Crows on the Skulls
Tollacolm the Terrible was Gruumsh’ greatest champion, favored to unite the warring Orcish clans into a mighty empire. It took many years but eventually Tollacolm defeated all the other chieftains and declared himself king. He built his capital on the far eastern shore, as far from his enemies as possible where the weakest Orc tribes lived. He decreed that from this day forth, any Orc clan that wanted the honor of his favor must send warriors to the front lines. But he also knew that in order to build an empire he needed more than willing warriors. Some of his subjects must be craftsman, farmers, architects etc. With an empire as vast as his the front lines were very far off and Tollacolm only wanted the bravest men in his army. He decreed that in order to prove themselves worthy of his army warriors must trek to the front lines defeating any challengers along the way.
In This way he ensured only the strongest and most fearsome warriors would survive to do battle with other races on the front lines. If they were wounded or weakened on the journey another warrior could salvage their clans reputation giving them an honorable death and taking their place. Clans who warred with each other were considered dishonorable for weakening the empire. It became a competition to have the most warriors on the front lines and not at home guarding the women and children. That responsibility was the kings and he took it very seriously. This also ensured that warriors though twice before challenging him while he had their relatives under his sword.
To help ensure that some capable warriors remained in his capitol he made it an honor for veterans to serve in his war college training young warriors. In this way the King surrounded himself with the most experienced and the promising warriors of the empire. Furthermore, a clan had to pay homage to him to send warriors to his war college and this became a great source of taxable income. The great cities of the empire grew large no longer threatened with infighting between the clans. The people loved his new system and everyone prospered. His empire would forever bear his name even though many successors have since sat on his throne.