Kislev

“You look down on us and think we are little better than barbarians, but you should be glad we are, for without us here, the northern tribes would be dining on the flesh of your children in your burning homes. But for the courage that flows in our veins would your lands be theirs. Look down on us? You should get on your knees and thank us every day!”

—Vitalia Kovash, Kislevite Winged Lancer

The Kingdom of Kislev, sometimes known as the Realm of the Ice Queen or simply as Kislev, is one of the most northernly Human civilization within the Old World, and one that has now falle into the madness of Chaos. A kingdom known far and wide for having the greatest horsemen in the entire Old World, these tough and determine warriors have an immortal hatred against all that is tainted by Chaos. Unlike the Men of the Empire’s own lands, the Kingdom of Kislev itself is famous for its massive open plains stretching as far as the “eye can see”. Such unbroken land of endless fields and tundra is the most perfect and effective place for a nation of people to be born into the saddle.

Unlike the Kingdoms of the Empire or Bretonnia, the nation of Kislev is often only divided amongst only two race of people. The rulers of Kislev are the Gospodars, a warrior-nation of horse-born riders that previously invaded and subsequently conquered all the regions of Kislev from the borders of Ostland to the south, towards Black Blood Pass to the north, and Erengrad and the Sea of Claws to the West, towards the Worlds Edge Mountain to the East. Upon their completion, they founded the capital city of Kislev, in honor of the land they conquered. The Ungols people of Northern Kislev, were the former rulers of the land before the coming of the Gospodars, being famous for their great skills of archery and horsemenship.

But probably the most significant feature that singles Kislev out from the other Nations of the Old World is that the Kingdom have been since its creation, under siege by the numberless Hordes of Chaos. Countless generation of Kislevites have fought, bleed, and died in the snowy tundra of that harsh northern lands, and it is thanks to these brave Kislevite warriors that the Kingdom of Men have managed to flourish in the south, huddled togather in their warm and safe homes, whilst the Sons of Kislev fight till they draw their last breath.

“You look down on us and think we are little better than barbarians, but you should be glad we are, for without us here, the northern tribes would be dining on the flesh of your children in your burning homes. But for the courage that flows in our veins would your lands be theirs. Look down on us? You should get on your knees and thank us every day!”

—Vitalia Kovash, Kislevite Winged Lancer

The Kingdom of Kislev, sometimes known as the Realm of the Ice Queen or simply as Kislev, is one of the most northernly Human civilization within the Old World, and one that has now falle into the madness of Chaos. A kingdom known far and wide for having the greatest horsemen in the entire Old World, these tough and determine warriors have an immortal hatred against all that is tainted by Chaos. Unlike the Men of the Empire’s own lands, the Kingdom of Kislev itself is famous for its massive open plains stretching as far as the “eye can see”. Such unbroken land of endless fields and tundra is the most perfect and effective place for a nation of people to be born into the saddle.

Unlike the Kingdoms of the Empire or Bretonnia, the nation of Kislev is often only divided amongst only two race of people. The rulers of Kislev are the Gospodars, a warrior-nation of horse-born riders that previously invaded and subsequently conquered all the regions of Kislev from the borders of Ostland to the south, towards Black Blood Pass to the north, and Erengrad and the Sea of Claws to the West, towards the Worlds Edge Mountain to the East. Upon their completion, they founded the capital city of Kislev, in honour of the land they conquered. The Ungols people of Northern Kislev, were the former rulers of the land before the coming of the Gospodars, being famous for their great skills of archery and horsemenship.

But probably the most significant feature that singles Kislev out from the other Nations of the Old World is that the Kingdom have been since its creation, under siege by the numberless Hordes of Chaos. Countless generation of Kislevites have fought, bleed, and died in the snowy tundra of that harsh northern lands, and it is thanks to these brave Kislevite warriors that the Kingdom of Men have managed to flourish in the south, huddled togather in their warm and safe homes, whilst the Sons of Kislev fight till they draw their last breath.

History

“Long ago, many Gospodar clans lived upon the Endless Steppe. Like today, it was a vast province and was lashed with the terrible energies of Chaos. The Gospodars were beset by all manner of foul foes, and the Deamon Gods offered surcease from these attacks if the Gospodars would but bow their head in worship. But the Gospodars were stubborn.”

