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Cities of Sigmar
Stormkeep inside City 01.jpeg
City of Sigmar with a Stormkeep and a Realmgate
Grand alliance Order
Associated factions Collegiate Arcane
Ironweld Arsenal
Darkling Covens
Scourge Privateers
Phoenix Temple
Order Serpentis
Main grouping Free City
Major characters Galen ven Denst
Doralia ven Denst
Drusa Kraeth
Arcobalde Lazerne
Allies Daughters of Khaine
Idoneth Deepkin
Kharadron Overlords
Stormcast Eternals
Races Aelf
Stormcast Eternal
Mounts Black Dragon
Vehicles Steam Tank
Creatures Gryph-Hound
War Hydra
Spell lores Lore of Cinder
Lore of Leaves
Lore of Smog
Lore of Whitefire
Lore of Dark Sorcery
Lore of the Phoenix
Lore of Eagles
Lore of Umbral Spite
Prayers Prayers of Morrda
Artefacts Darkling Covens Armoury
Dispossessed Armoury
Freeguild Armoury
Greywater Fastness Armoury
Hammerhal Armoury
Living City Armoury
Phoenicium Armoury
Wanderers Armoury
Archetypes Trade Pioneer
Excelsior Warpriest
Darkling Sorceress
Black Ark Corsair

The Cities of Sigmar also known as the Free Cities were cities built by the forces of Order after the Realmgate Wars. Most of these cities are built around Realmgates, many of which have a Stormkeep. These Stormkeeps will most often be garrisoned by the same Stormhosts that conquered the lands upon which the cities were built.[1a][10a][17b][47a]

Founding of the Free Cities

In the wake of the Realmgate Wars the foundations of the first of the Free Cities began. The Seeds of Hope in the Everspring Swathe, comprised of Living City, the Phoenicium, and Greywater Fastness would be the first of these bastions of Order. Soon after the Twin-Tailed City of Hammerhal would be built around the Stormrift Realmgate, on both the Ghyranite and Aqshian sides, it would become the greatest metropolis of Sigmar's Empire outside of Azyr. The cities of Tempest's Eye, Hallowheart, Anvilgard, and Brightspear in the Great Parch would be raised mere decades later, but quickly rose to match the Seeds of Life in grandeur.[52a]

These cities and all those that were built afterwards were constructed at the behest of Sigmar himself, strategically constructed around Realmgates or on Geomantic Nexuses, though often both, along the ley lines of the Mortal Realms. In his grand war efforts to drive back the forces of Chaos, Sigmar works tirelessly to determine what resources and strategic locations will most benefit his expanding empire. When an ideal location is selected, Sigmar will send forces from his Stormhosts to lay claim to these locations, as they are rarely unoccupied. Though the cities are typically founded to lay claim to Realmgates and Geomantic Nexuses, the forces of Azyr seek to claim any resources that can benefit Sigmar's empire and crusades.[37a][52a]

The first of the Cities of Sigmar would have their groundwork lain during the Realmgate Wars, when the Stormhosts of the Sigmar valiantly fought to wrest control of the Gates of Azyr from the lingering legions of Death, the vast war hordes of the Orruks, and the manifold forces of Chaos. Around the claimed Gates of Azyr, and many other Realmgates besides, the Stormcast Eternals built their mighty Stormkeeps, these great bastions allowed the Free Peoples of Azyr to follow without fear of the horrors of the Mortal Realms.[10a]

These early colonists erected settlements around the Stormkeeps, build new defences around them, and work the fields. As the years wear on these frontier settlements around reclaimed Realmgates grow into some of the most magnificent and important metropolises scattered across the Mortal Realms. First among these great cities are the Seeds of Life known as Living City, The Phoenicium, and Greywater Fastness built in the Realm of Ghyran. But it would be Hammerhal that became the grandest of the Cities of Sigmar. Hammerhal, also known as the Twin-Tailed City, is constructed around the Stormrift Realmgate, it is a sprawling city that stretches across both Capilaria in Aqshy and Verdia in Ghyran.[10a]

But these great cities were just the first among many. The Stormhosts continue to liberate Realmgates and constructing their citadels around them. These Stormkeeps are as varied and diverse as the Stormhosts themselves. Soon after mortals will arrive and begin the arduous work of making the plans made by the greatest architects and engineers of Azyr a reality.[10a]

It is the Lord-Ordinators and Lord-Castellants of the Stormhosts who work tirelessly to identify ancient ley-lines and fonts of magical energy upon which a city's Stormkeep will be laid. In some cases, depending on the size and importance of a city, additional Stormkeeps will be constructed to ensure the city is well-defended. The grand city of Hammerhal has no less than six Stormkeeps.[17b]

Once plans are determined for the structure of the Stormkeep, the Lord-Ordinators and Lord-Castellants get to work implementing them. Working alongside them are human masons, artisans, and work gangs as well as Dispossessed labour-clans and even small groups of aelves. With the inventiveness of the Duardin, the adaptability of the Humans, and mystic mastery of the Aelfs at their side the Stormcast can raise their awe-inspiring fortresses.[15b]

After the Stormkeep is complete, engineers of the Ironweld Arsenal and regiments of the Freeguild will arrive to erect temporary defences, such as earthen emplacements and wooden palisades, around the Stormkeep. Months will be spent testing these defences and building upon them where needed.[10a] In addition, Freeguild bastions will be constructed at key, strategic points; each of these imposing citadels capable of housing thousands of soldiers.[17b]

Once these defences are secure members of the Devoted of Sigmar begin their arduous task of cleansing the area upon which the great settlement will be built of the foul taint of Chaos and undeath. Sigmarite priests will pray to the God-King as great lines of Flagellant will strike themselves with barbed flails, the blood of these faithful will seep into the earth and burn away the taint within it. Agents of the Collegiate Arcane and Sacrosanct Chambers will then work to purify any lingering traces of taint.[10a]

