Ryum Chyimon (Ri-um Chi-ee-mon)
The Ryum Chyimon, Ryum for short, are a nomadic group of typically Dunne Dwarves who travel the desert, wandering after Sand Worms to search through their remains, looking for jewels and gems that were left behind. Scavengers in nature, the Ryum have developed a keen eye for all that glitter, being more in touch with trade and the general values of the neighboring world.
AppearanceWhile still being, for the most part, Dunne Dwarves, the Ryum have grown and changed over time to survive the intense heat of the desert. Their hair is kept piled on top of their heads in complicated twists and braids, pinned using a vast array of uncut gems and slick metals made from what they have scavenged over the years.
BeardsLike all dwarves, their beards are their pride and joy and much of their attention and love is given to their beards regardless of gender. The Ryum keep their beards trimmed short and clean, allowing it to grow thicker near their nose and mouth, both males and females alike, to act as a better filter against harsh sand storms and the like while retaining as little heat as possible. Gems and beads are still woven into their braids as decoration, some displaying the things they have scavenged, some just to show their skill. Younger Ryum like to weave Gin Daisys into their beards whenever their Kiuf stumble upon a wild patch growing on a sand dune or two.
Clothing and styleMuch like most other Dunne Dwarves, their sense of fashion remains the same: Bright colors and beautiful shiny things worn all over. Most have a thick scarf that is dyed several different colors and is made to protect their heads from the heat, being worn in a similar fashion to a turban, wrapping around their head and their complicated up-dos. All sorts of trinkets are woven into this headpiece, making it the center of almost every outfit. The rest of their clothing is often worn loose and breezy, keeping the sand out of their copious amounts of body hair and helping keep them cool. This clothing is usually cobbled together from whatever they could have found or bought in their trades since they rarely have the time to sit down and make cloth for themselves.
ScavengingAt their base, the Ryum Chiymon are scavengers. They chase after Sand Worms, picking through the sand piles they leave behind, looking for precious gems or metals or even the rare item left undigested from its last meal. These items they collect and care for, turning them into novelty items to trade at the next city they stop at.
TradeIf it weren't for the fact that their novelty items were incredibly beautiful and well made and their prices are ridiculously low, no one would trade with them. As it is, no good salesman in his right mind could turn away a Kiuf looking to barter. They rarely ask for money, looking instead for either cloth, food items, seasonings, thread and the like, or other things they can't scavenge. In return, the shopkeepers get intricate, handmade items that would go for 100-300 gp easily in a major city. Many turn right around and sell them for a heavily marked-up price, making what could be a fortune. Of these items, the most desirable happens to be the Sand Worm Tooth, something only recently made available by the Ryum and of which they have a monopoly.
R. Dylon Elder
I feel like dwarves get so little love nowadays. I really enjoyed this one. I like how you go through the differences with the ryum as opposed to other dunne dwarves. I think the best bit is trade. I like how they dont really ask for money, focusing on bartering for what they need instead. that's a nice touch. Well done!
Tis true, Dwarves don't get nearly as much love as they deserve. It's fun to think through cultural differences while still remaining a part of the whole on average including cultural values and how it would all interact. Thank you for your kind words, they are really making my heart happy :)
Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine
Absolutely love the idea of these nomadic Dwarves that roam the deserts, shunned and living out the outskirts of other civilised societies, kind of got a Freman from Dune vibe in my mind (Not going to lie, probably the sand worms). Just great to see a nice reimagining of Dwarves, defiantly a race that sadly doesn’t get enough love, I’m even guilty of that!
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
Aww, I really like the sound of these dwarves. They seem like a nice culture and I love the fact they barter. :D
Thank you! I think right now they are my current favorites. :)