Honorous Jorg Ancrath, The Emperor of Thorns[edit | edit source]
Honorous Jorg Ancrath, Son of Olidan Ancrath and Rowen, Grandson of Kallos Ancrath, King of Renar and Orlanth, Duke of Normardy and Belpan, Baron of Kennick, Earl of Conaught, and Prince of Arrow. The first Emperor in hundreds of years. He is a very skilled, very powerful, and very troubled man. He is not a good man, nor is he righteous. There is nothing he won't sacrifice to get what he wants, and nothing will help you if you stand in his way.
In Prince of Thorns[edit | edit source]
There’s a reason I’m going to win this war. Everyone alive has been fighting a battle that grew old before they were born. I cut my teeth on the wooden soldiers in my feather’s war-room. There’s a reason I’m going to win where they failed. - Jorg.
89th Year of Congressional Stalemate[edit | edit source]
Jorg Ancrath is a 9-year-old boy and has already suffered great mental trauma at the hands of his Father, Olidan Ancrath. But, his hard life would only grow harder as he aged. While travelling in a carriage on a dark and stormy night, Jorg and his mother and younger brother, Will, are attacked by the men of Renar. The Captain of the Guard, Big Jan, wrenched the door open and only had time to pull Jorg out, throwing him into a patch of thorns before the men attacked. All the guards were killed as well as Jorg's mother and brother. Jorg couldn't move as he was stuck in the thorns. He watched stuck and unable to turn away as he saw his Uncle's men rape his mother to death and then brain his younger brother on a rock when he tried to stop them. He watched as the Uncle that had visited Tall Castle not so many years ago and bounced him on his knee, butchered the only two people in the world he had ever truly cared for. He watched and did nothing. Eventually, he would pass out from blood loss as the Thorns had opened more than a hundred wounds across his body. When his father's household knights came looking for survivors, it was only him they found. They pulled him from the Thorns and more than half the skin from his back with him. Immediately, Jorg was brought back to the Tall Castle and given to the Priests.
When he recovers, he finds out that his father had accepted payment from Count Renar (who had sent the men), in compensation for the attack. This payment constituted of a few horses and some river trade, as well as a small chest of silver. Jorg is furious that his father won't send the army against Renar for revenge. As is Jorg's grandfather, Earl Hansa of Morrow, his mothers father. Because of this a falling out occurs between Earl Hansa and King Olidan Ancrath, leading them to break ties and never speak again. One day, finding a group of bandits in the castle dungeons, Jorg frees and joins them, deciding they could help him take revenge on Renar where his father did not.
Meeting the Brotherhood[edit | edit source]
The meeting with the brotherhood happened the day before those bandits and outlaws were scheduled for execution. Jorg, accompanied by his tutor, Lundist, visited the dungeons, where the members of the brotherhood were imprisoned. He posed as a servant boy, not revealing to them his true identity until the first few chapters of the books.
After freeing the Brotherhood from his Father's dungeons, Jorg Ancrath travels with the band, pushed by his apparent loss of sanity after the murder of his mother and brother.
Jorg befriends a man from Afrique within the group. This man is called The Nuban because of his dark skin and his Afriquan origins.
In King of Thorns[edit | edit source]
Travels to Heimrift[edit | edit source]
Early in the book, Gog, the fire-sword mutant child, was the subject of controversy amongst the closest of Jorg's circles. Gog's powers were obviously to become uncontrollable. Thus, they resolved to travel North, towards a volcano where they believe a powerful fire-mage to reside. They planned to hand Gog to the fire-mage so that the creature could live his life there.
On the way, they have several encounters.
The second was with Dr. Taproot and his circus. Dr. Taproot is known for having the most reliable of information, and a vast amount of tit. Presumably, Jorg and the brothers had met the circus before and were quite friendly with its members. Later in the books, Dr. Taproot reveals himself to be of significant use.
Near the Volcano resided northern nobles, who Jorg successfully befriended. Notably, Sindri and Elin, both offspring of noblemen, will play a role in the later stories.
Siege of the Haunt and Wedding[edit | edit source]
Quite unfortunately to Jorg, the day he was to marry Miana, a (at the time) 12 year old girl, was also the day the soldiers of Arrow marched to besiege his castle.
Miana revealed herself to be quite cunning and assertive. The first words from her to Jorg were suggestions that matched Jorg's exact thoughts. Instead of waiting in the castle for the enemies to attack, she proposed to bring the fight to them.
Miana's drowry was a ruby. The gemstone was said to be imbued with immense power, notably of the fire type. That was proven when, mere moments later, Miana threw the ruby at the incoming enemies and reduced over six thousand men to ash. Others, including her own soldiers, were caught in the blast and by the shrapnels of torn walls.
In Emperor of Thorns[edit | edit source]
- Jorg's story comes full circle
Personality[edit | edit source]
There's something brittle in me that will break before it bends. - Jorg
Charming, amoral and witty. Jorg is quick to anger and gets angry at being angry. He is seldom unnecessarily cruel but he is very good at being cruel.<<<<<<<
He never fights fair and he has creative and ingenious ways to turn the odds in his favour. He, and justly so, believes that honor, in battle, more times than not will bring you death. An example would be the death of Sir Galen the Teuton Knight.
He is stubborn. He'll do things that he's afraid of just because he refuses to be held back by fear. If something pushes him one way, he'll push the opposite way, even if himself was the one doing the pushing. This trait was most apparent when he visited Liba and Moroc in northern Afrique. He met the so called mathmagicians, including Qalsadi, the man who attempted to poison his Uncle's guards.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
He is tall and lean, and has dark hair. A very typical look for the Steward lineage. After his encounter with Ferrakind in King of Thorns, he has savage burn scars on the left side of his face. His encounter with the thorns has left him scarred on his entire body.
Even at 13, he was as tall as an adult. At 20, he is very strong, thick with muscle but still lean. He is very attractive, even with his scars.
Skills and Abilities[edit | edit source]
He is clever, witty and sly. He will find ways to get what he wants and succeed where all others have failed. He can improvise as well as plan far ahead.
Jorg is very skilled with a one handed longsword, being proficient in the first book but honing his skills to deadly perfection throughout the second and third books. He is very strong as well, and has beaten Rike in a no-weapons fight. He is skilled with a staff after learning from Tutor Lundist. He has learned many skills from his outlaw brothers such as knot-tying, lock-picking, archery, etc.
Throughout the books, Jorg gains various magical powers. He gains necromancy from eating a powerful necromancer's heart, and fire-magic through absorbing the remnants of Gog after his fight with Ferrakind. He uses these powers throughout the series for torture, fighting large groups of enemies, etc. The necromancy and fire-magic cancel each other out after the Battle of The Haunt.
Moreover he is intelligent and willing to learn more. His tutor Lundist gave him a great foundation for learning more by teaching him (ancient) languages, mathematics, biology, etc. His knowledge makes him good at finding things he can use to his advantage, and he is known for beating heavy odds against him. His abilities and his charm make him a man people will follow, and he has a way with words.