The Free Orcs of Cascadia

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Fantasy & Science Fiction

March, 2019

In a crumbling society, people turn escapism into alternative ways of living. Some of them decide they are orcs.

You all know the first part of the story: the song ended in blood. It was two years ago, the summer of 2023. Rick Green, the singer of Goblin Forest, crooned in his Ozbourne-esque voice to 15,000 goblin metal fans. A short man wearing green body paint and brown leather stepped out from backstage, drew a sword, and cut the singer down from behind. The last lyrics Green ever sang were “take me back / take me back / take me back to the Misty Mountains.”