Shamhash the female shaman, carries the sacred obsidian dagger that she swallows in her ritual dances. It is told, that in these rituals, after swallowing the dagger she spits fire like a wingless dragon. Shamhash performs her magic deep within the caves of Rakath. According to legend, obsidian, the sacred material of the orcs, becomes charged with the manna of the goddess of the orcs only after a sacred blessing by Shamhash.
When Shamhash ventures above ground, always at night, she is accompanied by her body guards, the Mesheddi. The Mesheddi proudly carry the iron weapons made by dwarves from iron mined by orcs. Itszli, Shamhash’s hunchbacked son, displays the flag that is colored with yellow and red ochre, also mined by these orcs.
The orcs are a cantankerous and individualistic group, but under the leadership of Ssilyrrlith, who recognized their loyalty if given independence, they have become freeminers with their own gales. As long as they provide Nocturnus with the precious iron ore and ochre powder from the caves, they are allowed their freedom, and nobody asks questions about the ancient rituals that occur deep within the caves, or the human bones that they drag and flaunt as decorations. Ssilyrrlith knows that these orcs are mighty and ferocious in hand to hand combat, and are especially useful for any campaign that involves siege or earthworks.
Some of the races look down upon orcs as smelly and stupid, but Ssilyrrlith has recognized them for their practical problem solving skills and willingness to forge on in dark and deplorable circumstances. His willingness to recognize their strengths and support their independence binds them to the cause of Noctornus. The support of Shamhash is invaluable because the orcs believe in her powers. (Besides, who knows, maybe she can work some powerful magic!)