|Kingdom of Gondor|
Flag of Gondor
Gondor in Pink in Central Europe
|Type of Goverment||Absolute Monarchy|
|Head of State||Aragorn Elessar II.|
|Secondary Leaders||Faramir Denathir|
|Location||Central Europe, south of The Empire, and north of Rome.|
|Languages||Atlantian. Population has an understanding of Germanic, and Italian.|
|Races, and Ethnicity||Vast Majority are Atlantian although significant number of Goth now live in Northwest|
|Population||Vast Population that has fallen on hard times through constant invasions.|
Gondor is a Major Human Kingdom to the east of the Mountains of Lucerne. One of the four remaining Numenorian Kingdoms left in Europe the Kingdom of Gondor remains close ties with Arnor but has lost all communication with the other Numenorians in the form of Dol Amroth, and Umbar following their betrayal of Gondor during the devestating Civil War in Gondor.
Along with Arnor the Kingdom of Gondor is the last bastion of the Atlantian people. Once the largest grouping of humans in Europe the Atlantians foundthemselves destroyed following the Downfall of Numeron and now they are vastly outnumbered by the Germans of Europe. The Atlantians have a longer life span then most humans and this means that the Gondorians would normally have an advantage but their nearly constant losses against Mordor have eraced much of this advantage. Alongside the Atlantians their remains a sizeable number of Numenorians remaining in Gondor of whome are the true blood Atlantians with barely any of their blood diluted by the Europeans. These Numenorians have an immortal life span and are in all levels of goverment within the Kingdom of Gondor.
The Kingdom of Gondor worship after the Atlantian Pantheon of which is the ancient religion of the Empire of Numeron, and they stand as one of the few practitioners of the religion left in the world. The Atlantian Pantheon holds the sway over nearly the entire population but there is a small amount of German living in the southwest, and Italians in the south east that worship Dragonoph, and Chrisitianity and while these religions play no normal part in Gondor life they do exist.
The Kingdom of Gondor is a near absolute monarchy with a republican element, and several nearly comletely auntononous regions making the Kingdom of Gondor unique in its government forming more of an empire format then an actual Kingdom, in much a similar way to Lucerne.
Within Gondor exists the semi-autonomas region of the Shire which is located in southwestern Gondor on the western side of the Anduin River. The Shire provides a large amount of food for the lands of Gondor, and stretches over large tracts of land, but these lands provide very little military outside of a small elite force that they will provide in times of great conflicts. The Shire is much like Rhohavian in the east that is also semi-auntomonas and basically remains a part of Gondor in order to protect itself. Rhohavian provides a large amount of the horses, and the horsemen of the Kingdom of Gondor, and there has been a great history of military men in Gondor being from Rhohavian.
Gondor was founded by brothers Isildur and Alrion Anárion, of whom were commanded to travel to Gondor by the Empire of Numeron who was increasingly expanding into Europe, and in this early conquest the region of Gondor's fertile landscape appealed to the colonizing Numenorian/Atlantian population. Gondor formed a central section of the Empire of Numeron and was the second most populated region behind only Westros meaning it was of vital importance to the Empire as a whole, and was perhaps the cultural center of the Numenorians even above Westros's massive population, and Arnor's vast armies. During the Downfall of the Numeron the region of Gondor was the least damaged of the provinces of Numeron and as such it was in a far greater position then Arnor to move past the violence of that conflict. Following the fall of the Empire of Numeron the Kingdom of Gondor would briefly join with Arnor in an attempt to remake the Empire of Numeron but they could not find a way to hold onto Westros so they became two seperate entities. Gondor would take control of the other provinces of Numeron in Dol Amroth, and Umbar after becoming independant and together along with the region of Isengard they would form the central provinces of Gondor. Gondor was at the height of its power in the early A.D. years due to the ship kings and the military might that their armies possessed. However multiple devastations caused it to gradually decline after 45 B.C, being continually weakened by the allies of Sauron. The truly devestating moment was the Civil War which left them without three of their four man core provinces when Isengard, Umbar, and Dol Amroth all declared independance and they couldn`t win any of them back during the conflict.
Gondor is a warm land of south central Europe, and its location is along the Anduin River Basin, which splits off from the larger Rhine River to the north. Gondor is bordered by the Valley of Lucerne to its west, the Mountains of Mordor to its east, Fairmarket, and Westros to the north, and the swamplands of Umbar to the south.
Gondor is a temperate area where farming is very easy on the western side of the Anduin leaving forests, and grasslands to be found in great number throughout the basin of Anduin.
Looking at Gondor historically it once covered much of the region of Andarin, with it controlling at one point the land of Taraban, Mordor, Conachar, Dol Amroth, Rhunian, and Umbar, but as the wars and civil wars expanded on the land of Gondor the lands they controlled fell further and further back until the only lands Gondor controlled were the basins on both sides of the Anduin River. Southern Gondor on the east side of the Anduin becomes increasingly hilly and mountianous leaving the area hardy and cold as well due to the winds coming from the nearbye Mordor Mountains, and the cold southern waters of the Anduin.
Rivers of Gondor
Gondor has many rivers most of which were sourced from the White Mountains and flowed into the Bay of Belfalas, or flowed into the Anduin which also flowed into the bay.
The Six Rivers of Gondor are the following:
- The river Lefnui,
- The river Morthond (Blackroot),
- The river Ciril,
- The river Ringló, is a small river that connects the Osgiliath section of the Anduin River to the capital.
- The river Gilrain, which is the second longest river in Gondor and connects the Anduin River to the Great Western Lake and seperates the southern Fief of Gondor from the north.
- The river Anduin, nearly three-hundred miles of it flowed through Gondor's territory.
Forests of Gondor
Gondor contains within its borders several major forests in the form of the Druwaith, Falas, Lorinand, Falasti, and the Taurni Fin Forest. These Forests are the major forests as within Gondor lie many other smaller forests of more diminitive size, but the forests above are the ones of substancial size.
- Druwaith Forest : The Druwaith Forest is the largest forest in Gondor, and throughout its scope it is controlled by the Realm of Anorian, but in parts of the forest they are opposed by groups of non-Gondorian forces of whom have grown stronger as the power of Gondor has diminished.
- Falas Forest :
- Falasti Forest :
- Lorinand Forest :
- Taurni Fin Forest :
Warning Beacons of Gondor
The warning beacons of Gondor were an alarm system for the realm of Gondor. Situated on top of several hills on both sides of the White Mountains, the beacons were great fireplaces permanently manned by men of Gondor. Built by the Stewards of Gondor, the beacons linked their capital Minas Tirith with the westernmost provinces of Gondor, thus enabling either to quickly alert the other.
Like Arnor to the north, Gondor is a kingdom founded by Alrion Anárion, the son of Elendil, after the Downfall of Númenor. It was located to the South of Arnor, and the Empire and to the East of Lucerne, and the west Mordor. Its name means Land of Stone, from Sindarin gond (stone) + (n)dor (land), most likely given to it because of the White Mountains and other mountain chains in the land.
Main Article : Empire of Numeron
Before the Downfall of Númenor, Gondor was home to many Númenórean colonists, who either mixed blood with the indigenous Italians if they were friendly, or dispersed them east across the river Venice. Gondor was a more fertile region than Arnor to the North, and therefore it already had a larger population before the arrival of the Numenor's. This also included a well-established City, Pelargir .
Fall of Numeron
Main Article : Downfall of Numenor
Gondor's power and wealth grew steadily (only interrupted by an Easterling invasion in 97 B.C. Its power would continue to grow into 50 B.C. While the power of Gondor's sister kingdom Arnor peaked during this period, and then after 100 A.D. Arnor began to break up into various successor states. Gondor's greatest glory was yet to come. Gondor's great cities Minus Tirith , Minas Ithil , Osgiliath and Pelagir only grew and the Dunedain of Gondor started to rule over more and more of the North Italian region.