Once the lands have been sanctified and purified, the next task is clearance. Trees are felled to make room for tents and barrack-halls, which will serve as domains to the early colonists, dams are built, irrigation systems are implemented, and the ground is made ready to be turned into farmland.[10a]

Once the land has been cleared and sanctified, the labour clans of the Duardin, the Dispossessed and Ironweld, build the roots of the city. These foundations often take the shape of a twelve-pointed star in honour of Sigmar. Starwater, blessed metals, and realmstone will often be used in the construction of the outermost walls of the city, as an added protection against daemonic and ethereal incursions.[10a]

In the months that follow the city will begin to take shape. Walls will rise in concentric circles, with the Stormkeep as the central-most defence. Next, the citizens of the city will build the first streets and thoroughfares, with statues of great heroes lining them. Soon after the first major wave of settlers will arrive, most of whom will be Azyrites but there are often many Reclaimed, the untainted natives of the regions around the new city, as well. Once they are settled in, the sounds of industry will earnestly begin to echo through the streets.[10a]

Eventually, the population will outgrow the plans for the city and inevitably more land is cleared and sanctified, new walls are built and streets are extended. Oftentimes the cities may grow faster than resources can be developed and slums will spring up beyond the outer walls of the city. These slums may be beyond the protection of the walls, but many local magnates and criminal enterprises will work to build crude walls and palisades around them.[10a]

This entire process can take decades, or far longer, and generations of settlers and citizens will be dedicated to building their city. But the result is a settlement that can claim to be among the greatest in Sigmar's burgeoning empire.[10a] Such cities become a haven for the many varied cultures and races of the Free Peoples, who live and work side by side.[17b]

Each Free City is drastically different and shaped by its history and the lands around it. The nature of the Stormhost that first founded their city, the factions and cultures that followed in their wake, the arcane and mundane industries that the surrounding land can support, the dangers that surround these newly built bastions of Order, all these things and more will shape a free city, it's people, cultures, and even it's policies.[37a]

For every Free City that has withstood the trials that the Mortal Realms have thrown upon it and grown into a great bastion guarded by sturdy walls, dozens more have been ground to dust by the battles that rage across the Realms. The ruins of these failed cities dot the lands of countless nations.[52a]

Expanding Beyond the Walls

The Free Cities of Sigmar's empire are not merely solitary polises, whose people cower for safety behind the imposing walls and Stormkeeps constructed to protect them. Rather they are the centre of, often extensive, civilizations. As a free city swells in size and population, many townships, mines, watchtowers and other signs of civilization will spring up around them.[10a][47a][47b]

Border Forts will also spring up around the territories controlled by the free cities, many of them garrisoned by Freeguild soldiery.[47a][48a]

Dawnbringer Crusades

Grand caravans known as Dawnbringer Crusades flood forth from the walls of the Cities of Sigmar to explore the Mortal Realms and establish new settlements known as Sigmarite Strongpoints. As with the Cities of Sigmar, far more of these colonization attempts fail than succeed, but several serve to greatly expand the borders of Sigmar's Empire.[49][52b]


Sigmarite Strongpoints are frontier settlements built on the outskirts of the Cities of Sigmar and their territories. Such settlements serve a multitude of purposes such as extending the influence of the City, securing vital resources, colonising new territories, or the reclamation and resettlement of lands lost in the Age of Chaos. Should a strongpoint prove particularly successful it may even grow to become a City of Sigmar in its own right.[52b][52r][52s][52t]


Long ago the city of Azyrheim was ruled over by a senate that represented the greatest factions of the city, but during the Age of Chaos it was infiltrated by agents of the Dark Gods, eventually a disastrous and bloody civil war broke out across the city. In the aftermath of this war, the senate was dissolved and its membership purged. The God-King himself summoned two-hundred forty-four of the city's leaders, the God-King bestowed upon each of them a title and command, these mortals would be the first Grand Conclave, the Lords of the Heavenhall. This Grand Conclave rules Azyrheim to this day, and the governing bodies of every Free City are modelled after it. Though the number of representatives varies according to any given city's size.[17c]

List of Free Cities

Seeds of Hope

During the tumultuous era known as the Season of War, the foundations of the very first Cities of Sigmar were laid. These three cities were all built in the Everspring Swathe of the Realm of Life. These are vibrant Living City, defiant Phoenicium, and industrious Greywater Fastness.[52a]

Cities of Flame

In the Great Parch several cities have arisen that can rival even the Seeds of Life, even though they are decades younger. These cities are vigilant Tempest's Eye, shrouded Anvilgard, magic-obsessed Hallowheart, and cosmopolitan Brightspear.[52a]

The Seven Great Fortress-Cities

Foremost amongst the Free Cities of Sigmar's Empire, outshining even the Seeds of Hope and cities of the Great Parch, are the Seven Fortress-Cities that serve as the capitals of the Sigmarite nations within each of the Mortal Realms, except for the Realm of Azyr wherein the Eternal City of Azyrheim is supreme.[52j]

These seven great cities are Hammerhal Aqsha, the Bright City in the Realm of Aqshy[52l], Hammerhal Ghyra, the Verdant City in the Realm of Ghyran[52m], Excelsis, the City of Secrets in the Realm of Ghur[52n], Vindicarum, the Bulwark of Faith in the Realm of Chamon[52o], Lethis, the City of Bleak Ravens in the Realm of Shyish[52p], Misthåvn, City of Scoundrels in the Realm of Ulgu[52f], and Settler's Gain, the Enlightened City in the Realm of Hysh.[52q]

