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Orcish is the language of the Orcs, and a descendant of the language known as Old Orcish. While it is unknown precisely when the transition from Old Orcish to modern Orcish took place, it could not have evolved any later than 3E 417, by the time of which it was well established by the Orcs of High Rock and Hammerfell.[1] However, seeing that there is evidence for the Old Orcish language having been largely forgotten by 2E 582,[2] it's impossible to know for certain when this transition did in fact occur.

Language Family and Genetic Relationship[edit]

Orcish is likely a direct descendant of Old Orcish.

Spread of Language[edit]

Due to its lesser age when compared to Old Orcish, modern Orcish has had a wider spread in society. During the years around 3E 417, Orcish linguistic training was provided by various Trainers in the Fighters Guild and Patricians in the Mages Guild, as well as being a required skill in the former, in the provinces of High Rock and Hammerfell.[1]

Known Words[edit]

"Death Stones"[3]
Vosh Rakh
"Blade of Courage"[5]


  • There is apparently no word in Orcish for "delicacy",[6] nor "fragile" or "handle with care".[7]


  1. ^ a b Orcish skill in Daggerfall
  2. ^ Kharstun's dialogue in ESO
  3. ^ a b Strange Rituals of the OrsimerChaplain Jorden, Priest of Arkay
  4. ^ Yatzog's dialogue in ESO: Orsinium
  5. ^ Vosh RakhUgdorga, the King's Scribe
  6. ^ Arms and Armor of the Orcish Champion, Gushagub Gro-Shugdurbam
  7. ^ Sorrow's Kiss quest in ESO