Ship KingsGondor's power reached its Golden Age under the four "Ship-kings":
- Tarannon Falastur. First of the Ship-Kings, ruled very effectively but died childless
- Eärnil I. Nephew of Tarannon expanded greatly the major port of Umbar
- Ciryandil Ciryandil.
- Hyarmendacil I. Last of the Ship-Kings. In the reign of the powerful king, Hyarmendacil I (c. 12th century TA) Gondor reached the height of its power. During Hyarmendacil's reign, Gondor's borders reached their furthest extent. The Kingdom extended east to the river Venice, south to the border with Rome, it went north only has far as the forests of the Elves , and west towards the edges of the Lucerne Mountains .
Such was Gondor's wealth during the period that men from other lands would say in envy: "In Gondor precious stones are but pebbles for the children to play with."
Following the four ship kings the expansion of the Gondorian Empire began to grind to a halt. Without the constant stream of new materials from expansion there was a bit of decline in overall economic health in the Kingdom. This became coupled with a sence of arrogance amongst the nobility in Minus Tirith. This was mainly being caused by the nobles of Minus Tirith towards the Umbar province, but what began to happen was a gradual decline in the relationship with not only Umbar, but also with Dol Amroth.
Gondor Civil War
The End of the Line
Main Article : Battle of Narvine Fields
| The End of the Gondor Civil War |
They will not sit idle after our victories in Cair Andros and Ethring. We need to move quickly if we are to end this conflict. We need to look at this map and force their hand in a single fight. Force them to attack where we want them to.
The War would finally come to an end when the forces of Mordor and Umbar would team up to attack the Gondorian Fortress of Narvine. The forces of Mordor were reeling from the miraculous defense of Cair Andros, and before this the utter defeat of the Umbar forces attempting to destroy House Mason at Ethring. The Mordor forces begin to regroup around Minus Morgal and prepared to move once again into Gondor this time they were led by the Witch King and their force was massive along the lines of the original armies attacking throughout the land. The Gondor scouts were especially well alert during the early movements and because of this the Gondorian army was able to arrive in Narvine a day before the Mordor, and Umbar armies did, and this turned the battle into more of a siege.
The fortress was the main backbone of the eastern Gondorian defences and for this reason it was especially well prepared for the attack that everyone knew was inevitable. Before the Battle had begun the fortress had its command handed over to the twin brothers Tar-Arannoa Ellesar, and Tar-Vislen Elessar of whom brought a large force of Tower gaurds of whome were not foreseen by the forces of Mordor as they moved within. The forces of Mordor were at first moving against Minus Ithil but they discovered the fortress was heavily defended by two of the Numenorian commanders in the form of Tur-Halbaard Elessar, and Edrion Elessar thus the forces of Mordor used a large Orc force to besiege Minus Ithil while they moved the total force southwards towards Narvine in a move that would cut off the main Gondor force in the south from the rest of Gondor. As the force from Mordor moved south the main thrust of Umbar moved northward towards the main Gondor Force at Ethring which forced the main force to remain in place. King Arathorn Elessar understood that the forces of Gondor were completely surrounded in the south but with the army in the north in tatters following the defence of Cair Andros, and the central army still stuck fighting against the army of Sarauman in Osgiliath and besieged in Minus Ithil he had no choice but to attempt to defeat the Umbar force once and for all.
The Siege Begins
The Army of Mordor moved quickly against the forces at Narvine as they were determined to take the fortress and quickly trap the rest of the Gondor Army around Ethring where they would be picked apart and destroyed. Led by the Witch King the army of nearly three hundred thousand attacked the fortress nestled into the hills which had a defence army of little over sixty thousand and was weakened from nearly two years of fighting. The seige begin quickly with the forces of Mordor swarming at the walls in huge numbers which had little hope of defeating the defenders but each night this continued which made the defenders weaker and weaker. After three days of fighting the forces of Mordor had lost almost seventy five thousand to the defenders but the defenders were down some ten thousand dead while another fifteen thousand were wounded. While the defenders awaited the fourth day and the coming of their eventual fall the situation in Ethring changed dramatically.
Massacre at Barfurd
Along the Umbar front the forces of Gondor were opposed by the massive army of Umbar of which was situated in the large city of Barfurd. The Umbar army was very large but at the same time they were led by the brother of Castamir Bedroog in Vastamir Bedroog of whome was a skilled but inexperianced leader. Arathorn saw that his Kingdom was going to fall unless he changed things dramatically and thus he created a plan where a large force of Gondor Cavalary would move eastward around the border with Umbar through the mountain passes there and move to the east of the Umbar army unaware. The sentries along the Umbar border were massive as Castamir had drilled his brother to death that he needed to be careful about ambushes, but the mountain path was so inaccesable and far away from the front that there were very few sentries there and what few were there were of little skill and even less prepared. The Cavalry moved quickly and was able to destroy the few scouts in the mountain pass and arrived on the eastern swamps of Barfurd four days after they had left. With their arrival Arathorn moved the entire Gondor force southward and provoked the Umbar army into action by massacring the scouts located along the border and thus at the same time bliding the Umbar forces to their movement. Vastamir sent word to his brother who told him that he would move a relief force to Barfurd and that Vastamir would not move until he arrived. Vastamir was prepared to follow this but Arathorn begin using scouts to taunt the defenders and Vastamir suffered insults from his commanders which forced him to make the rash decision to move the Umbar army north in order to defeat Arathorn.
The moment the Umbar army moved north Castamir got word and moved his force quicker to the location but he was a week away and had no real hope of arriving in time. Vastamir led the forces north and despite whispers from his commanders that they had little knowledge of what they were facing he continued north due to the fact that he was heavily influenced by several rash commanders within his retinue. As he moved north he was shadowed by the ten thousand cavalry of the Gondor force of whome moved in behind and to the eastern side of him in preperation for the coming Battle. As the two sides engaged in Battle the Gondorians did not make any attempt to be agressive and the Umbar forces assumed this was because they were so much more numerous and they doubled their attack. As the entire Umbar force was engaged the cavalry moved into the Battle and hit the unprepared Umbar forces in the rear and side. As Vastamir realized the mistake he made he charged forward in the hopes of defeating Arathorn before his forces were completely massacred. He would make his way to Arathorn who was heading for him and the two would duel and when the dust settled Vastamir lay dead along with the entire army of Umbar. Following this victory the forces of Gondor moved relatively undamaged northward towards the Battle of Narvine and the forces of Mordor were completely unaware of this movement.
The End of the Siege
The fourth day of the Siege of Narvine would come and as was the case everyday the forces of Mordor moved against the city but this time they were in trouble as the main Gondor force was watching from the hills nearbye and was awaiting this attack. During the enseuing siege the Gondor Army under Arathorn moved north towards the seige and hit the rear of the attacking force. Isilmo was in the skies overhead and was the first to see the attackers, and this was followed shortly after by the Witch King of whome both attempted to shift there forces but realized quickly that the army was far to invested in the siege to turn completely and they watched as a massive melee ensued between the Gondor forces and the now completely surrounded Mordor army of which started to turn into a massacre. As this happened the Witch King and Isilmo landed at the heart of the Gondor army and begin to fight at the center. There presence caused great fear and nearly routed the Gondorians until Arathorn and his son Aragorn arrived on the scene and engaged them in battle. During this ensueing conflict Arathron would be struck down along with his second in command in Malvo Openias and all hope seemed lost until Aragorn stepped forward and fought him. While they fought his uncle was killed by Isilmo but was then forced to pull back after Tar-Vislan defeated him and nearly killed his Wraith. With the Mordor force nearly completely massacred the Witch King looked around and realized that he was completely surrounded and thus pulled back leaving the field completely in Gondor's hands. With the defeat of this force the forces of Mordor no longer had the forces capable of winning the conflict and Sauron watching his army in near defeat ordered the general retreat from Gondor's lands of which the final force to leave was Sarauman of whome was harried by Gandalf their entire time leaving.
