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Hornwood
Hornwood is a large castle and town located in eastern Bolten, and the largest town in Bolten outside of Dreadfort. Hornwood is controlled and dominated by House Hornwood who is beloved in the town for their kindness and generocity, and they have reaped the rewards of this through their massive vassal armies, and their large wealth from taxes.

Hornwood is dominated by the Goths of whom came to dominate the region and found the town, and due to the relative lack of other ethnic groups in Bolten, this city has remained nearly homogenous ever since.

Under the control of the Kingdom of Bolten the leader of Hornwood was given the title of High Lord thus signafying them as the second tier of power in the Kingdom. Following the capture of Hornwood by the forces of Lucerne the city would retain the title of Arch Dukedom making the leader of Hornwood now known within Lucerne as an Arch Duke.

House Hornwood would be founded by Delys Hornwood of whom took the surname shortly after arriving in the area and fighting a Moose while in the forests outside of the eventual town of Hornwood. Following the creation of the house and the founding of their seat at Hornwood they would take over a stretch of land around their holdfast with the assistence of House Stout of whom they founded as their primary ally in the area. With this in place they would for many years rule as the Lords of the lands around the city of Hornwood alongside their powerful vassal in House Stout. During this time they became known for their cruelty and they were rather similar to House Bolten, but they were popular enough that their people loved them, and together the two would resist the more powerful House Starke. When House Bolten took control of the lands of House Starke and forced them into exile it would be House Stout and House Hornwood that would be brought low as well after House Bolten sacked Hornwood. During the sacking of Hornwood one of their vassals in House Locke would be responsible for betraying the walls of Hornwood and this led to the deaths of several members of the family during the fall of Hornwood, and the current blood fued betweent he two houses. Following the sack they lost control of their powerful vassal though they remained still very close, and this forced them to change their behavior. They would change their symbol and their words, and they would spend a long time cultivating love from their people to the point that in the time under the Kingdom of Bolten despite being ruled by monsters they had taken on the form of the previous Lords of House Starke in terms of their morality. Following the return of Ramsey Bolten to Dreadfort he would become obsessed with finally ending his brother and this would lead him to convinse Ondrew Locke to lay siege to Hornwood the largest city of the east. Hornwood would come under siege without warning, but its defences were manned fully due to the fact that much of House Hornwood had already returned to Hornwood, and the scouts of the area had been skillful and had alerted the town in enough time. Now under siege they would call for assistence despite House Hornwood and its forces outnumbering the forces of House Locke quite heavily. The siege went on for nearly a month before the forces of Domeric Bolten`s vangaurd arrived on the outskirts of town, but Domeric`s party would be betrayed when their white flag was ignored and they were ambushed by a cavalry force led by Ramsey Bolten. After the death of Domeric Bolten the city of Hornwood watched the siege end as the goals of the siege were achieved, and thus Hornwood was relieved.

History

Early History

House Hornwood would be founded by Delys Hornwood of whom took the surname shortly after arriving in the area and fighting a Moose while in the forests outside of the eventual town of Hornwood.

Kingdom of Bolten

For many years they would rule as the Lords of the lands around the city of Hornwood alongside their powerful vassal in House Stout. During this time they became known for their cruelty and they were rather similar to House Bolten, but they were popular enough that their people loved them, and together the two would resist the more powerful House Starke. When House Bolten took control of the lands of House Starke and forced them into exile it would be House Stout and House Hornwood that would be brought low as well after House Bolten sacked Hornwood. During the sacking of Hornwood one of their vassals in House Locke would be responsible for betraying the walls of Hornwood and this led to the deaths of several members of the family during the fall of Hornwood, and the current blood fued betweent he two houses. Following the sack they lost control of their powerful vassal though they remained still very close, and this forced them to change their behavior. They would change their symbol and their words, and they would spend a long time cultivating love from their people.

The Siege of Hornwood

Main Article : Siege of Hornwood

Goverment

Under the Kingdom of Bolten

Under the control of the Kingdom of Bolten the leader of Hornwood was given the title of High Lord thus signafying them as the second tier of power in the Kingdom.

Under the Kingdom of Lucerne

Following the capture of Hornwood by the forces of Lucerne the city would retain the title of Arch Dukedom making the leader of Hornwood now known within Lucerne as an Arch Duke.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Hornwood is dominated by the Goths of whom came to dominate the region and found the town, and due to the relative lack of other ethnic groups in Bolten, this city has remained nearly homogenous ever since.

Noble Houses of Hornwood

Name Title Leader
House Hornwood Halys Hornwood
House Stout Stefan Stout

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