to the Elves and Humans, the Dwarves also founded an
empire, though one more limited in scope. They did not
challenge the other races control of the land, for the
Dwarves were more interested in what was underneath
it. They made their home in the mountains. There, they
found gold, silver, mithril and other materials. The
vast underground cities of the Dwarves were, however,
little known to other races, for the Dwarves allowed
few to enter and see their riches.
The Dwarves were split into many clans, each dwelling
in a range of hills or mountains. Ruling over all was
the line of Khazi Khazar, who founded the greatest of
the Dwarven holdings, the city of Kalaza. His line served
as the Dwarven Overking for thousands of years. Little
is known of most of these years, as the Dwarves do not
offer their history freely. Most of this history, however,
involves their never-ending war with the other mountain-dwellers,
the orcs. The Dwarves have been battling orcs, and their
larger thralls, the trolls, for generations.
The Khanshael began as enslaved dwarves to the Dhe'nar
elves. However, after service to the elves over thousands
of years, the line between master and servant has blurred.
These days, in times of war, dark dwarves have been
seen fighting along side the Dhe'nar. Nothing is as
frightening to a war force as a field full of dark dwarves
with heavy hammers in hand.
All in all, the dark dwarves are one of the few examples
of a sub-culture that has risen, through its own talents
and productivity, from the class of slave to that of
valued merchant class. In Dhe'nar society, to harm a
dark Dwarven artisan is an offense punishable by death.
To the Dhe'nar, these are a protected people who serve
them. In return for that service the Dhe'nar protect
and shelter them.
Other Dwarven Clans
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||Vegetation and Toadstool Farmers
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||Kherram Olt Dzu§
* Town is not underground.
§ Town is near Roska-Tor
Town is under the Human Empire
See also: Dwarf
of Elanthia, A
History of Dwarves, The Dwarven Language of Ale