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Lorderon
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Type of Goverment Hereditary Arch Lord
Allegiance Kingdom Of Lucerne
Ruling House House Menathil
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Location Western Westros within Europe
Language Low German
Religion Dragonoph by transit from Lucerne
Races, and Ethnicity Atlantians are the vast majority but large population of Goths in the eastern part of the city.

Lorderon is a very large Human city located along the Rhine River in the central European region of Westros. Lorderon following the end of the Empire of Numeron was its own Kingdom for a long time, but during the reign of Arthas Menathil they were annexxed peacefully by the Kingdom Of Lucerne, and thus became a province within the Kingdom of Lucerne instead of their own seperate entity.

Much like Dresdan the city while once being a majority Numenor now no longer has any major amount of Numenor blood, and the Menathil family is the only family with Numenorian blood in them. The city itself though still retains its Numeron ancestory through the majority of its people being Atlantians. In a sad turn of events as the Kingdoms of Gondor, and Arnor have collapsed in population the city of Lorderon has risen dramatically to become top ten in population for an Atlantian city. As the center of what was once the Empire of Numeron the city of Lorderon contains many very special relics for Atlantians including the Trident of Atlantis which was one of the few objects that has survived the long history of the exodus from Atlantis.

Within Lorderon exists three major factions of loyalty. The first faction is led by House Orllion of whom leads a group called The Sons of Atlantis, and this group is built in order to attempt to rejoin either Gondor or Arnor in the hopes of creating a revived Empire of Numeron. The second group is those loyal to Kingdom of Lucerne, and this group is dominated by House Menathil but is also most heavily resisted by House Menathil leader Arthas Menathil of whom also leads the third group. The third group is built in order to create a renewed independance for Lorderon. This group is led by Arthas Menathil until during the events of Westros he takes a large portion of his forces and moves north where he betrays the Kingdom of Lucerne and flees to Norway.

Lorderon was originally founded by Goths of whom had infiltrated this region and founded their capital on the edge of a lake, of which they named the city Murdog. Murdog would be relatiely inimporant for many years, and this only changed when a large supply of minerals were discovered in a cave west of the city. This would make Murdog relatively speaking rather wealthy for a Gothic city during this time, and it was this wealth that would come to attract the forces of the Empire of Numeron to the city like a moth to a flame. The City was once a major city in Numeron, but after the Fall of Numeron the city became independant, and following the fall of the Numenorians the Numenorian family in House Menathil took control of the city. As the generations went by they intermingled with the other Atlantian Houses of the city to the point that by the War in Arnor they were no longer Numenorian and had become basically entirely Atlantian. During the Arnor War they engaged heavily in the war in an attempt to gain prestige so that they could gain ground. This attempt heavily increased the power of Lorderon and led to the region becoming much more dominant through the increase in trade with both Gondor, and Arnor who were very appreciative of what Lorderon had done. The city continued to grow but it found itself stuck in a position where it could not expand in any direction, and thus when the King of Lorderon died and named Arthas Menathil the new King he went about the process of eventually joining the Kingdom of Lucerne. Under the Kingdom of Lucerne there has been a dramatic increase again in power as they are now open to the west where they were once pariahs. This has also led to a heavy increase in conflict along the eastern border as the Kingdom of Bolten was now an enemy.


History

Early History

Lorderon was originally founded by Goths of whom had infiltrated this region and founded their capital on the edge of a lake, of which they named the city Murdog. Murdog would be relatiely inimporant for many years, and this only changed when a large supply of minerals were discovered in a cave west of the city. This would make Murdog relatively speaking rather wealthy for a Gothic city during this time, and it was this wealth that would come to attract the forces of the Empire of Numeron to the city like a moth to a flame.

Annexation by Numeron

Lorderon Past
"We came from across the ocean in search of a new home. We came seeking a place to be safe. We came and found everything we could have imagined."
-Unknown Numenorian

The City of Murdog was stuck in the wrong spot when it came right in the center of the coming armies of Numeron. The small town was no match for the vast and well equipped armies of Numeron and thus it was overrun very quickly and its population fled northward into the region now known as Storr. The city of Murdog was renamed Tal Valia once the Numenor had taken the city from its previous human masters. Under Numenor the city expanded from its earliest base as a simple fortress, and became a sprawling metropolis, as most cities became under Numeron.

