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The White-Hair
Source: Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, pg(s). 21 (1E)
Knights of Lastwall, pg(s). 112 (2E)

Ardax the White-Hair is a rare sight in the Hold of Belkzen: a middle-aged orc. He is the current overlord of Urgir, having risen to this position in 4716 AR after his predecessor Grask Uldeth was slain by a mysterious assassin. Prior to that, he was Uldeth's chief advisor and majordomo and handled most of the business that was deemed unworthy of the boss' personal attention.12

Unlike Uldeth before him, Ardax at first controlled the city and the Closed Fist, but not his tribe, which has given him more time to coordinate improvements to Urgir itself, like the discovery of ancient dwarven weapon caches and a herd of rust monsters who now patrol the city.3

In 4719 AR, when the recently freed Whispering Tyrant sent envoys to recruit the orcs of Belkzen again, like he did fifteen centuries before, Ardax mounted the envoys' heads on the walls of Urgir. When the Tyrant later sent an undead army to subjugate them by force, he recruited several orc holds and led the united force to victory in the Battle of Nine Broken Skulls.3

After the victory, all holds accepted him as their Overlord, surpassing Uldeth.4 Ardax controls who has access to the city of Urgir and oversees talks with foreign governments as if he were a head-of-state, even though Belkzen has no central government.5 This has included meeting and diplomatic communications with New Thassilon and Oprak4 as well as former orc foes in the Knights of Lastwall6 and dwarves of the Five Kings Mountains.7


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  1. Tyler Beck, et al. Belkzen Gazetteer” in Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, 18. Paizo Inc., 2015
  2. Tyler Beck, et al. Belkzen Gazetteer” in Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, 21. Paizo Inc., 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Erik Mona, et al. Eye of Dread” in World Guide, 39. Paizo Inc., 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steven Hammond. Ardax the White-Hair” in Legends, 16–7. Paizo Inc., 2020
  5. Erik Mona, et al. Eye of Dread” in World Guide, 40. Paizo Inc., 2019
  6. Jessica Catalan, et al. “Chapter 2: Among the Knights” in Knights of Lastwall, 36. Paizo Inc., 2022
  7. John Compton. “Character Suggestions” in Sky King's Tomb Player's Guide, 10. Paizo Inc., 2023