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Though most people think of ogres merely as hulking brutes, few realize -- or are willing to admit -- that these foul creatures are in fact the Chaos-tainted spawn of mankind. There are lots of legends and folk tales to explain the origin of ogres, just as there are competing scholarly theories about the same. Despite their differences, all such explanations agree on one thing: ogres were first born of Men and continue to do so, sometimes strenuous efforts to prevent this notwithstanding.
At birth, ogres look like normal, albeit slightly large, human babies. However, they mature at a prodigious rate, reaching the height of an adult Man by age five or six, a growth that continues for years more, with fully-grown ogres typically standing between 7 and 10 feet tall. As they mature, ogres lose their human-like teeth and acquire a set of razor-sharp replacements intended to aid them in their wholly carnivorous diet. At the same time, most ogres also grow in both strength and girth, becoming monstrous beings most people associate with the term "ogre."
Almost from birth, ogres display an evil cunning geared toward self-preservation. Many ogres will slay and consume their human parents within a couple of years of their birth, lest their true nature be discovered. These "orphan" ogres then escape to the wilds, where they may encounter others of their kind or lead a solitary existence, preying on weaker creatures in the vicinity.
About 1 in 50 ogres is an ogre mage, gifted from birth with sorcerous powers and, if anything, an even more evil cunning than other ogres. These ogres grow quickly but never achieve a size greater than that of ordinary Men. And though they are possessed of razor-sharp teeth -- and appetites to go with them -- they can use their native ability to polymorph self to hide their true appearance from their parents and anyone else who might grow too curious about these fast-maturing children. Ogre magi thus often remain ensconced in human society, acting in secret. Others seek out their "normal" brethren and rule over them as kings.
Ogres breed true, but the offspring of such unions are always ogres, even if both parents are ogre magi. New ogre magi come only from Men or from the pairing of an ogre mage and a human being, regardless of which parent is an ogre mage and which is a human being. Such monstrous pairings are not guaranteed to produce an ogre mage; more typical offspring are ordinary human babies that display a Chaos-touched tendency for cruelty and malevolence. Many a human settlement has been brought low by an ogre mage seeking an heir of his own kind and producing only a brood of evil Men instead.
Addendum: Before anyone asks, this version of ogres is not inspired by RuneQuest's own, except perhaps ex post facto. It's actually based on the fact that, as a child, I had always heard the word "ogre" used in conjunction with Bluebeard and it utterly baffled me why anyone didn't know, by looking at him, that this guy was a wife-killer and baby-eater. Thus was born my conception of ogres.