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The City of Lorthen, the last High elf nation founded

Lorthen was an elven realm in eastern Aels, in the southern forests of Nubla.

Originally a Sylvan elven realm, during the age of Invasions they received High Elven refugees, becoming the Hidden Kingdom of Lorthen.

After the First War of the Power, the High Elves will found the City of Lorthen within the realm, making it a city of High and Sylvan elves who joined together and founded a new independent nation in a last desperate bid of the High elves to reclaim a corner of the continent of Aels. They were willing to partner and join with the local Sylvan elves for once in their colonial ambitions.

Ironically, Lorthen was something like a light elf version of the dark elf Wicked City of Zaghäl.

History Edit

The Forest of Lorthen Edit

Lorthen was ancient elven grounds, being remains of elven activity since the prehistory. Nomadic Rossnes and Wollumis gathered in these primeval forests, and while there weren't permanent settlements, but elves will erect places of cults, being erected in the large forests and meadows, megaliths and later, temples.

The region of the forests will come to be in the periphery and influence of the kingdom of the sylvan elven realm of Montthafen, but was never incorporated as a province -being a dense forest, scarcely populated.-

However, the invasion of the High elves, during the period of High elven imperialism would mean the collapse of the rossnes Eastern Aelian Rossnes elven realms as Malvor and Montthafen, which were replaced as centers of power by the High Elven realm of Dirith.

Escaping High Elven rule, Aelian rossnes elves will retreat to their places of cults in the primeval forest, and will build their firsts Halls, deep in the Forests of Lorthen.

Not an armed threat to their hold on the plains and in the south, the Dirith High elves will drop their plans of conquest after some initial scouting, being contemptuous of these 'wood elves' that they had displaced and content with leaving their "barbarian cousins" to themselves and their forests, while they controlled the cities and the farmlands.

In the Forests of Lorthen, slowly, the Halls of the Forests will come to be small villages and settlements, which occasionally traded with the Dirith high elves.

As a last refuge for Sylvan elven free culture, bards, poets and artisans -including some artists of the high elves- will gather in them in a renewal of the eastern aelian rossnes culture, giving birth to what would later be known by the High elves as Sylvan elves, the elves of the forests.

Peaceful unless provoked by careless invaders, the Halls of the Forests bloomed despite their isolation: and their isolated location would be a blessing with the Age of Invasions.

As the High Elves clashed first with the Galaw High Orcs, and later with Kanov peoples and finally Humans, the Sylvan elves remained undisturbed.

A Safe haven, known as such already for centuries for aelian elves from their Ushaverican rulers, again they will accept with open arms Sylvan elves who were refugees from these wars.

But as the cities and realms of the High Elves fell, not only Sylvan elves will come knocking to the doors of the Forest Halls, but as well their old enemies: The High Elves.

The Hidden Kingdom of Lorthen Edit

The arrival of High Elven refugees will send into turmoil the Forest Halls. While they had always been open to other sylvan elves, and High elven bards, poets, travellers and artists -and political oppositiors- visited them, the arrival of these refugees will force the Forests Halls to change:

For they decided that they wouldn't turn their backs to other rossnes elves in need, but they feared that the High Elves, who were used to rule, would try to re-shape the free Forest Halls to their own image.

After a council between the elders and chieftains of the Halls of the Forest, they will determine to choose a king on their own: A King of the Forests.

An elective monarchy, in which the king was to rule for fifty years, chosen by the chiefs of the halls from the same chieftains was organised, to preserve the Sylvan elven identity of the Forest of Lorthen.

But as the refugees -both High and Sylvan elves- integrated into the newly founded realm, larger settlements were established beside the Forest Halls, and a more complex society developed -which needed more institutions and organization.

In this, many of the High elves excelled. And while the Kingdom of Lorthen had been forged to keep its Sylvan elven idenity, it became an instrument of power and social ascension for the High Elves.

As High elven administrators and officers pushed into the ranks of the realm, power became much more institutionalized, and while the King -or Queen- of the Forests remained a sylvan elven noble, power will become more and more in High Elven hands.

The elective king for fifty years will be replaced by an elected ruler-for-life, and the Hall of the King -that previously was only the Hall of the elected king of the Forests- became a permanent capital in an ancient forest of giant trees.

