Mid Erntezeit to early Brauzeit
The quarantine held for two more days before the number of watchmen willing to abandon their families to guard the north of the city dropped to inoperable numbers. There was a brief flare up of mutations throughout the city until, in late Erntezeit, the mutations stopped.
The wizards, who had been attempting to purify the water for weeks, claimed success although the more educated amongst the city argued that whatever had been befouling the wells in the first place had become so diluted, it no longer had effect. The rumours continued to circulate that the Cult of Sigmar were to blame and whilst there were multiple rumours about what had happened in the Temple of Sigmar that day, many Middenheimers saw it as retribution for the mutation they had introduced into the city.
At the same time however, rumours continued that the Kislevites had brought the mutation down with them from the North. Whilst the city watch was at its weakest, the south of the city formed gangs and killed anyone of Kislevite blood they could find. This culminated in a slaughter in the Great Park that saw over 100 Kislevites, Nordlanders and Ostlanders brutally slain. The organisers of the violence were searched for, but a stony silence settled over the Altquartier and the Wynd, and the watch found it difficult to identify the ringleaders. Some claimed that members of the watch itself were involved.
Various rumours circulated about the slaughter in the Temple of Sigmar. Some said the Ulricans attacked because the Sigmarites were collecting artefacts of chaos. Most however said that the Deputy High Priest Claus Liebnitz had fallen into the grip of chaos and gone mad.
Schutzmann tried to stamp down on the rumour that a Daemon had emerged from the Temple of Ulric and laid waste to the city, but the evidence was too strong to deny and with the Ar-Ulric still campaigning with the Graf, and the Deputy High Priest dead, the Temple of Ulric dithered causing many to disavow the Ulrican faith.
The Brothers of the Axe were disbanded, with the few remaining members of the group leaving the city and marching north to find a glorious death in battle, or to regain their faith in the White Wolf.
Despite the slaughter at the West Gate, many mutants successfully fled the city. Over the next few weeks, many mutants were found dead, or weak in the surrounding area, as they were not prepared for life in the wilderness. Not all the mutants left the city however, and by early Brauzeit, there were rumours of enclaves of mutants hidden in the Altquartier, the Wynd and Ostwald districts.
The militia units Commander Schutzmann had requested from the Front, returned a few days after the events of the two temples, and helped re-establish order. The city was put under a tighter curfew and the temple of Ulric was cordoned off until the Ar-Ulric could return. A temporary church was established in Bernabau stadium for those holy stalwarts who continued to flaunt their belief in the White Wolf.
The remaining Bretonnian forces fighting the war in the North return to Bretonnia. The Graf returns to Middenheim in Late Erntezeit, and the with the major supporter of ongoing battle against the forces of Archaon gone from the front, the southern lords start marching homewards.
Fortunately, Archaon’s forces slow their harassment of Empire troops. Elven warships report a number of Norscan’s returning to Norsca in ships filled with plunder.
In Early Brauzeit, the Ar-Ulric returned and announced that an internal investigation into corruption in the Cult would be carried out.
Mid Brauzeit to Early Kaldezeit
The investigation is concluded, finding no evidence of corruption and exonerating Deputy High Priest Liebnitz of any wrongdoing. The investigation found that remnants of the 13th Middenland Militia smuggled a chaos Artefact into the city for unknown purposes and Deputy High Priest Liebnitz was slain trying to destroy the artefact (which the militiamen had hidden in the Temple of Sigmar). The investigation asks and leaves open the question of whether this was endorsed by the High Capitular of the Cult of Sigmar.
In reparations to the Kislevites, still nursing their wounds, the Graf announced that Immescheld would be turned over to those refugees who did not want to return to the north, and that they could start new lives within Middenland. Rulership of the town was given to Baron von Weeber, a minor Nordland noble who had lost his lands in the Storm of Chaos. Rumours amongst the nobles suggest the Baron went deeply into debt to win recognition in the Middenland court.
The refugees were given to the end of the week to either return to the north or to travel to Immescheld. Those that had not left were marched out of the city at spearpoint. Some refugees took to hiding in the poorer quarters of the city. The shanty town was dismantled.
