Archen has a large Graht-oak tree located in the middle with smaller tree homes located around it. The layout of Cormount is very similar to Lainlyn in the Alik'r Desert, There are four entrances to Cormount, three to the south of it leading to the rest of Grahtwood and one on the north leading to Reaper's March.
In the late first era, the city of Archen was a simple trading port. It wasn't until the Second Empire stepped in and occupied Valenwood. Haven, along with Falinesti, Elden Root, Silvenar, Haven, and Woodhearth were given independence and became a major power in the region.
In 2E 406, the Camoran Dynasty dealt with a scandal where potential heirs at a marriageable age are coming from Cormount. Due to this, many had traveled to Cormount for opportunity, curiousity, and for being cunning. Weddings were held on the regular.
These rumors brought even youthful Bosmer from all corners of Tamriel in order to bind their Imperial fortunes to their spiritual home of Valenwood. Nearby Cormount was a ramshackle town known as New Joy where migrants stayed at. Settlers from beyond the borders were known as migrants. Tension between both natives and foreigners arised. Worshippers who honor the Green Pact disagreed with the Cyrodiil lifestyle the migrants lived by, while the migrants disagreed with the backwoods lifestyle native Bosmeri live by.
Tension between Cormount and New Joy grew even more to the point where in 2E 420, the settlement of New Joy was burnt to the ground and it's citizens were murdered including a Camoran noble. Although nobody took credit for the devastation, it came be assumed that the citizens of Cormount were involved with the massacre. The Camorans used the Razing of New Joy as a political cudgel.
In 2E 489, the Blacksap Movement had grown in popularity throughout the kingdom of Grahtwood and it's base was located in Cormount. The group hoped to strength the Wood Elven approach to the Green Pact.
After King Camoran Aeradan brought the Aldmeri Dominion to Valenwood, General Endare the Jade Butcher and her Jade Dragoons ventured to Cormount in the night. The soldiers burned down the trees in the surrounding areas and murdered citizens on horse back. The Jade Butcher's guard had parents watch as their children were strangled before them.
The Blacksap Movement pushed the Jade Dragoons to the ruins to the west. The movement called for the Green to help them. The Jade Butcher had her mages poison the Green. With the lose of a valued ally, the Blacksap fought against the Dragoons who continued their slaughter. This event was known as the Massacre at Cormount.
During the Alliance War, the Vestige visited Cormount after repairs on the town. The Vinedusk Rangers arrived into town to quell an remnants of the Blacksap Movement from the Massacre at Cormount. Treethane Iirdel asked the Vestige to help in the cause to which they agree. Iirdel tasked the Vestige to find Camoran Lorchon and Camoran Gorinir. After capturing the two brothers, Cormount was attacked by Gorinir's Lurchers and Wisps. The Vestige stopped the attack and saved Cormount.