Palaces were built -palaces of stone-, and a permanent guard of the kingdom was established -instead of an army-, and the culture of the High and Sylvan elves of Lorthen became a distinctive one, as elements and peoples of both interwined -even if some purist high elven families prided themselves to be of a pure line, they were a minority-.

As the High Elven mentality became intertwined more with the sylvan elves, their view of a fallen, corrupted world became part of the mentality of Lorthen, of a dangerous world from which they were to hide to survive, especially as after the Age of Invasions followed the Apparition of Demons, and the beginning of the Dark Age of Demons.

The Kingdom of the Forests of Lorthen will come to be the Hidden Kingdom of Lorthen, as the elves shut their halls to foreigners, and no one was to visit anymore the forests of Lorthen -or leave them-.

Lorthen will became a hermit kingdom, and aside of sporadic exchanges with hunter-gatherers on the borders of their forests, as centuries went by they became more of a myth than a reality, with only a few handfuls of travelers -normally elves, but sometimes humans, and almost always, artists of different kinds- having seen the hermit elven realm.

In this reduced realm, the Sylvan-High Elven culture of Lorthen will stagnate, and the once thriving realm became decadent, and no longer palaces or temples were built, as they became more reclusive.

This will last until the First War of the Power. The Demons knew of an elven realm in the great forests of the east, and once they had defeated the main human armies of the Unlic Empire of Uslen, Purpurian and the Five Kingdoms, they sent their armies to crush the elves... armies from which, nothing will be heard anymore, as they were destroyed in the Lost Battle of the Forests.

The demonic invasion forced the elves of Lorthen to see they wouldn't be able to sit out of the war, and prepared to fight further invasions of the demons with their limited forces. But then, happened something the elves of Lorthen wouldn't have ever expected -neither did the demons-.

The Emperor of the Elves Altarin, ruler of the Venerable Empire of Whide Axis came to Aels, leading the largest host ever assembled by elves in history to fight the Dark Legion of Demons.

The King of the Forests -then an elder Lorthen proud of his high elven roots- took the knee, and recognized in Altarin his emperor, becoming the Hidden Kingdom of Lorthen an imperial subject of the Empire of the Whide Axis.

The Kingdom of Lorthen Edit

In principle, the elves of Lorthen saw in the armies of the Whide Axis salvation, and received them as liberators, and while there where some tensions as forces camped in the confines of the Hidden Realm, the High elven armies continued to the north, to Polforia, to bring the war to the demon lords themselves -and with them, marched many Lorthen elven warriors, eager to see the outside world with their own eyes.

When the Siege of Dol-Nur was finally over, the Soul Stones of the Great Demon Lords were secured in a fortress in Mount Satanmet, the War was over: but as well, the Emperor of the Elves, Altarin, was lost in combat, no one to ever see him again.

As the young elves that fought with the host of Altarin returned, they came convinced in the need of Lorthen to break their hiding, and many as well, were convinced of another -more dangerous- idea: of the superiority of everything that was High Elven, above what culture Lorthen had developed in its own seclusion.

While the disappearance of Altarin will be the death of his imperial dreams, to rebuild to its former lost glory the Venerable Empire of the Whide Axis, many of his myriad followers tried to keep on their promise to reclaim Aels for Elfkind. And while several new elven realms would be founded -and lost in time-, in the Kingdom of Lorthen would be found the largest, most ambitious neo-imperial dream of High Elves:

The construction of a High Elven city, testimony of the power of the High Elves.

The City of Lorthen.

The City of Lorthen Edit

The Emperor of the Elves Altarin already had toyed during the First War of the Power with the idea to build a great High Elven city to shine in Aels, and in the wake of his campaigns, High elves will claim the foundation of many cities -none of them which materialized-.

In the east of Aels, Altarin had his preferences for a capital for High Elves set in the ruins of Dirith, an ancient High Elven settlement, rather than Lorthen -originally a sylvan elven foundation-, and will make architects, magicians and engineers prepare for him plans for a city of wonders, meant to be the Imperial Capital of the eastern elven country he planned, ruled by High elves over all the elves of the east, including and encroaching upon sylvan, mountain and plains elves.