Fall of Numeron

Main Article : Downfall of Numeron

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"'Tal Valia was gone in nothing more then an instant. The land reshaped by the destruction, the survivors returned to a ruined land. For nearly a decade after the destruction the cities surrounding areas still burned unaturally."
-Unknown Scribe

By the time the Fall of Numeron was getting underway the city of Tal Valia was ruled by the Dark Numernorian Talin Vain, and under his rule the land itself was shifting beneath his darkness. In his vanity he moved much of the city northward towards the apex of the great river Rhine, and the smaller tribute river Grandel. With this movement though he grew to hate the new spot, and he along with most of the more morally corupt members of Tal Valia removed themselves to the old spot of Tal Valia. This shift without a doubt saved the future city of Lorderon the fate of its larger sister city Tal Valia. During the end of the war when the insane Magi of the Dark Numenorian cast their spell the city of Tal Valia was one of the cities accidently destroyed by the force of the spell. Its spot is now nothing more then a massive withered crater filled with the ruins of the old city of Tal Valia, and the Lorderon village of Tal Valia. When the people of Tal Valia returned to the area they discovered much of the remains of the city still intact but the bodies of the dead litterly mingled with the buildings and the walls, and the land itself seemed unaturally on fire. It is said that for nearly a decade after the destruction the land litterly had a tinge of fire to it, and fires would burn with an uncrontrollable might that resisted any manner of stopping it.

Gondor

See Also : Gondor

Following the downfall of Numeron the region of Lorderon became a part of Gondor. This union was very unpopular amongst the population so the leaders of the Menathil family paid a large tribute to the Gondor nation and bought there freedom.

Independance

With their independance for the first time the region of Lorderon underwent huge growth. Under the ruling House Menathil the region grew powerful and expanded as far east as the River Lux which they renamed the river Lorderon. They spent much of their time expanding the bridges allowing for trade with the eastern regions of Westros.



Arnor War

Main Article : Arnor War

War in Arnor
"It was the right thing to do at the time. We still had a belief amongst us that the Empire of Numeron was possible to revive. But how could we revive something if so much of it was dead. It was for the revival of Numeron more then anything else that led us into that war."
-Unknown Scribe

The Arnor War was a war fought between The Empire on one side, and Arnor and its allies on the other. The forces of Lorderon involved themselves at the same time as Gondor, and Lucerne due to the involvement of Lorraine in the conflict. When Lorderon arrived they were obviously the smallest of the allied forces, and they were primarily involved in the defense of the town of Talheim, which was deemed the most strongly defended city in Arnor, perhaps only approached by Fornost. This position allowed the forces of Arnor to nearly abandon the defense of Talheim, and leave it to the forces of Lorderon which allowed for a large army of Arnor that might otherwise been on garrison duty the whole war.

Conflict with Bolten

Main Article : War of Karhold


War in France

Main Article : War in France

See Also : Battle of Lyons

Lorderon-Valerian-Arnor War

Main Article : Munchen War

House Orllion Revolt

Siege of Anthas
"We believed them when they said they would come. When it became clear that they weren't going to, it was far too late to turn back, and when paid the ultimate price."
-Irpan Orllion

During the revolt his father would lead an army to Lorderon where he besieged the city while he waited in vain for the Gondor forces to arrive. When the Lorderon army finally gathered they broke the forces of Irpan and he was captured alongside much of his force. With his father in chains the forces of Lorderon would masse against the House Orllien capital of Amlath. In order to try and get Furnst to surrender they threatened his father but each time they were rebuffed until finally they executed his father on the third attempted surrender. Irpan would continue to defend the city but time wore down the defences and they were forced to surrender to the Lorderon troops. Irpan's one brother was taken prisoner in Lorderon, his sister was forced to marry into House Menathil, and his his family was forced to pay huge restitutions to House Menathil in order to repay the costs of the revolt.

Annexation of Lorderon

Demons on the Loose


Lorderon Civil War

Main Article : Lorderon Civil War


Points of Interest

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Much of the population lives in the huge caves beneath the city itself. The city has almost naturally created a situation where the richer you become the higher up you live.

At the top of the city lies the ancient Keep of Lorderon. This keep holds the throne room of the King, as well as the final barrier an enemy must get through to take control of Lorderon.

The City also maintains and holds the Kirin Tor, the Lorderon specific Magi House. The Kirin Tor are led by the Kings main advisor Antonidas.

Population

The city is a bustling metropolis with well over 15,000 people making the city itself home, while the actual Lorderon lands contain another 10,000 in the outlying villages and towns. Much like Dresdan the city while once being a majority Numenor now no longer has any major amount of Numenor blood, and the Menathil family is completely devoid of Numenor in them. The city itself though still retains its Numeron ancestory through the majority of its people being Atlantians. In a sad turn of events as the Kingdoms of Gondor, and Arnor have collapsed in population the city of Lorderon has risen dramatically to become top ten in population for an Atlantian city.