Known Free Cities

Name Realm Region Sub-Region Patron God Founder Resources Status
Accar[72a][72b] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Thondia Sigmar
Old Gods of Accar
Guild of Spicers and Waggoners
Arraca[72b] Destroyed
Alshime[15a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Anvalor[10b] Aqshy Great Parch Flamescar Plateau Sigmar Various Foundings Deep-Water Mineral Wells[10b]
Great Desert Snakes[10b]
Anvilgard[37a] Aqshy Great Parch Charrwind Coast Sigmar Anvils of the Heldenhammer Hides and Scales of Sea Monsters[52g] Conquered
Anvilheim[34a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Anvils of the Heldenhammer Unknown Destroyed
Anvilspire[45] Chamon Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Argentium[45]
Arbitrium[26] Shyish Prime Innerlands Penultima Sigmar Azyrite Arbiters Bonewheat[26]
Astronica[26] Shyish Prime Innerlands Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Active
Aventhis[71b] Shyish Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Barbed Promise[52a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Va-Leth Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Bilgeport[59a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Coast of Tusks of Thondia N/A Pirates Mariners[59a]
Blackwall[42a][61a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Bleinham[77a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Brightspear[10b] Aqshy Great Parch Aspiria Sigmar Celestial Warbringers Bore-Beetle Plating[60]
Brighthall[41a] Aqshy Great Parch Reaver Wastes of Aridian Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Cartha[30a] Ghur Hinterlands of Ghur Carthic Oldwoods Sigmar Astral Templars Unknown Destroyed
Catransa[29a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Celestrius[38b] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Celestial Lions Unknown Destroyed
Colonnade [50a] Ghur Unknown Unknown Sigmar Assorted Noble Houses Unknown Destroyed
Colostrum[40a] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Erosia Sigmar An Unknown Stormhost Unknown Destroyed
Concordia[65a] Ghur Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
The Craw[76a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Thondia Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Darkdelve[36a] Ulgu Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Desperance[52a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Klarondu Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Draconium[9] Aqshy Great Parch Capilaria Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Duskhenge[53a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Edassa[56a] Aqshy Great Parch Flamescar Plateau Sigmar Kyukain Hammer-Friend Unknown Active
Eshunna[25] Chamon Unknown Iron Desert Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Esthu'dor[79a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Rondhol Unknown Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Everquake City[64a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Lendu Sigmar Kraken Blades Riverboats[64a] Active
Excelsis[37a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Coast of Tusks of Thondia Sigmar Knights Excelsior Glimmerings[37a]
Monster Bones[37a]
Salted Meats[52h]
Cured Meats[52h]
Fort Denst[52c] Aqshy Great Parch Capilaria Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Fort Gardus[52d] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Verdia Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Galdheart[63a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Glimmerheart[67a] Shyish Unknown Three Rivers of Eternity Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Glymmsforge[6] Shyish Prime Innerlands Lyria Sigmar The Glymm Cats[6]
Unguent Oils[52e]
Gravewild[6] Shyish Unknown Sea of Dust Sigmar Captain General Albain Lorcus
Hallowed Knights
Aurochs[14] Active
Greenfire [46a] Chamon Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Spyglasses[46a]
Greyspire[36a] Ulgu Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Greywater Fastness[37a] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Verdia Sigmar
Valius Maliti Artillery Pieces[37a]
Blackpowder Weapons[37a]
Runic Munitions[37b]
Hallowheart[37a] Aqshy Great Parch Golvaria Sigmar Hallowed Knights Whitefire Tomes[37a]
Golvarian Minerals[52g]
Hammerhal Aqsha[37a] Aqshy Great Parch Capilaria Sigmar Hammers of Sigmar Cogforts[37a]
Megalofin Teeth[10b]
Amber Beads[10b]
Salted Meats[10b]
Fyresteel Blades[10b]
Hammerhalian weapons[52g]
Hammerhal Ghyra[37a] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Verdia Alarielle
Hallowed Knights Grains[37a]
Harkraken's Bane[52a] Ulgu Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Heldenhammer's Triumph[52d] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Verdia Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Heldelium[66a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Anvils of the Heldenhammer Henkha furs[66a] Destroyed
Helmgard[7] Chamon Unknown Ironroot Mountains Sigmar Unknown Metal Ore[7] Destroyed
Holdash[17a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Hollenwald[53a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Houndsgate[17a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Unknown
Izalend[8a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Coast of Tusks of Thondia Sigmar Unknown Salted Meats[52h]
Cured Meats[52h]
Arcane Tools of Kindling[59a]
Arcane Tools of Self-Preservation[59a]
Kurnothea[44a] Ghyran Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Active
Lethis[37a] Shyish Prime Innerlands Stygxx Morrda Anvils of the Heldenhammer Peacewater[37a]
Talismans of Morrda[37a]
Lethisian Lakewater[52e]
Lifestone[58a] Ghyran Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Living City[37a] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Thyria Alarielle Alarielle Ironoak[1b] Active
Lugol[79b] Shyish Prime Innerlands Neferatia Unknown Anvils of the Heldenhammer Unknown Conquered
Matarka[39a] Ghur Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Mhurghast[24] Shyish Prime Innerlands Athanasia Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Misthåvn[52f] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Klarondu Sigmar Celestial Warbringers Misthåvn Narcotics[37a] Active
Murmurus[68b] Ulgu Unknown Unknown Sigmar An unknown Stormhost Unknown Active
New Sadoria[53a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Oak's Heart[56a] Ghyran Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Fruits[56a] Active
Oasis of Gazul[6c][57] Shyish Unknown Sea of Dust Gazul Gazul-Zagaz Unknown Active
The Phoenicium[17a] Ghyran Everspring Swathe Quogmia Ur-Phoenix Phoenix Temple Active
Pilgrim's Reach[62a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Active
Port Sorrow[55] Shyish Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Ravensbach[28] Chamon Unknown Unknown Sigmar An Unknown Stormhost
House von Koeterberg
Unknown Active
Rozh[78] Aqshy Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Scant Hope[52a] Ulgu Shadrac Convergence Klarondu Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Settler's Gain[37a][52i] Hysh Xintil Sigmar
Tempest Lords Active
Seven Words[30b] Ghur Ghurish Hinterlands Gorkoman Sigmar Astral Templars Lumber[30] Active
Shanskir[69a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Sigmar's Reach[38a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Hammers of Sigmar Unknown Unknown
Skythane[31a] Ghur Ghurish Hinterlands Gryphspine Mountain Range Sigmar Unknown Minerals[31a] Active
Sundsfor[69] Ghur Kingdom of Estraga Gorksmak Crate Sigmar Sundered Brotherhood Unknown Active
Tabar[70a] Chamon Unknown Prosperis Sigmar Unknown Firearms[70a]
Taberna[42a][61a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Tallowreach[66b] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Tansis[54a] Chamon Spiral Crux Rusted Wastes Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Tantalum[74a] Ghur Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Destroyed
Tarnastipol[73a] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Tempest's Eye[37a] Aqshy Great Parch Khul's Ravage Sigmar Tempest Lords Active
Thanator's Manse[52e] Shyish Prime Innerlands Amethyst Princedoms Sigmar Unknown Warding Crystals[52e]
Enchanted Rings[52e]
Thraesh[15c] Unknown Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Tor Limina[52a] Hysh Iliatha Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Twinned Towns of Belvegrod[43a] Shyish Unknown Graveswater Sigmar Westreach: Azyrite Settlers/Eastdale: Native Reclaimed Destroyed
Uliashtai[25] Chamon Unknown Iron Desert Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Umbramox[36a] Ulgu Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Vandium[10b] Aqshy Great Parch Capilaria Sigmar Hammers of Sigmar (Presumed) Crusading Armies from Azyr[10b] Active
Vindicarum[37a] Chamon Spiral Crux Prosperis Sigmar Celestial Vindicators Quicksilver[37a] Active
Veilgard[55] Shyish Unknown Unknown Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Veldtwend[76a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Rondhol Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active
Wreathport[76a] Ghur Ghurish Heartlands Gallet Sigmar Unknown Unknown Active

