The orcs began on the central and northern regions of Drentae along with the other goblin races. They were the military might behind the Goblin Empire, until they and their goblin allies lost in their civil war with the ogres. Chased from their empire, they moved south, into the Gold Mountains where they took over dwarven settlements.
The Gold Mountains are now the home of the majority of the orcs and their power base. The Wembic Empire dominates the region, including the goblin tribes of the Hill Country and several human (Borten) towns along the coast. Civil unrest is common in the Empire, but the Crooked Sword tribe has maintained the preeminent position within the Empire.