I'm currently looking into doing a fantasy story from the perspective of orc protagonists. These orcs would be akin to those found in LOTR- ugly humanoids with a culture focused on war, with medieval technology at their disposal and under the leadership & patronage of the resident Dark Lord. Part of my aim for this story would be to show the orcs (and other 'evil' races: goblins, imps, trolls, and ogres) as being more than just foot soldiers. Whilst I feel like I have a good start on developing their values and motivations behind fighting, I feel like I am falling flat on developing distinct and understandable relationships between orc family units, as well as what their daily lives would consist of outside of combat. For example, I have no idea how Orc education may work, what family ties they may wish to maintain, and what relationships they could have with one another that could be seen as positive in the eyes of readers. I'm also looking into it because orcs and their kin- especially the LOTR variants- are pretty one dimensional in classic fantasy literature, and are simply/intentionally just depicted as 'the unrelatable enemy'. I mean, they come to battle, fight, die en masse, and then repeat. The interactions we do see between orcs can have hints of their culture, but they aren't always that developed. Does anyone have any suggestions on how orcs could be characterised, or how such a race may act behind closed doors? I know that there are several stories and novel series that have Orc/goblin protagonists- has anyone read any of these that had a particularly interesting take on them?