Kurgan Ironbeard was the High King of Karaz-a-Karak during the time of Sigmar. In IC -15, the King made a journey overland to attend a wedding of one of his kinfolk in the Grey Mountain holds when he was captured by a party of marauding Greenskins. The King was subsequently rescued by the young prince Sigmar, and gifted the warhammer Ghal Maraz to him in thanks. Subsequently, Kurgan made treaties of friendship and trade with the Unberogi that helped them to grow in strength and prosperity, uniting the tribes of man under their leadership. At the Battle of Black Fire Pass, Kurgan lead the Dwarfish forces alongside the united twelve tribes of men under Sigmar's command against the mightiest Waagh! ever seen.