" I lived a long life among the Dwarves long before I became a seeker of glory. I was already well-known as the best wordsmith in my town, even before I set to words what I am writing now. All would come with clever book bindings or new writing implements in exchange for a copy of my writings... It was sad to leave them behind to make my way in a world full of the Taller Ones. " ~ Alan the Adventurer, Tales of Discovery on Earth
2 hands with 4 fingers each; 2 arms; 2 short legs; 2 feet with 5 toes; 1 head with 1 mouth, 2 small eyes, 1 large nose, 2 ears, 1 brain, and hair that comes in shades of brown and blonde; 1 heart; 1 large lung; 2 kidneys; a digestive system that separates food and drink; two genders distinguishable by beard growth in males only and different sexual organs.
Growth Rate & Stages
Dwarves grow at a slower rate than humans, only becoming mature at 30.
Ecology and Habitats
Intelligence means they can survive in a variety of climes. Initially, they were meant to be cave-dwellers.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Dwarves are mostly consumers of meat and cave fungi, although they are equipped to deal with a large variety of foods.
The centre of dwarven society is the hold; a hold is a self-sufficient community, ruled by a noble or group of nobles. Due to its need for self-sufficiency, everyone in the hold pitches in to make sure it stays that way.
Well-known for their faces, which grow long beards and look as though they were chiseled from stone.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Found in most mountainous regions of Endaman, although a few dwarves can be found in many large cities.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
-Visual: very good -Smell: very good
Magic: relatively uncommon (1 in 400)
Civilization and Culture
Names are commonly kinds of rocks or minerals, but many are named for rulers or historical figures.
Average Technological Level
Dwarves have slightly better technology than their human neighbours due to their magical superiority and fondness for invention. All the same, this is basically late-medieval in scope.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
There is a common trade language between dwarves, but the major language can be split into five dialects depending on which mountain range they call home.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
15 Frostmonth is the observed festival of Srêtânen, which marks the date of their creation by the god Sret. Otherwise, certain festivals are important to certain groups and towns.
Common Myths and Legends
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Most dwarves get along with humans. What few dwarves that have travelled beyond Endaman have seen some of Renathian Dwarf culture, which is a big fascination among the general dwarf population.
4' 9" (5 handspans).
135 lbs. (408 IS's)
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
The various ethnicities of dwarves each have specific skin colours.
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