Following the Civil War, Morder came out of the woods to feast on the weakened Gondor. With it's armies in tatters the Gondorians could do little except hide within their fortresses and cities. The city of Pelagir was never meant to be attacked so conventionally and because of this was reduced to a tiny village over the course of constant raids throughout these years.
The fort of Minus Ithil was under permanent siege, and Osgiliathwasbeingconstantlyattacked by the forces of Mordor. This was a very dark time for the Kingdom and it was only made worse when forces from Stormwind began harassing there defenceless northwestern farmlands. Conflict with Stormwind
Lucernian Invasion of Gondor
Main Article : Lucernian Invasion of Rhunian
| Lucernian Invasion of Rhunian |
One day you men will look back and ask yourself what the hell you did here. You attacked us while were fighting monsters. So much for the honor of the Dragons.
The Lucernian Invasion of Rhunian begin after an increasingly devolving James Lovie II. recieved word from Gondor that they needed help in fighting the Orcs on their eastern border. James would summon the council of Lucerne and reluctantly everyone outside of Forks came to the meeting but instead of proposing assistance to Gondor it was James that discussed his desire to attack and gain control of the Rhunian region of Gondor. Upon hearing this the Starke forces that were present would react with shock and resisted this heavily, but in this they were supported by none of the other members of the council who all have been successfully intimated by what everyone knows was James reaction to the last time the lords resisted him in the form of The Plague. When Eddard Starke continued to resist the wishes of James it was James Nighting and several guards who brought Rickon Starke, and Lyanna Starke and in front of the council Rickons life was threatened if Eddard did not agree to follow through. Unwilling to lose his son and sister it was Eddard that agreed to lead his forces in assaulting Gondor, and alongside Winterfell it was the Grand State of Castamere and several other prominent areas in the Valley that would be commanded to begin preperations for the assault on Rhunian. Eddard would remain behind after the rest of the council was sent away and it was made clear that Rickon, and Lyanna would remain in Lucerne and that if the Starke's did not make good on their word then not only would Rickon, and Lyanna be executed but the next council meeting would be about removing House Starke from their position.
While this was being planned it was James that was communicating with Gondor about his plans to support them in a push into Umbar to create a barrier between the two nations, and thus Gondor was moving troops to the Ethring region while Lucerne was moving troops to the Gondor border. Rhunian thus would have only its own forces, and a small amount of reserves from Gondor to defend it if the Lucernians attacked the land, but one element that the Lucernians had not anticiapted was the arrival of Tur-Eldarion Elessar a prince of Gondor who arrived in Langstrand to begin recruiting troops in Rhunian and this drive for recruitment would bring thousands of extra troops into Rhunian. When the Starke's did little more then send small outriders against northern Rhunian, and a contingent of Mormont men from Bear Island it was left to the Lannisters to actually instigate the conflict. Tywin, and Tygett Lannister would send hundreds of cavalry into central Rhunian against the villages along the border, and proceeded to ransack and pillage the entire area leading to at first confusion from Gondor who had signed alliance papers and had principally agreed on a mutual plan to attack Umbar. Gondorian diplomats were imprisoned in both Castamere and Winterfell and attempts to communicate were met with silence leading to a shocked Gondorian prince Tur-Eldarion to send word to the Gondor capital that was was now declared with Lucerne.
Lannister Invasion of Langstrad
As the Gondorians were mobilizing it was the Lannisters who smashed into the western areas of Rhunian taking control of dozens of villages and putting four towns under siege. House Lannister moved their main army straight out of Lannistane alongside all of their vassals, and other houses and moved directly towards Langstrand. The Lannisters were led by Tywin Lannister of whom took complete charge of the siege of Langstrand, and then he sent his family members to take control of the various villages, and castles nearby. The defenders of Langstrand were offered quarter, but refused under the command of Haalbrad and demanded the Lucernians leave their lands or else face the consequences. The defenders were outnumbered, but Langstrand sat on the edge of water, and the river bed was shielded by cliffs which meant they could get some supplies inside, thus making the siege even longer.
Invasion of Tolhnen
Elements from Mander, and southern Castamere landed by boat in southern Rhunian and placed the town of Tolhnen under siege as well as spread out throughout the coastline of southern Rhunian attempting to gain control of the entire southern coast.
Sack of Tolhnen
Invasion of Torginiath
With his brother Guntram still missing it was Arwin that took command of the House Jest forces during the Lucernian Invasion of Rhunian and his forces would launch a naval invasion of the port town of Minas Torginiath, but before he could reach the port he took part in a brief naval battle outside Torginiath where he sunk most of the Gondor navy. Having gained control of the port of Torginiath it was Arwin that situated his forces in a garrison position as per his commands from the Lannister high command, and prepared for any sort of invasion by the forces of mainland Gondor. During this garrison duty he would become close with the Admiral of the Torginiath naval forces in the form of Ka-Alisse Maethadis, and their friendship would allow for a more peaceful control of Torginiath as Alisse assisted him in controlling the city. Arwin would agree to Alisse's desire to travel to Tolhnen and try and save her brother and sent her there with three men, and before she left the two shared a kiss and promices of more for the two of them hung in the air as she left Torginiath for Tolhnen.
Exodus of Torginiath
The men that Arwin had sent to accompany Alisse to Tolhnen returned and told him that she had been executed alongside hundreds of other innocents by the order of Alberich Grefford, as well as telling him that Alberich was on his way to Torginiath. Realizing what Alberich would do if he came to Torginiath he would take his ship and meet with Admiral Ka-Nethion Authion and would faciliate the exodus of hundreds of high ranking nobles out of Minas Torginiath by boat, and when Alberich arrived this exodus was almost complete and once again in his desire to continue his ethnic cleansing program it was Alberich who attempted to order a fight with the Gondor navy. This attempt was resisted by Arwin and once again Alberich prepared to fight a fellow Lucernian force, and this time there was no high ranking Lucernian commander to stop him and thus started the Skirmish At Torginiath. During the brief skirmish between the forces loyal to Arwin and those loylal to Alberich hundreds were killed but when the population of Torginiath came to the streets in support of Arwin it was Alberich that forced to flee the city leaving Arwin firmly in control of Torginiath.
Invasion of Adrahil
With the Lannisters fully preparing to invade and once that war being declared it was the Starke's no matter what they wanted, and they massed all their vassals into the area now known as Arathor and prepared to attack into Central Rhunian and upwards, while the Lannisters already had mobilized were preparing to attack southern Rhunian, and upwards from there. It was this point that James Lovie would send forces from his own Circle of Magi of whom led by Kieth Schwartz, and accompanied by men from House Lerman under the command of Faedra Lerman, and Logan Lerman and these forces were sent to watch over the leadership of House Starke of whom James Lovie had no trust in. The strategy of House Starke though was for their forces to thrust against the large town of Adrahil, while there forces then moved against the villages north of Adrahil in an attempt to draw the Gondor soldiers into pitched battles that worked against them. They would be led by Eddard Starke, and Brandon Starke of which the two brothers would lead the siege of Adrahil.
