While 'His most Imperial Highness, Emperor Karl-Franz I von Holswig-Schliestein, Grand Prince of Altdorf, Count of the Reikland, Protector of The Empire' is the official name of the current ruler of the Empire, he is most of the time simply known as Karl Franz or The Emperor. Karl is the latest in a series of Reikland Emperors who have ruled for nearly a century. The Reikland Emperors are known for their reformist and modernizing tendencies; his grandfather, Emperor Mattheus II tried to establish a national constitution for the Empire, and succeeded in establishing parliamentary government for the province of Reikland. Karl Franz is often said to be the greatest statesman of the Old World, having brought the Empire through several invasions and crises during his reign. He is a formidable warrior, often leading the Imperial armies into battle riding on his griffon, Deathclaw. As Emperor, he wields Ghal Maraz, the fabled Dwarf-crafted Hammer of Sigmar, and he also carries the Silver Seal, an enchanted medallion which protects its bearer against spells.
When the Chaos Plague first revealed itself, Karl Franz attempted to establish quarantines, but the Chaos plague defeated all efforts to contain it. Even in the face of the riots inspired by Morrslieb turning red, the Emperor did not forget the ancient duties of his people to the Dwarfs, dispatching several regiments to go to the aid of the High King, as he faced the Greenskin onslaught. When the Chaos Champion Tchar'zanek launched his invasion, Franz reacted swiftly by calling together the Kings of Ulthuan and Karaz-a-Karak to form a Council of Wisdom to coordinate the military alliance between Men, Dwarfs and Elves, and by forming the Order of the Griffon to give him direct control over the war effort in the northern provinces and bring the scattered forces of the Empire into a united front against the Great Enemy.
|WAR Army Leaders (Kings)|
| Karl Franz • Thorgrim Grudgebearer • Finubar the Seafarer|
Tchar'zanek • Grumlok and Gazbag • Malekith