Great Cities of Azyr

Azyrheim the Eternal City

These are the great cities of the Realm of Heavens. They are not considered Cities of Sigmar in and of themselves, but it is from these cities that the first Azyrite settlers and crusading armies set forth to aid in retaking the Mortal Realms. These Azyrite cities share many similarities to their offshoots.



The Cities of Sigmar are cosmopolitan municipalities that are home to Humans, Duardin, Aelves, and many other races who come from a staggering variety of cultures and religious faiths, who are collectively known as the Free Peoples. Though all of these groups have different methods and views on everything from worship, making war, and even crafting, they are reunited in their desires to defy Chaos and rebuild the realms so poorly affected by the ravages of the Age of Chaos.[51a]

Despite their collective goals, there are many divisions among the Free Peoples. The most profound and widely known is the divide between the Azyrites who returned to the lower realms after the reopening of the Gates of Azyr and the Reclaimed, those people who survived in the realms overtaken by Chaos for centuries.[10a]

Within many of the more industrialized Cities of Sigmar, innovative and well-run businesses have risen to power as their creations bring wealth and protection to their homes. This power has led to them gaining incredible influence over the Grand Conclaves of their cities. These businesses lobby for laws to grant craftspeople more priveledges and have statues of genius inventors erected.[51b]


Defenders of the Cities of Sigmar

The Free Peoples is the collective term for the many cultures and subfactions that make their homes in the Cities of Sigmar. The majority of these cultures and subfactions are dominated by Humans, Duardin of the Dispossessed Clans, and the Aelves, the latter of which are sometimes collectively known as City Aelves. But members of other races such as Ogors, Sylvaneth, and Seraphon are occasionally counted among the Free Peoples.[20a][51a] The following are the most well-known and prolific organizations and factions that live and operate within the Free Cities of the God-King's growing empire:

  • Collegiate Arcane: A loose alliance of tower and palace dwelling mages, seers, wizards, alchemists, elementalists, and other practitioners of magic. The organization is academic in nature and serves as a safe place for the magically gifted to explore their abilities and study. The most skilled of these sorcerous artisans create magical devices and artefacts to assist the Cities of Sigmar both on and off the battlefield. Others personally take to the field as Battlemages.[17d][10a]
  • Darkling Covens: These matriarchal cults are dedicated to the acquisition of resources, power, and influences. Each Darkling Coven is comprised of a Sorceress and her personal entourage of thralls, lieutenants, and followers. Members, or at least spies, of the Covens, can be found wherever the forces of Order congregate.[17h][10a]
  • Devoted of Sigmar: The Azyrite Church is led by Arch War-Priestess Asvai Stormwright and nominally her authority extends to the entirety of the Devoted of Sigmar, but there are many sects and denominations within the Devoted. Notably the Order of Azyr is said to answer to the God-King alone. Whatever their denomination or form of worship, the Devoted are the zealous followers of Sigmar, seeking to purify the Realms in his name.[10a]
  • Dispossessed: The Dispossessed clans are the remnants of the mighty Khazalid Empires that fell in the Age of Chaos, they have clung to the arts of smithcraft, masonry, and rune-shaping of their ancestors. They now use their expertise to build some of the mightiest fortifications of Sigmar's empire with their hammers and when the need arises they take up their axes and defend those same walls.[17g][10a]
  • Freeguilds: Many of the military guilds known as the Freeguilds serve as the standing military and city watch of the Cities of Sigmar, while many others contract themselves out as mercenaries. Still, others are employed in a wide range of duties from guarding palaces to clearing sewers.[17e]
  • Ironweld Arsenal: This conglomeration of human and duardin weaponsmiths was formed in the aftermath of the closing of the Gates of Azyr. They have since become the creators of some of the most innovative and deadly inventions made by mortalkind. Their guilds are scattered across the Cities of Sigmar.[17f]
  • Order Serpentis: An ancient order that once ruled over the empire of Narkath in the Realm of Ulgu, long ago during the Age of Myth. Though the empire was mighty indeed, it fell in only a few mere decades when the forces of Chaos invaded Ulgu. Those that survived the slaughter fled to Azyr like so many others and brooded over their losses during the entire span of the Age of Chaos. Though they fight alongside and within the armies of Sigmar, they are known to be cruel and brutal to both foe and ally alike. The Dreadlords that lead the order see the crusades of Sigmar as their best chance to regain power and influence in the Realms.[17m]
  • Phoenix Temple: This martial order serves the Godbeast known as the Ur-Phoenix and its members fight alongside the fiery and icy spawn of the great godbeast.[17k]
  • Scourge Privateers: Often employed by the ruling conclaves of coastal Free Cities such as Anvilgard and Excelsis. Once they were pirates and reavers who commanded vast, ocean-spanning empires, and there are any among the ambitious Fleetmasters who dream of one day rebuilding those empires, beyond the authority of Sigmar and his lieutenants. But for now, they turn their talents to hunting beasts of the sea and those fleets that would endanger the Free Cities, such as those of Orruk freebooters.[17i][10a]
  • Shadowblades: No one knows the exact origins or nature of this secretive order of assassins, but many tales and legends surround their legendary exploits, and the enemies of Order have learned to fear them. Whatever their origins may be, the Shadowblades are dedicated to destroying the enemies of Azyr.[17j]
  • Wanderers: There was a time when Aelven kingdoms and their inhabitants served as guardians of the Realm of Life and lived in its great canopy-cities. Initially when the legions of Chaos fell upon the Ghyran valiantly fought to defend their homes, but in the end, they joined Sigmar in his flight to Azyr, a betrayal that Alarielle and the Sylvaneth have never truly forgiven. With the coming of the Age of Sigmar, the Wanderers return to the Realms to save, secure and purify their wild places[17l][10a]

Other Organizations

  • Aetherguard: Aelven and Human rangers who maintain watchtowers and Swifthawk Rookeries throughout the Talons that encircle the Titanspear, the mountain upon which the Free City of Tempest's Eye is built.[4]
  • Blackscale Coil: A massive criminal syndicate that ruled Anvilgard from the shadows for years. When Morathi-Khaine and the Daughters of Khaine staged a coup in the city, the coil revealed themselves to be collaborators secretly working to destabilize the city for that very invasion.[37a]
  • Black Pipers: A freelance guild of Underjacks, who specialize in hunting Skaven.[10a]
  • Council of the Forge: This august body is comprised of the wealthiest and most influential Duardin lords and clan chiefs in Greywater Fastness. The power and influence of this organization far outweighs even that held by the city's Grand Conclave.[17p]
  • Eldritch Council: The Council is comprised of Azyrite Aelves trained in the arcane arts by Teclis and given the lofty duty of preserving the ways of their ancestors. Members of the Council study all forms of magic, rather than focusing on one, and their mastery is called upon to cleanse areas too tainted for the Devoted of Sigmar to purify.[20a]
  • Everspring Circle: A group of druids that tends to the trees of the Living City. They work tirelessly to ensure bileworm and poxstinger infestations are kept at bay and away from the city's ironoak bulwarks.[17o]
  • Folly: A traveling troupe of Aelven acrobats and singers. They specialize in exposing Slaaneshi cults.[10a]
  • Guild of Certified Thaumaturgists: A guild of alchemists comprised of students expelled from the Alchemists' Guild for their unethical experiments. The organization has a dark reputation of being as dangerous and unethical as their experiments but will sell their products to anyone willing to pay their prices. Though they are based in Hammerhal, their guild's influence extends to many other free cities.[23a]
  • Hawthorns: A loosely connected network of professional killers, with a knack for rooting out and hunting Vampires.[10a]
  • Lanternmen: A mysterious group of of hooded figures that warn the people of Misthåvn imminent danger with their harbour bells.[52f]
  • Lion Rangers: The Lion Rangers are descended from the rangers that once hunted along the mountain ranges around Azyrheim. They have become a warrior brotherhood specialized in close-quarter combat. In the Age of Chaos they were nearly wiped out but have since been bolstered with the aid of other Free Peoples. They do not linger overlong in the Free Cities, as fortresses failed them in the Age of Chaos, and instead prefer to roam the natural places of the Mortal Realms.[20a]
  • Order Draconis: In the Age of Myth, Sigmar united many of the aelves of the Realm of Heavens. Some of these aelves found kinship with the noble stallions and wild drakes, these were the ancestors of the Order Draconis. The noble aelven knights of this order follow in the wake of the storms signifying the presence of Sigmar's Stormhosts, ever eager to join the fight against Chaos.[20a]
  • Order of Azyr: While technically the Order of Azyr operates as an extension of the Devoted of Sigmar, its agents are said to answer to no authority except that of Sigmar himself. It is their duty to root out corruption and heresy in the Free Cities and the rest of Sigmar's empire.[10b]
  • Order of the Dove: A mendicant order of the Church of Azyr comprised of priests and priestesses who attach themselves to armies to act as healers and erect field hospitals to attend to the wounded. In exchange for their service, they are often granted the right to build hospices in newly conquered territory.[14c]
  • Order of the Eye: In the Free City of Tempest's Eye, this organization of mages, engineers, and observers are dedicated to watching over the city and keeping it safe.[5]
  • Order Posthumous: The Raven Priests are the clergy dedicated to Morrda, Master of the Bleak Raven. They are found widespread throughout the Free City of Lethis.[52p]
  • Prophesiers' Guild: A powerful guild based in the Free City of Excelsis. They are responsible for the distribution and refining of the auguries gleamed from the Spear of Mallus.[4b]
  • Road Agents: A loose coalition of couriers operating throughout the Cities of Sigmar. They are often employed by conclaves and local lords to carry messages for the average citizens of the cities and their holdings.[75a]
  • Seapath Guild: A powerful and mysterious guild of helmsmen within Misthåvn. The people of the free city rely upon them to safely navigate the 'streets' of the city.[52f]
  • Swifthawk Agents: The Swifthawk Agents serve as messengers and agents between the armies of the Free Peoples, relay messages between armies and aiding in coordinating plans while simultaneously disrupting the communication networks of foes.[20a]