Gondorian Counter Attack
Following this the conflict escalated very quickly when despite the conflicts on the eastern half of their Kingdom the forces of Gondor moved significant forces to the western half against the forces of Stormwind. During this escalation the forces of House Lannister, and House Starke moved increasingly to the front, with both sides employing different strategies. House Lannister and its forces continued to move against the area around the large Gondor town of Langstrand which they had surrounded with forces, and moved a smaller force of more elite irregular troops led by many of their more elite forces to harass the lands south of Adrahil where the main thrust of House Starke was moving against. This strategy worked with both the forces assisted by a small detatchment sent from House Ordos. House Ordos sent an elite force of siege experts that assisted with both the siege of Langstrand, and Adrahil with both logistics and leadership for goals of the sieges. On the other side of the conflict was the defenders of Gondor of whom were led by Eldarion Elessar, his brother Ildarion, and their uncle Halbaard Elessar. The conflict in the east was dire, and thus Gondor was forced to rely on the two princes, and the forces they brought were relatively weak auxiliary forces from south western Gondor, and not the more battle hardened eastern troops. The forces of Gondor were obviously relying mainly on defenders made up of the forces of the two major towns Adrahil, and Langstrand and because of this they were in a lot of trouble when it came to the massive forces being brought to bear by Castamere, Winterfell, Mander, and Hillsbrad. The northern town of Adrahil was led by the two sons of the King, while Lanstrand was held by Halbaard Elessar making for serious leadership in the two towns.
It would be at this time that Liana Beyne would be nearly completely in love with Philip Prester by the time the two were fourteen and it was this love that led Philip to take drastic actions when his father sent him word about the invasion of Rhuthian. The word came in the form of several pages, and a man at arm in the form of Tristen of Feastfires of whom would take Philip aside and tell him he needed to come with them as the attack on Rhuthian was weeks away. Learning this he would in the dead of night sneak away from the sleeping Tristen of Feastfires and go to Liana's father Menagil Beyne of whom would assemble his family after hearing what Philip had to say, and would put complete faith in the young Philip Prester when he handed him over his two daughters for protection, and with only supplies and horses he sent them away from Castle Beyne for the west. Tristen of Feastfires would awaken and realizing quickly what had happened left the castle with little resistance from House Beyne of whom was happy to have him and his two squires gone. Philip would reach the Gondorian port town of Leghland where they found passage to Lucerne where shortly after arriving on shore they found a large encampment of Lucernian forces carrying the banner of House Starke. Going into the camp of House Starke Philip Prester would present himself to the Starke leadership of whom listened to him as he was the heir to a powerful house, and they would do the honorable thing when they sent him northward with Liana and Vellia to Winterfell. As the conflict neared its beginning his presence in Winterfell would become known when Tristen of Feastfires finally found his trail after weeks of looking, and would lie saying Tywin Lannister himself had summoned Philip, and with this command in place Philip would tearfully say goodbye for a time to Liana Beyne while traveling with Tristen to the forces of House Prester.
Chasing the PrinceWhen he was given word that Ildarion Elessar had fled Adrahil and was moving south he sent his most trusted commander in his son Jaime Lannister north to chase him down with most of the heavy cavalry and the entire force of House Reyne that had come with House Lannister. Jaime Lannister would move quickly north, but was very careful to move his large force out of sight of any force that they saw and through this strategy he moved undetected through Gondor and begin stalking Ildarion Elessar and his force so that he could capture the prince before the Starke's got him. Jaime got close to Ildarion Elessar twice but both times Ildarion was able to meneaver himself away from the forces of Jaime Lannister, and escape. Either way the forces of Ildarion were basically reduced to running around for nearly a month as they were chased by Jaime Lannister and this left them unable to take part in any actual fighting.
While Jaime was searching for Ildarion Elessar his brother in Tyrion Lannister moved throughout the region between around Langstrand with a largely weakly equipped ground force and begin capturing the various castles, and forts that dotted this region. These forts, and castles were far weaker then they had ever been because the west was seen by Gondor as the area that they least needed to be worried about. Despite this though Tyrion had to deal with each of these defences of which the largest was the fort of Amon Hen of which was defended by six hundred men of Gondor and was perched on a cliff overlooking the valley around it. Tyrion would use great skill in traversing the valley around the fort which allowed him to sneak his forces to the depths surrounding the fort. The forces of Gondor in many places fought to the last man, but were clearly given some orders for larger garrisons to surrender and save their lives. In Amon Hen the defenders lost some three hundred troops in the suprise attack, but still held on for hours before they surrendered and were sent westward as prisoners. With Tyrion sacking castle after castle he finally had managed to block the eastern river approach into Langstrand thus closing the city off from supplies by the water, and thus making starving them out once more an option.
The Chase Expands
Theon Greyjoy joined Robb Starke in a raiding party that was basically meant to harass, and capture large tracts of land in the hopes of getting the Gondorians to leave their fortifications and walk into traps north of Adrahil. While they did this Jon Snow led a smaller group of heavy cavalry against the villages of this area, and he slowly but surely became a sort of vangaurd for the larger cavalry force of Theon, and Robb. At this point with fighting breaking out all over the region the main army of Eddard Starke supported by House Baratheon and some logistics sent by House Ordos moved against the town of Adrahil and put the town completely under siege. Before they could get the entire town under siege though one of the brothers in Ildarion left the city from the west with a large force of heavy, and light cavalry and made his way south to defend Langstrad where the the city was more capable of falling quickly. With Adrahil under siege and the objective of starving the town out until it surrendered Eddard gave the command to begin the heavy harrasment in the north. House Mormont and the Bear Island troops would capture nearly all the mines, and livestock of the area and bring it westward, while the other Bear Island troops ransacked northern Rhunian and took the spoils into Lucerne. While this was happening the forces of House Tarly of whom commanded a large force would move eastward towards Lamedon, where they would arrive and thus block off the ability of Gondor to send any kind of supplies or reinforcements into the area. Randyll Tarly would hold two castles west of Lamedon, and despite attempts by the Lamedon troops to dislodge him, he was a master tactision and was unable to be removed.
Theon and Robb would command together a force of cavalary of which they used brilliantly and after raiding the village of Meadow's Grove they noticed a rather large group of Gondor soilders marching eastward and they immediatly begin following the group. After a full day of marching the Gondor forces set up camp inside a forest and they believed they had the night to rest before marching again. This was a large mistake, and the forces of Theon and Robb moved quickly to surround the camp. While they surrounded the camp the forces of Jon Snow moved against the only real chance of the Gondor force to be saved when they moved against a cavalry force led by one of the local commanders. In the coming Raid on Groilline Jon Snow would discover that Ildarion was with that camped force, and would send word to Robb about this, while Jamie Lannister was not told or made aware of any changes.
