Aa, that is right, I am a dwarf living in a town of both HUMANS AND DWARFS. What is wrong? Just because it's unnatural for you does not make it unnatural for us! And don't compare us to those Dwarfs who have no spine to elect their own representatives!
There are few large Dwarven communities beyond The Dwarven Kingdom. Most keep to themselves and close to hills, creating forts or acting as nomads. Those who live in cities or towns are not many, mostly hundreds and not more than 600 of them. That is why Dunnd Dwarfs are a rare sight, being over 2000 individuals living in a trade town with a population of 7500, making them a fourth of the town's population.
Many uses of these odd dwarfs use Dunnd at the end or beginning of their family names. Some relate to the work their family has done for generations or after a deed an ancestor has done. Examples are Dunndstone, Dunndmill, Dunnddam, HammerDunnd and InnDunnd.
First nameDwarfs take pride in their family names, many mentioning a system of class, legend and veneration. The first name is more free-formed, having become more incorporated with Renvaren names.
My name is Wallvi, son of Ulrii. My sister's name is Finna. Probably you have never heard of these names if you met any other dwarf? Well, my grandfathers' names were Ulrik, son of Hedvar, and Erg, son of Lom. My great-grandfather Lom was more of a traditionalist with his name if I may say so, but Argemt Dunndfalcon over there has the most unique name of us all!
Many names have taken to the Renvaren's names, like Wallvi being part of Wallis or Finna being a morph of Fiona and Nina. There are some names that have become popular, like Travur, a morph of Trall and Velliam and Ygnis, from dwarven Ygrim and Renvaren Gern.
Culture and cultural heritage
These dwarfs have become a mix between the Dwarven traditions and the Renvaren traditions. They still have the traditions surrounding veneration of the Ancestors but has a mix in for the God Baalalem, the God of the Dead and Sick, who protects these dwarfs regardless of how they died and brings them home to the mountains. The community still has its own council with the three estates, the guilds, the warriors and the venerable clans where the last two are smaller than the first due to many families originally being from guild och trade families. Its de facto leader is an elected representative that sits for 25 years to represent the dwarfs in the Dunnd town council, something unheard of in other towns with dwarf inhabitants.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Even after half a millennia of decreasing contacts with their home brethren in the Dwarven kingdom, many customs are still upheld, like the burial rights where their remains are brought underground into a mound or the town catacombs to be buried or burnt depending on person's last will. They also have the famous "Venerate day" as called in Renvaren, where a celebration of old age is the main event where youths usually show their respects and children get to hear stories from their grandfathers.
Many of these dwarfs ancestors came from the Dwarven Kingdom when the Human kingdoms were allied against Nekuram. They were mostly chosen from blacksmiths and weaponsmiths who would teach their allies how to make better weapons and armour. Some would settle in Dunnd, at the time a small village where the dwarf used the waterway to make a water-powered smithy. Dunnd is a part of the lands belonging to the Kingdom of Ravero under the Count of Remn thus they are subjects under both these organizations.
Dwarves are my favourite race, I just have to read every article I see about them. Aemon