Two weeks later the normally dour city held a carnival, including archery and swordplay contests, to welcome the return to normality and the defeat of Archaon and his forces and the freedom of the North.
Throughout this period, gruesome tales of torture, slaughter and mutation come from the north.
The North Road is opened once again, although this appears due less to the good work of the Armies of the Empire, now mostly returned to their home provinces, and more to the disintegration of Archaon’s armies as they start claiming regions of the north and preparing for winter. Travel up the North Road is still dangerous, but the elector counts of Nordland and Ostland strengthen their rule over parts of their lands.
Rebuilding of the Ulricsmund area is halted by the Engineer’s Guild when one of their members is found horribly mutated. Wizards declare the area free of taint, but the labourers refuse to return to work until Mid Kaldezeit after the High Capitular declares the area free of taint.
A number of new outlaw bands form and put a hold on all travel to Middenheim except up the north road. Patrols are sent out to deal with the outlaws. Three groups are captured, all found to be previous residents of Middenheim and all suffering some form of mutation. The patrols fail to find all the outlaws and trade and communication with the remaining empire is slowed.
The Temple of Ulric is resanctified, and the temporary temple is torn down. Political games between the two cults result in the Temple of Ulric bequeathing sections of the Ulricsmund to the Cult of Sigmar. Rumours abound that the Cult of Sigmar intends to build a new church in the Ulricsmund that eclipses the Temple of Ulric.
Winter snows come early this year.
Mid Kaldezeit to early Ulriczeit
Immescheld is attacked by Beastmen and overrun. The Graf is roundly criticised for failing to protect his new citizens by the southern provinces and he forces the Cult of Ulric to post the Knights of the White Wolf in the village over the winter, further weakening the Cult of Ulric’s power in Middenheim.
Communication between Middenheim and outlying villages grinds to a halt due to heavy snow and fierce bandit activity.
Olaf Schmid, a Brother of the Axe returns from his battles in the North. He tells a tale of fighting a battle alongside a white wolf against an orcish warband in Nordland. The Cult of Ulric use this opportunity to reassert the Ulrican faith and the people of Middenheim fall in love with the cold but handsome Brother of the Axe. The Brotherhood of the Axe had been disbanded but the Cult of Ulric create a new order called the Protectors of the North and install Olaf as its head.
Rumours swirl around the city regarding the intense politicking within the Cult of Ulric for the position of Deputy High Priest. The people call for Olaf to be appointed and the Ar-Ulric quickly sends the Protectors north to assist the people of Salzenmund.
In early Ulriczeit, the people are shocked by a series of bloody murders of Watchmen, and winters grip on the city eases with a week of unseasonably warm southern winds.
Commander Ulrich Schutzmann
Upon the Graf’s return, Commander Schutzmann was stripped of his position as a Midden Marshal. While he retained his position as Commander of the Watch, he has fallen from favour with the Graf and now reports to Maximilian von Genscher. He is reportedly very unhappy with the Cult of Ulric and has issued orders that vagrants, mercenaries and adventurers are to be escorted from the city if they look to be causing any trouble.
Father Ranulf acquitted himself well during the Ulrican invasion of their Temple. As a result of the deaths of a number of high ranked priests during that unfortunate event, Father Ranulf has seen his fortunes rise in the Cult and is currently being considered for transfer to Altdorf to gain further schooling in the faith.
Bruno still holds his job as errand boy for the Cult of Sigmar. He is currently trying to secure a kiss from the girl down the lane and is glad all that adventuring is over.
Deputy High Priest Claus Liebnitz
The Deputy High Priests body was held by the Cult of Ulric until the Ar-Ulric returned. Upon his return, his body was burnt and the ashes blessed and sanctified before being hidden within the Temple. In his belongings, multiple heretical texts are found. Although hushed up by the cult of Ulric, it appears as though the Deputy High Priest was exploring how to use Chaos artefacts to strengthen the miracles of Ulric.
Since fleeing the Sword and Flail, there has been no sighting of Gerhard. It is assumed he has fled the city.