The Orcish Bloodrite
The bloodrite is a sacred ritual of the Orcish people involving a one on one duel to the death. It is intended as a means to determine who is strong and worthy of leadership and wealth. Any blooded orc may challenge another to their possessions and titles by bloodrite. There are a few caveats that apply, however. Firstly, any challenger must have another orc second their challenge. Should the challenger fail, the orc who supported them must end their own life. This acts as insurance against frivolous or otherwise unsupported challenges. An injured orc may not be challenged to the bloodrite, as the challenger will have an inherent advantage. They must be given time for their wounds to heal prior to combat. This does not apply to chronic physical maladies like lameness or weakness from age. The challenged party technically has the right to refuse, but they must relinquish all of their possessions. To refuse a challenge is seen as an affront to the gods, and as such is rarely done. An orc would rather die appeasing their gods than live a life of cowardice.
A practice closely tied to the bloodrite is the blooding. This is a coming of age ritual performed by all Orcish males upon reaching the age of eight. In order to pass the rite and become an adult, an orc must accomplish a great feat which almost always involves the spilling of blood. For most orcs, this takes the form of participating in a raid or other battle. When this is not possible, male orcs may also prove their worth by hunting a dangerous beast. Upon completing their task, orcs are given a ‘blooded’ name that references their accomplishment such as Shatterspear or Ironfist. Once an orc has completed the rite, they are able to challenge any other blooded orc to the bloodrite.
Love all the lore you've written so far. Keep it up!
What would happen if the second refuses to commit suicide?
@kalo The permanent dishonor that would result from refusal to follow the rules of the bloodrite would lead to ostracism from Orcish society at the very least, if not swift execution by a mob. The collective honor of the Orcs would be stained as long as that individual was allowed to remain a part of society.