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Forossa (フォローザ) is a mentioned location in Dark Souls II and a mentioned location in Dark Souls III.

Lore[]

Faraam Set DaSIII

The armor of the Lion Knights with the name of their god of war.

Forossa is a land located to the distant east of Drangleic[1].

The kingdom of Forossa was a country defined by war as it was constantly in conflict with its neighbors, to the point that towards its end it was still engaged in a prolonged fight with other kingdoms at its borders and the generation of that time knew nothing but war[1]. The culture and organization of the Forossa army rightly recognized and rewarded their soldiers for their strength, determination and diligence on the battlefield and those who distinguished themselves with these qualities could, in the course of their lives, ascend from mere peasants to generals[2].

The main deity of the kingdom was Faraam, God of War, [3][4]demonstrating together how their country's situation of endless war and their culture that valued fighting influenced their religion which in turn reinforced their warrior mentality. The priests of the war god and Forossan sages were those who led the knights of the kingdom into battle. They were wise men who obtained their title and role only after completing a rigorous journey of hardship to the north, in the region in which Eleum Loyce would one day arise[5][6][7], and were thus called "Northwarders" and worshiped as the agents of Faraam[8]. These sages of Forossa were skilled sorcerers and when they were already experienced they could craft strong, even if rough, staves that greatly intensified their spells and magic damage despite drastically reducing their spell usage, evidence of their prowess to get the most out of reduced resources available[9].

The most important order among the Forossan knights was that of the Lion Knights, composed of mighty warriors who wore heavy armor and were feared for their nimble two-handed swordplay, identifying them as a group trained in both enormous physical strength to wield two weapons at the same time but also high combat mastery[3]. However this order was also known as a group of the most disparate people united by the fact of being rabid fighters and their warriors were more similar to raging mad beasts on the battlefields[10]. The powerful soldiers, conditioned by the situation of their land, could not even image other ways of living and could not see what could happen when fighting stopped[1]. Their armor, which made them recognizable and famous, depicting a knight fighting an ancient archdragon on the helmet, had the name of their god of war and was blessed directly by Faraam, making them quite resistant against fire[3].

Special and powerful black firebombs, capable of causing large flames and explosions, were also developed in Forossa. These bombs, due to their risk of causing harm to their owners, were subject to strict standards for their safe storage defined by the government's law[11].

Despite the strength of its army, Forossa eventually fell apart due to prolonged conflicts with its neighbors[1], the kingdom exhausted to the point that the entire military and government structure collapsed and its territory became lawless[12][13]. The end of the country left its citizens landless and entirely to their own devices, leading them to become bandits and thieves that infested the outskirts of their fallen home in order to survive[13] or scattered to various lands[12]. Without an element of cohesion anymore and a culture based only on fighting, the remaining Forossan knights become mercenaries, selling their fighting strength to foreign countries and armies and throwinng themselves into the wars of others[13][1]. Among these Lion Knight mercenaries such as Vengarl of Forossa, once a ferocious warrior on the battlefield, came to Drangleic and served under the command of King Vendrick[1].

The highest ranking knight of Forossa, together with Forossan sages and knights[14][15][16], abandoned his home too and moved to the northeast of Drangleic[6] before reaching a land, that was plagued by a fragment of the Bed of Chaos, the source of the Flame of Chaos and seedbed of the Demons, that had survived and had started to give birth to atrocities and monsters , cursing the region and leading people to flee in fear[17]. The proud knight saw the suffering of the population and decided to devote himself to the protection of that land. And so he took his crown as their new leader and started to fight the raging Chaos thanks to his powerful soul as their Ivory King[6][17][18]. The Ivory King was able to build his kindgom of Eleum Loyce[17] and he governed it as a true and ever-merciful monarch [18], dedicating himself to protecting his land and being the first to swing his sword in times of need[15] and its country continued to exist with the aim of containing the Chaos and the terrors it generated[19] and its knights became the devoted guardians of the land, delving valiantly into the depths even if that meant never to return[20].

