Humanity waged wars against orcs, who are stronger, tougher, and more fond of battle than humans. Despite this, orcs were not less intelligent or organized than humans, and being outmatched humanity is largely an endangered species. Worldwide, humans are outnumbered by orcs a thousand to one.
While not exactly as civilized as humans, orcs excelled at warfare. Their greater power combined with their cultural focus on fighting produced functional military states of tactical ability and effective (if brutal) governance. On the battlefield they could not be matched by any of the civilized races.
Off the battlefield the one uncivilized race that continues to give them trouble is the lowly goblin. While never considered historically important, goblins, as scavengers and improvisers, survive.
One of the most important tool in goblins’ arsenal of survival is their use of traps. While hardly brilliant, goblins are as a group smart enough to realize that they cannot individually nor as a society deal with orcs directly. The goblins’ deadly traps are their primary means of defense for keeping their territories orc free – or at least free of still-living orcs.
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