The Grand County of Wissenland
state colours: grey and white
Elector: Emmanuelle von Liebwitz
Provincial capital: Wissenburg
Wissenland is a small province in the extreme south of The Empire, bordered on two sides by mountains. The Grey Mountains are the frontier with Bretonnia, and are the natural habitat of the Pegasus. The Black Mountains divide The Empire and the lawless lands of the Border Princes; they are exceptionally high and extremely dangerous, both for their unpredictable weather and the many Goblin tribes that live there.
Much of what is now Wissenland was once the province of Solland. Gorbad Ironclaw’s invasion of 1707 was disastrous for most of the southern Empire, but Solland was hit hardest of all. Count Eldred, Elector of Solland, was slain by Gorbad and his Runefang taken – Solland was so thoroughly burned and ravaged that its surviving population were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. By the time Gorbad had been defeated and reconstruction had begun, Solland was irrevocably absorbed into Wissenland. The Solland Runefang was eventually recovered, and now rests in the Imperial Vault at Altdorf, but the province itself now exists only in the history books.
Wissenland’s Elector is Countess Emmanuelle von Liebewitz, the most eligible woman in The Empire. The Countess famously spends all her time at Nuln, hosting extravagant parties, and has little interest in her province. The people of Wissenland, tough and independent, despise the Countess and the indolent city-dwellers. Lacking the military funding of Reikland or Averland, the Wissenland army makes heavy use of ambush and hit-and-run tactics, favouring horse-archers and woodsmen above artillery and massed infantry. Rather paradoxically, the province is also famous for its pike regiments, drilled at the capital Wissenburg.
See also The Ghoul King: a folk tale of Wissenland