In many ways, the industry of the Free Cities is defined by contradictions, its citizens are both beleaguered labourers and artisanal geniuses, and everything in-between. The factories of the Free Cities constantly churn out mass-produced weapons, armour, machinery, and vehicles to supply efforts to reclaim the Realms, even while they experiment and innovate creating new designs that, with Azyrheim's approval, will quickly become widespread across the Realms. The Ironweld Arsenal and its factories are often at the forefront of this industry.[51a]

While the industrial districts of a City of Sigmar will be heavily regulated by its Grand Conclave, the works of independent craftspeople all across the city are allowed to flourish. It is often the latter that create the items that colour the daily lives of the citizens of the city.[51a]

The Ironweld Arsenal can adapt to any environment, in its own way, and convert the natural resources of those environments into the fuel and materials needed for crafting their firearms, cannons, and other weaponry. Such is their skill, no matter the resources used, the quality of these weapons remains largely consistent.[51a]

The Collegiate Arcane seeks to bring about innovation through arcano-science. Advancement is built upon the knowledge of the past, which has been meticulously codified and institutionalized by the Collegiate. Many of the greatest breakthroughs are built upon the thousands of small discoveries that came before or the skilful combination of two or more Lores of Magic. Among the most remarkable devices to come out of the research departments of the Collegiate are the Luminarks and Hurricanums.[51a]

Industry is often shaped by the religious organizations that make their home in the Cities of Sigmar. Such as the Devoted of Sigmar, Wanderers, and Phoenix Temple. These orders remember well the wonders they made in the distant past and seek to recover and replicate them.[51a]

Festivals and Holy Days

The Free Peoples of the Cities of Sigmar celebrate a number of holidays including:


Within the Cities of Sigmar all members of the Pantheon of Order, both current and former, are venerated and worshipped, as are many other deities. with cults and temples dedicated to each of them. Though the most well-known among these religious organizations are the myriad sects of the Devoted of Sigmar who worship Sigmar, the Wanderers who are dedicated to Alarielle, and the Phoenix Temple that serves the Godbeast known as Ur-Phoenix. Worship of Grungni the Maker is widespread among all those who would dedicate their lives to crafting, particularly the Dispossessed clans.[10a][37a][51b]

In the Free City of Lethis the Raven Priests of the underworld deity known as Morrda are a common sight and the city is known as the Raven City in honour of the deity. The Anvils of the Heldenhammer, whose main Stormkeep is found within this city, counts Morrda as their secondary patron.[37a]


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  • Daughters of Khaine: Nearly every major city hosts a Khainite sect, many play host to several, and their temples of bloodshed and murder dedicated to Khaine are forbidding edifices. These sects are known as covenite sisters, or Daughters of Khaine, and perform a wide variety of duties; many serve as such as the Witch Aelves, gladiators, spies, assassins, and sword-dancers.[10a]
  • Fyreslayers: Elite Mercenaries, find much demand for their skills in the Cities of Sigmar, and their fyrds are a common sight, marching in and out of the cities to collect payment. Many Lodges operate Forges in the Cities to take advantage of this demand. Those such as the Gelvagd have taken this further, however, for their magmahold, not merely a secondary forge, is contained within the city of Azyrheim - although they do their best to separate themselves from the wider population.[19a][19b][19c]
  • Idoneth Deepkin
  • Kharadron Overlords: The Cities of Sigmar and Kharadron Overlords are united in economic pacts ratified by the Treaty of Vindicarum.[35c] Most Cities of Sigmar hosts a Kharadron Enclave. To ensure that their relations with others are to their benefit, the Kharadron Overlords establish ever-evolving webs of trade agreements and contracts with their trade partners.[17n][21b] They often invest in the construction of vital commercial infrastructure in foreign settlements by handling the contracts and providing the design, materials and labour.[21b] This allows them to establish monopolies over key trade routes and resources.[21b] As a result, kharadron enclaves have grown exponentially in both size and influence.[35b][35c]
  • Luminethn Realm-lords
  • Seraphon: Entire enclaves of Seraphon are found within some of the Cities of Sigmar, the clever and crafty Skinks offering their services as scribes, crafters, and even readers of mystic portents.[10a]
  • Stormcast Eternals: Most Free Cities of Sigmar's expanding civilization are founded around Realmgates captured and liberated by the Stormcast of the Stormhosts. These valiant demigod warriors then lay the foundations for the city to come and Stormkeeps are built around the captured Realmgates, from which the Stormcast Eternals direct their crusades across the Mortal Realms.[15b]
  • Sylvaneth


Equally diverse are the crafting styles and goods produced within the Cities of Sigmar, which vary wildly from realm to realm, city to city. Many Cities will even produce wondrous artefacts, unlike anything else in the Realms, using crafting traditions preserved from the Age of Myth. Such as the famed fletching of the Phoenicium and the Drakescale Cloaks of Anvilgard. In addition to those ancient traditions preserved through painting effort, many independent craftsfolk of the Cities have learned to incorporate regional resources into the designs of their creations, thus creating truly unique designs that could only be made in the realm their city is found in.[51a]

