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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.

Nuln often served 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.


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[6a], 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. As a result of its proximity to the mountains, it has also been the target of Orc invasions for centuries.

Banners and Symbols

The city banner has a golden lion holding the scale of Verena, goddess of learning and a blindfolded maiden is often seen on the regimental flags as well as the famous bridge of Nuln, cannons and lions. [6a]


A powerful force in the city who often throw the Countess lavish parties seeking her influence on the tax rates they are charged and all the Guildmasters have a seat of the Council. [11b]


A Tilean merchant from Miragliano gathered a group of mercenaries and travelled beneath the Vaults using the River of Echoes. Although half his expedition was lost in the crossing, they settled in the ruins of an old High Elf outpost which they named Nuln. However only months after they began building, a host of Orcs & Goblins carved a burning path towards it, forcing the humans and Dwarfs to retreat into the hills. Luckily Sigmar himself passed and secured through the area on his way to the Battle of Black Fire Pass. [11a]

Following his vicotry, Nuln remained a centre for trade, if a minor one but quickly benefited from a road cronstructe dby the new Emperor from Altdorf to the growing settlement. Soon the Count of Wissenland moved his capital from Pfeildorf to Nuln and the population began to swell, also drawing Dwarfs from the Vault's and Worlds Edge Mountains to settle there. [11a]

25 years after the disappearance of Sigmar, Johan Helstrum, a mendicant friar arrived in the growing settlement, establishing the Cult of Sigmar in Nuln. Open conflict would later break out between cultists of Ulric and those of the new god. [11a]

In the very early Empire, around 100 IC, Emperor Fulk moved the capital to Nuln, grealt expanding the city and confirming Sigmar as the official god of the Empire. [4a][11a]

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.

The Nuln Wizards Guild, later known as the University College was founded around 1000 IC and quickly becoems a rival to Elementalists' Guild. [10a]

In 1110 IC The High Priest of Sigmar in the city was exposed as a cultist of Slaanesh and Boris Goldgather moved his court to Altdorf. The Black Plague devestates the population, with only three out of ten people surviving the contagion.[11a]

Although Ottilia I had declared herself Empress in Talabecland in 1360 IC, Emperor's were still elected and crowned in Nuln. [11a]

The Orc Warlord Gorbad Ironclaw sacks Nuln before moving on to Stirland. [11a]

Around 2300 IC, the once friendly rivalry between the Eldritch University and the University College becomes bitter, leading to fights between rival students. [10a]

As the Great War against Chaos begins in 2301 IC the student and theologian Magnus sees the calamity as a sign from Sigmar and gathers a great army of converts. He draws so much support that eventually the Elector Counts and, once Magnus walks unscathed through the sacred fire of Ulric In Middenheim, the Cult of Ulric and Cult of Sigmar unite behind them. [11a]

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 in 2421 IC 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][11a]

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]

The great horde of Tamurkhan emerged from Winter's Teeth Pass in the Black Mountains in 2510 IC, their target being the home of Magnus the Pious. The city of Pfeildorf was overwhelmed despite the Margrave amassing his forces to defend it and the horde continued to advance towards Nuln. Countess Emmanuelle and her war council received advice from Elspeth von Draken as well Lietpold the Black whose Border princedom had been crushed by the invaders. As panic spread through the city, a brutal crackdown was imposed with lawbreakers quickly inducted into the growing milita. [1a]

Countess Emmanuelle, a shrewd, iron willed ruler rather than a frontline general used the vast riches she had access to employ mercenary companies, battle wizards and even half-dozen land ships being built for Marienburg. On more than one occassion, she was heard to recit the proverb: Wars are waged by warriors. but won with gold. Sedition was quickly dealt with, her headsman and champion monting a dozen formerly infulential heads on spikes. [1b]

The great army of the city prepared to meet the horde in battle, deploying substantial forces to meet them initially in the field, before intending to fall back on a series of defensive lines. Soliders, wizards and fanatics of a dozen cults prepared to face the monsters of Nurgle whilst Elspeth von Draken's dragon clung to a high cathedral spire, giving her a perfect vantage point. So began the Battle for Nuln. [1c]

Finally as the battle turned against the forces of Chaos, Theodore Bruckner confronted the leader of the horde as he attempted to enact a last desperate ritual. As the foul champion attmepted to enter his opponents body as he done for many others, the talisman given to Bruckner by Elspeth came to life, consuming both in powerful flash of fire. The ritual failed, the daemons were dispelled and the battle was won. [1f]

In 2515 IC Ostland was invaded by a large force from the far north and requested aid. Although the Emperor was in Bretonnia with much of the army, a coalition was assembled including a relief force from Nuln under Grand Marshal Ludwig Gutman. [9a] The road to Ostland was long and delays had plagued the army until finally Gutman's chief advisor, the Bright Wizard Ludas Luddace reported that large force of cutthroats and bandits was approaching led by the Mad Count of Averland. Ludwig formed his army into battleline protecting the town of Sudenheim. [9b]

Storm of Chaos

Nuln was not attacked during the Storm and supplied vast amounts of weapons, ammunition and conscripts for the Imperial army and earned equally large amounts of gold. [11a]


