Timeline of the Warhammer World

  • -4500 Aenarion passes through the sacred flame of Asuryan and becomes the Avatar of Asuryan, the Phoenix King of Ulthuan.
  • -4458 The Witch Morathi bears a son to Aenarion, naming him Malekith – the future Witch King of Naggaroth.
  • -4421 Caledor Dragontamer creates the Vortex on the Isle of the Dead.
  • -4164 High Elves found their first colonies in the New World.
  • -4119 The Elves land in the Old World, begin colonies.
  • -2750 Malekith kills Phoenix King Bel Shanaar, then enters the flame of Asuryan to claim the throne. Instead, he is horribly burned and flees to Nagarythe. Elven Civil War begins.
  • -2724 Caledor the Conqueror defeats Malekith (now known as the Witch King) at the Battle of Maledor.
  • -2723 The Sundering. Malekith disrupts the Vortex, plunging northern Ulthuan beneath the waves. Contact is lost with the Old World colonies.
  • -1997 The War of the Beard begins, pitting High Elf against Dwarf, to the ruination of both.
  • -1600 The War of the Beard ends, with the death of Caledor II and the loss of the Phoenix Crown to the Dwarfs. The Dwarfs retreat into Karaz-a-Karak and refuse to fight any further, claiming victory.
  • -1501 High Elves withdraw from the Old World. Athel Loren is founded by Elf colonists who remain behind following the withdrawal of the High Elf armies from the Old World.
  • -679 The foundations of the White Tower of Hoeth are laid.
  • -500 Rise of Humanity in the Old World.
  • -290 The first Loremasters gather at the half-completed Tower of Hoeth.
  • -50 Artur, chief of the Teutogens, discovers the Fauschlag Rock (later the Ulricsberg).
  • -30 Sigmar is born to the chief of the Unberogen Tribe.
  • -15 Sigmar rescues Dwarf King Kurgan Ironbeard from Orcs. Kurgan gives Sigmar the rune hammer Ghal Maraz.
  • -10 Marius, chief of the Jutones, founds Marienburg at the mouth of the River Reik, atop the ruins of an ancient High Elven fortress, Sith Rionnasc’namishathir.
  • -8 On his father’s death, Sigmar becomes chief of the Unberogens.
  • -1 The Battle of Black Fire Pass. Greenskin hordes driven out of the Old World.
  • 1 Sigmar crowned Emperor at Reikdorf by the High Priest of Ulric. Dwarf smith Alaric the Mad begins creating the Runefang swords.
  • 50 Sigmar vanishes into the east. The Elector Count system is established.
  • 63 Wulcan, High Priest of Ulric, begins construction of a temple in Middenheim.
  • 73 The first Grand Theogonist, Johann Helsturm, is chosen to lead the growing Cult of Sigmar.
  • c100 Alaric the Mad presents Emperor Heydrich with the Runefangs, which he passes on to the Elector Counts.
  • 498 The White Tower of Hoeth is completed.
  • 501 Marienburg is absorbed by the Empire during the reign of Sigismund II, the Conqueror. King of the Jutones becomes an Imperial noble, the Baron of Westerland.
  • 1000 Emperor Ludwig the Fat grants an Imperial Charter and an Elctoral vote to the Halflings of the Moot.
  • 1111 Skaven release the Black Plague, killing 90% of the Empire’s population in 4 years.
  • 1124 Count Mandred the Ratslayer leads a crusade against the Skaven, and drives them out of the Empire at the Battle of the Howling Hills. He is subsequently elected emperor.
  • 1152 Emperor Mandred is assassinated by the Skaven; the Empire fragments into self-governing provinces.
  • 1359 The Elector Counts finally manage to select a new Emperor: the Grand Duke of Stirland is crowned in Nuln.
  • 1360 Countess Ottilia of Talabecland declares herself Empress.
  • 1435 Sultan Jaffar, a powerful Arabyan sorcerer, expands his city state into a small empire.
  • 1450 The Crusades against Araby begin. Knightly Orders from the Empire take part, freeing Estalia and destroying Jaffar’s empire. The Order of the Knights Panther and the Order of the Knights of the Blazing Sun are founded during the Crusades.
  • 1547 The Count of Middenheim proclaims himself Emperor. The Age of Three Emperors begins, with rivals in Middenheim, Nuln, and Talabheim.
  • 1550 Middenland becomes a seperate Province of the Empire.