The regulation and stability of trade networks within a City of Sigmar is a primary concern of its ruling Grand Conclave, as well as the elements of the Ironweld Arsenal that operate in the city.[51a]

The Free Peoples within the Cities of Sigmar have all developed unique styles, items, gadgets, and tools which reflect their diverse cultures and backgrounds. The Collegiate Arcane the arcane foci used by its own members of other mages. The Ironweld Arsenal churns out the guns, Cogforts, and much of the machinery used by the cities. The Devoted of Sigmar create weapons to honor their warrior god such as the ever-popular warhammers, blessed swords, and flagellation whips. The craftwork of the Wanderers includes falconry equipment, cloaks, and floral compasses. Those City Aelves descended from the fallen nations of ugu have developed a style to give commonality to their diaspora culture, one that includes dark clours and sharp edges.[51a]


Though much of the major commerce practised throughout the Mortal Realms is done via the trade of goods for other goods, a multitude of currencies have arisen among Sigmar's Free Cities. The Free Peoples accept all manner of mundane and esoteric materials as legal tender for goods and services. Aqua Ghyranis, a common currency of the Free Cities, is perhaps the most widespread followed by an assortment of coins made of varying materials, such as Meteors and Motes.{Fn|4a}}[10c][28][37a] Some of Sigmar's cities establish their own local standard currencies, such as the Glimmerings of Excelsis, the Nightskins of Greyspire, and the Charm-silver of Lethis.[68a][71a]

Other forms of legal tender exchanged widely throughout the cities, and the rest of the God-King's empire, include Quicksilver Ingots, Aether-gold Ingots, Ur-Gold coins, Bataari Firesilk, nuggets of Torope Gold, gemstones, Shyish black-salt, and countless others besides.[4a][4c][21b][67a][69c]

Trade Networks

Through the use of Realmgates and more conventional routes of commerce, many of the Free Cities have built extensive trade networks between one another.[52e][52g][52h] However, these veins of trade can be tenuous even at the best of times and the Free Peoples know better than to rely on the commerce they provide, instead striving to make their cities self-sufficient when possible.[37a] Trade Pioneers, a breed of intrepid explorer and scholar among the Free Peoples, often play vital roles in establishing new arteries of commerce between the Cities of Sigmar.[10d]

Early in the Age of Sigmar the mercantile empire of the Kharadron Overlords determined that the rising Free Cities of Sigmar's Empire would make for lucrative trade partners, so they linked these burgeoning cities to their aerial trade networks. Now skyvessels from the sky-ports are a common sight across the Free Cities, who typically build specialized docklands for their trade partners.[35a]

Trade Networks in Aqshy

In the Great Parch the cities of Hammerhal Aqsha, Hallowheart, Tempest's Eye, and Anvilgard, before it was conquered, trade extensively through the use of Realmgates connecting them. Through these portals Golvarian minerals, primorial realmstone, Hammerhalian weapons, and the hides and scales of monstrous entities of the Searing Sea were swiftly exchanged between the cities.[52g]

The commerce of Hammerhal Aqsha is additionally bolstered by a number of other trade routes that are exploited by the city's populace and trade partners. These include the Adramar and Gallis Rifts, chasms so vast and winding that all manner of skyvessel and mount can use them as trade routes, as well as the Aqshai River, for which it takes the latter half of its name, used to ship goods in and out of Aqsha.[17q][52l]

The Great Ash Road is yet another vital artery of commerce of the Great Parch. It begins in the militarised city of Vandium, found on Capilaria's Coast of Bone, extending eastward to Hammerhal Aqsha. From there it extends into the Flamescar Plateau, revitalizing the lands with goods from the south, to the city of Edassa. From Edassa it extends further north still, to the ever turmoil-ridden city of Anvalor. In addition to commerce the road brings much needed unity to the cities it passes through.[10b]

Trade Networks in Chamon

Though the Free City of Vindicarum has historically relied on mountain trade routes across the Spiral Crux, connected to Realmgates leading to both Ghyran and Ghur, for shipments of food, it seeks other avenues to feed its populace.[54b] Thus Dawnbringer Crusades pour into the fertile Arable Heartlands establishing strongpoints and farms which send bountiful shipments of grain, such as coppergrass and rustigo, to Vindicarum and other cities of the Viscid Flux.[52r]

Trade Networks in Ghur

The prime export of the Free Cities of Thondia, a continent in the Ghurish Heartlands, is food. Massive chunks of meat the size of boulders are loaded onto Scourge Privateer waverunners and well-armed galleons, where they are then shipped to neighbouring outposts and through Realmgates to other Realms. Rock-lion haunces are particularly favoured by outlanders, and a singular cut of good-size can be sold for a pair of Chamonic lodeblades of masterwork quality or twelve barrels flame-ale from the Realm of Aqshy.[52h] Both Excelsis and Izalend, the grandest cities of the Coast of Tusks, have bustling maritime trade lanes that bring ships from all over to their harbours.[8a]

Excelsis sits at the nexus of a vast network of land trade routes as well. These extend up and down the Coast of Tusks, the most famous of these roads are the Great Excelsis Road which extends northward to far-off Izalend.[80a][80b]

The Free City of Skythane, located in the Gryphspine mountain on a continent deep in the Ghurish Hinterlads largely owes its continued existence to the mineral wealth it ships off to Excelsis and Izalend to the south. These shipments are carried by enchanted sky-barques and Kharadron trader-vessels.[82a]

