For a typical orc, is it a very big issue to resolve?
Whose "typical orc?" Yours? Or BK's?
I have to admit that I have a difficult time understanding why we keep winding up in a place where the basic argument seems to be "the characters in YAFGC are mis-characterized, because some rulebook or my personal opinion says they should act differently."
As many times as event in this strip flagrantly flout gaming conventions is it REALLY so hard to believe that this or that character will act in a way that defies stereotypes? Especially stereotypes from outside sources?
Look. I get the fact that in most roleplaying games, and Dungeons and Dragons is a prime offender, Orcs are nothing more than two (that that many) dimensional crossbow fodder. They aren't designed to present a challenge to the PCs, or give the players something to think about - they're designed to be killed, so that they can be harvested for treasure and experience points. And making them unambiguously evil (and commonly, remarkably stupid) is a means to that end. It's been more than 30 years since I started playing. I've done my share and perhaps more of that. But "Cardboard Stereotype Theater" makes for a boring webcomic (unless it's done really, REALLY
well), and that's not what I tune in for. If the current storyline calls for an Orc to portray the better angels of our nature - I'm down with that.
(Although it wouldn't surprise me to find that there's another
reason for that sword hitting the floor...)