In The Realm, there were literally hundreds of Human Hordes, some vast in numbers and others awe-inspiring in their strength and brutality. Among the sea of banners and totems, an octet distinguished themselves as the ‘Golden Hordes’ due to their extraordinary deeds and valor. Their contributions during the foundation of The Realm and The Great Invasion set them apart from the rest.
The concept of hordes stretches far back into the shadows of time, with some claiming their existence dates back to the First Age. One Horde in particular, Ye Olde Zephyrs, can be traced back to its origins before it journeyed from the south of the Rim as the vanguard for the Wanderers. However, it was not until the sinking of Ljostari and the crumbling of several empires and tribes that Hordes found a firm foothold in history.
Around the Second Age, certain families began to outshine others within their tribes. Gradually, these families rose to prominence, becoming the foremost leaders and wielders of wealth and power, not just for their tribes but for their entire races. It is generally believed that the Age of Hordes peaked around 800 SA and continued until the formation of the Realm in 1250. However, even as they gradually aligned themselves with the growing embrace of The Realm's Law, they did not lose their numbers or force. During The Great Invasion from SA 1277 to 1283, many Hordes perished in the epic conflict.
Typically, Hordes were ruled by a single family’s Lord, who had the final say in all matters and was the de facto owner of all land, property, livestock, and people. Some Hordes were led by females or a council of elders, scholars, or similar esteemed figures; these courts and officials tended to the daily tasks and administration of the realm..
Hordes are often closely linked with the Gods, and their members frequently possess uncommon, odd, or weird abilities. These strange powers can vary widely, making members of Hordes unique and enigmatic individuals capable of extraordinary feats.
Skjald El Mary
Last Updated on 2024-02-10 by IoM-Christian