Ethnicity

The city and surrounding region of Lorderon were much like Westros nearly completely Atlantian during the majority of its history. This changed slightly during the Great Migration, but not to the drastic extent that it took place in other areas of Westros such as Bolten, or the Iron Islands.

The city and surrounding region still maintain a population with a majority of Atlantians but this majority has slimmed noticeably, with Germans now constituting large numbers in the region.

Religion

Governance.

The city is governed by the Large Menathil family. The Royal family has maintained high popularity throughout their rule, and the isolationist policy they use means the family has much less risk then many of the other Royal Families in Central Europe. Since the annexation by Lucerne the Menathil family are now the Lord of the city, while Andrew Lovie the King in Lucerne controls many of their old powers. As one of the major cities of Lucerne they have a single Lord position of which is held by House Menathil at this point, and as such by the highest ranking member of the house. The Arch Lord of the city is in charge of everything that comes with running a city, and for this reason he is the most important and powerful member of the goverment. Beneath the power of the Arch Lord of Lorderon is the power of the Grand Lords of whom are made up of the Vassal Lords of the Arch Lord. These members usually control certain areas, with the Grand Lord of House Orllion controlling a vast tract of land in eastern Lorderon.

Arch Lord of Lorderon

See Also : Arthas Menathil

Arthas Darkness

Arthas Menathil is the son of Tenamil, and Lianne Menathil making him a member of House Menathil. Arthas has two siblings in the form ofCalia, andTalia Menathil of which Calia is a very important and beloved figure in the city of Lorderon, and Talia Menathil is married into the core of Lucerne and thus has become drifted from her once close relationship with Lorderon and now lives in the Port of Stormwind. Since the annexation of Lorderon by the Kingdom of Lucerne he has become the Lord of Lorderon which is a very important figure in Lucerne.

On the surface Arthas appears to be the same kind and intelligent man he has become known as, but underneath and to many of the closest to him his change is dramatic. The death of his father clicked something in his brain, and where once he rejected the violent thoughts in his mind, he now is becoming open to listening.

Arthas was born a boy with a lot of potential to be a great prince for the Kingdom of Lorderon. All of this potential wouldn't make him vain or arrogant either and he became extremely popular amongs the population of Lorderon and many waited patiently for his coming to power. When he fifteen though he was cursed by Kel'Thuzad with a curse that made him begin to suffer voices in his mind that were dark, and violent in their point of view. In Arthas'sgrowing madness he has began reading through the private Menathil library for clues towards how to escape his madness. In this search he has uncovered a book that may change the foundation of Europe.

Grand Lords of Lorderon

See Also : Main Hunder

Main Hunder
Main Hunder
 is the son of two nobles from House Hunder of which make him a member of House Hunder and the current Patriarch of the house alongside a Grand Lord of Lorderon. Main Hunder has one sibling in the form of Gretta Hunder of whom died as a young child of measles. Main Hunder would come to marry Talia Hunder of whom he was arranged to marry but the two would become comfortable in their marriage and for the years they were together before her death they were very happy. With Talia he has two children in the form of Miranda and Tain of which his son Tain was just a young boy when he was felled by plague after he travelled to the Riverlands and his death caused great pain for Main, while his daughter Miranda is a wise young women that has become the right hand of Main alongside her husband.

Main Hunder was born during the period known in Lorderon as the Great Lorderon Plague, and during his youth he watched as his uncles, cousins, and eventually sister and mother were all felled by the disease of measles. As the Measles finally ran its course House Hunder has been devestated and it only remained he and his father still alive. His father would do his best to raise Main, and would eventually remarry where he would have two more children of which Main became very close to as well, but it would be the coming of the Orcs that would change Main's life completely. Lorderon would join their allies in Arnor, the Kingdom of Storr, and Lucerne when they took part in the human alliance at Lyons. Following the battle Main would return with only a few surviving men of the Lorderon army of which his father was not amongst the survivors. When he returned he was the new Lord of House Hunder, and in this role he immediatly got himself married to Talia of whom would be a great thing for brining him out of the depression that he felt over the death of his father.

