Dwarves

DWARVES


Also known as:

The coblynau, or the mine fairies; Lucharacháin; Old Norse Dvergr, Old English Dweorg, Old High German Twerg, Proto-Germanic Dwerga

Both genders of Dwarves are short (only about 4.5 feet tall) and stocky. Male Dwarves have long, bushy beards. While female Dwarf avatars can’t have beards, there is offhand reference in the lore to some famous bearded Dwarf women.

Perhaps  this is an oblique reference to the scene in P. Jackson's The Two Towers in which Gimli explains that Dwarf women do exist, even if humans think they don't, and Aragorn says, "It's the beards."
They’re hardy. The galoot connotation (see above) necessarily involves a certain toughness, which the Dwarves display plenty of. Their lore actually presents them as almost golem-type figures: they’re descendants of the Earthen, an ancient people crafted out of stone by the Titans. An ancient calamity made the Earthen lose their stone skin and turn to flesh, but the playable Dwarves have a racial ability called Stoneform that lets them turn into stone temporarily.

Dwarfs can be Welsh. Beer swilling miners with awesome beards and great story telling traditions, but with an awful predilection for hairy-lipped ladies.

Dwarves lead lives of rugged splendor in their mountain range communities, where they often spend their entire lives within the stone, mining for gold, silver, and precious gems. These they use to decorate their extensive and grandiose underground cities as well as for commerce.

They are a long-lived race, much like the more eye-pleasing elves; but like the elves, they too have their valuable assets and their secrets.

Their bodies are stocky, sturdy, their faces ruddy from their mining and mineral extraction processes, and their chins bearded, often on both sexes.
Dwarves enjoy magic and its trickery  but do not use it to rise above other races or to twist the world around their fat fingers. They are a very physical and defensive people, and will take their axes, their preferred weapons of battle, to bear upon anyone who questions their gods or their manners. Never insult a dwarf about his smell or his god or his choice of drink or women. And never cross an angry dwarf. Most of all, do not attempt to cross blades with an angry, drunken dwarf who hasn’t been home to his people in some time and desperately needs a woman!


Appearance

The dwarven race is taller than the more slender Halflings, but shorter by far than an average human. The average dwarf can grow to be anywhere from 3'5 to a solid build of just under 5'. They are by nature stocky in appearance, with broad torso and stout limbs; while hands and feet large with short plump digits. Their facial characteristics tend to lean towards the flat and ruddy, though it is not unheard of to hear one called 'handsome' or 'striking', but you would hardly ever find one being called pretty or delicate.

Your average dwarf can have hair and eye color ranging in styles much like humans; however, a majority of the race tend to favor deep earth tones with hair, russet reds, browns, blacks and a mix thereof, while eye colors can be a deep earth brown to as bright as polished gems. Often the coloring of the dwarf is a good indication from what Clan or part of the world they hail from.

By far the most predominant feature of the Dwarf is their beard, something each and every member takes pride in from the onset of puberty. It is a status symbol among both sexes and can often denote rank or hierarchy, thus why the absence thereof tends to make for a shunned member who is either rogue or clanless. The lack of a beard is a taboo that most dwarfs will fear, not to mention the sheer unattractiveness within their eye of seeing a naked chin, instead of a thick well-groomed twist of coarse hairs. Nothing drives a male dwarf wild then a well endowed female dwarf with an equally well-endowed set of chin hairs.

Society
The Dwarves are a hard, sturdy people that make their homes in the mountains and hills of Seamaide. Their homes range from fearsome mountain fortresses of nearly impregnable might to the small and quaint villages made of sturdy houses and burrows carved into the earth. This allowed the dwarves to keep to themselves for quite some time during the first few millennia of their existence; however, after the Clans had shifted and grown, they were discovered by the Elves. Word spread of both the impressive sight of their underground homes, as well as the infamy of their Craftsmen and the riches they took from the earth.

This is a closely-knit people, often keeping to their friends and family and holding to a strong hierarchy and traditional values. These traditions are often seen in the work they produce; great crafters, metal smiths, and woodworkers, from pauper to leader, each responsible for adding something intrinsic to the community they live in. The Dwarves honor hard work wrought from one’s hands, and fearsome is the equally fervent belief in personal honor, loyalty, and a strong mind that shapes who that dwarf will become within the mix of things. Because of this, if you manage to earn the friendship of a dwarf, you’ve earned a friend for life.

