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The founder and patron god of the Empire.
- Was the founder of the Empire, and its first Emperor.
- Is now the patron god of the Empire, with his own dedicated cult (see below).
- His sign is the two-tailed comet.
- The Imperial calendar (IC) is based with the year 0 as his coronation as Emperor.
- Carried the powerful warhammer, Ghal Maraz.
- Was born in -30 IC, in the area of what is now the Reikland.
- Was a member of the Unberogen tribe, generally considered to have been the most powerful of all pre-Empire tribes.
- The night of his birth was marked by a twin-tailed comet, which the tribes took as a sign of his great blessing from the gods.
- At age 15, helped drive off a goblin invasion of his village, and lead a punitive expedition against the goblin tribe. While fighting these goblins, he managed to free Kurgan Ironbeard, the king of the dwarfs, who was coincidentally imprisoned by the goblins at the time. In gratitude, Krugan presented Sigmar with a magical rune-enchanted warhammer called Ghal Maraz. This also formed an ever-lasting bond between Sigmar’s people and the dwarfs.
Uniting the Tribes
- Having gained great fame from his previous successes, Sigmar then went on a campaign to unite all of the disparate tribes occupying the area. One by one they submitted to him, either by diplomacy or conquest.
- Only the mighty Teutogens, who dwelt near the defensible Middle Mountains, proved any real resistance. But eventually Sigmar slew their cheiftan, Artur, in single combat and won over the tribe.
- From that point on, Sigmar was crowned Emperor. That date remains the Empire’s greatest holy day, the founding of their nation.
- Believing strongly in a decentralized government, Sigmar set up leaders of the twelve tribes that followed him as elector counts, a position that remains to this day. Each count would control his province as he wished.
- In the 50th year of his reign, Sigmar put down his crown and Ghal Maraz and mysteriously decided to depart into the east over the World’s Edge Mountains. No one knows why or where he was going. None in the Empire have seen or heard from him again.
- Following his abrupt departure, a religious cult was started to honor him. It is now the foremost religion in the Empire and is intertwined with identity of the nation itself.
- Interestingly, Sigmar never claimed to be a deity and was in fact a devout follower of Ulric while alive. However, the priest of Sigmar do in fact garner power from their prayers and incantations, so it is clear that something is answering them. Many take that alone as a sign that Sigmar is indeed a god and watches over the Empire.
- But because of its previous roots as the primary religion prior to Sigmar, the cult of Ulric does not get along with the cult of Sigmar.
The Cult of Sigmar
- Established with a small following in the years after Sigmar’s disappearance. Has since grown into a full-fledged religion, the largest in the Empire.
- Devout followers are known as Sigmarites.
- Sigmar is worshipped as the unifer of the mankind, the protector of the weak and innocent against the insidious threat of chaos and dark magic.
- The sign of the cult is the twin-tailed comet.
- The cult is lead by the Grand Theogonist, who is assisted by two Arch Lectors. The current Grand Theogonist is Volkmar the Grim.
- Temples and shrines to Sigmar can be found literally everywhere throughout the Empire. The largest temple (located in Altdorf) is the Great Temple of Sigmar, home to the Grand Theogonist.