See Also : Irpan Orllion

Furst Orllion
Irpan Orllion
is the son of Urnst, and Leyja Orllion making him a member of  House Orllion  as well as being the Patriarch of the house, and one of the Grand Lords of Lorderon. Furnst has three siblings in the form of Tamrubên, Aglaril, and Bawbuthôr of which Tamrubên was taken prisoner by House Menathil where he has been forced to remain as a servent since their father's failed revolt, his sister Aglaril was married into House Menathil where she has come to despise her husband and longs to return home, while his final brother Bawbuthôr is Irpan's right hand man and serves him with loyalty and skill.

Irpan would be born the first child of his father Urnst, and this led to his training under his father of whom was a direhard Atlantian traditionalist. When Irpan reached the age of seventeen he would be married to Ibenia Laen of Gondor, and this would be part of a plan by his father to gain assistence from Gondor in his coming plans. Irpan would fall in love wiith the exotic Ibenia of whom taught him of a world that he had never imagined, and over the five years after their marriage she became pregnant twice. On the day his second child was born his father informed him that he was going to revolt from Lorderon as he had been told by Gondor nobles that he would be assisted in this venture. During the revolt his father would lead an army to Lorderon where he besieged the city while he waited in vain for the Gondor forces to arrive. When the Lorderon army finally gathered they broke the forces of Irpan and he was captured alongside much of his force. With his father in chains the forces of Lorderon would masse against the House Orllien capital of Amlath. In order to try and get Furnst to surrender they threatened his father but each time they were rebuffed until finally they executed his father on the third attempted surrender. Irpan would continue to defend the city but time wore down the defences and they were forced to surrender to the Lorderon troops. Irpan's one brother was taken prisoner in Lorderon, his sister was forced to marry into House Menathil, and his his family was forced to pay huge restitutions to House Menathil in order to repay the costs of the revolt.

Factions

Within Lorderon exists three major factions of loyalty. The first faction is led by House Orllion of whom leads a group called The Sons of Atlantis, and this group is built in order to attempt to rejoin either Gondor or Arnor in the hopes of creating a revived Empire of Numeron. The second group is those loyal to Kingdom of Lucerne, and this group is dominated by House Menathil but is also most heavily resisted by House Menathil leader Arthas Menathil of whom also leads the third group. The third group is built in order to create a renewed independance for Lorderon. This group is led by Arthas Menathil until during the events of Westros he takes a large portion of his forces and moves north where he betrays the Kingdom of Lucerne and flees to Norway.

Military

Lorderon Temple Knights

Main Article : Lorderon Temple Knights

Lorderon Temple Knights
"We, the Temple Knights for the Restoration of Lordaeron, do therefore in the name-and by the authority-of the House of Menethil and the whole of Humanity, solemnly publish and declare our intentions.
We seek, through every and all means available, including force of arms, to restore the ancestral lands of Lordaeron into the hands and governance of it's exiled and rightful claimants. Furthermore, without limiting our intentions to the liberation of Lordaeron City itself, we solemnly declare our intent to drive the undead forces of the Forsaken and their Scourge kin from the very face of Azeroth.
Resolute is our determination and unflinching is our resolve in this pursuit; until Light take us or the whole of Lordaeron stands reclaimed, to this we pledge ourselves.
O Benevolent Light, thy will be done.."

The Lordaeron Temple Knights or "LTK" began as a resistance organization founded by Lord Bishop Daern Truefaith in the aftermath of the War in Arnor. It has since grown from a minor movement of former Knights of the Lorderon Peninselua to a bastion of stability in Lordaeron and eventually to its present incarnation as Lordaeron's most elite professional army. Filled with only Knights the Lorderon Temple Knights are suplimented in number by the excistence of a large amount of vassals to each knight, of which each knight must be responsible for training and equipping their men.

Houses

Arch Lord House

House Menathil

See Also : House Menathil

House Menathil

House Menathil is a very powerful Numenorian House located inside the city of Lorderon and continues to be the the ruling dynasty of Lorderon, even after the city fell to Lucerne. A Numenorian family they came and have ruled the region since the days of the exodus of the Numenorians from Atlantis. The members of House Menathil are basically the last vestige of Numeron in the region as all the other Atlantians, and Numenorians fled the region as the Goths became the dominant group in the region, but House Menathil remained and became dominant. Alongside House Jacob, House Menathil is the only Numenorian House that exists in the Kingdom of Lucerne.

