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A painting of Nuln.

Nuln is a city-state, the second largest city of the Empire in the Old World. [2a]

Having temporarily replaced Altdorf as the Imperial capital during the reign of Magnus the Pious, it retains its prominence.


Situated at the junction of four provinces - Reikland, Wissenland, Averland and Stirland - and two great rivers, the Reik and the Aver, Nuln is a major trading centre: goods enter the city from the north and the south, from Wissenland, the dwarf holds in the mountains and especially from Tilea.

Nuln is also the base of one of the two Arch-Lectors of the Cult of Sigmar. The temple to Sigmar is large and ornate, and attracts thousands of pilgrims due to its connections with Magnus the Pious. The second most important temple in Nuln is that of Verena.

Though it is a spiritual centre, it is also a technological centre. The city is home to the Imperial Gunnery School where most of The Empire's cannons are forged, and Nuln is one of the Empire's greatest factories for black powder weapons. The Gunnery School takes in the metal ores from the hills and transforms them into precision weaponry such as handguns, pistols and cannons. They then sell them off to other provinces for a hefty profit. The school also trains the finest artillery crews. Many expatriate Dwarfs work in the school and work to create new weapon designs.

As a natural consequence of the creation of black powder weapons en-mass, the armies of Nuln use many of these weapons themselves. They are also famous for using the pike and half-pike heavily.

It also has some of the oldest and most esteemed universities in The Empire.[2a] They may even surpass Altdorf in this regard, although it is hard to tell.


In the very early Empire sometime before the 4th century IC, Emperor Fulk moved the capital to Nuln. [4a]

As a result of its proximity to the mountains, it has also been the target of Orc invasions for centuries.

Nuln was once a renowned university city, the city's first colleges having been established by the Empress Agnetha. The city's reputation still draws students from far and wide.

Nuln served for a time as the Imperial capital, until a century ago, when Altdorf was restored as the Empire's traditional capital. It was from Nuln during the darkest periods of the Empire that Magnus the Pious issued his first great rallying calls for unity against the forces of Chaos, whose growing power threatened to finally overcome the disintegrating Empire.

Emperor Dieter IV spent a fortune ehancing the appearance of Nuln creating a Palace of Gold, many great ornate buildings and fountains however when word came that Grom the Paunch was fighting the armies of Karak Varn, Dieter and the Imperial Court retreated to Altdorf, refusing the calls for aid from the Dwarfs. Several years later Nuln itself was attacked and after a seige, brutally sacked before the Goblin horde moved on. [3a]

In 2499 IC, a huge number of Skaven boiled up out of the sewers and attacked the city, nearly capturing Countess Emmanuelle and destroying large areas. [5a]

Notable People

  • Nuln is ruled by Emmanuelle von Liebewitz, Elector Countess of Wissenland. She is also Chancellor of the University and is known for her extravagant parties, desiring to surpass the Imperial Court in Altdorf through sheer decadence.
  • Theodore Bruckner serves as the Judicial Champion of Nuln and Countess Emmanuelle’s Headsman. He wields the archaic sword 'Liarsbane' and goes to battle mounted on the terrifying Demigryph named Reaper, perhaps the largest of its kind, which suits Bruckner's oversized physique perfectly. Bruckner sports long braided mustaches.[1]
  • Castellan-Engineer Jubal Falk is an engineer with a skill in tactical matters who many consider destined to become Guildmaster of the Gunnery School. Falk leads the Nuln Ironsides; a heavily armoured regiment of Handgunners. Falk’s natural talents and enforcement of strict discipline have earned him an great repute, and he is well-respected by his men both for his skills as a battlefield engineer and as their leader. Falk himself sports a moustache and mutton chops, which in battle are concealed beneath a visored helm. He fights with pistol and the notorious Hochland long rifle.[1]
  • Elspeth von Draken, Magisterix of the Amethyst Order, also known as the Dark Lady of Nuln and the Graveyard Rose.[1]



The provinces & city-states of The Empire
Provinces Reikland - Middenland - Nordland - Ostland - Hochland - Talabecland - Ostermark - Stirland - Averland - Wissenland - The Moot
City-states Altdorf - Nuln - Middenheim - Talabheim
Lost provinces Drakwald - Solland - Westerland - Sylvania