At some point, a group of surviving Lion Knights of Forossa mutated into humanoid lion creatures, becoming a new offshoot race that appeared in historical records quite abruptly[21][22][23]. These bestial knights, known as the Lion Clan Warriors, severed their ties with humans and aggressively kept on themselves, murdering anyone with the curious notion of approaching them, despising their own look and hating to be seen[24]. Still firmly preserving the legacy of their warrior origins, these lion clansmen are capable craftsmen, wearing complex decorations on their armor[25] and using finely-crafted blades that cut smoothly, evidence that they were much more than vulgar beasts[26]. In addition their shields were decorated with a bizarre pattern that symbolized the mark of Faraam, venerated as the god of war in Forossa[27][28]. In fact among the lion clansmen there were mages, just as among the Forossan Knights the sages led the warriors into battle and venerated the god of war[29][30]. After the collapse of Vendrick's kingdom, a group of these lion warriors entered Drangleic and settled in the Shaded Woods[31].

Dark Souls III[]

In the region and times of Lothric, Forossa was recognized as a kingdom that had been destroyed but legends about its Lion Knights and those among them that became part of history remained alive[32].

Despite the collapse of the country, the survivors of Forossa, along with other groups originating from the region of Drangleic, contributed to founding the kingdom of Lothric[33]. One of the armor sets that took their name from the ancient god of war worshiped by the Forossians was preserved and among the guard of the royal family of Lothric is present Lion Knight Albert, descendant of the order of knights of Forossa[32][34].

Although their homeland has been lost to the point that it no longer identifies them, brigands of Forossa still continue to roam the world wielding their ancient war axes[35].

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Vengarl of Forossa dialogue: "I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care for what became of this country. I was a hired body, but I had comrades who survived the verge of death with me. And then that king… that personage… But, I’m certainly happy with this. What did happen at the end of the fighting…?. I was born in Forossa. It's a land in the distant east. When I was born, we were already mired in prolonged conflict with our neighbours. Eventually, our kingdom fell, and our people scattered. I've been a sellsword ever since. All I ever knew was war, and I can imagine no other way to live. What a fool I was"
  2. Ring of Giants description.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Faraam Armor description.
  4. Northwarder Set description.
  5. Eleum Loyce is the only land to the northeast of Drangleic and north of Forossa.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Crown of the Ivory King description.
  7. Northwarder Set#Availability and Azal's Staff#Availability
  8. Northwarder Set description.
  9. Azal's Staff description.
  10. Vengarl's Set description.
  11. Black Firebomb (Dark Souls II) description
  12. 12.0 12.1 Bandit Set description.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Bandit Axe description.
  14. Northwarder Set#Availability
  15. 15.0 15.1 Ivory King Ultra Greatsword description.
  16. Azal's Staff#Availability
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Alsanna, Silent Oracle dialogue.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Soul of the Ivory King description.
  19. Ivory Warrior Ring description.
  20. Loyce Set description.
  21. Lion Mage Set description.
  22. Faraam Set description.
  23. In addition to the finely crafted weapons typical of skilled warriors, the presence of wizards in their ranks and the veneration of a god of war, it is no coincidence that the "Lion" knights of Forossa share their title with the "Lion" Clan Warriors which literally evolved into humanoid lions.
  24. Lion Warrior Set description.
  25. Lion Warrior Helm appearance.
  26. Lion Greataxe description.
  27. Lion Clan Shield description.
  28. Wargod Wooden Shield description.
  29. Lion Mage Set description.
  30. Northwarder Set description.
  31. Lion Clan Warrior#Location
  32. 32.0 32.1 Faraam Set (Dark Souls III) description.
  33. Lothric#Lore
  34. Faraam Armor (Dark Souls III)#Availability
  35. Brigand Axe description.
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