Nerubian empire

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Concept Art
Main leader

Seer Ixit (living)[1]

Theater of operations




The Empire of Azjol-Nerub[2] (also called the Azjol Empire,[3] Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub,[4] or simply Azjol-Nerub[5][6] and Nerubian empire,[7] nerubian empire of Azjol-Nerub,[8] kingdom of Azjol-Nerub)[9][10][11] was the home of the nerubians until the Lich King defeated them. Parts of it, once an underground network that stretched nearly half the breadth of Northrend, can still be found beneath Northrend.



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's 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.[12] 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 war 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.

Frozen Throne

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The remains of Muradin'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[13], which took over a part of the kingdom. The survivors and the dwarves were mostly killed when Arthas 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.[14]


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  • Doorward - entrance somewhere in Northrend



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[15][16][17][18] 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. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 - Their kingdom would become known as Azjol-Nerub.
  6. ^ Azjol-Nerub_(instance)#Dungeon Journal
  7. ^ Into the Shadow Web Caverns
  8. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 169
  9. ^ War of the Spider (History of Warcraft)
  10. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 181
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
  12. ^ Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)#Quotes - "The Lich King yells: The Nerubians built an empire beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend"
  13. ^ The Forgotten Ones
  14. ^ N [74D] Don't Forget the Eggs!
  15. ^ The Flight from Lordaeron (WC3 Undead)#During the Mission
  16. ^  [The Eye of Nerub]
  17. ^  [Might of the Nerub]
  18. ^  [Fealty of Nerub]