In ancient years, the Witch-realm of Angmar was a stronghold of evil in the north, a power that for centuries made war with Arnor under their fell Witch-king, the Lord of the Nazgûl. Of old the faction was home to many Orcs, Trolls, Wargs, and Men, and by its power the North Kingdom of the Dúnedain was wiped out. But Angmar too fell shortly after, for the High Elves and Men of Gondor destroyed their armies in a battle at Fornost, and the vale of Angmar was purged of evil.
However, evil had long laid hid in the mountains of the North, and that evil has slowly returned. Orcs, Trolls, and Wargs have returned to the ruins of the Witch-realm. Ruined fortresses now host bands of Orcs, as do newer camps.
In addition, another ancient power has returned to Angmar: the Hillmen of Rhudaur. These men are fierce, and though their numbers are massively reduced from their former strength, they remain staunch foes of the Dúnedain.
Angmar was founded in T.A. 1300 by the Lord of the Nazgûl, who ever afterward became known as the Witch-king of Angmar. Angmar controlled lands on both sides of the Misty Mountains, with a deep vale in the northern mountains becoming a primary centre of the realm's power. In truth, much of what composed the Witch-realm existed in the North before its official formation; and so from the outset the Witch-king was able to rally Orc-Tribes of the Mountains of Angmar, as well as Hill-Men that dwelt in the Vale of Angmar, the great Wargs of the north, and the Trolls and Hill-trolls that dwelt in the fells south of the Witch-realm. The Witch-king built his city at Carn Dûm, upon the last peak of the Mountains of Angmar, a fortress incredibly strong and thoroughly evil. Camps and fortresses were built throughout the realm of Angmar, and Orcs of Mount Gundabad and Mount Gram joined the Witch-king, bringing their fortresses with them.
Angmar's sole purpose was the destruction of the splintered Kingdom of Arnor, and immediately after its formation it declared war on the realm's successor states: Arthedain, Cardolan, and Rhudaur. And war it delivered: armies of Orcs swarmed northeastern Eriador, and the Men of Arnor became engaged in a long war for their own survival. This was no easy task, for the Orcs and Men of Angmar were not just scattered tribes riled up to war. They were many, and now they were organized and well-armed with cunning blades and strong armour. And there were some among them that were even deadlier: Warrior-Orcs that used armour wrought with many spells and blades that proved deadly to all that they pierced.
In 1350 Rhudaur betrayed the Dúnedain and joined Angmar. With increased strength the two unleashed large armies against Arthedain, and so in battle with Rhudaur King Argeleb I of Arthedain was slain in 1356 during an invasion of the Weather Hills. But with the help of Lindon and Cardolan Arthedain was able to push back, reclaiming the Weather Hills and making of them a frontier of war, alongside the Road and the Hoarwell.
For the next fifty years constant battles were fought at these borders, with neither side making significant gains; and as this continued Rivendell was besieged by Rhudaur. Then, in 1409, Rhudaur was taken over entirely by Angmar, solidifying it in the Witch-realm. The Siege of Rivendell grew bloodier as several great armies were sent out from Angmar and Rhudaur into Arthedain and Cardolan. In a battle for the watchtower of Amon Sûl on Weathertop King Arveleg of Arthedain was slain by great warriors of Rhudaur. Amon Sûl was razed, though its palantír was saved and returned to Fornost. The forces of Angmar poured into Cardolan, ravaging much of the northern parts of Minhiriath, while armies of Orcs and Men attacked Fornost and the North Downs in Arthedain. With the help of the Elves of Lindon Angmar's forces were repelled from Arthedain and Cardolan. But the damage was done: Amon Sûl and the Weather Hills were lost, Arthedain had taken heavy losses, and Cardolan was weak and scattered.
The High Elves of Lindon and Rivendell aided the kingdoms of the Dúnedain, however, and due to their power Angmar was unable to press their advantage. Warriors from Lindon pushed back the Orcs of Angmar to the Weather Hills, while Elrond in Rivendell - with help from the Galadhrim of Lothlórien - broke Rhudaur's siege and weakened them significantly. For two hundred years, Eriador had relative peace, as Angmar regrouped and the Dúnedain of the North prepared for the next assault.
The assault came in a way none expected - in the form of the Great Plague. In 1636 the plague came into Eriador, ravaging the lands of Cardolan and leaving Minhiriath nearly uninhabited. The remaining Dúnedain of Cardolan took refuge in the Barrow-downs, where they alone of their kingdom held out for long. For shortly after the plague raiders from Angmar and Gundabad entered the lands of Cardolan and killed nearly all that remained there. Minhiriath was made a wasteland, the South Downs became deserted, and though the raiders did not reach the Barrow-downs it is said that the last strength of Cardolan perished there, destroyed by plague. All those that remained of the wreck of Cardolan fled to Arthedain. After the destruction of Cardolan, the Barrow-downs became an evil place, infested by fell spirits out of Angmar that became known in legends as the Barrow-wights.