The family has ruled effectively for the entire history of Lorderon. With the annexation of Lorderon by the Kingdom of Lucerne the Menathil Family finds itself in a new position of being the Lord of the city. While they continue to have dominance over the city, many of their extreme powers are gone, and now held by the King of Lucerne Andrew Lovie. Since the dramatic fall of Arthas Menathil the old leadership and members of House Menathil have been slowly replaced by those who are the cronies of Arthas, as well as a more sinister element of people that are dark followers of the Dark Lord Sauron. The current Patriarch of the Menathil Family is Arthas Menathil, and it is becoming clear to those closest to him that he is beggining to lose his grip on his humanity. What effect this will have on the family can not yet be seen, and one wonders how much longer he can maintain the illusion of his sanity. Towards the end of the Rise of Lucerne the mage Medivh has discovered this madness and the two are now engaged in a conflict which will decide which side is going to gain victory.

Grand Lord Houses

House Hunder

See Also : House Hunder

House Hunder
House Hunder is a large Atlantian House located within the Kingdom of Lucerne and inside the city of Lorderon. House Hunder was once the leader of a kingdom of the eastern half of the Lorderon peninsula but was overtaken by House Menathil of whom took them as a vassal. 

House Hunder has the words The mountain flows beneath and this has to do with the fact that they once dominated the entire eastern mountain range and they continue to dominate the mountain town of Gredholven. House Hunders sigil is a blue mountain with a sun behind it that sends sunlight into the sky and this has to do with the same things as their words.

House Hunder is one of the oldest houses of the entire European continent, and they first entered the scene during the Empire of Numeron when they were one of the early colonists to the capital region of Westros. During this time they like most of the other Atlantians were prospering like they could never imagine, but this came to an end when the Downfall of Numeron destroyed the Westros region. Surviving the Downfall they carved themselves a kingdom inside the eastern half of the Lorderon Penisula, and from here they protected the Atlantians that fled the destruction. As the Goths entered Westros in massive numbers it was House Hunder that became the main source of much of the Atlantian emmigration. Their success would once again end when the members of the growing Kingdom of Lorderon would destroy their forces in a massive conflict and then annexx them into their kingdom.

House Orllion

See Also : House Orllion

House Orllion
House Orllion
is one of the oldest and most powerful of the Atlantian Houses in Lorderon and House Orllion dominates the town of Amlath to the east of Lorderon. House Orllien has become the focal point of the true Atlantian movement within the region of Lorderon, and they basically carry a romantic notion of a pan Atlantian Kingdom from Arnor down to Umbar which they silently wish to create. House Orllien is also the largest House outside of Gondor, or Arnor that still follows the Numenorian Pantheon and they have pushed this religion for much of their history.

House Orllien has the words for their house of "The Beacon in the middle of the Sea, with Mountains that shined a beacon for the world." and this slogan has to do with their continued love for their Atlantian tradition, and also the fact that they are of the Numenorian Pantheon for their religion unlike the western parts of Lorderon which have converted to Dragonoph. The House Orllien Flag is a green background with the image of the ancient unicorn of Atlantis being displayed in yellow across the flag.

House Orllien can trace their history all the way back to the ancient island of Atlantis where they would depart from after the Great Sundering of Atlantis. Arriving in Europe they would become the vassals of the great houses of Tail Jana and this would eventually lead to them becoming a member of the Kingdom of Lorderon. As a member of the Kingdom of Lorderon they found themselves constantly wanting to rejoin their Atlantian brethren in Gondor, and Arnor but despite two rebellions, and a large will they were never able to sucede in this plan.

House Wellian

See Also : House Wellian

House Wellian
House Wellian
 is a large Atlantian House located inside the Kingdom of Lucerne, and within the province of Lorderon where they dominate the town ofTharbin. House Wellian is a ery new power in that they only gained real influence following the War in Arnor, and in order to stop their massive expansion they were married into House Menathil in order to gain a bloodline link. House Wellian is the vassal of House Menathil, and on top of this they are related in blood as the Patriarch of the House would marry into House Menathil thus making all current members atleast share some kind of bloodline with House Menathil.

House Wellian has words but, they have kept them a secret from the outside politics, and thus they are not known yet since no characters have divulged it. Their flag is an orange background with a strange face in the top, and two pick axes adorned throughout the middle of the flag.

House Wellian first rose to prominence when they took all of their personal forces alongside House Menathil during the War in Arnor. During this conflict the leadership of House Wellian would become famous for defeating specific leaders on The Empire side of the conflict, and when they returned they were changed from a banner house to a vassal house and this led to their home in Tharbin becoming a rising power within the Kingdom of Lorderon. As a grand Lord they became close to House Orllion and during the revolt hosted by House Orllion they promised to assist House Orllion but when the time came they changed their position and joined the army surrounding Lorderon, and would take part in the capture of Urnst Orllion.

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