The Enemy Within
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 for the Brigundians, with a founding that dates back to the time before Sigmar. The city centre 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 festivals. Most of these are small affairs, markets and exhibitions catering to the locals, though Averheim’s annual wine festival attracts connoisseurs and vintners from all over the Empire.
Averheim’s economy hinges on the cattle trade. It has an extensive dockland area from which leather goods, hides, and preserved meats are distributed throughout the Empire and the lands beyond. The town is infamous for its noisy slaughterhouses and stinking tanneries, and its many butchers’ stalls are usually well stocked with cheap fresh meat. In addition to cattle, Averheim does brisk trade in horses, and controls the lucrative trade route through Black Fire Pass.