Starting in Chapter 3, your orc breeding specialist will work to create better orcs from the unmanaged and highly variable stock found on Arclent. This is important to develop the army, but Simon also has long term plans for orckind...
Seed orcs[edit | edit source]
Before you can get started, you must gather "seed orcs" in Ari-Yhilina, orcs who are notable in some minor way. These seem interchangeable mechanically and the total doesn't affect breeding (only army size), at least from what has been shown so far, but you should get them all.
Stats[edit | edit source]
There are three visible and three hidden stats tracked in orc development, plus one switch:
And finally whether or not you implement "Orc Evolution" after it's unlocked by the relevant research.
These values are initially calculated from your unique orcs' traits (your army quantity and quality do not affect breeding, though the reverse is definitely untrue!). As we can infer from the table below, the best starting values are 8 Strength, 7 Intelligence, and 7 Discipline - but you could have as low as 2 Strength, 4 Intelligence, and 2 Discipline, if you have only the unmissable Orcent and dead Zirantian orc.
In Chapter 3, each "iteration" of spending time in Yhilin, you can order a +2 increase to one of the first three stat totals, or start Orc Evolution ("Other"), which gives +1 to the latter three. You can make a total of three "upgrades" to stats before you stop experimenting and standardize the army with whatever improvements you've managed.
(Note that the orc "fancy walk" petition does not improve Discipline if funded. Its price is based on Discipline, and it does give a sizable immediate boost to Yhilin's acceptance of orcs, but this is not helpful to breeding.)
Unique orcs[edit | edit source]
The following list explains (briefly) how to obtain these orcs:
- Orcent - Unavoidable.
- Stark - Found in the shrine on the second visit to the Feroholm region.
- The Impaler - Unavoidable, but the player can choose to kill or spare him.
- Ralke - Requires failure of the Orc Extermination proposal.
- Implevon the Third - Requires raising Orc Intelligence to 10 or higher with Balia.
- Dead Zirantian orc - Unavoidable loot from a tomb in Zirantia.
- Grubbak - Unavoidable during the Third Arclent War
- Patty - Recruited in Chapter 4 by speaking to him (in order) in the Tarran'Kan Slums, Gasm Falls, the Givini Camps, and finally the docks in Cee'Kan.
So far only Orcent, Grubbak, and the dead Zirantian orc are not optional.
Unique orcs give stat boosts all by themselves. But you can gain stats boosts (so far only for hidden stats) by other means.
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These don't include the improvements the player chooses with Balia. It's assumed that player has been able to research orc development with Robin and apply with Balia in time.
Orcent's transformation[edit | edit source]
One iteration after returning from Zirantia, it will be time to make a real step forward. Orcent will be summoned to the lab, and his body will be transformed into a new model based on your progress. The quality of the result is based on how many of these 5 criteria you achieve:
- at least 8 Intelligence,
- at least 10 Intelligence,
- at least 8 Discipline,
- at least 10 Discipline,
- having initiated (not merely researched!) orc evolution.
To achieve all of these, you would need to have the best starting values, then order time to be spent on Discipline, then Intelligence, then Evolution, and be sure to speak with Implevon. [Implevon is created by Balia when you raise Int>=10.]
The results increase the affection of several harem members by varying amounts, plus other benefits:
- +1 to orc Sapience with at least 4 criteria met.
- +2 army quality with at least 4 criteria, or +1 with at least 2.
- A slight increase to Yhilin's acceptance of societal changes (such as orcs) with all 5 criteria.
Minor effects[edit | edit source]
Having Intelligence and Discipline scores of 10 or higher does change some of the dialogue with the various orcs around Yhilin, especially in the Palace and Outskirts. Similarly, a Sapience score of 5 or higher has some minor dialogue changes as well, specifically with the orc in the Outskirts previously trying to understand why the people of Yhilin "plant hoomans".
War preparations[edit | edit source]
When you return from Eustrin and talking to Orcent about the status of the army, the orcs' hidden stats are modified one more time based on Simon's relationship with Balia. A score of 70 or higher means that the orcs gain an additional +1 to Sapience, Attractiveness, and Magic.
War effects[edit | edit source]
Orc Diversification research becomes available in the first round of Chapter 4 research, after returning from Extradimensional Space. It sets Strength, Intelligence, and Discipline to 12, which suggests that breeding may focus on the 3 hidden stats in this chapter.
Ghenalese volunteers can join the breeding pool. After Orcent rejoins you, visit the Fheliel's Crown bar in Cee'Kan and watch the scene. Visit Balia in the Headquarters (in the general magical lab or in her orc one in the Courtyard if you have funded it): you will trigger a scene and get a bonus: +1 to both Orc Sapience and Orc Magic.
There's a conversation with Stark in the shrine where you found his head (Stark must have been recruited in Chapter 2 and must regain his body either during Govern Yhilin 4 or in the Headquarters Courtyard). This conversation gives hidden +1 to both Sapience and Magic.
Patty can be recruited as detailed on his page, then spoken to in the Headquarters Courtyard for +1 Sapience and Attractiveness.
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