After the plague the Witch-king bided his time, and mustered his armies for one final stroke. In 1974, six hundred years after the start of his wars on the Dúnedain, all the hordes of Angmar were unleashed, and they swept into Arthedain. Fornost was captured and ruined, and nearly all the surviving Dúnedain of the North were slain. A few escaped with King Arvedui to the northern Blue Mountains, and many more fled with his son to Lindon. The Witch-king himself led the capture of Fornost, and sat in the throne that had once been the seat of the heirs of Isildur. Arnor was destroyed, and Angmar had achieved its mission.
But soon after this triumph, the High Elves and Men of Gondor attacked with great force, and the armies of Angmar were outnumbered. Though the Witch-king himself led his Orc hordes in the last combat in the fields west of Fornost, the armies of Angmar were destroyed. There the last warriors of Angmar were destroyed, as well as many of the Orcs and Men, and the Witch-king fled into the north, not to be seen again for years to come. Without his leadership Angmar collapsed under the counter-attack of the Elves and Men. High Elves from Rivendell and Men of Gondor scattered the remnants of Rhudaur, destroying their strongholds and driving them into the wild. Carn Dûm was razed, and then the Dúnedain returned to Gondor, and the High Elves returned to Lindon and Rivendell.
For a thousand years, little hint of the Witch-realm remained. The Men of Angmar were wiped out, for they dwelt in the vales on the western and eastern sides of the Mountains, and these were both wiped clean of Orcs and Men by the Gondorians and Northmen. The Hillmen of Rhudaur lived on in secret in the Coldfells and Ettenmoors, but were fewer in number than the Dúnedain of the North, and did not re-emerge from the deep dales and caves for a long time. The Trolls and Wolves of Angmar became wild, dwelling in the north and troubling those remaining in Eriador for many a year. The remaining Orcs of Angmar either fled to Mount Gundabad and Mount Gram, which became the capitals of great clans of Orcs, or hid in the Mountains of Angmar, which were never purged and remained a place of evil.
Now, after a thousand years, evil is stirring in Angmar again. The Orcs have multiplied once more in the Mountains, and under fell chieftains have come down into the Vale of Angmar and occupied it once more. These chieftains have reoccupied old fortresses, built new camps and holds, and have gathered Trolls, Wargs, and Hill-trolls to themselves. South of Mount Gram the Hillmen of Rhudaur have come down from the Troll-fells and have built new villages in the northern reaches of the Lone-lands. Both realms are mere shadows of their former power, but both are still thoroughly evil. Even now, they muster to attack the Rangers, gathering what strength they have. All they need is a leader.
When the Kingdom of Arnor was founded, Rhudaur was among the areas the Númenóreans settled. Located in the eastern dales of Eriador, it had only a small population of Sea-men. They were far outnumbered by men of another kind, hill-dwelling cousins of the Easterlings of Morgoth from the First Age. These lived from the Angle through the Ettenmoors and through the valley of Angmar. Many wars were fought with these people before they were subdued, and King Valandur of Arnor fell in battle with them in T.A. 652. After the splitting of the three kingdoms of the North, the Hillmen and Dúnedain coexisted relatively peacefully, mingling together without conflict. Over time, however, the Westmen were more or less merged into the population of Hillmen. Thus they were shorter-lived, and grew to be of evil nature. Many of the hillmen fought with the King of Rhudaur against Cardolan.
When the Realm of Angmar was founded in the north, they took many of the indigenous hillmen into their armies. Civil war crippled Rhudaur, as many of the Hillmen slew the last remaining Dúnedain. In 1350, control of Rhudaur was seized by fell lords of the Hillmen, and under them the kingdom allied itself with the Witch-realm. These Hillmen quickly put to death any remaining Dúnedain in their kingdom and joined Angmar in its war on Arthedain, Rivendell, and Cardolan, greatly strengthening its armies. In 1409, Angmar and Rhudaur merged, with the latter essentially disappearing as an entity. More reinforcements came to the siege of Rivendell, but due to a strange power in that vale they were unable to break through. The armies of Angmar crippled Cardolan but were beaten back by Elven aid to the North Kingdom. During the two hundred years of relative peace that followed, the Hillmen learnt sorcery and necromancy, enslaving fell spirits and bringing terror to the North.
Hillmen of Angmar and Rhudaur continued to fight in the armies of the Witch-king until 1974, when great strength was released upon Arthedain in a final stroke. Fornost was taken, and any who remained of Arthedain fled to the seaward Elvish country. But the next year, vengeance came swift, for the Men of Gondor and Elves of Lindon and Rivendell destroyed the host of Angmar and slew them utterly. None of the hillmen in this host survived, and those that remained fled into the Coldfells and Ettenmoors in the north, where those few who remained hid for centuries.
The Hillmen of Angmar remain a small and scattered people, living mainly in the lands of Angmar and the Ettenmoors. Though their hatred of the Dúnedain is no less, they are not now strong enough to launch attacks or fight wars. But they nonetheless survive, awaiting a day when they may sweep out of the North as they once did, and hurl all their enemies into the Sea.
Angmar is allied with all of the primary Orc factions except Isengard, and is enemies with all of the Free Peoples. Their area of influence covers all of Angmar, as well as the Ettenmoors, Trollshaws, Coldfells, and parts of the Misty Mountains, Lone-lands, Eriador, Forodwaith, and Rivendell, with their areas of influence centred at the Trollshaws, Carn Dûm, and Mount Gram.
