NeutralEmpire of Azjol-Nerub
Northrend Concept Art Peter Lee 7.jpg
Concept art
Main leader IconSmall NerubianVizier.gif Seer Ixit (living)[1]
  Formerly IconSmall Anub'arak.gif Anub'arak †
Secondary leaders IconSmall Nerubian.gif Kilix the Unraveler
  Formerly IconSmall NerubianVizier.gif Elder Nadox †
IconSmall CryptLord.gif Under-King Anub'et'kan †
IconSmall CryptLord.gif Underking Talonox †
IconSmall CryptLord.gif Queen Nezar'Azret †
Race(s) NerubianNerubianNerubianNerubian Nerubian
Capital Azjol-Nerub
Theater of operations Northrend
Government Monarchy
Language(s) Nerubian, Common
Affiliation Independent, Azjol-anak
  Formerly Old Gods' forces, Scourge
Status Active; rebuilding

The Empire of Azjol-Nerub[2] (also known as Azjol-Nerub,[3][4] the Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub,[5][6][7][8] the Nerubian Empire,[9] the Azjol Empire,[10] or simply Nerub)[11] is the nerubian nation found in Azjol-Nerub, a vast underground region beneath Northrend. It was destroyed by the Lich King during the War of the Spider and the majority of its population was turned into undead including their king at the moment, Anub'arak. During the war against the Lich King the still-living nerubian rebels fought against the Scourge to liberate their empire. After the fall of Anub'arak and the Lich King, they were victorious and Seer Ixit was hoping to be able to lead his people.



After the Azj'Aqir, the empire of the Aqir, was shattered by the Gurubashi and Amani trolls, the nerubians fled north and founded their empire in the northern wastes. It is unknown what effect the Great Sundering had on it, but they developed to a high culture with great architecture and created a kingdom beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend.[12] The capital was called Azjol-Nerub, with the whole empire sharing its name.

War of the Spider

When the Lich King became stronger, he began to battle with the nerubians in a conflict called the War of the Spider. The undead ultimately managed to enter the kingdom and brought its subterranean temples crashing down. Most nerubians were killed and resurrected, the surviving nerubians hid deeper.

The Frozen Throne

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

The remains of Muradin Bronzebeard's dwarves, led by Baelgun Flamebeard conquered an entrance to the empire. When Illidan Stormrage used the Eye of Sargeras to destroy Icecrown, the earthquakes freed the faceless ones,[13] which took over a part of the kingdom. The survivors and the dwarves were mostly killed when Arthas Menethil went through the labyrinth to reach Icecrown Citadel. Arthas also destroyed most traps and treasures, which were still hidden there.


Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

The Kirin Tor acquired the crown of the nerubian kings and put it aside for the nerubians whenever they decided to coronate a new one.[14] The Azjol-anak have led an effort to reclaim their people's cities.[15]

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

It is revealed that the nerubians have an enormous secret stash of their own eggs hidden safely so that after the Scourge has been wiped out of Azjol-Nerub, they can finally begin to repopulate their people.[16] The Azjol-anak are ultimately successful under Seer Ixit in slaying Anub'arak and reclaiming their home, thus beginning the rebirth of the nerubian empire.

Battle for Azeroth

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

An adventurer delivers  [Vorus'arak's Carapace] to the resurgent, and still friendly, Nerubian empire. Kilix the Unraveler receives and translates the writing on the carapace, thanking the adventurer for returning this piece of history to them with a small gift of Azerite.[17]


Main article: Azjol-Nerub#Geography



  1. ^ N [15-30D] Pupil No More
  2. ^ Seer Ixit yells: The rebirth of the Empire of Azjol-Nerub is upon us! Hear my call, brothers, and rise to reclaim what is rightfully ours!
  3. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. ?? - Their kingdom would become known as Azjol-Nerub.
  4. ^ Azjol-Nerub (instance)#Dungeon Journal
  5. ^ N [15-30D] Death to the Traitor King
  6. ^ War of the Spider (History of Warcraft)
  7. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 181
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. ??
  9. ^  [Cuffs of the Nerubian Empire]
  10. ^ H [15-30] The Lost Empire
  11. ^ Into the Shadow Web Caverns: "These warriors, however, never died. Foolishly, they still fight to liberate Nerub from the Scourge."
  12. ^ Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)#Quotes - "The Lich King yells: The Nerubians built an empire beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend"
  13. ^ The Forgotten Ones
  14. ^ N [80H] Proof of Demise: Anub'arak
  15. ^ Kilix the Unraveler
  16. ^ N [15-30D] Don't Forget the Eggs!
  17. ^ N [10-50] Vorus'arak's Carapace