... of advancement and the threat of knife or bludgeon keeps Orcs on their toes. Any sign of weakness is reason enough to slay a superior and gain his rank, but this is frowned upon because it robs the ‘army’ of qualified officers.
"Last is greed, that most powerful of urges. As a whole, Orcs are poor, in fact they are impoverished by Human standards. The average ‘grunt’ owns little more than the pack on his back, the armour on his body, and the sword in his hand. This is maintained, because it gives each young soldier the desire to loot and raid and steal and gain more than the megre allotment he started his career with. Successful soldiers gain better arms or clothes, replace their earthenware ‘kits’ with porcelain or steel pots, even find portable wealth they can barter for other things with.
"There is no ‘economy’ for the Orcs. Most of the currency gained in raids is put into the hands of commanders who use it to purchase goods for their individual armies. There has never been (according to my sources) a single Orcish coin struck. Why make with your own efforts that which you can readily steal?
"Indeed, it is an alien system, but not one that is impossible to understand. Given time, it is quite likely the Orcs would develop a society much like that we ...