The Dwarven people are ruled over by a council of leaders comprised of members from each of the clans, who meet once annually to discuss matters of importance. It’s not likely though that any point raised during these meetings will often come to a resolution; dwarves are a stubborn lot, and often little to nothing is accomplished because of this. However, should a clear and present danger present show itself to all dwarven people, they are quick to cast aside their normal differences and embrace each other as a unified, as an army of power that few can rival.

Entertainment and Taboo's
As any dwarf may tell you, “No one works harder than a Dwarf, so then, no one celebrates harder than a dwarf either..” One of the greater gifts to have come from the dwarven people are some of the strongest alcoholic beverages available on the continent. Not content to simply make these drinks, dwarves are known to almost never be without a mug of the strong brew within their hands. Thus is it considered taboo by mature adults of the dwarven race to practice sobriety; such an intricate part of a tradition and who they are, to turn down a drink, is to open oneself up to ridicule and derisive comments.

Where there is drink, there will certainly be a Dwarf in some standard or another, and where there is a Dwarf, a good fight is almost surely to be had. Never intentional may be the solid rebuttal of responsibility, yet the race is most notorious for their fiery tempers and mule-headed stubbornness, for which they are often the cause of countless brawls and fights. Over time, this has developed into a type of sport for the sturdy people; their eyes take on a strange gleam as their muscles surge as they throw themselves into battle. Indeed, the dwarven people are known for the incredible power and savageness of their berserkers. It is no wonder after so much carousing and brawling, that that same temper can translate into quite a lustful and passionate people. They are often brought to their ripest when they’re in the middle of a night of heavy drinking, fighting or back from a long day of work.

One of the surest ways to rouse a Dwarf’s temper is to ridicule or try and yank on their beard. Their society has made the beard a symbol of maturity, rank, and prowess within the Clans, for both males and females. For another to yank on a dwarf's beard is to invoke that burning temper that makes the short beings known and feared. To cut or burn a dwarf's beard is to make an enemy for what is most likely to be a very short and violently ended life. It is perhaps one of the few reasons they look upon the elven race with some pity and apathy, a beardless race as that, surely could not be as great or prosperous.

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Advantages

Craftsmanship:
Dwarves have a sense of the nature of the worlds building materials. When a dwarf, their entire life spent learning the intricacies of their trade, works on a project, their skill and love for their work are easily seen in it. As such, a dwarf is often considered to be a master of their profession far earlier than others, and when they finally master their craft, the works they produce are nearly unrivaled.

Tolerance for Drink: 

"A sober Dwarf is No Dwarf!" as the saying goes, but what few realize is how much it takes to actually de soberize a dwarf! After all! When your body is built mostly from solid muscle, even if it does come in a small form, and you have been drinking since you were weaned from your mother's breast, a tolerance for alcohol is developed. As such, it takes far more alcohol than would be expected to impair a dwarf.

Disadvantages

Non-Sobriety:

While it takes a lot to get a dwarf out of the unstable (for a Dwarf) state of Sobriety, They are able to keep that state with a reasonable amount of alcohol, and Dwarves will go to great lengths to keep themselves inebriated. "Never stand between a dwarf and his drink" as the saying goes. In fact, it is nearly considered a crime against their nature to practice sobriety in any measure. After all, when under the grip of their Ale, Dwarves find their blood pounding through their veins, their bodies searching to prove themselves, to erupt into action, into a fight. While the fight may be rough and filled with fury, dwarves usually do not hold animosity to those they fight; they are just a natural occurrence.

Body limits:
Gymnast, Acrobats, Supple, All powerfully descriptive words, and True when describing things other than dwarves. Dwarves are short and stocky, muscle-bound and dense. They make great fighters; however, dwarfs will general keep from the more aerobatic of professions. In fact, flying tends to get a Dwarf downright queasy in some cases, and skills such as contortion or dance tend to be limited to the flex of an offensive finger or the seesaw motion they take when drink has been indulged. Thus, will a Dwarf go to some extent to deliberately avoid such professions, skills or other acrobatic and aerial past times.