Dwarves are short and stout creatures mostly inhabiting Khazad-dûm. They are shorter than humans but taller than gnomes, taking advantage of their size when possible and relying on their robustness and strength when not. The average dwarf is steady, observant and composed both during work and combat, yet able to rage with fierce zeal and persistence when the situation calls for it. While a dwarf prefers to plan forward to overcome challenges, many of them easily lose their temperament and self-restraint when exposed to conditions stirring their feelings and concerns.
In past ages, the dwarves rarely left the safety of their mountain fortresses, spending their time on refining metal and stone into powerful weapons and beautiful jewelry. However, when the call to battle sounded, they rose up to defend their friends and allies with unmatched courage and valor.
Physical Characteristics Edit
Dwarves are a short and stocky race, and stand about a foot shorter than most humans, with wide, compact bodies that account for their burly appearance. Male and female dwarves pride themselves on the long length of their hair, and men often decorate their beards with a variety of clasps and intricate braids. A clean shave on a male dwarf is a sure sign of madness, or worse—no one familiar with their race trusts a beardless dwarven man.
Unlike most races Dwarves had no semblance of organized religion. Their mythology speaks of a Pantheon of gods that created The Realm and most dwarves accept the mythology as fact. Though unlike other races they don't worship or pray to these beings they believe created The Realm. Rather just acknowledge their power and existence.
In recent years many Dwarves have converted to the Church of the Holy Light. Despite the fact that most Dwarves find the church and their teachings silly at best, its membership continues to grow and its been projected that in the near future one out of every ten dwarves will be a member of the church.