Fornost is the capital of Arnor , and the largest remaining city in Arnor. As the site of the goverment of Arnor, and its leading economic, population and military center the city is of extreme importance and its fall would herald the end of Arnor. Although besieged many times in it's history the city has never been taken by an invading force, and the twin towers of Arnor are a welcome site for all those who wish to see the former light of Numenor shine on the world.
Due to its location in Arnor Fornost was one of the later foundings of the Empire of Numeron and for many would mark the most northerly location of a major Numenorian settlement. From Fornost the Atlantians, and Numenorians controlled the northern Teutons, and other Germans and this made Fornost grow incredibly quickly, and this pace would continue all the way to the point of the Downfall of Numeron. During the Downfall of Numeron the city of Fornost was besieged many times by the Tuetons hoping to expand their holdings south but the fortifications always held despite the incredible odds against the city. Following the Downfall of NUmeron and the end of the Empire of NUmeron the city of Fornost became the capital of the Kingdom of Arnor, and grew even more as the fleeing Atlantians from the north and west all found their way into Arnor. During the War against The Empire the city would suffer less then any other city in Arnor, but was kept under siege the entire time, and only broke out during the last days of the conflict.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 2.1 Early History
- 2.2 Numenor
- 2.3 Fall of Numenor
- 2.4 Arnor
- 2.5 War with the Empire
- 2.6 Growth
- 2.7 Second Arnor War
- 3 Layout
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Governance
- 6 Noteable People
Fornost Erain is Sindarin. It means "Northern Fortress (of the) Kings"; from forn "north" and ost "fortress", and erain is the plural of aran. The Fornost component is a direct cognate to Quenya Formenos. It was translated as "Norbury of the Kings" (from supposedly Old English norð-burg, which represents its Westron name.
Fornost was a sparse and fertile area that was largley inhabited by roving bands of hunter gathers for the centuries before the coming the Empire of Numeron. During this period there was very little settlements in the region, and the only real civilization was horrifyingly enough in the form of the Trollocs of the Forest and the small Dwarven Hold of Dun Garek.
Main Article : Empire of Numeron
- "Arnor was the crowning jewel of the north, and for centuries its banners held the flags of the three royal houses of the province. For centuries the lands of the north were maintained by the control of one city in the form of Fornost. No city in the north reached even close to the levels of importance that Fornost did."
- -Uknown Numenorian
It wasn't until the coming of the Atlantians following the exodus of Atlantis that the region of Arnor, and in that way Fornost would become settled. The coming Numenorians were a very industrious people, and their expansion brought them northward from the port of Umbar and their most populated areas in Gondor, and Westros towards Germany. As the Atlantians move northward they founded many cities throughout Arnor, with the principle city of the region becoming known as Fornost. Due to its location in Arnor Fornost was one of the later foundings of the Empire of Numeron and for many would mark the most northerly location of a major Numenorian settlement. From Fornost the Atlantians, and Numenorians controlled the northern Teutons, and other Germans and this made Fornost grow incredibly quickly, and this pace would continue all the way to the point of the Downfall of Numeron.
Fall of Numenor
Main Article : Downfall of Numenor
During the Downfall of Numeron the city of Fornost was besieged many times by the Tuetons hoping to expand their holdings south but the fortifications always held despite the incredible odds against the city.
Main Article : Arnor
Following the Downfall of Numeron and the end of the Empire of Numeron the city of Fornost became the capital of the Kingdom of Arnor, and grew even more as the fleeing Atlantians from the north and west all found their way into Arnor.
War with the Empire
Main Article :Arnor War
- "The Empire was so much larger then us that for nearly the entire conflict we were forced to react to whatever they did, and the worse part was that it only worked if they didn't resist."
- -Unknown Commander
During the War against The Empire the city would suffer less then any other city in Arnor, but was kept under siege the entire time, and only broke out during the last days of the conflict.
Second Arnor War
Main Article : Second Arnor War
|Second Arnor War|
This right here is a line. If you cross that line my friend we are going to have issues. Stay away from Arnor. Leave it to its own devises and our two nations can have peace...If you threaten them, then I'm going to threaten you....It is that simple.
|The Fall of Arnor|
You told me about lines. I didnt want to cross the line. But here were are.
