The Enemy Within
The city of Nuln lies at the southern tip of the Great Forest, at the focus of four provinces (Reikland, Sudenland, Averland and Stirland) and two rivers (the Reik and Aver). It is the most convenient place to cross the Reik before it enters the forest. Until just over 100 years ago, Nuln was the capital of The Empire. It was also a renowned university city – the first colleges having been established here by the Empress Agnetha, and the reputation of the city’s professors still draws students from far and wide. Appropriately, one of the most imposing buildings in the city is the temple to Verena, which faces the main gateway, dominating the Westway with its collonaded facade. It is also the home of the Imperial School of Gunnery, supplying master gunners and trained artillerymen to the armies of The Empire.
Being located at such an important trade crossroads, it is not surprising that the city’s markets are thriving. Traders bring all manner of goods from north and south, as well as locally grown wines and exceptionally fine metalwork from Sudenland. In any event, Nuln is a major stopping-off point from passenger traffic from the Barony of Sudenland and the County of Averland en route to Altdorf.
The current ruler of Nuln is the Countess Emmanuelle von Liebewitz, who is famous for throwing lavish parties and all-night balls in her splendid palace, which many regard as rivalling the Imperial court in Altdorf. Regarded as the most eligible spinster in The Empire, she attracts suitors from every corner the Old World.