Orclords were similarly intelligent apes that co-evolved with ancient humans. Before the first human civilizations, humans worshiped Orclords as Gods.
In time civil war, complacency and lack of curiosity moved Orclords to second tier civilizations, and eventually to relative extinction. Although they are to believed to be extinct, the Kosia Orc nation draws its legitimacy from being their descendants.
Modern day Orcs claim direct lineage from the Orclords, but they are also rumored to be descendants of generically engineered gladiators that were made to resemble the Ancient Orclords. The exact truth is not known at present about this race.