Founded in 15 I.M., the early days of the Dwarven Preservation Corps amounted to little more than a forum in which Dwarves
could share their stories of mining in the Great Furnaces
and some locations in the Underdark
. These stories were not recorded so many of them became oral histories that were retold year after year. For roughly fifteen years, this was the entire purpose of the Corps.
Beginning in 1 E.A., the mission of the Corps shifted when a young Dwarf
named Dorbek Greybeard
brought up the possibility of actually delving into preservation. From there, the idea grew to preserve old mines that were important to the history of the Dwarven Kingdom
so that future generations could view the place where many mining technologies had begun. Even in the somewhat slow moving society of the Dwarves
, roughly seventy mines were preserved in the first five years.
As the preservation projects grew, talks of educational projects and the reformatting of the Master Craftsman certification became more prominent. Many argued that one could not be a Master without first learning about the history of their craft, especially mining. The preserved mines could easily be turned into teaching locations with the aid of various Master Dwarves
from across the region.
From shortly after the conclusion of the Eldritch War
, the Dwarven Preservation Corps became a educational organization, eventually opening up their teaching beyond just the Dwarven Kingdom
. Other kingdoms and empires received permission to send many of their craftsman to the Dwarven Kingdom
to learn from the masters of the Corps. This helped to heighten relations between the Dwarves
and other races after the fallout that occurred during the Eldritch War