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A Mysterious Brew: The Dwarven Language of Ale
By Enkryna Oldvarg-Mithskeller, Brewmaster of the Oldvarg Brewery in Zul Roram.

Unbeknownst to the taller races, there is an untold language of ale that is understood by most dwarves. When a dwarf crafts a brew, great thought and care is taken in the selection of notes that can be experienced in the ale's aroma and flavor. Each subtle nuance communicates a message to the taster of what the brewmaster intended for his or her creation. While there are an endless number of tastes that exist within the realm of available ales, I have chosen to include a mere sample of the most popular flavors of this modern day.

Flavor

Meaning

Old Dwarven Saying

Acetic

Magical sense.

May your facial hair tingle whenever magic is near.

Anise

Belching power.

May each belch from your mouth be better than the last.

Apple

Motivation.

You will find renewed vigor as you navigate your way in the twisting tunnels of life.

Apricot

Peace of mind.

Peace of mind will settle upon your soul like the mist of the morning.

Banana

Singing ability.

Your voice shall be a feast upon the ears of all around.

Barley

Family wellness.

Prosperity stands ahead in the road of life for your beloved kin.

Bitter

Gem sense.

The gems beneath the rough shall soon be in sight.

Bread

Artistic sense

Let your eyes see the beauty yet to be coaxed from the stone.

Brown sugar

Luck in love.

Your heart shall soon find the love that it seeks.

Caramel

Sweet disposition.

May your demeanor always be as sweet as this brew.

Cherry

Dreams.

May slumber bring you an endless treasure trove of dreams.

Chocolate

Spirituality and holiness.

Eonak's forge light will shine on you always.

Cinnamon

Evening energy.

The revelry has only just begun with the setting of the sun.

Clove

Strong teeth.

No sinewy meat shall be a match for your fearsome maw.

Coffee

General alertness.

Always shall you notice that which needs to be.

Coriander

Good digestion.

No food stands a challenge to your iron stomach.

Cream

Cooking.

Aromas from your kitchen shall bring kin from both far and wide.

Dry

Metallurgy.

The beauty of a slab shall be ever evoked from your skilled hands.

Fig

Sleep.

Let the blanket of slumber cover you quickly each night.

Flowers

Memory.

Even many years past shall be as clear as day for you.

Fruity

Work ethic.

Thousands of years of dwarven pride flow through you in everything that you do.

Fungus

Dark vision.

Let your eyes see even in the darkest of shadows and times.

Ginger

Circulation.

Fingers and toes be warm and nimble, no matter when or where.

Grass

Neighborliness.

May you always have a good neighbor or friend to share an ale with.

Herbal

Keep away bad spirits.

The spirits of misfortune and woe flee from your home.

Honey

Money.

Let your pockets never be without the comfort of coins.

Hops

Wisdom.

May the age of this ale impart you with the wisdom of its age.

Lemon

Healthy beards.

Your beard shall be as robust and vibrant as this brew.

Malt

Drinking capacity.

May your liver keep up with each drink you take.

Metallic

Battle sense.

May your axe blade be as steadfast and true as your dearest friend.

Molasses

Serene demeanor.

Let all your decisions be made with a head as calm as tavern after closing.

Moss

Stonework skills.

Let your chisel be true in finding the beauty buried within the stone.

Nutmeg

Flexibility.

May your joints be as well greased as a beard after breakfast.

Nuts

Writing.

Each day shall inspire your pen with an overflow of words filled with verve.

Orange

Healthy skin.

Radiant shall be your skin, strong and thick like a foamy brew.

Peach

Cold tolerance.

The chill breath of winter shall never freeze your will or spirit.

Pear

General prosperity.

If you seek fame and fortune, for you, it will surely come to pass.

Pepper

Strong muscles.

No hammer is too heavy for your stalwart hands and arms.

Pineapple

Humor.

Let yours be the first and last laugh at the humor in life.

Plum

Good travels.

Eonak guide your path in all the journeys that you shall take.

Prune

General good health.

Your days shall go without the troubles of sickness or disease.

Raisin

Animal bonds.

Four-legged friends can be as true as those with two legs.

Roast

Leadership.

Even strangers will follow your charge in the darkest of times.

Rum

Friendship.

May you always find a friend wherever your path takes you.

Salt

Mining sense.

The caves hold no secrets for you, veins of gems and metal are as plain as the beard on your face.

Smoke

Precognition.

The misty and ever-changing future parts to reveal a clear path to your eyes alone.

Soap

Purity.

Your soul is as clear and pure as a perfectly cut crystal.

Sour

Heat resistance.

The blistering heat of summer shall never burn your will or spirit.

Spice

Enigmatic temperament.

A mysterious aura will shroud you and obscure your true self like the bushiest of beards.

Sweet

Agility.

Nimbleness and speed are well within your grasp.

Tannin

Strong will.

Determination and a will of iron are the essence of dwarfhood.

Tobacco

Sense of smell.

Let there be no aromatic mysteries that your nose cannot solve.

Toffee

Dancing.

Even heavy dwarven feet can be as light as air when dancing with nary a care.

Vanilla

Hair growth.

Let your stein never be empty nor your pate be bald.

Wheat

Good harvests.

Feel the bounty of Imaera's touch in your stomach and in your fields.

Wood

Longevity.

May you live as long as the stone of the DragonSpine.

Yeast

Fertility.

May your brood grow as fast as the hair on your face.

 



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