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The following contains a list of events within the timeline of the Greenskins. Note: Orcs and Goblins do not use written records, so these accounts are gleaned from Dwarf and Imperial histories. All dates are given in the Imperial Calendar.[1b]

A History of Orcs and Goblins

  • c.-10,000 -- Near the dawn of creation, the greenskins appeared, although no one knows how. Shamans tell stories of Gork and Mork falling from the sky to populate the world with greenskins. The Old Ones recognise Orcs and Goblins as a threat and send the Saurus to war with them. They are unable to exterminate the undesirables.[1a]
  • -1499 -- The fall of the second Dwarfhold, Karak Varn. This hold overlooked the Black Water and its lower mines were flooded during the earthquakes. Ensuing attacks by Night Goblins and Skaven drove the Dwarfs out in this year. The lair is henceforth called Crag Mere. From this time onwards foul things grow and mutate in the dark waters and it is dangerous even to approach the Black Water's shoreline.[1a]
  • -1245 -- A Dwarf offensive clears out many greenskins and, after much hard fighting, regains control of the Worlds Edge Mountains between Karak Kadrin and Mad Dog Pass. The Dwarfs begin rebuilding, but are outraged by the many despoiled tombs and strongholds of their ancestors.[1a]
  • -1185 -- The Crag Mere Battles. Dwarfs battle Orcs and Night Goblins to re-enter Karak Varn. Many on both sides are slain when the fighting nears the lake edge and mutated monsters burst forth to feed upon the combatants.[1a]
  • c.-1020 to -1000 -- A Waaagh! sweeps through what is now the Badlands, reclaiming it for Orcs and Goblins. The human cities are turned to rubble and Kadon is slain by Savage Orcs. The mysterious crown is carried northwards by Kadon's few surviving disciples.[1a]
  • -975 -- A Dwarf attempt to recapture Red Eye Mountain is denied. Dwarfs call it the Battle of a Thousand Woes, but greenskins refer to it as simple 'annuver big stunty bake'.[1a]
  • c.-750 -- Red Cloud Goblins discover a long-lost Dwarfen passage linking the Red Cloud and Fire Mountains. They use this secret way to attack and partially occupy Karak Azul. It takes ten years of fighting for the Dwarfs to cast them out.[1a]
  • -740 -- Bitter infighting in the ranks of the Red Cloud Goblins allows the Dwarfs to reclaim control of Karak Azul, though the passage beneath the mountains must be guarded for all time lest the Goblins infiltrate through it once more.[3a]
  • -513 -- The Fall of Karak Eight Peaks. The Dwarfs, led by King Lunn, retreat after nearly two hundred years of fighting beneath the massive Dwarfen city. The battle continues with greenskins fighting the Skaven for domination of the old Dwarfhold.[1a]
  • -469 -- Greenskins destroy the Dwarfhold of Karak Azgal but abandon it when they can't find the well-hidden treasure. The Orcs then capture Karak Drazh, renaming it the Black Crag. Now all the mountains between Mad Dog Pass and Karak Eight Peaks are in greenskin hands.[1a]
  • -466 -- Orc Warlord Dork leads a huge army to take the Dwarfhold of Karak Azgal which he destroys and abandons, leaving the depths unexplored.[3a]
  • -15-50 -- In a series of running battles, the Greenskins are temporarily beaten out of the lands west of the Worlds Edge Mountains. Stunties and 'umies ally to defeat a massive Waaagh! at the Battle of Black Fire Pass (Imperial year -1). Sigmar goes on to become the first Emperor.[1a]
  • 577 -- The Bretonni fight a great incursion of greenskins that descends from the Grey and Apuccini Mountains. Orc Warlords demand tribute from the Bretonni tribes, but are rejected. For the next 400 years the Bretonni fight the Orc hordes.[1a]
  • c.1115 to 1140 -- Forest Goblins emerge from the woods to fight the Skaven over the spoils of the plague-ridden Empire. All human settlements closest to the Black Pit, the sacred spider grounds deep in the Drakwald, are razed to the ground. The few survivors of those villages tell tales of spiders larger than houses.[1b]
  • 1452 -- Knights Errant battle greenskins at the crossings of Blood River. Bretonnian knights build castles to hold back many tribes of Orcs travelling up from the Badlands. Thus are born the fiefdoms known as the Border Princes.[1b]
  • 1707-1712 -- Hailed as the greatest Orc Warlord of all time, Gorbad Ironclaw leads a massive Waaagh! into the Empire, sacking many cities and slaying Emperor Sigismund. Gorbad is last seen in battle against the Dwarfs of the Worlds Edge Mountains.[1b]
  • 2302 -- The Great War Against Chaos. Many northern greenskins are pushed from their lands. Some tribes join alongside the forces of Chaos, but most attack Chaos armies as they pass.[1b]
  • 2470 -- Goblin Warlord Boggrub Legbiter leads the Broken Nose tribe against the Dwarfs of Karak Azul and captures many war machines. Using these weapons they carve a path of destruction through the Worlds Edge Mountains and into Averland.[1b]
  • 2473 to Present -- Dwarf King Belegar, son of King Lunn, takes advantage of raging battles between Night Goblins and Skaven to re-enter Karak Eight Peaks. They refortify the old citadel and repel many attacks, but are themselves besieged by Skarsnik's Crooked Moon tribe and the Skaven.[1b]
  • 2488 -- The Battle of Death Pass. A Bretonnian army is defeated by Orcs led by Morglum Necksnapper, after which he proclaims 'Let 'em tell da King. Da east belongs to da Orcs. Dat east belongs to Morglum. Da east is green.'[1b]
  • 2498 -- Battle of the Jaws. Skarsnik orders a Dwarf army ambushed in Mad Dog Pass. Gorfang Rotgut, Chieftain of the orcs of Black Crag, loses his eye in the fierce fighting. A loose alliance forms between Skarsnik and Gorfang.[1b]
  • 2500-2510 -- Orc Warlord Gnaskrak forms a Waaagh! that rampages through the Worlds Edge Mountains for years, threatening to capture the Dwarf capital. Gitilla and his Howlaz are pivotal to Gnashrak's success, but leave before Gnashrak is finally slain at the Battle of Broken Leg Gully (2510).[1b]
  • 2503-2507 -- Gorfang Rotgut launches a surprise attack on Karak Azul. Many of the Dwarf Lord's kinsfolk are captured and taken back to the dungeons of Karak Azgal. The Dwarf Lord's son, Kazrik, was not taken captive but was shaved, and his head tattooed with a crude Orc glyph. He was then nailed to Kazador's own throne. Although Kazrik survives, the experience leaves him somewhat unhinged.[1b]
  • 2511 -- Forest Goblins destroy the Empire town of Glumhof and fashion a huge totem out of the skulls of their victims.[1b]
  • 2521 to present -- Skarsnik prepares to lead the Crooked Moon tribe to wipe the Skaven and Dwarfs out of Karak Eight Peaks. Grimgor Ironhide tires of slaughtering Skaven beneath Red Eye Mountain and sets off on a new trail of blood and destruction.[1b]


  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Orcs & Goblins (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 28
    • 1b: pg. 29
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Daemons of Chaos (8th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 22
  • 3: Warhammer Armies: Orcs & Goblins (7th Edition)
    • 3a: pg. 14
  • 4: Warhammer Fantasy Battles Core (8th Edition)
    • 4a: pg. 175

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