Mountain Dwarf

Physicial Description

Mountain Dwarves 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. Dwarf men are slightly taller and noticeably heavier than dwarf women. Mountain Dwarves’ skin is typically deep grey or light red, and their eyes are dark. Their hair is usually black, gray, or brown, and worn long. Mountain Dwarf men value their beards highly and groom them very carefully. Mountain Dwarves favor simple styles for their hair, beards, and clothes. Mountain Dwarves are considered adults at about age 40, and they can live to be more than 400 years old.

History

Mountain Dwarf society is about clan, justice, honor, and seclusion. Without these ideals Mountain Dwarf society would not exist or so they say… Since the Golden age (Prior to 1st age!) these staunch defenders of the underground have fought adversity, built marvels in the within the deep, and survived where no other race dares tread… 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…

Mountain Dwarves have watched the other races for the last 4,000 years and have come to a conclusion that all wars being fought are folly, but they are loathe to discuss why… They have sealed themselves off with the technology they have unearthed after the 3rd cataclysm and are preparing to use it for some purpose… Making many other races VERY nervous!!!! It is currently believed these Dwarves believe they are the only ones who can/will save the world…

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

Still other races scramble to investigate Mountain Dwarf sitings and if possible capture or aquire their services… To the current date no attempts to capture a Mountain Dwarf have been successful as they will commit suicide before capture to hide their knowledge… Capturing a Duerger meets with a similiar result as most Duerger carry excessive explosives…

Mountain Dwarf

The Golden Empire JohnMadak