The two breeds of neo-orog are magical hybrids of ordinary gray orcs, orogs, and other creatures, including possibly ogres and gnolls. Tall and muscular, with large hooded eyes, tough leathery skin, and snouted bestial faces, neo-orogs seem to embody all the worse aspects of the creatures that went into their creation. Both black and red neo-orogs are warrior creatures, loyal and skillful, who live for battle. Their only weakness is their slow rate of reproduction. Many are infertile. Both breeds speak Common, Orc, and Mulhorandi.
For many decades Thayans have tried to create their own race of orcs, violent but loyal to Thay. In the last couple decades,[as of when?] the Thayans have succeeded, albeit slowly. As a group, neo-orogs have only a marginal reproduction rate—Thayans have managed to field only a few companies.
Black neo-orogs were bred to act as scouts, archers, and infiltrators. They were quicker, leaner, and slightly taller than red neo-orogs, and their skin ranges from dark green to deep, sooty black. Their facial features are slightly less bestial and their eyes are smaller and completely black.
Red neo-orogs were bred as elite shock troops. They are tougher than blacks, and their skin is dark, mottled red, and eyes a deep yellow. They are usually well equipped and revel in bloodshed and violence.
Neo-orogs are born and raised in a lawful regimented structure. They live in barracks built by their masters, where they are organized into large military units. No independent groups of them exist. There is nothing else for them. Consequently, their society is extremely hierarchical and a mirror image of the typical chaos that most orcs thrive under.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Anthony Pryor (1995). Spellbound (Monstrous Compendium). (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 978-0786901395.