—Militsa Lushadoch Gmelin, Ice Witch

Since before the Conquest of Kislev, and the Great Migration of the Human race, the people of the Gospodars were a mighty people of the Eastern Steppes, their province encompassing a vast lenght of land for many many miles around. They lived, dranked, loved, and died like their fore-fathers before them, living out their lives in the once tranquil lands of the Steppes. All that changed the day Chaos flowed like water in their former homeland, and foul foes and numberless beast of all kinds began to stalk and kill of their people. The mighty Gospodars and their former brethrens and neighbors, The Hung and Kurgans, fought on against the wills of the Chaos Gods. But such a foe could not be stop, and soon, one by one, their former neightbors were subdued, and turned against their former allies. Though their brethrens were mighty and fierce, they lacked the will power of the Gospodars to fight on, and so the Gospodars kept on fighting, ever believing in the divinity of their Gods, and requesting their aid against them. The greatest of their god, Ursen God of Bears and Strength, aided his people in their time of need, but even his godly strenght and will of arms proved insufficient, and slowly but surely, the Gospodars plight was desperate.

Then a great spirit — called “The Ancient Widow”, “Kislev” or simply “The Land” — whispered to a Gospodar shaman-priestess. The spirit promised her great power if she swore to lead her people West, towards a distant, frozen realm where the spirit was trapped by the Dark Gods. The shaman, desperate to aid her people, readily agreed and was granted the ancient and mystical power of Winter itself. With the Ancient Widow’s guidance, the shaman quickly mastered her new and god-like powers and used them to gather what she needed to fufil her promise. With her will-power and powerful magic, she bound the disparate Gospodar Clans into a single people and placed herself above them as their first Khan-Queen.

With her people united and determined, the massive horde of horsemen raced across their once verdant lands, riding all their hardest to escape the darkness that has come to consume all. After generations upon generations of bloodshed and sacrifice on the Endless Steppe, the now war-driven people of the Gospodars, lead by the descendant of the ancient and mighty Khan-Queen named Miska, has finally reached the mighty Worlds Edge Mountain, the finally barrier from her peoples destiny. Once Khan-Queen Miska reached the other side, there, wide-eyed, she encountered a vast snow-covered plain pulsing with mystical icy power. She immediantely collapsed to the ground and wept frozen tears, for she knew her search and her peoples salvation has finally been found.

The Great Conquest of Kislev (1497 IC to 1524 IC)

Though the great spirit promised this beautiful snowy paradise to the Gospodars, the land was already claimed by another group of horse-born people. The Ungols of ancient times have lived in this lands for centuries, having fought and bleed their blood and the blood of their sons to halt the Greenskin menace that invaded the Old World during the reign of Sigmar Heldenhammer. Though peace between the Ungols and Sigmars people were solidified during the Battle of Black Fire Pass, this peace did not transfer towards these new invaders. Though powerful tribes, those people of the Ungols of Kislev, or the Udoses and Ostagoths of the Empire could not hope to stand in their way.

Under Khan-Queen Miska, the Gospodars were powerful and wealthy and possessed an unmatch genius in warfare, their skills in fighting from horseback superior to that of even the Ungols. The Khan-Queen was not only a warrior of great skill and courage, but also a powerful sorceror of unmatched power. Soon, the Ungols were pushed back and scattered, with the Ungols having an ever-lasting fear of the dreaded “Ice Queen”. The Khan-Queen continued her march of conquest against the Ungol tribes for several years, eventually leading her host towards the walls and gates of the Ungol bastion of Praag itself. Though mighty and powerful, the walls of this once powerful city has fallen by the powerful icy spells of the Khan-Queens magic, forcing the entirety of the Ungol people westward towards their former capital city of Norvard.

With the sudden dislocation of their native homeland, the Ungols migrated towards the northwest, forcing their way into Ropsmenn territory. All previous alliances and treaties between these two people ended when Praag fell, and an Ungol army under the leadership of Warlord Hethis Chaq’s defeats a Ropsmenn host led by their ruler, King Weiran on the cliffs overlooking the Sea of Claws. With the death of their ruler, the Ropsmenn tribes were scattered, and the Ungols claimed their former neightbors lands and absorbed the remnants of this once great people.

In the year of 1527 IC, the Gospodar tribes under the rulership of their new Khan-Queen Shoika, began construction of their great capital city of Kislev. With the city of her people in construction, Shoika removed her previous title as Khan-Queen and accepted her new title as Tzar to indicate her new reign over the lands north of the Urskoy.

Kislev

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