc describes the violence in this story is pretty disturbing but believable. Ingenlode had created a narrator who has his wits about him but still acts orcish..I wouldn't argue with him about the 6th finger