Kislev is a minor faction in Total War: Warhammer and Total War: Warhammer II.
They are the northernmost nation of men, living between the civilized nations of men and Dwarfs of the south and the barbaric tribes of the Chaos Wastes to the north. Kislev appears in The Old World and Mortal Empires campaigns.
Though they have their own category on the Diplomacy screen, they still use the Empire unit roster, albeit limited to tier 1-3 units with limited heroes and hero mount options.
In Warhammer Fantasy lore, Kislev is strongly based on Russia, Poland and other Slavic nations. Kislev has one unit, the winged lancers, that is heavily inspired by the famous Polish Winged Hussars. But the most other units, culture and appearance inspired by myths and history of Russia and neighbouring lands had been under Russian patronage. The Kossars form both the backbone and standing army of Kislev, inspired by the Cossacks - Russian frontier settlers in steppes and foremountains in settles called "stanitsa" and led by atamans. Kislev is led by a Tzar or Tzarina and is a strong ally of The Empire.
The land of Kislev bears a unique magic not found anywhere else in the world: Ice Magic, also known as the Lore of Ice. This incredibly dangerous and deadly magic flows throughout the entire region, and its power is at its strongest inside its borders and in cold weather.
- Kislev is currently treated as just another faction in the Empire category, sharing the technology and graphics with it. However, it is a distinct subgroup in the game's files and has some unique commandments included, indicating its role might be expanded in the future.
- Their faction capital (not racial capital) is the city of Kislev in the Southern Oblast.