The sand orcs of Gaeleth tend to have a number of adaptations to living in the deserts and high deserts of Gaeleth. Their hair tends to be gray or white in color, and rather straight and oily. Sand orcs tend to have thick, leathery skin that ranges in color from light brown, to green, to near-black, with several shades in-between. Sand orcs also tend to be more intelligent than other varieties of orcs, perhaps because of the intense competition for limited resources in the deserts. Because they have been exposed to the extreme brightness of the desert days, the sand orcs have lost their light sensitivity.
Sand orcs tend to be found in western Halganath, and are epitomized in the Ogre Nations of the Choranil Desert. Female sand orcs tend to have litters of orclings; females roll 2d4 to determine the number of children each has.
Sand Orc Base Racial Features
All of the following are base racial abilities for the sand orcs of Gaeleth.
Ability Score Adjustments: +4 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Wisdom, -4 Charisma.
Size: Sand orcs are Medium size.
Speed: Sand orc base land speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision (Ex): A sand orc has darkvision to a 60-foot range.
Automatic Languages: Orc (O'Olphariz, Zharizt, and Lurvase dialects), Ogran (Mazizhe). Bonus Languages: Kobold, Common.
Skill Bonuses: Sand orcs gain a +2 bonus to Hide checks in desert environments.
Favored Class: Fighter. A multiclass sand orc's fighter class does not count when determining whether an experience point penalty applies.
Sand Orc Racial Class Features