The fallen kingdom of Forossa occupied a land in the distant east. The kingdom worshiped and venerated the gods of war and, likely because of this, was constantly embroiled in war. Like Mirrah (a land also to the east), the predominant population of Forossa seem to have been involved in combat or the military in some capacity. There were many knights in Forossa, some more notable than others, and these knights were led into battle by sages called Northwarders. Northwarders were considered oracles of the war gods, and it is likely they held considerable sway over the decisions of the Forossan army. The knights themselves were trained and tested in the extreme. Heavy iron weaponry was constructed to test the strength of the knights in training, and the story of Vengarl lifting and using these weapons as if they were wooden playthings is still spoken of today. The kingdom was also home to the Lion Knights, fierce worshipers of the war god Faraam who used nimble two handed swordplay in combat. These unique and talented warriors had their legacy cut short with the fall of Forossa.
During the time of Forossa there were a number of notable citizens. There are many tales of Shieldless Lothian, a man born a peasant whose unmatched diligence and determination allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks and become a general. But what happened to Lothian is unknown, as he abruptly retired from the battlefield. The man who would eventually become the Ivory King of Eleum Loyce was said to be the highest ranking knight in Forossa, and it is clear he managed to survive its fall.
Primarily known for its knights and sages, the kingdom was also the birth place of the bisque urns filled with black powder that are known as Black Firebombs. The kingdom kept stringent standards for the safe storage of these explosives, as their misuse could easily result in injury and death.
At some point in Forossa’s history, the kingdom fell to war. It is interesting to speculate how this may have happened and who Forossa waged war against. Due to the geographical proximity it is possible, if not likely that Forossa may have fallen to Jugo, a land of honorable fighting men. Both are described as being in the distant east. However it is also possible that Forossa was defeated by Mirrah. We know that Mirrah is constantly embroiled in war, so could this be because of its own belligerent nature, or perhaps Jugos’? We know that Jugo was founded by Aurous, but not how it was founded, so we can speculate that it may have been founded on fallen Forossa’s ruins. Alternatively, the kingdom may have caved to civil war. It is easy to imagine a scenario where one Northwarder led their knights into battle against another, both believing that they served the will of the war gods in eliminating each other, or perhaps using this guise to manipulate and seek power. In such a divided environment, how could any kingdom stand?
Though how the kingdom fell is unknown, we do know that afterwards the citizens of Forossa were left landless and entirely to their own devices. Many were reduced to thievery, becoming bandits, while Forossan knights scattered to other lands as sellswords. One such knight was Vengarl of Forossa. He along with his comrades the Lion Knights made their way to Drangleic and were hired by King Vendrick to defend the land, likely against the Giants. Another knight that likely made it to Drangleic was Gordin, Wandering Knight of Forossa. Whether Gordin came prior to Forossa’s fall or after is unclear, but it is implied by the placement of his sword that he was one of those guests the Old Iron King entertained in his grand halls. Alternatively, it may be that Gordin attempted to uncover the secrets of Brume Tower and perished in the process.
Though the majority of knights and citizens of Forossa were left without home and honor, there was one who continued in the knight’s code. The Ivory King came to the land containing the Old Chaos and founded Eleum Loyce in an attempt to stem the Old Chaos’ hunger. It is said that the Ivory King was the first to swing his sword in times of need, be it for his homeland or his people. It may be that many of the people of Forossa went with the Ivory King to found this new city. He was perhaps the last remaining figurehead of Forossa, as the kingdom likely fell with the death of its king. On that note, it is an interesting point that while Forossa was clearly a belligerent land, Eleum Loyce was ruled by a king who served only to protect and maintain, not to advance. Though he was the highest ranking knight of Forossa, his very code seemed to oppose the kingdom’s nature, and perhaps, secretly, the king. It would be a profound twist if the reason Forossa fell was due to the Ivory King’s betrayal, and perhaps this is some reason as to why he never showed his face? Within Eleum Loyce we do find further vestiges of that long lost kingdom; Lion Knights wandering the Outskirts as well as a northwarder set and staff belonging to Azal the Northwarder. It could be theorized then that though Forossa fell, the people’s legacy lived on in the knights who scattered to foreign lands, and through the Ivory King and Eleum Loyce.