Azjol-Nerub (kingdom)

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NeutralEmpire of Azjol-Nerub
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Concept art
Main leader

IconSmall Nerubian.gif Seer Ixit (living)[1]


IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak †

Secondary leaders
Theater of operations



Active; rebuilding

The Empire of Azjol-Nerub[2] (also called the Azjol Empire,[3] Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub,[4][5][6][7] or simply Azjol-Nerub,[8][9] Nerubian Empire,[10] and Nerubian empire[11] or nerubian empire of Azjol-Nerub)[12] is the nerubian nation found in Azjol-Nerub, a vast underground region beneath Northrend. It was destroyed by the Lich King during the War of the Spider and the majority of its population was turned into undead including their king at the moment, Anub'arak. During the war against the Lich King the still-living nerubian rebels fought against the Scourge to liberate their empire. After the fall of Anub'arak and the Lich King, they were victorious and Seer Ixit was hoping to be able to lead his people.



After the Azj'Aqir, the empire of the Aqir, was shattered by the Gurubashi and Amani trolls, the nerubians fled north and founded their empire in the northern wastes. It is unknown what effect the Great Sundering had on it, but they developed to a high culture with great architecture and created an kingdom beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend.[13] The capital was called Azjol-Nerub, sometimes generalized for the whole empire.[citation needed] 

War of the Spider

When the Lich King became stronger, he began to battle with the nerubians in a conflict called the War of the Spider. The undead ultimately managed to enter the kingdom and brought its subterranean temples crashing down. Most nerubians were killed and resurrected, the surviving nerubians hid deeper.

The Frozen Throne

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The remains of Muradin Bronzebeard's dwarves, led by Baelgun Flamebeard conquered an entrance to the empire. When Illidan Stormrage used the Eye of Sargeras to destroy Icecrown, the earthquakes freed the faceless ones[14], which took over a part of the kingdom. The survivors and the dwarves were mostly killed when Arthas Menethil went through the labyrinth to reach Icecrown Citadel. Arthas also destroyed most traps and treasures, which were still hidden there.

Wrath of the Lich King

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The Kirin Tor acquired the crown of the nerubian kings and put it aside for the nerubians whenever they decided to coronate a new one.[15]


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It is revealed that the nerubians have an enormous secret stash of their own eggs hidden safely, so that after the Scourge has been wiped out of Azjol-Nerub, they can finally begin to repopulate their people.[16]


Main article: Azjol-Nerub#Geography


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Someone or something called Nerub has been referenced several times[17][18][19][20] and it may be an alternate name for the kingdom.



  1. ^ N [76D] Pupil No More
  2. ^ :Seer Ixit yells: The rebirth of the Empire of Azjol-Nerub is upon us! Hear my call, brothers, and rise to reclaim what is rightfully ours!
  3. ^ H [72] The Lost Empire
  4. ^ N [74D] Death to the Traitor King
  5. ^ War of the Spider (History of Warcraft)
  6. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 181
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - Their kingdom would become known as Azjol-Nerub.
  9. ^ Azjol-Nerub_(instance)#Dungeon Journal
  10. ^  [Cuffs of the Nerubian Empire]
  11. ^ Into the Shadow Web Caverns
  12. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 169
  13. ^ Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)#Quotes - "The Lich King yells: The Nerubians built an empire beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend"
  14. ^ The Forgotten Ones
  15. ^ N [80] Proof of Demise: Anub'arak
  16. ^ N [74D] Don't Forget the Eggs!
  17. ^ The Flight from Lordaeron (WC3 Undead)#During the Mission
  18. ^  [The Eye of Nerub]
  19. ^  [Might of the Nerub]
  20. ^  [Fealty of Nerub]