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The Orc Tick

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"OH MY GOD! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!"

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A disgusting bug twice the size of a regular tick,and ten times as voracious, these odious parasites are very common among the unwashed orcs. Not that the orcs mind them greatly, having gotten used to their presence. Some even go so far as to say that the ticks help to keep them healthy by purging their bodies of toxins. All orcs have sworn that it was the presence of these little blood suckers that have rescued them from otherwise fatal diseases. If this is just an orcish belief or a reliable cure for the orcs, none know for certain.
What people do know,is that the ticks carry a virulent blood transmitted illness that only orcs are immune to.  Any human who has the misfortune to be bitten by one of these ticks,will suffer a painful death within the space of a week, as was hediously demonstrated during the siege of the border town of Hulart. The wily orc war chief who besieged the town,succeeding in causing the deaths of hundereds of townsfolk when he had his warriors launch numerous clay vessels filled to the brim with the deadly ticks, over the city walls.



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Voted KendraHeart
November 8, 2005, 12:51
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Snorts in regards to the preview comment.

Kind of cool otherwise.
Voted Mourngrymn
November 8, 2005, 12:55
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Being attacked by a giant tick is semi discusting, yet worth the laugh I would get if I threw it at my gamers.

The title is a bit of a shy away. I almost didn't peek in and view it because of the title. The fact that the orcs have a folklore about them is interesting. Because of these insects, they are the reason they don't have other diseases. All in all a decent idea that needs more fleshing out but still a good one.

.5 added for the orc reasoning behind the ticks.
Voted Zylithan
November 22, 2005, 10:11
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Well, I'm aiming to read all the posts, so the title doesnt scare me away, but I agree it is a little off-putting.
Mourngrymn
November 22, 2005, 10:49
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I actually ment the preview of it. But oh well...
Voted Murometz
February 20, 2006, 17:46
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Being the owner several German Shepherds, this one really hits home. Ticks are true horrors in real life, and giant orc ticks make me cringe (and itchy). Nice touches on the background.

I love all life-forms, but...BURN TICKS BURN!!
Murometz
September 14, 2006, 23:00
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summer is over, the ticks are gone. Its safe to bump this now.
Voted Pariah
January 16, 2007, 21:34
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The ticks never leave in Florida. NEVER! Matches and alchohol swabs! DEATH TO THE TICKS!!!

Otherwise, pretty good.
Voted Ancient Gamer
January 17, 2007, 3:59
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I do NOT understand how this one scored nearly a 4.

It is a total disgrace. Sorry Maggot, I like you and all.

2.0

Oh, and the preview is soooo porno.
Voted Kassy
August 5, 2014, 10:56
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