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A Short Tale

The Elven druid drew in a sharp breath and sighed before speaking.

"The tests are conclusive. Your son is part Orc."

"Orc? How can that be?", the elf-maid responded in shock.

The druid raised an eyebrow. "I think we both know how ..."

"No, I mean.. Well, yes.. But he ... Gar'rash .. he was so strong and handsome... and it was only once. Well, twice... except in when the vernal stars are in the sky... then it was...", she stammered, her face blushed.

"I don't need to know", interrupted the druid. "But the fact is, your son is part Orc. Half-Orc, Half-Elf. A Elforc, if you like".

"Well, I don't like it", she retorted. "What will the others say? You know what most people think of Orcs in our society. They'll murder him!". Her eyes were wide with fear.

"Well, you don't have to worry too much about that", the druid said soothingly. "I know it's not a popular opinion, but the reality is that Orcs and Elves are really close kinsfolk. Close enough, that they can even interbreed, as we know. Keep him scrubbed up, cloaked, and raise him like any other Elf child and nobody will ever know. Sure, he probably won't be as quick on his feet, but he'll be strong, with great endurance, and with an excellent sense of smell. He'll make an excellent Ranger."

"Are you sure?", she whispered with optimism. "Nobody will ever know?"

"Of course", said the druid with confidence. "I'll need to record this for the good of his health in the tribe's ledger. But it's perfectly secure. The only people who are allowed to access it are myself, the other thirteen druids, and those authorised to do so by the queen. And it's kept securely in a vault with a the guard keeps the keys. Ironically, the guard is a half-Orc as well. We captured him on a raid a few years ago and now he's our slave."

"Nobody need ever find out that your son is really a half-Orc."