  • Altestadt: The Old City is well known for its clean and safe streets, its shops and restaurants and impressive homes. [11c]
    • Nuln Hill: The site of the Elector's palace and other etstaes and townhouses. [11c]
  • Aver Island: As a test firing area,it is unihabited except for a small garrison and a tavern for them. [11c]
  • Bridges: Four lesser bridges and most famous grand bridge that crosses the riek and is the longest bridge in the Empire. [11c]
  • Der Halbinsel: Once a small village it now services the military with barrcks, buisinesses and training fields. [11c]
    • Rickard's Armoury: A famous weapons and armour shop. [11c]
  • Docks: Thye line the shores of the Reik, the northern part being for passenger ships and river liners whereas the southern half are for cargo and much less pleasent. [11c]
    • Laughing Bear: A well known sailors bar, but also a front for the Valantina Crime Family. [11c]
    • Saucy Dwarf: It does not serve food, only stout powerful Dwarf ale. [11c]
  • Eldritch Unversity: Once called the Elementalists Guild, now bitter rivals of the University College. [10a]
  • Faulestadt: Home to the dyers, slaughterhouses and tanners, it was moved to its present location by order of the Countess. Its stench is formidable and the Watch never comes here. [11c]
  • Gates: Nuln has three gates in the outer Wall: [11c] and four in the inner wall which bisects the city. [11c]
    • Griffon Gate: Flanked by two Griffon statues it leads into the upper class district. [11c]
    • South Gate: The most commonly used and protected by watch towers and bolt throwers. [11c]
    • West Gate: Leads into the poorest area of the city. [11c]
  • Industrielplatz: Six artillery workshops are scattered through here, two owned by the Countess herself. [11c]
    • Richthofen Foundry: The largest foundry in the city. [11c]
  • Iron Tower: a 75ft tall black and red tower that rises from the Reik and was built in the late 2400s IC for the use of the Empire's Witch Hunters. [11c]
  • Neuestadt: Nearl two-thirds of the people live here in four quarters: [11c]
    • Granaries: Located between the Universitȁt and Westen, four large silos hold the city's reserve food supply. [11c]
    • Handelbezirk: Centre of Nuln's trade with the offices of merchants and variety of cafes and restaurants. [11c]
      • Hall of Archives:The record office of the city. [11c]
      • Reik Platz: A cobbled square in the centre of which grows the Deutz Elm a vast ancient tree where people post messages. [11c]
    • Shantytown: A haven of thieves and murderers, most people avoid this area. [11c]
      • Blind Pig: One of the roughest taverns in Nuln and located at the centre of the shantytown. [11c]
    • Universitȁt: A cluster of prestigious and world famous institutions including Grand University of Nuln and the Imperial Gunnery School as well as the College of Engineering. [11c]
    • Westen: A middle-class district. [11c]
  • Sewers: Constructed by the Dwarfs, but patched up over the centuries by humans. [11c]
  • Tempel Quarter: The streets are clean and smoth, scrubbed daily by temples servants. [11c]
    • Cathedral of Sigmar: A massive castle dominated by single tower and equipped with Gromril doors donated by the Dwarfs. [11c]
    • Gardens of Morr: The cemetary of the city surrounded by a high spiked wall with many gnarled trees and black rosebushes. [11c]
    • Temple of Myrmidia: A sprawling temple founded by Tilean missonaries. [11c]
    • Temple of Ulric: A fortified structre defended by Knights of the White Wolf. [11c]
    • Temple of Verena: The patron goddess of the city - the temple is a brick built building of four stories and serves as the High Court, althought the Countess retains the right to pardon or punish as she wishes. [11c]
  • University College: A training school for wizards who will go on to study at the Colleges of Magic in Altdorf. [10a]


The uniform of Nuln is black with different coloured sleeves for varied regiments and gun crews. [6a]

  • Black-Reik Guards: One of the regiments responsible for the defence of the famous Nuln Bridge. [9b]
  • The Blue Herons, a Tilean mercenary company from Miragliano have served as the Royal Horse Guard since the time of the current Grand Countess’s great-grandfather. [8a]
  • Exchequer Guard: The personal men at arms of the Countess clad in red and black armour and wielding greatswords. [1d]
  • Grundel's Defenders: Formed after the city was sacked in 2421 IC, the regiment heroically defend artillery batteries. [6a]
  • The Nuln Ironsides: Marksmen and the pride of the Imperial Gunnery School, they have long worked with wizards of the Gold Order. [1e]
  • The Nulner Landsknechtes are famed pikeman, highly disciplined and highly sought after as Mercenary Pikeman. [7a]
  • Schwarzspears, a regiment first founded in time of Magnus the Pious. [9b]
  • Swords of Nuln: Commanded by Captain Frederick Fronkenburg they are under the direct control of Countess von Liebewitz. [9b]

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]
  • Hildemar Kalb: High Steward and ruler in the infrequent abscence of the Countess. [11b]
  • Jekil Rohrig: High Chancellor and supreme Justice in the city. [11b]
  • Maria Glockenspiel: High Wizard of Nuln and military veteran. [10a]
  • Reuban Kuhn II: The Exchequer. [11b]
  • Rosalia Schultz: Nuln's first female barrister in the early 2500s IC, she is a controversial figure. [11c]


Although the Cult of Sigmar has historically been strong in the citya and still has the largest and wealthiest temples, in the 2500s IC many favour Morr, Myrmidia and Verena and other gods. Most High Priests find the Countess wanting with regards to affairs of the soul but meet with her sporadically. [11b]




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