The Enemy Within
Averheim, the capital of the Grand County of Averland. The death two years ago of Count Marius Leitdorf (aka “the Mad Count”) at the Third Battle of Black Fire Pass, left Averland without an Elector, and Averheim and unsettled city. The nobles squabble over the succession, struggling to ally themselves with the eventual winner or delay the resolution as long as possible. The city bureaucrats and officials stagnate and, with no clear leadership, drift into political graft and corruption.
Averheim, the capital of the Grand County of Averland, is one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the Empire. It is also amongst the oldest. Averheim was an important settlement of the Brigundians, with a founding that dates back to the time before Sigmar. The city center is positioned on a rocky bluff that overlooks the River Aver. This elevated seat gives the Averburg Palace a commanding view, and protects most of the city from floods when the Aver bursts its banks (as it regularly does after protracted rain). The outskirts of the city have spread beyond the bluff in recent times, and there is even a small outlying district of Averheim on the north bank of the river.
Next to the palace is the Plenzerplatz, a large market square that often hosts fetes and festivals. Most of these are small affairs. Halflings, due to the Mootland Rebellion, are not permitted to set up shop at the Plenzerplatz and are often treated as second class citizens. It is the violent suppression of the Halfling Rebellion which granted the title “The Mad Count” to Marius Leitdorf.