With Altarin missing, his plans for the high elven city were shelved -or so was thought, until Saerchanar the Fake, the principal claimant of the imperial title, ordered its foundation as a means of a legitimation of his rule, as the continuation of the will of Altarin.

But without the resources or support of the whole Venerable Empire of the Whide Axis -with much of the subjects failing to recognize the claim of Saerchanar-, many of his fevered foundation dreams couldn't be realized, and the plan of the City of High Elves in Dirith was impossible in such a situation: instead, the architects will decide to go forth, but changing its location, from the Rock of Dirith to a promontory of similar characteristics, found in Lorthen.

While some traditionalist elites of the Forest Halls frowned at the iniciative, the young Lorthen elves who had marched along the armies of Altarin were excited about it, and would give it full support. Youngs and enthusiasts, they will be key for the success of the building of this city. While some ignored the situation of the Whide Axis after Altarin disappeared, others knew and actively hid this information: only it will be public known -and become a scandal- that Saerchanar the Fake renounced about three years later, when the proyect of the city was well in it's way.

Despite the lack of support of the Whide Axis officialy, the city of Lorthen will be built by some of the greatest minds of the empire that shared the vision of Altarin, and would be said to be a city of wonder, the greatest, latest expression of the might of High Elves outside of Ushaenor.

While the city of Lorthen would be officially founded at the 2234, construction will continue for other 30 years at least until it was finished in the decade of the 2260s.

The city was founded and built with defense and high engineering in mind, to be a jewel of mankind. The Rock of Lorthen was south to a small lake, and the elven architects will use it to made it into an elf-made island, digging a large moat with splendid causeways bridging the city to the land.

The entire city was like a castle, with high, thick double walls and keeps that equaled several human built castles. Indeed, the central keep was a tower that loomed over the rest of the city with amazing height, mass and volume, and was a great part of the city and its defenses in itself.

The woods and mountain terrain defended by a large, well equipped and disciplined corps of Sylvan elf rangers, and the High elf built city and fortifications made the city one of the most well defended cities on Aels.

the City of Lorthen will prosper, becoming a known center of arts, culture and magic, with great arcane academies that will be famous among the aelian elves.

Poltical

The Sieges of Lorthen Edit

The peace fo the city of Lorthen will end at the 2483 a.a.H, when a Hake-Demon army from Zaghäl arrived with their orcish and beast-men servants and slaves: having marched across the Underworld of Kazrrad, they seemingly appeared out of nowhere right into their borders, they will achieve total surprise among the elves, who were unable to muster their defenses in time to avoid them reaching the City of Lorthen: however, the Walls of Lorthen will hold, stopping the invasion, and from the forests, Sylvan elven rangers harassed the attempts to lay siege to the city. Unprepared to withstand a long siege or a long committed action, the Hakes of Zaghäl decided to retreat: While Lorthen claimed it as a victory, the Hakes considered it instead a test.

They will try again at the 2496 a.a.H: marching one more time across Kazrrad, the armies of Zaghäl tried again to destroy Lorthen: However, the High Elves, supported by the Loranor Kingdom, Car'Haad, sylvan elves, high orcs and mountain elves defeated this second invasion, routing them back to Kazrrad.

This defeat determined the Hakes to try to make an alliance that encompassed all the Dark Elfs of Aels and near Hieyoks, which will finally come to be at the 2511 a.a.H:

The Zaghäl Dark Elf Confederation -primariy composed of Hakes and Drow, but as well with representatives of most of the elves serving the Dark Legion, along with their slave orcs and beast-men- will emerge a third time at the 2512 a.a.H.

The powerful Dark Elven army will defeat the High Elves of Lorthen and lay siege to the city, defeating numerous attempts to relieve the city:

for more than six years, the city resisted, and for six years, Zaghäl kept the siege, defeating any relief attempt: however, by the 2518 a.a.H with the news of the massing of a powerful army by the Loranor and the peoples of Nubla and Bierteno, the Dark elves were forced to lift the siege, swearing to return.

