The Fierce Horse-Archers of Northern Kislev.

The Ungols are a nomadic people who inhabited the land now known as Kislev before the arrival of the Kislevites (known then as the Gospodars). They dominated a tribe known as the Roppsmenn but also lived alongside another known as the Teutogens who bordered their territory. Later, they fought against the people of Norsii, forcing them north into what is now known as Norsca. The Norsii arrived as a result of being forced into Kislev by the armies of Sigmar Heldenhammer. Sigmar then aided the Ungols by fighting off the Orcs and Goblins in the Worlds Edge Mountains and after fighting together at the First Battle of Black Fire Pass a peace was established between the two peoples.

The end of Ungol dominance in Kislev was marked by the arrival of the Gospodars over the High Pass, who overran their cities and habitations. They were forced further westward into Roppsmenn country and under the Ungol Warlord Hethis Chaq, the Ungols fought a host led by King Weiran up to the cliffs overlooking the Sea of Claws. Here the Roppsmenn people were broken and scattered forever. Norvard was the greatest city of the Ungols, until it was overrun and renamed Erengrad by the Gospodars. At this point in history the Ungols were effectively defeated and absorbed into the Gospodar population.

Although defeated, the Ungol culture continues on. Praag has a high Ungol population, some would say they have more power here than the Gospodars do. Some of the fastest Kislev cavalry archers are of Ungol blood, the Ungol Horse Archers. They are watched over closely by the Gospodars, but are used throughout the lands due to their speed of deployment and knowledge of the ground. Also, the Kossars, the foot troops of Kislev, were once a tribe of mercenary Ungol warriors. They are now a combined force of Ungol and Gospodars, an attempt to bind the two peoples together.

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Trivia

  • The Ungol are likely based on the Zaporozhian Cossacks, a nomadic Cossack group that inhabited the wild steppes of modern central Ukraine. They were subjects to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and later on the Tsardom of Russia (the two main real-world inspirations for Kislev), but retained a great deal of autonomy until they were forcibly disbanded in the late 18th century by Catherine the Great.

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (1992)
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Kislev (White Dwarf)
  • 3: Citadel Journal, Issue 15 - "Kislev, the Claws of the Great Bear" Pt. 2, by Tuomas Pironen.
    • 3a: pg. 23-39
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