Albion

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This map shows the position of Albion in the Old World (upper left corner).
The island of Albion
The recent incursions into Albion are shown in this map.
An outdated map of Albion.[1]

Albion is a small island located in the Great Ocean, near the Old World. It is said that it rains every day in Albion, and the islands are shrouded in mist and heavy fog and the land is predominantly bogs, marshes and fens. This damp and gloomy environment is roamed by human tribes, led by Truthsayers, guardians of the mysterious Ogham Stones, and inhabited by creatures such as Giants and the strange Fimir.

History

A Tilean explorer and conqueror, Curious Gesar, the so-called First Citizen of Remas, at one time reached the shores of the misty islands and tried to bring the native barbarians his view of Tilean culture. He was unsuccessful, instead taking Hengus the Druid and the two biggest Giants of Albion with him as hostages. Back in Tilea he was assassinated and the giants roam now the Old World as mercenaries.

The Ogham Circles that dot Albion were erected by the giants of the land, under instruction from the Truthsayers during the Coming of Chaos, and work to calm down the Winds of Magic that blow from the Realm of Chaos at the north pole of the world. The awful weather and the degeneration of men on the island to Barbarians are consequences of this magical influx.

Shadows Over Albion

After the Chaos Incursion in IC 2302, the cursed Daemon Prince Be'lakor managed to escape his fate of madness and imprisonment and started to materialize in the Citadel of Lead in northeastern Albion. He misguided some of the Truthsayers to became his Dark Emissaries, to help him regain corporeal form. The Dark Emissaries roamed the World in search of any evil, warmongering, ambitious or at least greedy, leader who would come to the Islands of Albion to divert the energies of the Stone Circles and allow their Dark Master to materialise.

Those Truthsayers who were not corrupted also travelled the world, to find help against their fallen brothers. Thanks to their efforts, fleets of all nations and races set sail to Albion, either to help or to stop the Dark Master and to earn the artefacts of the Old Ones. Both Dark Emissaries and Truthsayers summoned the mindless Fen Beasts to do their bidding.

  • The Orcs and Goblins made landfall at the Muddy Point on southern Albion;
  • The cursed Vampire Trashlar of the Strigoi bloodline started his campaign of terror;
  • The Dark Elves beached two of their Black Arks on the northern shores of Albion and created Nagronath, a new, black city;
  • Men of the Empire successfully conquered some territory and established the new province of Neuland.
  • At the end the Slann magically changed the weather on the island and the Lizardmen started to grow a new jungle around the Forge of the Old Ones in a deep valley in the centre of Albion and founded a new city, called Konquata.

In the aftermath of the campaign, the Dark Emissaries fled from the island and the Truthsayers followed to hunt them down. Both sold their service to other armies in the World as mercenaries, using their ability to raise and control Fen Beasts for the benefit of their employers.

Albion was also the site of a fierce battle between Gotrek Gurnisson, Felix Jaeger, Loremaster Teclis on one side, and the oldest Giant in the world.[2]

Notes

Albion is clearly based upon Celtic Britain:

  • "Albion" is an ancient name for Britain;
  • The Truthsayers are sometimes described as druids and appear to be modeled on the romantic portrayals of these priests;
  • The saying "It always rains in Albion" is an exaggeration of a modern British saying;
  • "Ogham" is the name of the Druids' written language, used in the Iron Age.
  • Several geographic features have similar names and locations to real-world British counterparts:
  • "Curious Gesar, First Citizen of Remas" is likely a tribute to Julius Caesar, the one-time dictator of the Roman Republic:
    • During his campaigns in Gaul (present-day France), Caesar twice attempted to invade Britannia, in BC 55 and BC 54, but was repulsed because his landings were heavily opposed.
    • Caesar was later assassinated after his return to Rome.

Sources

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Warhammer: Shadows over Albion