Duerger

Physicial Description

Duerger stand only 4 to 4-1/2 feet tall, but they are so broad and compact that they are, on average, almost as heavy as humans. Duerger men are slightly taller and noticeably heavier than Duerger women. Duerger skin is typically obisdian black or dark red, and their eyes are dark. Their hair is usually black, gray, or brown, and worn long. Duerger men value their beards highly and groom them very carefully. Duerger favor simple styles for their hair, beards, and clothes. Duerger are considered adults at about age 40, and they can live to be more than 400 years old.

History

Duerger society is about clan, justice, honor, and seclusion. Without these ideals Duerger society would not exist or so they say… The Dwarves of the current age are as tough and determined as the Dwarves of old and they will stop at nothing to make sure their clans carry on…

During the Golden Age prior to the 1st Cataclysm the Dwarves very nearly wiped the Orcs, Goblins, and Yuan-ti out endagering them to a few surface dwelling populations… Even after the 1st cataclysm, no other race has as significant a foothold within the underdark and no Dwarven fortress has ever been recorded lost to an invading force of any kind though many were destroyed during the 1st and 2nd cataclysms…

It should be noted Duerger did not seem to exist before the 3rd cataclysm indicating some sort of mutation or evolution of Dwarf-kind during the 3rd age while the dwarves were learning their technological secrets… This fact has been reinforced by communication with these Dwarves as they indicate they are still Mountain Dwarves except in color and skill sets.

Duerger tend to be as xeno-phobic as their Mountain Dwarf counterparts and will not hesitate to use force to annhilate a hostile force to protect their homes and people… Still, these Duerger will not discuss the change in their skin coloration. It is also not known why Duerger distinguish themselves between Mountain Dwarves in prefence to calling themselves just Mountain Dwarves… It is commonly believed the term has some “clan” or family meaning…

They now view other races with contempt with exception to the Mountain Dwarf who they work with in every aspect. It seems the Mountain Dwarves are the scientist and engineers while the Duerger act as the military and workforce. But other details on this arrangement are quite unknown other than it is more likely to meet the Duerger forces rather than Mountain Dwarves.

Duerger carry “Boom” bracelets which detonate upon a distinct word, phrase, or just banging them together by the wearer. Duerger don’t hesitate to use them if they are losing a battle or if they are to be captured. As to date, the removal and study of these devices has never been successful. These devices do display the kind of resolve and sacrifice they are willing to make to be victorious… Mountain Dwarves are also known to wear these devices, but usually as rings and the explosions tend to be far worse…

Duerger

The Golden Empire JohnMadak