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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, nerubian empire of Azjol-Nerub, kingdom of Azjol-Nerub) 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. The capital was called Azjol-Nerub, sometimes generalized for the whole empire.
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.
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, 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.
- Pit of Narjun - entrance in the Dragonblight
- Azjol-Nerub - the capital
- Shadow Web Caverns - somewhere on the way to Icecrown
- Icy Depths - beneath the Crusaders' Coliseum
- Naz'anak: The Forgotten Depths - beneath Icecrown
- Doorward - entrance somewhere in Northrend
- ^ :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!
- ^ 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
- ^ War of the Spider (History of Warcraft)
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 181
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
- ^ 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