After the Storm
The great Freistadt of Nuln has a population of over 85,000, being the second-largest city in the Empire, after Altdorf. It lies at the confluence of the Upper Reik and the Aver River, the great forest surrounds the river. It is also at the juncture of the provinces of Wissenland, Averland, Stirland and Reikland.
Nuln is an independent freistadt owing fealty to the Elector Count of Wissenland, who just happens to also be countess of Nuln, Countess Emmanuelle von Leibwitz.
Nuln considers itself the capital of the Empire’s social life and arts, from music to painting and sculpture. Nuln is the site of the Imperial School of Gunnery and the University of Nuln, both of whose products are regarded as among the world’s finest. As noted above, Nuln is ever focused on harnessing the strengths of science and engineering for its defence but doing it with style.
Nuln is an ancient city, settlement predating the Empire’s founding. It was originally founded by Tilean merchants who built a fortified trading post among elven ruins. It was a site of one of Sigmar‘s early victories over the first wave of greenskins that came in the vanguard of the horde he later defeated at Black Fire Pass. It was frequently the Empire’s capital until the dark ages.
After it was sacked by Gorbad Ironclaw’s WAAAGH!, the same one which devastated Solland, Nuln has lessened its devotion to Sigmar and turned increasingly to classical gods such as Verena. Myrmidia and Morr also have strong followings in the city. Nonetheless, its Arch-Lector is the second-most powerful figure in Sigmar’s Church. Nuln is the last point at which a single span bridge crosses the Reik as it flows to the sea (in Altdorf the bridges are not single span).
Due to its history, Nuln is built to be defended against any force that comes to destroy it. Its rulers have brought the greatest engineers, human and Dwarf, to ensure its fortifications are superb. It is completely encircled by 20’ high wall. Cannons and other engines of war are arrayed all along them. Overseeing all is the Duchess’ palace, which is also a fortress, and stands at the city’s highest point atop Nuln Hill.
Nuln is also known for its powerful crime families, many of Tilean background such as the Valantina and Sansovino, though others are of local stock such as Schatzenheimer and Huyderman.
Nulners differ from Wissenlanders in that they are more cosmopolitan, outgoing and expressive.