And they would: during the War of the Four Black Kings, an Army of the Zaghäl Confederation arrived at the city, attacking it by surprise, sacking and destroying it at the 2537 a.a.H: the Dark Elf King of Zaghäl, while was fighting the other three Black Kings, had ordered this army to the south not only to have vengeance against Lorthen, but to try face his enemies of eastern Aels - Anutkahook and the Nigromante of Tok-Thoria-.

The City of Lorthen was sacked and destroyed. The population, assessinated, enslaved or dispersed. However, the Kingdom of Lorthen will survive, even after lossing their king and city: this wasn't however for the actions of the elves of Lorthen themselves, but because after the sack of the city, rather than occupy the realm and destroy all the other elven settlements, the army of the Dark Elf King had orders to march against Anutkahook -other of the Four Black Kings-. However, they would be defeated afterward by Anutkahook in the Battle of the Old Forest Road. Much of the loot and slaves taken by the Dark Elves ended in hands of Anutkahook and his legions, and the survivors of the armies of Zaghäl were dispersed, retreating to Kazrrad. Anutkahook had his eyes on the price of the War of the Four Black Kings -the throne by the side of Sataan.-, so his army as well marched forth, across the forests, rather than crushing the remaining elves.

This will give opportunity for the elves of Lorthen to reform their kingdom -but they won't return to the ruins of the great city.-

The Cataclysm

End of Lorthen, War of the Seven Realms.

Old Article Edit

Lorthen's DescriptionEdit

Lorthen was a city-state that controlled the forests and lands about it. It was an attempt to carve out a niche for elves in a human and Kanov dominated world through peaceful trade and a strong internal defense.

The city was made up of High elf and Sylvan elf peoples. The city was founded and built with defense and high engineering in mind. It was built on an island in a mountain lake that served as a super-scaled moat for a super-scaled castle-city, with splendid causeways bridging the city to the land.

Speculation: the site may have been engineered considerably, the mountain plateau-like rock the city is built upon may have been cut considerably, and the lake may have been the result of water engineering mountain run off?

The entire city was like a castle, with high, thick double walls and keeps that equaled several human built castles. Indeed, the central keep was a tower that loomed over the rest of the city with amazing height, mass and volume, and was a great part of the city and its defenses in itself.

The woods and mountain terrain defended by a large, well equipped and disciplined corps of Sylvan elf rangers, and the High elf built city and fortifications made the city one of the most well defended cities on Aiers.

Lorthen's HistoryEdit

A Wave of InvasionsEdit

The coming of High elves to colonize eastern Aels would be the beginning of a series of wars, where the Sylvan elf kingdoms of the plains were conquered, or forced to retreat inland, away from the shores, and into the large forests and jungles from Nubla and Bierteno. Meanwhile, the Hebonnor retreated to the interior valleys and Highlands. The High elves would found their own colonies on the former lands of the Sylvan elves, often with Sylvan elves as their subjects.

However, these wars weakened both the Sylvan and High elves of eastern Aels, and neither of them were in good shape, when the Galaw Orcs, the Kanov people and humans appeared, putting an End to the Elf Age of Hegemony, with a series of migrations and invasions:

The High Elf colonies, and Sylvan Elf kingdoms alike, were destroyed, and the populations escaped deeper into the forests, where new villages and small kingdoms were founded.

The Hidden Kingdom of LorthenEdit

One of the largest and more important of these later remnant kingdoms of Aels was the Sylvan Elf-High Elf mixed kingdom known as the "Forest of Lorthen". Lorthen being a Sylvan elf kingdom set deep into the forest of Nubla, founded after the coming of the High elves. Ironically, this isolated and defended kingdom would accept High elven refugees during the age of invasions following the Apparition of Humanity, and would even willingly become a base for new colonization by the High elves following the First War of the Power.

Lorthen, meaning the city itself, was in the forests of Nubla, Aels, and was a High elven founded city, after the First War of the Power, in an intent of late colonialism, trying to remember the imperial past of the Empire of Whide Axis.

This High Elven colony prospered, but they couldn't take back, even by trade and culture, Aels and Zarhuy from the humans and Kanovs.

This city was attacked several times by Drow of the Dark Legion of Demons, and finally the dark elven armies of the City of the Wicked, Zaghäl, sacked and destroyed Lorthen, during the War of the Four Black Kings.