Forges of Karak Azgal
The Empire is a collection of lands and provinces that have culturally accepted the unity of Sigmar Heldenhammer. The popular “Old Worlder” view of the Empire is of vast, dark forests surrounded by impenetrable mountains, a land in which humanity and the other races exist within scattered islands of civilization and peer fearfully out from behind their walls at whatever dangers lurk in the shadows under the trees.
There is some truth to this view, but like any stereotype, it paints a picture with a very broad brush — and oversimplifies a much more complex and varied situation.
The four “kindred” races of The Empire are: humans, making up the bulk of the powerful and ruling classes; dwarves, the “second people” of The Empire; elves, who do not see themselves as part of The Empire, and halflings, a race that finds itself in all walks of life in The Empire.
Humans, according to dwarven scholars existed as dominant tribes at least 1500 years before Sigmar Heldehammer unified them and formed The Empire when he and his people along with the dwarves defeated the Great Orc Invasion. Some 50 years later, Sigmar abdicated the throne, and went off on adventures taking his mighty hammer with him, never to be seen again. 25 years after that the first cultist of Sigmar appeared, proclaiming him a deity. 100 years later Sigmar had risen to the top echelon of The Empire’s Pantheon of deities.
In the 2000+ years since the formation of The Empire, the land has seen prosperity and turmoil in a never ending struggle to this very day.