Austrian Invasion of Arnor
Battle of Krost
Main Article : Battle of Krost
As the Empire invaded southward into Arnor the fortress of Krost was one of the areas they planned specifically against, and they would bring heavy artillery against the fort, alongside some ten thousand men at arms and two thousand knights would be sent under the command of Deiter Stroh of whom was a seasoned commander of whom was well aware of the skill of Liam and wasn't going to walk into a defeat as many previously had. Liam organized his defenses knowing they had to damage the artillery as best they could in the beginning or else their defenses would be greatly weakened, and for this he would array dozens of skirmishers in the trees before the army of the Empire was marching, and in the gaps large pits were constructed that would collapse when the siege machines passed over them. Deiter Stroh weakened much of this plan when he marched irregular troops first, and was well prepared for ambush from the trees and because of this the Arnorian skirmishers were heavily damaged and did little damage to the Empire army. The pits though were a different matter and they would destory upwards of half the siege machines in the Empire army while heavily delaying them as well as they filled them in so that they could keep moving.
Fall of Fornost
Main Article : Battle of Fornost
Marcel Lovie II. would lead the army of the Kingdom of Lucerne into the Second Arnor War as the vangaurd of the larger force that was being gathered by William Lovie III. Travelling through the lands of the Kingdom of Stor they used the tunnels of the Dwarves of Dun Garek in order to reach the besieged land, and they were joined by several hundred Dwarves of whom remained behind in Frostmore instead of heading to Fornost. Marcel Lovie II. would arrive to find the city completely surrounded by the forces of Austria and in this way he moved into the surrounding forest and awaited darkness.
Using the night as an ally he was able to get very close to the Empire army before they knew what was happening, and ambushing them while most of the army was either asleep or facing the wrong direction a brutal melee ensued. Marcel and Fredrick Clegane would cut their way through the army of the Empire with their personal elite gaurd and find the command structure of the army and Marcel defeated Driam taking him prisoner. With the defeat of Driam Troy the rest of the forces begin surrending, and Marcel would quickly send the prisoners southward towards Frostmore while he took Driam Troy into Fornost where his additional forces allowed Fornost to hold against the siegers all around them.
With the capture of Driam Troy Marcel and the other commanders attempted to use diplomacy to push The Empire back, but discovered none of their attempts were met by even communication. Realizing there would be no end to this fight and it would be fought to the last drop of blood Sif Hemsworth, and Marcel would come to the conclusion that they needed to hold at Frostmore where the defences were greater. Due to this plan Marcel would be influencial in keeping the royal family of House Hemsworth alive after he made them aware of the fact that the Empire forces had made threats of what would happen if they captured the members of House Hemsworth. The siege of Fornost would become even more dire and potentially disasterous when the illusive Priam Troy would arrive with a larger army and a clear thought of defeating Fornost through whatever means neccessary. With the knowldge that the city was going to fall he would lead his forces and some of the defending Arnor forces out of the doomed city and prepare to move to Frostmore where they would make their last stand. Marcel would do his best to console his cousin Natalie but was unable to convinse her to hide, and because of this he was forced to sadly say goodbye to his cousin who was so brave, and took Britney, and Lucie Lovie with him out of the city and southward towards Frostmore. Inside Fornost the defenders led by Sif Hemsworth remained resolute in dying in defence of the city, and they held the walls to the last man as the siegers led by Priam Troy broke through the walls in several areas. Charging through the gaps in the walls the defenders would initially attempt to hold the gaps, but overwhelming numbers forced them to retreat back to the keeps that lay within the city, and defend themselves from there. Falling one by one the keeps and strongpoints were no match for the unending armies of Austria, and thus the final stand was made at the Royal Fornost Palace.
