14 HIGG'S ROOM. This room is the home of a very large orc and his mates.
Higg (AC 4; MV 9”; HD 3; hp 15; #AT 1; D Two handed sword +1 to damage due to strength of 17; XP 80)
Higg uses a two handed sword. There is a hidden compartment in the pommel holding a dose of potion of healing (purple, tastes of asparagus). He wears a gold torc worth 300 gold crescents and a gold nose ring worth 75 gold crescents. His great helm is decorated with ram horns.
2 Female Orcs (AC 6; MV 9”; HD 1; hp 5 each; #AT 1; D Short sword; XP 15 each)
One wears a silver necklace decorated with bear teeth (20 gold crescent value). The other wears a gold earring on her left ear (10 gold crescent value) and a jade earring on her right ear (50 gold crescent value).
The room is decorated with numerous ghastly trophies on shelves – the heads of men, dwarves, goblins, gnolls, and even an ogre. Higg sleeps on a huge bed made from two couches pushed together. His mates sleep on bear pelts on the floor.
Hidden under the couch-bed is a large sack containing 512 silver spanners, 34 copper pieces, 85 gold crescents, an opal worth 500 gold crescents, and a silver trophy cup labeled “Best in Show” worth 200 gold crescents.
Higg is bold, proud, and confident but knows that the orcs are at a disadvantage compared to the more powerful gnolls, froglodytes, and bugbears living nearby. They regularly buy items from the hobgoblin profiteers working with Vicenne Triskelion so they will not go to war with that group. The Broken Blade orcs are especially angry at the bugbears who have stolen their idol of Bulg, god of beastmen. He has tried to make overtures to the Horrid Hand orcs but has been rebuffed. It would be possible for a band of adventurers to ally with the Bent Blade orcs and receive cooperation if they can convince Higg that they are sincere (use reaction rolls). Note that the orcs hate elves and will not cooperate with any group that contains them. Higg would be willing to lend out orc warriors in return for ultimately receiving higher quality food, weapons, treasure, and alcohol. Goals for the Broken Blade orcs would also include reducing the ghoul and bugbear populations, as these groups regularly prey on them. Remember, he would expect a return on his investment and if one is not forthcoming he may turn on allies, if he sees a vulnerability.
As a side note, if Higg is killed, but other members of the tribe survive they will go back to calling themselves the Horned Skulls.