  • 1604 The birth of democracy in Marienburg, when Baron van Bulk grants seats on the City Council to merchants and ship-owners.
  • 1703 Norscan longships reach the coast of Ulthuan.
  • 1707 The Waagh of Gorbad Ironclaw. A horde of greenskins led by Gorbad Ironclaw invades the Empire via Black Fire Pass, sacking Nuln and devestating the Moot. Solland is overrun, its Elector Count killed, and its Runefang lost to the Orcs. Gorbad defeats a large imperial army at the Battle of Grunberg, then besieges Altdorf. Emperor Sigismund is killed in battle, but Altdorf holds out.
  • 1797 Vlad von Carstein becomes the first Vampire Count of Sylvania.
  • 1850 Norscan raids along the Sea of Claws resume. Marienburg sacked for fourth (and last) time.
  • 1865 The Siege of Carroburg.
  • 1903 After 200 years of increasing Norscan raids, the mages of Saphery create a shroud of mists to protect Ulthuan from the eastern sea approaches. Phoenix King Bel-Hathor forbids Humans from setting foot in Ulthuan, on penalty of death.
  • 2000 Mordheim is destroyed by a comet.
  • 2001 Finubar of the High Elves arrives in the Old World at the Bretonnian port of L’Anguille. He travels extensively through the Old World, opening relations with the Empire, Bretonnia, and the Dwarfs.
  • 2010 Vlad von Carstein’s undead army devestates Ostermark, starting the Wars of the Vampire Counts.
  • 2025 Vlad von Carstein is killed (again) by Grand Master Kruger of the Knights of the White Wolf.
  • 2033 Finubar (later to become Phoenix King Finubar the Seafarer) reaches Athel Loren and ‘re-discovers’ the Wood Elves.
  • 2051 Vlad von Carstein returns, but is slain (again) at the Siege of Altdorf. Finubar convinces Bel-Hathor to rescind the Interdict, and Lothern becomes the largest trading port in the world.
  • 2121 Konrad von Carstein emerges as the new Vampire Count, but is defeated by a combined Imperial and Dwarf army at the Battle of Grim Moor.
  • 2145 Manfred von Carstein, last of the Vampire Counts, is defeated and slain at the Battle of Hel Fenn.
  • 2150 “Sea Elves” return to the Old World, signing an exclusive trade agreement with Marienburg and establishing an enclave in the city.
  • 2301 Teclis forges his magic sword. The Witch King is defeated at the Battle of Finuval Plain. Teclis and two other High Elf magelords depart Ulthuan to assist Magnus the Pious in the war against Chaos.
  • 2302 The Great War Against Chaos begins as the forces of Chaos march south and lay siege to the Kislevan city of Praag.
  • 2304 Magnus the Pious of Nuln defeats the Chaos armies at the gates of Kislev, and is elected Emperor, reuniting the Imperial crown and ending the Age of Three Emperors. Teclis of the High Elves establishes Colleges of Magic in Altdorf.
  • 2305 Emperor Magnus the Pious abolishes the Barony of Westerland following the death (in battle) of the last Baron in 2304. He establishes the Province of Westerland and establishes a Council, appointed from the burghers of Marienburg, to govern the province.
  • 2326 Teclis returns to Ulthuan, becomes High Loremaster of the Tower of Hoeth.
  • 2369 On Magnus’s death, the crown passes to Count Leopold of Stirland, re-establishing the electoral system.
  • 2402 Discovery of Lustria.
  • 2420 Waagh of Grom. After defeating the Dwarfs at the Battle of Iron Gate, Goblin warlord Grom leads a greenskin army into the Empire. Nuln is sacked (again).
  • 2424 Grom builds a huge fleet and sails to the west. He is never seen again in the Old World.
  • 2425 Grom’s fleet arrives in Yvresse, on the eastern coast of Ulthuan. He is finally defeated (and slain) in the battle of Tor Yvresse.
  • 2429 Marienburg and the Westerland secedes from the Empire, having purchased the compliance of Emperor Dieter IV. Dieter IV is deposed in the scandal, and the crown passes to Wilhelm II, Prince of Altdorf and Count of Reikland. The Battle of Grootscher Marsh deals a decisive blow to Imperial plans to re-annex the Westerland; Dieter IV recognizes the Wasteland’s independence.
  • 2502 Karl Franz is elected Emperor.

Timeline of the Warhammer World

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