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"Don't lecture me about defense! We of the Grand County of Stirland are the ultimate defense. Who do you think keeps Sylvania in check? Who keeps the dead pinned against the World's Edge? Stirlanders, that's who!"
Alberich Haupt-Anderssen[2]
Graf Alberich Haupt-Anderssen of Stirland Coat of Arms

Alberich Haupt-Anderssen[2], Grand Count of Stirland, Prince of Wurtbad and Overlord of Sylvania, is the Elector Count of the Grand Province of Stirland.[1a]

History

During the first round of voting during the Imperial Elections of 2502, Graf Alberich voted for Boris Todbringer of Middenland, who got most of the votes, but not enough to take the throne. When Karl Franz, son of Luitpold I the previous Emperor and Todbringer's rival, met with the Count of Stirland to turn his vote he reacted angrily, ranting about how his father ignored his people's starving and the threat of the Undead of Sylvania. Nevertheless, Karl Franz managed to talk down the Count, promising that they would end the Undead threat together and offering to set a tax on the River Stir, forcing neighboring Ostermark to send their mutton and beer trade south down Stirland and the Moot on their way to the River Aver, which would help Stirland's food shortages. This was enough to get Alberich's vote, although unknown to him Karl Franz had already agreed to tax the Stir while negotiating with the Elder of the Moot. Karl Franz was later crowned Emperor with all votes bar one.[2]

When hostilities erupted between Graf Alberich Haupt-Anderssen of Stirland and Helmut Feuerbach of Talabecland, ancestral enemies since the Age of Three Emperors, the other Elector Counts waited expectantly to see which side Karl Franz would back. The Emperor traveled to Talabheim in an attempt to negotiate peace between the two hostile provinces. The Emperor's skill in debate was put to the ultimate test in resolving the dispute, as was his patience, but in the end both Elector Counts acceded to Karl Franz's wisdom and a potentially bitter civil war was ended before it began.[4a]

The End Times

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After the fall of the Auric Bastion, Graf Alberich Haupt-Anderssen had sought refuge in Altdorf, where after Karl Franz's disappearance at the northern border he demanded an audience with Reikmarshal Kurt Helborg and bickered every day with the Elector Counts Theoderic Gausser of Nordland and Emmanuelle von Liebwitz of Wissenland for the position of steward in the Emperor's absence.[5a] His final fate is unknown.

Wargear

As the Elector Count of Stirland, he had the right to wield the Runefang known as Orc Hewer.[3a]

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Fantasy RPG 2nd Ed: Sigmar's Heirs
    • 1a: pg. 85
  • 2: The Prince of Altdorf (Short Story) by Andy Hall.
  • 3: White Dwarf #325 (UK Edition)
    • 3a: pg. 73
  • 4: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition)
    • 4a: pg. 23
  • 5: The End Times vol. II: Glottkin
    • 5a: pg. 39

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