Raid on Groiline
During the days of the war with Gondor, Jon Snow was tasked with a small unit of troops that he was tasked with raiding the northern farmlands in order to draw out the outstretched Gondor forces into the trap of the army of House Lannister, and House Starke. In Jon's role he would become aware of how outstretched the Gondor forces were when he chased a force of Gondor cavalry through the night and as he passed by the village of Groiline his scouts reported no defenders. His scouts informed him that the cavalry had no intention of stopping as they were moving eastwards towards Prince Ildarion of whom was being shadowed by both Robb Starke, and Jaime Lannister. Seeing this as an oppurtunity he would stop chasing the cavalry and would instead move his force to Groiline and capture the village, thus unknown to Ildarion Elessar and his forces the road west was free for them to go back through, but without knowing that they made camp that nigh with no knowledge they were trapped on all sides except one.As Jamie Lannister made his way north his scouts were constantly scanning the woods, and the villages that they moved through, and around in the guise of finding Ildarion. As this continued they reached just east of Castle Beyne when they caught the scent of Ildarion as he was travelling north of the castle fighting a running battle against a House Starke cavalry force. His scouts reported to him that the forces of House Starke that were involved were those of his rival in Robb Starke so he moved quicker then he wanted to in order to catch Ildarion. As he moved with less stealth now his force was noticed by a local garrison of whom was led by the able commander Aegnor Tal-Villion of whom begin shadowing the larger Lannister force. Aegnor was a Numenorian just like his friend Ildarion Ellessar and knew the importance of his prince, and thus he made the decision to stop Jame Lannister by whatever means necessary. Aegnor quickly realized as he followed Jamie's forces that Jamie was attempting to harry his prince, and thus Aegnor prepared most of his men for the defence of their fort, while he and a company fifty cavalry begin to harass the rear echolon of the Jaime Lannister force. Jaime
Ambush at Meadow's GroveBefore Jon Snow had moved against the village of Goiline he had sent a raven scout northwest towards where he believed his brother to be with the information that he had Ildarion surrounded from the north, while Jaime Lannister was in the south blocking that route, and a force of cavalry was coming from the west to alert the Ildarion force of their predicament. Realizing they had to stop the cavalry force Robb Starke ordered a bold move when he moved his entire force south west into the path of the cavalry. His force would get off their horses and quickly prepare and ambush for the force of maybe fifteen cavalry, and when the force arrived they quickly saw they were in a lot of trouble so they surrendered with only two casualties of whom had attempted to flee. Robb's force would quickly gain the information from the cavalry about where the prince was precisely located, and with this information they were sent to the rear lines by some of the men, and the rest of the force moved towards the force of Ildarion. With no hope of relief, or any new information they knew they had Ildarion this night if they worked this well. Theon, and Robb's forces moved silently in the night and proceeded to take out the scouts that had been posted to watch for just this event. With the scouts taken out the forces moved into the camp, and went tent to tent killing the nearly 300 strong Gondor force. Quickly into the attack the Gondorians woke up on mass after a large death scream, and combat raged across the camp with the House Starke force vastly outnumbering the Gondorians and completely surrounded and without their equipment on. The force had been chased by Jamie Lannister for well over a month, and due to House Tarly closing the supplies they were not able to be releived as often, and thus for all of these reasons by the time they were now in battle they were no longer even capable of fighting. After only a few minutes the Gondorians begin to surrender, and it was during this end of the fighting that Robb Starke noticed that one of the fighters who had remained fighting was Ildarion Elessar the son of the King of Gondor.
Robb immediatly engaged him in combat and on his own velition was able to defeat him only because he could tell that Ildarion was half dead from fatigue, and being unequipped with armor, or a shield. When Ildarion fell defeated the rest of the Gondor force was swiftly throwing down their weapons and surrendering leaving the full Starke force with a nearly complete victory. With Ildarion defeated Robb was egged on by Theon to kill him, and for a moment Robb contimplated listening to his friend but he then thought strategically and realized that if they had the prince they could basically ransom whatever they wanted from the Gondorians. With this in mind Robb decided instead of killing him he would instead take him in as a prisoner, and ordered the force to pull back to their original position with their now sixty prisoners along with the prince of Gondor.
Robb Starke would pull his force back behind the lines, and there would set up a camp for all the prisoners they had captured and then sent word to his father about the capture of Ildarion, which would then spread like wildfire. When Eddard heard of this news he sent word to Eldarion in Adrahil of whom then sent word to Aragorn of this change in events. Aragorn had two options in front of him. The first option was to engage the Lucernians in a full pitched battle which he might lose, and if he didn't lose he would most likely lose on the east because of all the causualites. Or he surrendered most of the Gondor lands west of the River Rhine. In the end he would send word to Eldarion that their forces were going to surrender under the terms that all Gondor citizens, and forces be allowed free pass into Gondor, along with the return of Ildarion, and all prisoners. Bill Lovie would send word to Eddard that he was incoming to the camp that Eddard and Tywin Lannister were meeting, but when the letter came the servent that brought it told them that Bill planned to execute Ildarion on the spot.
Both commanders understood that if they did this it would mean all out war which was stupid since they could have all of this land with no bloodshed. Because of this they hid the note, and told the scout that the prisoners were already in transfer back to Gondor. With this information Bill Lovie would return to Lucerne instead of seeing the two Lords, and they both knew they had made an enemy that day. When this happened Ildarion was given word by Robb Starke that he was to be released along with all of his men. The two would discuss the coming world that they both lived in, and Robb Starke would gain a lot of respect for Ildarion, and the same would be true of Ildarion for Robb Starke.
Main Article : The Journey
| The Meeting with High Forest |
It had been many years since I had seen my father with this kind of drive. Whatever the prince had said to him had really moved him. It made me think back to better times. It made me feel hopeful myself.
Meeting with High Forest
Following the promising meetings that Tari-Aragorn Elessar II. had with William Lovie III. he truly believed that he was dealing with someone that would be able to be trusted, and in his heart was willing to move forward with both feet in. Aragorn understood that the forces available to him were not going to be enough to take the Orcs on one on one, and when he had discussed the troops that would be available to William in this first battle he knew that they would need more solders and thus he decided to go to his silent ally in High Forest. It had been decades since he had spoken to Malfurion, and almost that long since he`d had any reports about them so for all he knew they could all be completely different from the Elves he had met when he was younger. Either way though he took a small cohort of his Palace Guard alongside his son Tur-Eldarion Elessar of whom had often talked of the mystery of the Elves, and when he walked in on Aragorn talking to Belatar Araglas, Gildor Astirian, and Er-Gandalf Ghilir about going to see the Elves there was no way that Eldarion was not going with his father. Leaving from Minus Tirith by boat for the north they landed in the port of Tel-Alania where to their surprise they would be met by Tur-Ildarion Elessar of whom arrived wanting to join his father and brother in their time in High Forest. Once everyone was gathered together, they moved quickly by horse for the forest of High Forest and the Elves that other then Aragorn Elessar when he was a young boy none had seen. As they reached the outskirts of the forest Aragorn understood that their arrival would have been detected by the Elves so they waited on the outskirts for many hours before they were finally approached by Shandis Stormrage and a large group of Sentinels.
Talking to Malfurion
See Also : Malfurion Stormrage
The Sentinels under Shandris Stormrage were polite in speaking with the Gondorians but Shandris was dismissive when it came to discussing the matter of Aragorn entering the forest and speaking with her father Malfurion. As Shandris prepared to leave them, and thus blocking any attempt to meet with Malfurion it was Gandalf that stepped forward. Using his Magi he showed Shandis visions of what was happening at Minus Ithil and following this with a very negative outline of the situation it was Shandris that agreed to bring her father. Shandis would leave and her rangers would remain without much movement, and basically only the Sentinel Huntress Lylandris, who arrived an hour into their meeting with a company of some fifty hunters actually made any conversation with them with the rest in a sort of watchful patrol of the force of Aragorn. During the night before they all went to sleep waiting for Malfurion's arrival Ildarion would spend some time talking to Elistari Ravencrest of whom arrived late in the night with her husband and father in law and the two got along laughing together. The following day Ildarion was awoken by Gandalf of whom told him that the forest was herr, and stepping out of the tent they were all present when Malfurion Stormrage stepped out of the forest and into the camp, and with his arrival all the men assembled were shocked outside of Aragorn who had already met the great Druid.
Malfurion was a Druid of the Sindar Elves and thus stood around eight feet tall with large antlers, and a general feeling that gave you both dread, and confidence. Arriving holding the hand of Tyrande Whisperwood he would stop only briefly to kiss Tyrande before moving towards Aragorn and without any words Malfurion bid Aragorn to take a walk with him, and while Ildarion, and Eldarion were against him going alone he dismissed their fears and agreed, but as he walked he watched with silent fear as Malfurion walked into the forest. Aragorn knew he had no choice and thus begin to follow him into the forest when he was stopped once more by Eldarion of whom didn`t want anything to happen to his father. Aragorn assured him that he and Malfurion were friends and that nothing was going to happen. Despite these assurances Ildarion would be taken aside by Elistari Ravencrest and she would take him secretly into the forest to watch what happened with his father. As Aragorn walked into the forest trying to follow the path of Malfurion of whom seemed to move as a ghost through the forest, and when he finally did catch up to him he came into a clearing where he saw Malfurion standing beside a tree but as he got closer he realized he was talking to the tree, and then when he spoke his first word he fell to the ground in fear and surprise when the tree got up and moved in his direction. As he waited for death the tree stopped and picked up Aragorn with its massive limbs and introduced himself as Coeddil the keeper of the grove of the ancients. The three would talk for a time and come to an agreement that High Forest would come to the assistance of Gondor and Lucerne and attempt to relieve the city of Minus Ithil. It was also agreed that following the conflict if the prince of Lucerne seemed worthy then it would be time to re-open relationships with the Lucernians if Gondor, and High Forest wanted to survive.
