Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for Orcish Brews

"Say what you want about their cultures, but orcs have a few different kinds of booze and that tells me they're at least partially civilized. Now, I'm not saying any of it's good..."
-Cade Ashworthy

Orcish Kumis

This mild alcohol (Constitution saving throw DC 10) is made from fermented rothe milk. While its popularity isn't wide spread, many nomads and mountain folk enjoy orcish kumis.

Gruumsha (Gut Wrench)

Orcs by Manzanedo
Named after the one-eyed orc god, this strong beer is barley fermented with bacteria, rather than yeast. This makes it mildly toxic to non-orcs. The constitution saving throw DC to avoid getting drunk is 15. In addition, those without orcish blood drinking Gruumsha are wracked with stomach pains. They must succeed on a DC 10 constitution saving throw to avoid gaining the poisoned condition for 1 hour.

Blood Shot

This blood red whiskey is said to contain the blood of Gruumsh itself. Highly guarded by orcish priests and shamans, this brew grants visions to those that have the fortitude to drink it. The constitution saving throw to avoid becoming drunk from Blood Shot is DC 25. Those that fail the saving throw take 3d6 poison damage and fall asleep as if affected by a sleep spell. Those that succeed the saving throw are granted powerful visions (to be decided by the Dungeon Master).


  1. A lot to like in this post...a little microbiological quirk...a DC 25...religious tripping. And, I learned what rothe is!

    1. Much appreciated, I had some fun with this one (and did some real world booze research).

  2. Of course it should be hazardous to non-orc races. Non-orcs are weaklings!

    I am going to totally steal this for an adventure coming up.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Adventure!

    1. I'm glad. I've really been enjoying these posts and have had a few people tell me that.

  3. BTW I LOVE that you have a link to the Basic D&D rules on the right.

    You are doing a better job of outreach than I am this year!

    1. That just made my day. I'm probably going to keep it up year round, since a majority of my posts are 5E these days.

  4. Very cool! I will have to use one of these for sure. Good stuff, Pun. :)