Priam Troy stood with the army for the first time demanding for Driam Troy's return but Sif Hemsworth laughed at him from the walls lying that Driam was dead, and that only his body would be discovered by the Teutons. Priam instead of ordering the storming of the keep would bring forth catapults and ordered dead cows fired into the palace grounds and did this the entire day causing disease to spread amongs the Atlantians. As the Palace grounds were bombarded with disease the rest of the city was pacified and the many nobles unable to retreat southward were taken into their control, including several members of House Hemsworth. As the defenders of the palace died in their dozens Priam begin firing burning oil into the palace and so few were the gaurds that they were unable to combat the fire and it spread horribly throughout killing the remainder of the defenders. Sif Hemsworth and a handful of defenders opened the Palace gates and attempted to meet their end in honorable combat, but Priam Troy would fire on them with archers, and crossbowmen killing them before this could happen.
Britney Turns Away
As the army of Marcel Lovie retreated southward it was still filled with several thousand troops of the Order of the Black Numenorians led by Britney Hemsworth, and it would be this force that would dramatically change the outcome of the Battle of Frostmore. As they approached Frostmore she would be alerted by one her agents using one of the Magi Stones of Lucerne that the region of Lorderon had gone up in flame after discovering that Arthas Menathil was a chaos servent and was heading north with an army now no longer aligned with Lucerne. Realizing that no reinforcements were incoming she knew the fate of Arnor was sealed, but she also knew she needed time to get away, and thus she ordered her forces to sneak eastward during the night as they camped. Not alerting Marcel to the betrayal of Arthas Marcel was shocked in the morning when a quarter of his army was gone, but had no choice but to continue on to Frostmore. Britney took the entirety of her force as well as draining some of the defenses of Frostmore and traveled eastward before traveling southward into Dun Garek where she and Lucie bid goodbye to Arnor and made their way southward to new horizons.
Arthas Moves North
Last Stand of Marcel Lovie
As Marcel planned the defences of Frostmore alongside others he was horrified when the banners of the Empire of Valeria begin appearing on the western front, while The Empire's banners also begin appearing on the northern side of the fortress. Marcel upon all of these changes would make top priorty be the surival of as many of the Arnorian people as he could and they flooded southward into Dun Garek in increasing numbers as Frostmore turned into the last bastion of Arnor outside of Talheim. As the southern exit from Frostmore begin to be shut by the Valerians the remaining people inside Frostmore were forced to accept that they may be doomed, and Marcel did his best to quell the fear in the city, but it was as fear hit them that the Valerians struck against the western walls. The Valerians struck with hundreds of cultists, and more terrifying a few thousand demons struck the western walls and broke the moral of the defenders until Fredrick Clegane rallied them when he killed a larger demon. As the defenders rallied Fredick was struck by a black arrow killing him just as Marcel Lovie arrived to congratulate him on his turning of the tide. The defenders wanted to break and pull back but Marcel fought side by side on the western wall and held it for a time. During this desperate last defence while defending against cultists climbing up ladders it was Reingard Highdor that would be stabbed and slashed leaving his one arm gone and bleeding terribly from a wound to his stomach. Realizing that he needed help quickly or he would die it was Marcel that took him inside the tower they were defending and after telling Reingard that he would go and get a healer for him they both heard the fighting outside intensifying and opening the door saw the wall was falling. Realizing the situation Reingard would demand that Marcel leave and save the city over just him, and both crying they said goodbye as Marcel locked the tower door behind him leaving Reingard to bleed out in the tower.
Marcel would arrange his forces into Frostmore following this because he was sent ravens by Arthas Menathil that his forces were incoming, and that he should remain there as the entire Lucernian army was only days away. As Frostmore was surrounded Marcel was confused as to where the relief was, but remained rresolute in following what he had been told, and for this reason he didn't retreat from Frostmore. The Valerians finally broke inside the walls, and he was told that The Empire forces had disaspeared from the north heading northward, and thus renewed that perhaps they were retreating in fear of the coming Lucerne army he fought with new passion in the defence of the city. As the city fell he defended the keep to the last, and was defeated in single combat by a Valerian man who had wings sprouting from his body and was just barely alive as he watched the forces of Valeria pull back. Marcel would wake up and find Arthas standing over him, but Arthas had completely given in to Chaos and would kill Marcel before desecrating his body and leaving the city.
Alice Discovers the Truth
While uncousioness the link between her and Marcel leads to her feeling his final moments from his point of view, and after this she wakes telling everyone around her that Marcel is dead.