Wilhelm the Wise
Emperor Wilhelm III, known as Wilhelm the Wise, Prince of Altdorf and Elector Count of the Reikland, was the first of the Emperors of the Holswig-Schliestein family which rules The Empire to this day.
As Prince of Altdorf
While his cousin, Emperor Dieter IV, the Elector Count of Stirland, did nothing to oppose Waaagh! Grom, Wilhelm organized a spirited defence of the Reikland. His leadership won him the people's gratitude and the respect of the Electors.
Later his cousin disgraced himself further by accepting a bribe; the Electors deposed him and elected Wilhelm to replace him.
Wilhelm established his court in Altdorf. During his reign the Empire made advances in many areas: trade was greatly expanded, communications were improved with a new network of roads, the Empire's close relations with Kislev were reaffirmed, and an embassy even sent to Bretonnia. Many technological advances were made as well, not least in the arts of war.
He tried to reclaim the city of Marienburg which had declared independence under Deiter, and sent three military expeditions to enforce his will - all of which failed. The last of which in 2429 IC was forced to surrender to the Marienburgers and their Elf allies. [4a]
In 2453 IC, Wilhelm created the Imperial Road Warden Service as a branch of the army and set standards for training and equipment, imposing oversight which was intended to stop the worst abuses. [5a] He also created the Imperial Messengers, intended to alleviate the delay of news and communication throughout the expansive Empire, especially during war. When the need arises, these horsemen can ride almost non-stop even from the most distant corner of the Empire to the capital, by changing horses at the coaching inns.
|Tell von Kluck to withdraw, and take this message to the Burgomeisters of Marienburg. Tell them to appoint a delegation to meet Our Plenipotentiaries to discuss a treaty. We will recognize their independence. But, mark my words, I pray for the day when they come crawling for help against Chaos or the Norse or the Bretonnians. Let the Directors see what their gold buys them then! I curse them and their lands and their city! Westerland - bah! I name that land for what it is, a Wasteland, and I hope they choke on it!
- 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 15
- 2: Warhammer Armies: Orcs & Goblins (1993), pg. 10
- 3: The Enemy Within (Supplement) A brief History of the Empire, pg. 23
- 4: Marienburg: Sold Down the River
- 5: Enemy in Shadows Companion
- 5a: Chapter 6: Road Wardens, pg. 39
- 6: White Dwarf 310 (UK)
- 6a: Knightly Orders of the Empirre, pg. 120