The Old World is the continent of the Warhammer World where most of the Human nations are based. It is a rough equivalent to the historical continent of Europe on Old Earth during the late medieval and early Renaissance periods of human history. The Old World is home to the nations of (among others) the Locations#The Empire, Kislev, the forest of Athel Loren, as well as a few of the Dwarf holds.
In the past, before the rise of humans, the Old World was ruled by Dwarfs and Elves, until the 'War of the Beard', and ruins of ancient structures built by these races still scatter the coastlines and high mountains.The Old World has been invaded many times over the years: Greenskin hordes from the Badlands to the south, Chaos incursions from the north, Skaven attacks from their underground lairs, unrelenting armies of the Undead, and large scale raids by Dark Elf fleets have all threatened to destroy one or all of the nations of man. However, human lives are relatively short, and over the generations the memories of these events fades into myth and legend, and they become nothing more than stories to scare children with at bedtime.
The dangers faced outside the borders of the Old World prevent all but the most adventurous and foolhardy from venturing out into the wider world. Contact with the High Elves and Dwarfs is maintained by most nations, mostly for reasons of trade. Generally speaking though, the vast majority of the settled population knows little about the world beyond the lands that they call home.
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For more in-dept lore, vist the Warhammer Fantasy entry of the Old World