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Kislev (City)
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Vital statistics
Inhabitants Gospodar, Ungol
Type Capital city
Location Kislev
Population Unknown
Allegiance Tzar
Industry Multiple
"The city rises from the oblast like a jagged spike on the landscape, dominating the countryside around it in a vulgar fashion that is only to be expected of this rude nation. The walls are high and impressive to be sure, but how high must a wall be before it becomes unnecessary? It seems that these Kislevites have built their walls higher than any I have ever seen, and the effect is, though impressive, somewhat gauche for my taste."
—Letter to Altdorf, Andreas Teugenheim, Former Ambassador to the Court of the Tzarina Katarin

The city that was to become Kislev was founded over two thousand years ago as a small trading colony on the banks of the River Urskoy known as Pelzburg. It enjoyed relative prosperity in its dealings with the roving tribesmen, migrating Gospodars, and hardy merchants from the Empire. Despite being sacked several times in its history, its location made it certain to rise from whatever calamity befell it, much like the Kislevite people. The trading post of Pelzburg was occasionally attacked by invading Gospodar warbands from the east, and at some time during this period of uncertainty, it was renamed Dorogo, in honour of a great war leader of ages past. The city flourished like never before, establishing strong trade links with the Dwarfs and other nations of the Old World.[3b]

Dorogo was, unfortunately, razed to the ground when the great migration of Gospodars came over the Worlds Edge Mountains under the leadership of Khan-Queen Miska. Well aware of the prime location Dorogo had occupied, Miska immediately began rebuilding the city and renamed it Kislev before embarking on a long and bloody campaign of unifying the land in the centre and south of Kislev under her rule. When she declared the wars finished, she returned to the nascent city, though she was never to see it fully built. Miska’s daughter Shoika named herself Tzarina of all the land of Kislev and declared that her capital would be the city of Kislev, where it has remained to this day. Its founding also marked the beginning of the Kislevite calendar, year 1 (IC 1523).[3b]

Since then, the city of Kislev has prospered like never before, its trade links with other nations growing ever stronger, even stretching over the Worlds Edge Mountains to distant Cathay. As its influence has grown, so too has its stature as a city, and engineers and architects from all over the known world have come to Kislev to raise its temples, bridges, and city walls. Flavoured by the Kislevites’ own distinctive customs that date back to the days of the Ungol chiefs and Gospodar nobles, Kislev has become a truly unique city; its culture is like no other in the Old World.[3b]

From the time of its founding as Kislev, the city has never been taken by an invader, not even during the dark winter of the Great War against Chaos. Every invader has broken against the city’s walls, and the people of Kislev see themselves as the embodiment of all that is Kislevite: resolute, determined never to yield to an enemy, and possessed of an indefatigable sense of honour. Of course, visitors to the city may come away with a slightly different impression, as the city is—like many others in the Old World—suffering under the famines and wars that wrack the land. Beggars and cripples are the inevitable fallout from years of war, and Kislev has seen more than its fair share of battles and blood recently. Kislev’s greatness is a shadow of what it once was, but its streets, known as prospekts, are always thronged with people from lands far away, and such is its bustle and energy that there is never a shortage of things to do and places to see.[3b]

GeographyEdit

The city is located on the banks of the river Urskoy, a tributary of the Talabec. Due to its position on the Urskoy, it is virtually on the border with the Empire, and many Imperial customs and aesthetic values have influenced Kislevite life, literature and architecture. At the centre of Kislev lies the Bokha Palaces, the hereditary seat of power rebuilt during the reign of Tzar Boris Bokha after the original Palace Gospodarin was all but destroyed during the Great War against Chaos in 778 (IC 2302).

Notable LocationsEdit

Kislev city

City of Kislev

  • Temple of Myrmidia
  • Raskolnikov's Tavern
  • Temple of Verena
  • Frica's Furs
  • Kossar Barracks
  • Shallyan Mission
  • Temple of Dazh
  • Gryphon Legion Barracks
  • Temple of Tor
  • Geroyev Square
  • Temple of Morr
  • Goromadny Prospekt
  • Pulka's Livery
  • The Bokha Palace
  • The Hanging Fountain
  • Winter Gardens
  • Madame Biletnikov's Balalaikas
  • Korotovsky Theatre
  • The Hammer of the Gods Armoury
  • The Iron Maiden Blacksmith
  • Reliquary of Blessed Alexei Urskoy
  • Lubjanko Hospital
  • Urskoy Prospekt
  • Chekist Building
  • Temple of Ulric
  • Imperial Embassy
  • Morning Market
  • Fabor's Watchmakers
  • Jewel of Kislev Distillery
  • Ropsmenn's Head Tavern
  • Urskoy Docks
  • The Crippled Eagle Bar
  • Madame Katya's Quilted Palm

Sources Edit

  • 1 Warhammer Armies: Kislev (6th Edition)
    • 1a pg. 1
  • 2: Warhammer RPG 1nd Edition: Core Rulebook
    • 2a: pg. 278
  • 3: Warhammer RPG 2nd Edition: Realm of the Ice Queen
    • 3a: pg. 9
    • 3b: pg. 78
    • 3c: pg. 79
    • 3d: pg. 80
    • 3e: pg. 81
    • 3f: pg. 82
    • 3g: pg. 83
    • 3h: pg. 84
    • 3i: pg. 85
    • 3j: pg. 86
    • 3k: pg. 87
  • The Ambassador (Novel), by Grahan Mcneill
  • Ursun's Teeth (Novel), by Grahan Mcneill

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