The Kandor Convoy
See Also : The Kandor Convoy
The Kandor Convoy was an event that signaled the alliance between Kandor, and Gondor. The convoy itself was a massive nearly 50,000 strong convoy of Kandorians that left Kandor and travelled to Gondor in order to seal and alliance between the two. The convoy broke through the defences Umbar had in place to seal trade between Dol Amroth and Gondor, and was able to enter Gondor through the now open region of Minus Ithil.
The convoy arrived in Osgiliath and set itself up for what swiftly became a rather large trading center, and then met with the leadership of Gondor. The leaders of Lucerne, and High Forest were also sent requests to meet at Osigliath, and with the conflict Lucerne Civil War in full swing, Andrew sent his second in command basically in the form of Edward Cullen to meet with the Arakhora. Malfurion Stormrage the leader of High Forest arrived at Osgiliath, and together the nations all agreed to work together more closely to survive.
In the end the convoy was extremely successful and the two now communicate with the use of a Palantir.
Gondorian noble titles originated from the seignorial system that arose in Kingdom of Gondor during the second millenium. Originally, men of Westernesse recognized only Chieftains and Heads of the Family. Nobility was tied to race; only those who had divine blood, through descendants of Elros, were above others. Furthermore, all Númenoreans were "Kings of Men" (due to their height, longevity and strength) and deemed superior to all other human beings.
Dúnedain of Gondor use Elven-tongue, and in very formal occasions, Noldorin, for styles and titles. Most actually refer to magistracies, offices, posts and commissions, granted by the King or his officials for a certain period of time. After the Dark Plague, many former offices became first life-long and then hereditary. Power of these dignities increased as the Kings granted tax rights and sold future revenues against immediate payments.
King of Gondor
The King is the power of the Kingdom of Gondor, and it is he who appoints every member of the Steward Council, and has absolute control over all decisions made in the Kingdom. Since the beggining of the Kingdom of Gondor, the line of Kings has always been made up of members of the Elessar Family , and the decision of which inheritor gets the crown is decided by the Steward Council.
Kings of Gondor
|Tari-Maretin Ibrillin||House Ibrillin||-3146 to -3142||Killed at Battle of Tail Jana|
|Tari-Medrion Elessar I.||House Elessar||-3142 to -1250||Killed fighting in Lucerne|
|Tari-Medrion Elessar II.||House Elessar||-1250 to -1246||Killed fighting in Lucerne|
|Tari-Helburn Elessar I.||House Elessar||-1246 to 0||Killed during Downfall of Numeron|
|Tari-Urnedion Elessar II.||House Elessar||0 to 1150||Killed fighting in Westros|
|Tari-Podrion Elessar III.||House Elessar||1150 to 2675||Killed fighting in Orthanac|
|Tari-Edrion Elessar II.||House Elessar||2675 to 3954||Killed fighting in Taraban|
|Tari-Urnedrion Elessar IV.||House Elessar||3954 to 4102||Died of sickness|
|Tari Arathorn Elessar IV.||House Elessar||4102 to 4612||Killed during Battle of Narvine|
|Tari-Aragorn Elessar II.||House Elessar||4612 to Current|
The Steward Council acts as the advisors to the king. Each member has a specific item of knowledge that they are meant to bring to the forefront, such as the Mayor of Osgiliath will bring issues important to Osgiliath to the table.
Council of Gondor
The Council is the Kings advisors in all actions of the KIngdom. They are also his main means of understanding the problems, and needs of the individual councilers sphere of influence.
|Dior Hurinion||Kings Secretary||Minas Tiirth||Controls the diplomatic end of the Kingdom.||House Hurinion|
|Irhalmir||Kings Treasurer||Minas Tirith||Controls the economic end of the Kingdom||House Elessar|
|Coriayan Falassion||Lord High Justice||Minas Tirith||Leads the Justice System of Gondor||House Falassion|
|Belatar Araglas||High General of Gondor||Minas Tirith||Lead Commander of the Royal Army of Gondor||House Araglas|
|Urthel Morvegil||Admiral of the Fleet||Osgiliath||Commander of the Navy of Gondor||House Morvegil|
|Gildor Astirian||Captain-General of Gondor||Minas Ithil||
Commander of the Field Army of Gondor
The Princely Houses of Gondor are those houses which control one of the provinces of Gondor, and in terms of fuedalistic titles the princely houses would be the equivelent of Dukes. In regards to the Princely houses there exists a regent of sorts to the Arch-Prince of whom is the effective leader of the Princely seat, and this regent of sorts takes the form of the Arch-Elector and will not neccessarily be the heir to the Arch-Prince but could be.
|House Vonedell||Eastern Osgiliath|
|House Eliendal||Western Osgiliath|
|House Wilwarin||Anorian (Realm of Anorian)||Vlu-Roston Wilwarin||Nu-Aeronith Wilwarin|
|House Bedroug||New Umbar (Realm of Anorian)|
|House Valhare||Minus Tirith|
|House Browning||Tir Ethrod (Realm of Anorian)|
|House Imrahil||Cair Andros||Tar-Balian Imrahil||Wur-Oropher Elena|
|House Mason||Ethring||Vu-Uleon Mason|
Lords and Mayors of Gondor
|Elrond Mellesar||Mayor of Minas Tirith||Minas Tiirth||Mayor of the capital of Minas Tirith.||House Mellesar|
|Ostoher Vonedell||Mayor of Osgiliath||Osgiliath||Mayor of the vast city of Osgiliath.||House Vonedell|
|Halbaard Elessar||Lord of Mien||Pelagir||Military Commander and Mayor of the city of Pelagir, and the Lord of the Province of Mien.||House Elessar|
|Anborn Mentale||Mayor of Minas Ithil||Minas Ithil||Commander of the Minas Ithil Garrison, and mayor of the fortress.||House Mentale|
|Tar-Drellen Valhare||Lord of Umbar||Ethring||Represents the lost province of Umbar||House Valhare|
|Balian Imrahil||Lord of Dol Amroth||Cair Andros||Represents the lost province of Dol Amroth||House Imrahil|
Realm of Anorian
Main Article : Realm of Anorian
The Realm of Anorian is a vast territory in southwestern Gondor which has a large amount of auntonomy putting it higher up then most of the other territories. The ruler of the Realm of Anorian is the Arch Princely House in the form of House Wilwarin of whom rule over the land as Arch Princes of the realm and hold this position heridetarily thus being unable to be removed in the same was as House Elessar in the capital.
Main Article : Numenorians
Along with Arnor the Kingdom of Gondor is the last bastion of the Atlantian people. Once the largest grouping of humans in Europe the Atlantians found themselves destroyed following the Downfall of Numeron and now they are vastly outnumbered by the Germans of Europe. The Atlantians have a longer life span then most humans and this means that the Gondorians would normally have an advantage but their nearly constant losses against Mordor have eraced much of this advantage. Alongside the Atlantians their remains a sizeable number of Numenorians remaining in Gondor of whome are the true blood Atlantians with barely any of their blood diluted by the Europeans. These Numenorians have an immortal life span and are in all levels of goverment within the Kingdom of Gondor.
