The Orc Wars are both Legend and a factual event. There has been archaeological finds in the southern mountains that suggest very old, violent Dwarf-Orc contact. Several skirmish sites have been uncovered with stone or metal weapons and arrow heads.
As for the legend, one version is mostly told in the foothills of the Mountains and in Lusem by the surviving Orc tribes. Their version tells of cruel enslavement and oppression by the Dwarves and Gnomes followed by a violent uprising and overthrow of their Masters.
The Dwarven tale follows the tradition of a long-embattled and hunted people who finally find their great Hero and put off their hunters forever.
It is unknown which version is more true, and it may be impossible to decipher due to the ravages of time.