One of the oldest, if not wealthy, houses in Lorine, House Thorne has lived in their ancestral house of Orford since the time of King Orfric. Edric, first of the blood of Thorne, was a common sellsword, contracted by the king to rescue his youngest daughter from the lair of a foul cyclops. Edric did so, slaying the behemoth with a single arrow in the eye, thereafter known as Edric the Marksman. Edric was rewarded with the village of Orford, and the hand of the princess in marriage, forever binding House Thorne and the crown. For their sigil, they took the noble visage of the Griffin, an animal which has resided in their forests for as long as any can remember. Thorne has never been a significant player in the politics of Lorine, their liege lords preferring to go questings in far distant lands or work the fields alongside their landbound peasantry.
Thorne has never been a significant player in the politics of Lorine, their liege lords preferring to go questings in far distant lands or work the fields alongside their landbound peasantry. Most notably amongst these heroes was Albert, who fought in the Green Mountains aiding the Dweor, or dwarves who raise flocks of white sheep along the mountain range.
The current lord, Cedric, son of Albert, and the great-grandson of Edric, rules Orford in the time of King Oswine. He is a young man, educated at court, trained in warfare, bearing the blood of an ancient household which the world thought extinct.