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Religion in Gondor
Main Article : Gondorian Church of the Holy Seven
The Kingdom of Gondor worship after the Atlantian Pantheon of which is the ancient religion of the Empire of Numeron, and they stand as one of the few practitioners of the religion left in the world. The Atlantian Pantheon holds the sway over nearly the entire population but there is a small amount of German living in the southwest, and Italians in the south east that worship Dragonoph, and Chrisitianity and while these religions play no normal part in Gondor life they do exist. In their dominence stands the Gondorian Church of the Holy Seven of which is the organized church that controls the worship of the Atlantian Pantheon and in this way they hold their seat at Osgiliath where the High Septon leads over the direction of the Gondorian Church of the Holy Seven.
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Gondorian society has a strictly hierarchical structure and a centralized authority in accordance with absolutist concepts. The King, divinely ordained by Eru, together with his family and court are at the tip of the social pinnacle. The local aristocracy, state functionaries, senior military officers, and large landowners are all members of the upper class. The middle class comprised the urban population of merchants, artisans and owners of medium-sized landed properties, while the populace, that is, the lower class, was made up of wage-earners and paupers, most of mixed origins.
Real power is in the hands of a small landed Dúnadan aristocracy. Governance of the state is kept tightly controlled by a limited number of intermarrying aristocratic families. In the third Age for instance, there are some 80 civil and 64 military noble families, a very small number for so large a state. Gondorian noble titles originated from the seignorial system that arose in the Kingdom of Gondor during second millenium of the Third Age. Originally, men of Westernesse recognized only Chieftains and Heads of the Family. Nobility was tied to race; only those who had divine blood, through descendants of Elros, were above others. Furthermore, all Númenoreans were "Kings of Men" (due to their height, longevity and strength) and deemed superior to all other human beings.
|House Elessar||Numenorian||Royal||Minas Tirith||Royal Family of Gondor|
|House Agarinna||Numenorian||High Lord||Minas Duron||Lord of Minas Duron|
|House Mason||Numenorian||High Lord||Ethring||Lord of Ethring|
|House Eregost||Numenorian||High Lord||Narvine||Lord of Narvine|
|House Browning||Numenorian||High Lord||Tir Ethrod||Lord of Tir Ethrod|
|House Teregost||Numenorian||High Lord||Tornost||Lord of Tornost|
|House Nimothan||Numenorian||High Lord||Pelagir||Lord of Pelagir|
|House Mason||Numenorian||High Lord||Ethring||Lord of Ethring|
|House Seldorien||Numenorian||Elector||Ethring||Elector of Ethring|
Population of Gondor
Major Cities of Gondor
Gondor has many cities within its borders but only four have a population that would make anyone be intimitaed and other then Tornost all function as castles alongside as cities. Pelagir was once the largest in terms of population but its exposure to attacks from Mordor and the light defences it had meant that its population was ravaged leaving it quite dwindled.
|Minus Tirith||House Menathil||Elrond Melessar|
|Tir Ethrod||House Browning|
Army of Gondor
The Gondorian army was the primary military body of the Gondorian armed forces, serving alongside the Royal navy. A direct descendant of the Royal Model Army of the Ship-kings and older Númenórean armies, the Gondorian army maintained a similar level of discipline, strategic prowess and organization. It was among the most effective armies of western Middle-earth. During the Fifteen Years' War (1652-1666) it was able to fend off major incursions from all quarters while fighting equally destrucive civil war against various pretenders and their hosts.
Chain of command
- Sovereign: Aragorn Elessar II., King of Gondor
- Captain of the Hosts: Commander-in-chief, top-level military command in Gondor, dating from the reign of king Siriondil. This powerful office was often the power behind the throne and was held by commanders like Tarannon Falastur and Minalcar Rómendacil I.
- Current - Belatar Araglas
- Captain-General of Gondor. Equal to Marshal, commander of a host composed of two or more armies.
- Current - Gildor Astirian
- Masters of Cavalry (Herdir roechbin). Commander of five of more companies of horse.
- Beregond . Masters of Cavalry for Osgiliath
- Brigadiers (Condir). Commanders of several companies or auxiliaries.
- Colonels (Autherdir). Commanders of companies.
- Beregond . Masters of Cavalry for Osgiliath
- Masters of Infantry (Herdir vagorim). Commander of five or more companies of foot.
- Brigadiers (Condir). Commanders of several companies or auxiliaries.
- Captain of the Federates. Commander of the allied troops.
- Captain-General of Gondor. Equal to Marshal, commander of a host composed of two or more armies.
- Current - Belatar Araglas
- Captain of the Ships (Berthir ceiriath). Equal to the Admiral of the Fleet and president of the Navy Board. Autonomous top-level military command.
- Current - Urthel Morvegil
- Lord-Captains of Gondor (Aerhîr). Admirals.
- Current - Urthel Morvegil
- Captain of the Hosts: Commander-in-chief, top-level military command in Gondor, dating from the reign of king Siriondil. This powerful office was often the power behind the throne and was held by commanders like Tarannon Falastur and Minalcar Rómendacil I.
Gondor Military Orders
Fountain Court Gaurd
The Guards of the Fountain Court are selected from the very best of the Citadel Guard, swearing to give their lives in the service of the King and to be fearless in combat. They wear winged helmets made of mithril, intricately crafted heavy armour and carry the best weaponry that the armouries of the White City have to offer. Fountain Court Guard is known for its ferocious and blind loyalty to the King. They attend almost all royal ceremonies: four Knights of the Fountain guard the White Tree all times.
Founded as an order of elite guards answerable only to the king of the southern realm. Only the best warriors that Gondor has to offer are picked to join the Guard, to be clad in their ancient armour and to carry blades of Westernesse and númenorean steel composite bows, heavy with both age and honour. The guardsmen themselves are the very image of the first Men of Núménor to settle the shores of Middle-earth, tall and stern, proud and steady in battle. They protect the lords of Minas Anor and the sacred places of the Mound of Mindolluin with a resolute devotion. In the absence of a king, the guards take their orders from the Steward of Minas Anor, sworn to obey his every command until death claims them. Tirrim Aran is permanently stationed at Minas Anor.
Inner Fountain Court Gaurd
The second part of the Fountain Gaurd are the Third elite guard company, of somewhat less renown, is the Tower Guard, Tirrim Arandur, dressed in dark hues of purple. They wear black breastplates and banded or lamellar armour over mail hauberks. These ministerial guards are armed with longswords and tall polearms. Their primary function is to provide security to the King and to act as his agents in the Realm.
Rangers of Gondor
Castles in Gondor
Following the destruction brought by The Civil War, Gondor's ancient political structure evolved to cope with decreasing wealth and population. The realm's decline became apparent to the ruling classes, who could do little to reverse the ominous trend. The loss of Umbar, and Dol Amroth during the civil war caused a noticeable shrinking of southern Gondor's economic base. Umbar had been one of the richest cities of the realm and the hub for the southbound trade, giving the kings a sizable customs and tax income in coin. At the same time, parts of the Vale of Anduin were ravaged by the war, and generated little or no income for the goverment.
By then the will to invest in business and manufacturing was nearly gone, since most Gondorians preferred to place their money in safe and value-stable investments such as land and jewelry. The Crown subsequently faced a fiscal crisis, while the realm as a whole suffered from monetary shortage and a decline in trade. This development quickly accentuated the value of land and agriculture. Trade declined more severely. The power balance within southern Gondor's elite gradually shifted in the landowners' favour, at the expense of both the merchants and the royal goverment. The gradual process of feudalization had begun.
Royal currency was based on a gold Erin ("Crown"), struck at 36 to the pound (4.48 grs.) and 99.5% fine. Erin had developed into a very stable currency during the age of ship-kings, and it managed to retain its value in spite of several monetary crises during 15th-18th centuries. As military and diplomatic costs mushroomed, Dior Arandur Húrinion of Emyn Arnen, chosen as the King's Steward during Tarondor's era, devised ingenious means to stretch the supply of currency. Tarondor minted "light-weight" Gold Crowns at 98.5% fine, saving substantial sums of gold in the process. This minor debasement of 1% from the ideal standard did not weaken the valuation of Erin.
