Border Princes

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A map of the Border Princes.
A more detailed map of the Border Princes.

The Border Princes is a natural destination for emigrating peasants and nobles, seeking a better life. Most of these colonists are descendants of Bretonnia or come from the Empire and Tilea. Many of them are political or religious refugees, but the region is also the natural destination for deserters and/or criminals on the run from the law.


In former times the Border Princes were largely inhabited by savage tribes of Greenskins, but now the land is fiercely disputed by the hardy human colonists and many Orc and Goblin tribes.

In 1452 IC[6b], a second Crusade was being prepared against Araby but the route was disputed until Baron Tybalt du Bois de Balzac was elected commander of the expedition and chose to lead them by land, avoiding pirates and the lack of available ships. By the time they reached Barak Varr, the first crusade had already defeated the Sultan and so the crusaders instead attacked the greenskin strongholds along the Blood River, quickly joined by the local Dwarfs! The cleared region would become known as the Border Princes. [6a] The Knights built great castles to hold back the Orcs, becoming the first Border Princes.

In 1664 IC, a warhost of Daemons and beastmen besieged Kronenbourg and the nearby Dwarf mine, leaving both in flames. [8a]

A vast horde of Orcs invade the area in 2420 IC and in response to calls for help, King Charlen of Bretonnia calls an Errantry War against the invaders. The war continues until 2488 when Baron Jules de Fontainebleu led his knights into Death Pass where the entire army is thought to have been wiped out. [6a]

Notable People

  • Sven Carlsson: A Border Prince. The militia from his realm are mounted on horseback and garbed in red uniforms and wear very heavy armour. Carlsson's Cavalry are very well trained in combat, as Carlsson himself is a retired mercenary, and values well-trained troops. Carlsson is a personal friend of Morgan Bernhardt and the two often come to each other's aid[1].
  • Lietpold the Black, Border Prince and Mercenary General. He rides a barded warhorse to war and has some of the most ostentatious and detailed armour ever to grace the Old World[2].
  • Count Schuvaltz - a Border Prince in 2480 IC, Schuvaltz was in need of money and resources to raise an army, so he commissioned another army to plunder the land of Khemri. Only one survivor returned.[3]
  • Farnio Forzini was the Duke of Alfori. During the End Times he was captured by Mannfred von Carstein and turned into a vampire. Later, he returned to his family lands and wreaked havoc upon them.[4]
  • Gashnag: A Strigoi Ghoul King who commands a small kingdom. He dwells in a soaring tower with extensive catacombs beneath allowing his packs of Crypt Ghouls to enter and leave secretly. Few who enter his kingdom, be they merchants or nobles intent on conquering his kingdom, are ever seen again. The humans who reside in his kingdom view him as a mysterious and even romantic figure who provides them protection.[10a]


The human colonists are tentatively organized into tiny kingdoms, small principalities, and independent city-states, but most of them are little more than fortified villages. All of them are targets of fierce Orc incursions and few survive for very long.

The colonists are somewhat stronger in the north-west, while the Greenskin hordes dominate the south-east. Even in the north some Orc and Goblin tribes live in hard-to-reach places like forests and mountains. In the centre of the whole region lies Barak Varr, the great seaport of the Dwarfs. The Blood River is the ultimate frontier, but no place north of the river is completely safe from the occasional Orc or Goblin raid.


Cultists of Gunndred in the Border Princes have recently been focussing on the cattle rustling element of their diety. Acting in groups of at least a dozen, they carry distinctive shields painted with a primitive cow skull and lasso and wear bright red cloaks. When they strike, they torture and kill any guards and any cowherds that resist but allow those who run to escape. [7a]



Border Princes
Units Border Horse
Characters Adalene Monteaux - Desa Donalba - Faramond - Farnio Forzini - Fredo Tordorno - Fulma Ortegeta - Gashnag - Giovanni Badrinatti - Gunter Dunkelmund - Harmis Detz - Jaardorf - Julien Pontenne - Jurgan Esselhafen - Karl Raachwald- Karolina Aquilena - Lietpold the Black - Lothar Aquilena - Rutgar - Schuvaltz - Sven Carlsson - Valdos Uvetovsk
Principalities and
Akendorf - Alfori - Barak Varr - Khypris - Malko - Munzig - Myrmidens - Organza Nova - Rif al-Sakhr - Sonnental - Styrtia - Zvork
Images - Miniatures