Though no longer the undisputed dominant race in Dracia, Dwarves still maintain positions of power and influence throughout much of the world, and their mercantile networks are still holding out against the recent influx of Human and Halfling competitors. The few advantages the Dwarves maintain give many of the younger members of the race hope that they might see a return to glory within their considerable lifetimes.
Physical Description: Dwarves are a short – by Human standards – and stout people with rather blockish frames. Pale skin from generations spent in their dark, underground, homeland and copious amounts of hair for warmth are common features of the race. Large, well-tended beards are almost universal for Dwarven males, and the lack thereof is often a sign of extreme youth or exile. Though there are the rare few who keep clean-shaven in order to better fit in among the Humans with whom they deal.
Personality: Dwarves are a very shrewd people, on the whole, and often quite cautious – some would even say calculating. As well, a tendency for reserved natures often make Dwarves seem as stoic as the stone halls of Böl Gran. Despite this, Dwarves are rarely modest. Though they are not outright braggarts, many Dwarves enjoy a taste for fine clothing and jewelry and few would think twice about detailing his or her many exploits to a listener if even slightly prompted. This can often make politely ending conversation with a Dwarf nigh impossible.
Society: Dwarven society is madeup of a rigid and complicated interlacing of clans, castes, and unspoken social laws that can boggle the mind of any outsider. Though the “Highland Dwarves” who live among the other races oustide the depths of Böl Gran seem to play much looser with these social constructs than their subterranean kin, it is still a commonly held Dwarven belief that one is to accept the station to which he is born and live for glory and advancement of his clan.
Relations: Though Dwarves have historically enjoyed amicable relations with many of the the common races, their alliance with Humans shattered by the Moxxoral Betrayal, and the following string of conquests, have put them at odds with most races. However, since The Denier Rebellion, these tensions have eased somewhat. Though many Humans still view Dwarves as both traitors and oppressors these views are steadily being replaced by younger members of the race.
Alignment and Religion: The dieties most commonly worshipped by Dwarves include those who rule over and see to earth, merchants, and mercantilism. By nature, Dwarves tend toward structure and order so lawfulness is a common trait among them. Though goodness is common, Dwarves also tend to be rather practical, or even rapacious, in both their business dealings and moral decisions. This often finds them straddling neutrality.
Adventurers: Many Dwarven adventurers are mercenary warriors looking for easy gold with their natural battle prowess, and a fair portion of these mercenaries are exiles of their clans – if not Böl Gran itself. Additionally, many Dwarves find an aptitude for religious study and make excellent clerics who travel the countryside spreading the word and works of their chosen deity.