Silver prices, however, fluctuated wildly. Erin was originally divided into five Lothi and twenty ¼-ounce Celebarni ("Silver Royals"). Minting of Lothi was discontinued in 1450 to save silver, which was more commonly used in commerce than gold. Silver Royals fared better, but to keep sufficient number of precious metal in circulation after 1450, it was necessary to worsen the quality of Celebarn. Vinyarion issued 5% debased silver royals to pay his armies during Gondor-Harad War (1540-1551). King Tarondor, counceled by steward Dior Arandur, went farther. As the prices ballooned and the value of money deteriorated, more pure silver was hoarded to private caches. Hard and indecisive Third Umbarean War (1653-1666) hastened the pace, until Royals were only ½ silver and ½ copper. Older, pure silver Celebarni were redesignated as Miriani and rated sometimes as much as four new Royals.
Main Article : Palantir
- "The palantír replied to each, but all those in Gondor were ever open to the view of Osgiliath. Now it appears that, as the rock of Orthanc has withstood the storms of time, so there the palantír of that tower has remained. But alone it could do nothing but see small images of things far off and days remote. Very useful, no doubt, that was to Saruman; yet it seems that he was not content. Further and further abroad he gazed, until he cast his gaze upon Barad-dûr. Then he was caught!"
- ― Gandalf, The Palantír
The palantíri (sometimes translated as "Seeing Stones") were stones that could be used in communication with one another, and also to see many things across the face of the world. When its master looked in it, he could communicate with other Stones and anyone who might be looking into them; people of great power can manipulate the Stones to see virtually any part of the world. The Palantir are now the source of great dread for much of the Numenorians as they provide a glimpse into the things they have lost because of the coruption and destruction wrought by Sauron.
The palantíri were made by Fëanor in the Uttermost West of whom wanted to create a greater way for communication. Twenty eight palantíri were made, of which nine were given to the Numenorians of the Empire Númenor by Gil-galad as a gift during the Second Age, and in time they were distributed to seven different locations: four in Gondor and three in Arnor. They were used largely for communication, but also to see what was occurring throughout the respective realms. Their existence was common knowledge, but no-one was allowed easy access to them save for kings and rulers, appointed wardens, or by royal command. One by one the stones vanished from public knowledge or were lost. The Osgiliath-stone fell into Anduin during the Kin-strife and burning of that city. When Arvedui, King of Arnor, was shipwrecked and his line ended, he drowned with the palantíri of Amon Sûl and Annúminas, the only communicating stones of Arnor. When Minas Morgul fell, the stone was assumed destroyed in general. The wiser and more foresighted men of Gondor decided that in case Sauron had seized the Stone, they would stop using the Anor-stone to prevent any contact with the Dark Lord. As the Elostirion-stone was locked away and could not answer the other stones anyway, the only remaining stone was the Orthanc-stone, which became useless to the Gondorians. When Beren gave Saruman the deserted but secure Orthanc, he likely assumed that Saruman, head of the leading order against Sauron, would keep it safe.
Wealthy Gondorians kept to Dúnadan custom of above ground burials. The old cemeteries of Pelargir were surrounded with brick walls and catacombed with vaults for families of modest means. Because of the lack of natural stone, tombs were made of brick. When death occurred, the body was laid out and waked. A guardian was named to keep the corpse safe from any looters and defilers. The guard standed a post of honor at the body, wherever it might lie, until the embalmers claimed it. In times of peace, a close friend, brother or sister usually served as guardian.
The Cleaning and Embalming of the Body was carried out in accordance of ancient Númenórean traditions. The art of embalming was a respected profession among the Dúnedain and painstakingly sustained. The people of Gondor took the notion of enduring most seriously - if Death was Eru's gift to the mortal spirit, then so shall mortal flesh endure it. The Embalmer's Guild of Osgiliath had representatives all over the kingdom. When Osgiliath was later abandoned after the Plague, Embalmer's Guild moved to Minas Anor. In case of more primitive circumstances or instances when desecration of the body was feared, some Gondorians choose the cremate their dead; but this was considered a pagan act and not honourable for a Dúnadan.Gondorians considered it absolutely necessary for the living to have a chance to say farewell to their friends. Likewise, paying tribute to the deceased and his or her family was a mark of respect. Lying in state could take several weeks to allow the friends and relatives to receive word and travel to the location of the funeral. Thus again the important role of the embalmer comes into play. Such times also allowed, as shallow as it might seem, old acquaintances to be renewed and new bargains and deals and rumors to be struck and exchanged, particularly among the most powerful Gondorian families.
Before the Ceremony of Departure, the floors were scrubbed with yellow ochre powder in water. The family was expected to be dressed in black, including little children three and over. The wife was in deep mourning for a year and had to wear black, after that she could wear grey and white. Once the mourners had assembled and paid their respects, a family member lead a simple ceremony marking the departure of the deceased to partake of Eru's gift. Usually, this was the closest male relative - a husband, father, elder brother or perhaps a commanding officer - who began by recounting the life and death of the deceased. Others who wished to speak briefly on the life of the departed were also welcome to make presentation. Noteworthy deeds were mentioned, and though no one was discouraged from displaying their feelings, it was more a time for tales of honor and glory than wailing and misery. Many Gondorians wrote epigrams for such occasions. Most praised funeral poet was Kalimac Ainaril of Osgiliath (1182-1296), whose works Epitaphs (1233), Remembrance of Akâllabêth (1253) and Lamentation to Narmacil (1294) earned widespread acclaim.
On Airilatailë (12. Hithui) the graves were decorated with white flowers such as alfirin (simbelmynë) or white crysanthemum. Coxcomb was used by the poor. In rural sections were daenic traditions still prevailed, local laymen would light blessed candles on graves and perform their ancient rites for the souls of the dead. Some family members would spend the night by the family tomb replacing the candles as they burn out. Faithful Dúnedain waked in absolute silence, to revere their deceased ancestors and the Downfall of Númenor.
Main Article : Gondorian Elur
See Also : Istari
The Gondorian Elur is the Magi order of the Kingdom of Gondor that trains, recruits, and controls the Magi users within the Kingdom of Gondor. Originally formed as a branch of the Istari the Gondorian Elur was reformed several times most recently by Gandalf, and Aragorn Elessar placing a command structure around the two original Istari, and two more to replace those lost to betrayals and one to death. The Gondorian Elur hold sway in three different locations with the first being located in the far north out of the fortress of Dal Imnil, the second being located out of the fortress of Angregost, and the third and final being within the Forest of Falas where Radagast holds sway.
The Gondorian Elur would be devestated following the Downfall of Numeron, and following this their numbers and recruitment ran heavily through two locations in the form of Isengard, and Angregost with Isengard becoming the set of the Gondorian Elur.
See Also : Arnor The two former founding provinces of Numeron and only remaining Numenor kingdoms, share very little true alliances. While Gondor came to the aid of Arnor during the War in Arnor, this was more to due with the hatred that South Central Europe felt for The Empire then any remaining tie between the two sides.
See Also : Roman Empire Romans who enter the land of Gondor are immediatly put in jail, and the relationships has deteriated to such an extent that Rome does not recegnize Gondor as the Kingdom of Gondor, and instead recegnizes the state of Umbar as the legitamite kingdom.
See Also : Mordor
See Also : Umbar Once the most important city in Gondor behind Pelagir, the menipulations of Rome caused their breaking from Gondor, and a nearly constant conflict between Gondor, and Umbar.
See Also : Dol Amroth Following the Civil war in umbar the province of Dol Amroth declared its independance as well. This move was unexpected, and because of this Gondor was unable to resist the move.
Kingdom of Lucerne
See Also : Kingdom Of Lucerne