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The Empire of Azjol-Nerub (also called the Azjol Empire, Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub, or simply Azjol-Nerub and Nerubian empire or nerubian empire of Azjol-Nerub) 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.
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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. The capital was called Azjol-Nerub, sometimes generalized for the whole empire.
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
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, 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.
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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.
- Main article: Azjol-Nerub#Geography
- ^ :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!
- ^ War of the Spider (History of Warcraft)
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 181
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - Their kingdom would become known as Azjol-Nerub.
- ^ Azjol-Nerub_(instance)#Dungeon Journal
- ^ Into the Shadow Web Caverns
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 169
- ^ Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)#Quotes - "The Lich King yells: The Nerubians built an empire beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend"
- ^ The Forgotten Ones
- ^ The Flight from Lordaeron (WC3 Undead)#During the Mission