Trade Networks in Shyish

In the Prime Innerlands of the Realm of Shyish a booming trade network has formed between the mortal settlements sworn to Sigmar. In particular enchanted rings and warding crystals from Thanator's Manse in the Amethyst Princedom are traded for unguent oils in Glymmsforge in far off Lyria and Lethisian Lakewater from Lethis, the City of Bleak Ravens.[52e]

In the Underworld of Lyria the Great Lyrian Road is a flat, serpentine road that extends outward from the Free City of Glymmsforge. Oases, trade enclaves, and forts protected bt mercenaries dot the winding road.[6d]

Trade Networks Between Realms

The Eternal City of Azyrheim maintains a multitude of trade routes with its colonies, the Cities of Sigmar, found throughout the other seven Mortal Realms. These have often been preyed upon by raiders from the Enclaves of the Idoneth Deepkin.[83a]

The Stormrift Realmgate allows trade to flow freely between the two halves of the Twin-Tailed City. Aqsha relies heavily on shipments of meat, grain, and Aqua Ghyranis from Ghyra. While Ghyra greatly benefits from the Aqshian lava funneled to it through grand stone canals that run from the highest to lowest strata of the city, keeping the rapidly growing Ghyranite vegetation at bay.[17q][52l][52m]

Fort Festermere, a pair of twin-ringed fortresses surrounding both the Aqshian and Realm of Ghyranite sides of the Festermere Realmgate, sits at the center of a bustling trade network. The Ghyranite side, located on the northwestern coast of Verdia, boasts roads extending to coastal numerous settlements between Gulf of Hags and Bonemoulder Coast as well as ones extending to Greywater Fastness and Heldenhammer's Triumph. The one leading to Greywater Fastness, known as the One Road, is the sole road leading out of the Free City as per a treaty with the local Sylvaneth.[81a][81b]

The city also trades with far-off Lethis, which is found in the Underworld of Stygxx in the Prime Innerlands of Shyish, using the Lixian Realmgate, an oceanic Realmgate connected Ghur and Shyish. Through this realmgate Excelsian trade fleets can transport great quantities of augur-stone to the markets of Lethis.[12a]

Throughout the Spiral Crux there exist a multitude of mountainous trade routes, connected to Realmgates to Ghur and Ghyran, which the Free City of Vindicarum relied heavily upon to receive shipments of food for its populace and armies. When the Legion of the First Prince rampaged across the Chamonite sub-realm, many of these arteries of trade were targeted.[54b]

Threats and Hostile Relations

Internal Conflict

Conflicts often erupt between the groups and subfactions that represent the many Free Peoples of the Cities of Sigmar, though these conflicts rarely descend into bloodshed. Instead, such conflicts play out in the Conclaves of the cities. Bribery, blackmail, filibustering, and politicking often plagues even the most stable Conclave's proceedings.[37a] Prejudice can also arise in the Free Cities, in all of its varied forms, though this tends to vary wildly on the culture, history, and social framework of each city.[10b]

In the cities found on the Great Parch, a citizen will rarely face prejudice based on their species or gender but rather based on their station within a city's hierarchy or due to where what Realm they originate from. The politics of these cities will often exacerbate existing prejudices, often in ways, native Aqshians do not fully comprehend.[10b]

Threats Beyond the Walls

Beyond the walls of the Free Cities are vast wildernesses full of predatory Living Spells, monstrous beasts such as Maw-Krushas, and Chaos-tainted entities such as Sphiranxes and Jabberslythes. The Beasts of Chaos also lay claim to many of the wilds beyond the walls of the stalwart cities of the God-King and these self-same imposing walls often attract the attention of ravenous Ogors, brutal Gargants, and rampaging Orruks.[10a]

Mortal servants of the Ruinous Powers are also attracted to these grand bastions of Order, eager to bring them to ruin in the names of their Dark Gods. These forces of Chaos range from the rampaging hordes the of Bloodbound and Rotbringers to the duplicitous cults of Arcanites and Sybarites hidden within the populations of the Free Cities. The verminous children of the Great Horned Rat have also set their sights on the Free Cities. Their mad machinations can undermine even the greatest among Order's beacons of hope. For those who survive the fall of a city to these dark forces, slavery and servitude to the Dark Powers await them.[10a]

So too do the followers of the Undying King threaten the sanctity of the Free Cities, ever more so since the Necroquake warped the Mortal Realms. Vast armies of Nighthaunt, Deathrattle, and Deadwalkers stalk the lands, preying on the living.[10a]


‘There are places where valour reigns, my child, where death does not thirst so for the souls of the living. Some say that Hammerhal Ghyra’s gardens can feed a million mouths and that the Phoenicium has the power to bring a man’s spirit back from Shyish. But these places are few, and still assailed on all sides. We must fight the darkness each day so they may thrive, and our people will thrive with them.’

Elder Cahastor of Neos describing the grandeur of the Free Cities.[22a]

‘Everything they destroy, we’ll rebuild twice as grand.’

A common saying of the craftspeople of the Cities of Sigmar.[51b]


Cities of Sigmar
Cities Fortress Cities ExcelsisHammerhal AqshaHammerhal GhyraLethisMisthåvnSettler's GainVindicarum
Seeds of Hope Greywater FastnessLiving CityPhoenicium
Cities of Flame AnvilgardBrightspearHallowheartTempest's Eye
Cities of Sigmar
Collegiate ArcaneDarkling CovensDevoted of SigmarDispossessedEldritch CouncilFreeguildIronweld ArsenalLion RangersOrder DraconisOrder SerpentisPhoenix TempleScourge PrivateersShadowbladesSwifthawk AgentsWanderers
Cities of Sigmar Aqua GhyranisAnvilgard LoyalistsAzyritesGrand ConclavesReclaimedSigmar's EmpireDawnbringer CrusadesGoldjacketsSigmarite Strongpoint