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It is located near Khemri, further up the Great Mortis River towards its source. It was originally built due to its proximity to very fertile lands just south of the Great Mortis River and north of the Ash River. This location encouraged its foundation and its people were fed in plenty.
It is now ruled by Prince Tutankhanut with its pyramids restored to their former glory. Life has also returned to the area with crops being grown in the surrounding fields for the living inhabitants who serve the Prince with the dead. [1a]
It was built originally before the time of Settra, thousands of years ago, by king Khesek. This dates it as one of the first human cities ever to be built. The founder and first king of Numas created a imposing stone obelisk to Usirian which he hoped would appease the vengeful god of the underworld and gain his protection to the flourishing new city. [3a]
Settra, during his reign, conquered first Numas and then the other cities and forced them all to pay him tribute.[2a] As soon as Settra died, however, it rebelled against the grip of its former master and succeeded in gaining freedom. Until the time of Nagash, it was conquered and reconquered by Khemri but could never be held.
Then, when Nagash took hold of Khemri, the twin kings of the city, Seheb and Neneb remained loyal to him. Following the Battle of Oasis of Zedri they were summoned to Khemri with Amn-nasir, the Priest King of Zandri and were told of the fall of Quatar to the enemies of Nagash. When Nagash commanded them to raise their armies, they countered that the many years of tribute meant it would take further years to rebuild them. He promised to give them time [4a] and conjured a red rain that fell across the enemy cities, bringing sickness to their people. [4b]
They would later be part of the armies of the Usurper during the Siege of Mahrak but joined the armies of the east after the destruction of Neferem and the Covenant with the Gods. [4c] An alliance of the cities of Numas, Zandri, Mahrak, Lybaras and Rasetra fought together to free the land from his tyrany. The king of Lahmia, King Lahmizzar, led this alliance but eventually the allied cities fractured and fought against one another, seeking each other’s wealth.
After they died, there was a cycle of fratricide from which Amunet, daughter of Seheb emerged as Queen. In -1650 IC she travelled to Lahmia for the Council of Kings presenting one of the heads of the last of the immortals of Nagash. [5a] In -1597 Amunet travelled to Lahmia to greet Neferata who had openly claimed the throne on her husbands death. [5b]
By -1350 IC, the city had cemented its position as the chief food producer in Nehekhara, with even Lahmia paying huge sums to them. They noted strange clouds rising above the mountains to their east and the then king, Ahmose considered sending an expedition to investigate. [5c]
After the awakening, the Tomb Kings of Numas fought amongst themselves to regain the city. There was no peace in Numas until Settra had awoken, and upon taking control, sent all of the lesser kings back to their tombs to await his call.
King Phar was disturbed from his slumber by tomb robbers, discovering Night Goblin corpses left to lay a false trail by agents of the Grey Seer Thanquol who hoped to set the Tomb King against the Blackclaw tribe of Dragonback Mountain. He succeeded and the legions of King Phar met and defeated the greenskins in battle, reclaiming many golden artefacts. [2c]
As Phar and his army marched home, Thanquol ambushed him on the Salt Plains north of Numas. However, as the battle raged, the Skaven in turn were attacked by a second army from the city, arriving within a dust storm. This army was led by Phar's son, Prince Lamkirakh and although the Prince was struck down by a Skaven Assassin, the two armies crushed the Skaven between them - only Thanquol would escape the slaughter. [2c]
Under Prince Tutankhanut the pyramids were restored, and later the Scythan tribe travelled to the city to worship their god, seeing the Tomb Prince as a manifestation of that diety and pledging their service to him. The living and dead now live together harmoniously under his rule. [1a]
The nomads patrol the desert, watching for intruders and when one of their warriors die, the body is left for 40 days and nights to be picked clean before being prepared to serve the Prince in undeath. [1a]
In ancient times before Nagash killed Nehekhara, the city was famous for and grew rich by raising horses on the surrounding plains. [4a]
|The necropolises of the Tomb Kings.|
|Khemri - Numas - Zandri - Bhagar- Beremas - Quatar - Rasetra - Mahrak - Lybaras - Lahmia|
- 1: Warhammer Armies: Tomb Kings (6th Edition)
- 1a: Tales from the Oasis, pg. 14
- 2: Warhammer Armies: Tomb Kings (8th Edition)
- 3: White Dwarf 377 (UK)
- 3a: Battle of Usirian's Obelisk, pg. 60-61
- 4: Rise of Nagash (anthology) by Mike Lee
- 5: Rise of Nagash (anthology) by Mike Lee: Nagash the Unbroken
- 6: Rise of Nagash (anthology) by Mike Lee: Nagash Immortal
- 6a: Chapter Nineteen: Crook and Sceptre, pg. 881