Angmar Invasions come in three forms: Angmar invasions, which feature all Angmar mobs; Angmar Warg invasions, which feature only Angmar Wargs and Warg-Riders; and Rhudaur invasions, which feature Rhudaur Hillmen of all types. Angmar commonly invades the Ettenmoors; uncommonly invades the Coldfells and the Lone-lands; and rarely invades Eriador, the Rivendell Hills, and the Trollshaws. Angmar Wargs commonly invade the Ettenmoors; uncommonly invade the Coldfells; and rarely invade Eriador, the Lone-lands, the Rivendell Hills, and the Trollshaws. Rhudaur Hillmen commonly invade the Ettenmoors and the Lone-lands; uncommonly invade the Coldfells, Eriador, and the Trollshaws; and rarely invade the Angle and the Rivendell Hills.
- Angmar Orc - Orcs who serve the Witch-king of Angmar. They wear Angmar armour and wield Angmar equipment, which includes swords, battleaxes, and spears.
- Angmar Orc Archer - Angmar Orcs equipped with Orc bows.
- Angmar Orc Bombardier - Angmar Orcs equipped with devastating Orc bombs. Once they use the bomb, they will switch to a dagger.
- Angmar Warg - Evil wolves allied with Angmar. They can be ridden by either Angmar Orcs or Angmar Orc Archers.
- Angmar Warg Bombardier - An infamous and feared variant of Angmar Wargs with a triple strength Orc bomb strapped to its back. The effect from the bomb's explosion can be devastating, and can down almost any player or NPC in its radius. They only spawn in invasions.
- Angmar Banner Bearer - Angmar Orcs bearing the standard of Angmar. They can only spawn in invasions, like Warg Bombardiers.
- Troll - Large, strong, and stupid creatures that wield clubs and turn to stone in sunlight.
- Hill-troll - Previously known as Mountain Trolls, they are even larger, stronger, and less intelligent than normal trolls. They can pick up rocks and throw them at enemies.
- Angmar Orc Chieftain - Unit traders of Angmar. Conditions permitting (that is, correct alignment and budget), they allow players to hire all of the above.
- Angmar Orc Trader - Item traders who can sell Angmar armour and equipment.
- Rhudaur Hillman - Savage men of Rhudaur who betrayed the rest of Arnor and joined Angmar. They are equipped with an array of wooden, stone, bronze, and iron weaponry.
- Rhudaur Hillman Warrior - The warrior force of the Hillmen of Rhudaur. They are equipped with Angmar weapons and wear bone, fur, and Angmar armour.
- Rhudaur Hillman Axe-thrower - Deadly Rhudaur warriors equipped with either bronze or iron throwing axes.
- Rhudaur Hillman Chieftain - Rhudaur unit traders equipped with an Angmar sword and Angmar armour (minus the helmet). They let players hire all of the above, if requirements are met.
- Angmar Orc Camp - Orc camps found all across Angmar. They consist of tents, forge tents, skulls, a small farm, and an Angmar crafting table. An Angmar Orc Trader may spawn here, too.
- Angmar Tower - Ruined towers similar to the ones found in Mordor. An Angmar Orc Chieftain dwells at the top.
- Angmar Shrine - Decorative structure that contains a crafting table.
- Angmar Warg Pit - Large pits that house the Wargs of Angmar.
- Troll Hoards - Chests that spawn underground at random. Trolls sometimes guard these chests, which contain the remains of unwary travellers and fallen warriors.
- Angmar Orc Dungeons - Subterranean structures made of stone brick inhabited by Angmar Orcs.
- Rhudaur Hillman Village - Small villages that house the Hillmen of Rhudaur. They contain regular houses and occasionally a chieftain house. Structures may spawn on their own, too.
- Rhudaur Castle - Ruins of castles once used by the Men of Rhudaur.
- Angmar Crafting Table - Crafting table used to craft the following.
- Angmar Banner - The standard of Angmar, depicting a black iron crown on a brown background.
- Orc Bows - Bows used by Angmar Orc Archers.
- Angmar Armour - Armour worn by Angmar Orcs and Rhudaur Hillman Warriors, Axe-throwers, and Chieftains.
- Angmar Equipment - Equipment used by Angmar Orcs and Rhudaur Hillman Warriors and Chieftains. Consists of swords, daggers (can be poisoned), battleaxes, warhammers, spears, poleaxes, pickaxes, regular axes, shovels, and, interestingly, hoes.
- Orc Gate - Crude wooden gates reinforced with steel.
- Orc Torch - Tall, dim torches made with two sticks and one piece of coal.
- Orc Chandelier - Elegant yet evil light fixtures made with Orc torches and steel.
- Orc Bed - Poor-quality beds.
- Maggoty Bread - Stale bread that is rotting and full of maggots. (Who eats this for three stinking days anyway?)
- Rhudaur Banner - The standard of the Rhudaur Hillmen. Depicts a double-headed battleaxe on a brown background.
|The Raiders of Angmar|
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