Dwarf

General

Classification:
Terra
Population:
Common
Sacred:
No
Life Span:
Up to 220 years
Origin:
Domrhask
Languages:
Common
Stat Modifiers:
3 HP, 0 MP

Physical Features

Complexion:
White, tan, brown, or black
Hair:
Brown, black, red, blonde, white, or gray
Eyes:
Brown, black, blue, green, or hazel
Height:
Men: 3'8 to 4'8 feet, Women: 3'6 to 4'8 feet
Weight:
Men: 140 to 200 pounds, Women: 130 to 190 pounds
Other:
While Dwarves may be shorter than all races on Khy'eras, their compact weight predominantly contains muscle making them worthy and durable allies in battle. Both genders are ordinarily seen wearing long, braided hair and male Dwarves sport thick beards.

Traits

Strengths:
Reliant on innate characteristics, a Dwarf draws vigor from frequent weapon training and knowledge in combat tactics. Their prowess is motivated by bravery and a chance to impress fellow kinsfolk.
Weaknesses:
If a person counted the number of times a Dwarf's stubbornness blocked a wise choice, that person would be richer indeed. Though Dwarves boast sustainment without magic, this has occasionally gotten them killed when they could have accepted a bit of magical healing. Some underestimated mage opponents, choosing not to accept that magic could ever triumph in contrast to the raw, brute force of a body.
Magical Aptitude:
It is unclear if Dwarves have any inkling of magic within them. There are no records and there are certainly no Dwarves willing to attempt or admit it. So while it may not be impossible, the age when a Dwarf could grasp the concept of magic has yet (or ever) to be determined.

History

The dawn of Dwarven history started with the sunset of the Irenohl who constructed the northern city, Domrhask. When the city was freed because of Bhelest's defeat, the formerly captured Irenohl broke their chains and regained control of their home. In doing so, the harder exterior of the golems cracked by a wave of energy and from inside, the much shorter and stockier Dwarves stepped forth. When the Dwarven race was created, the Irenohl became extinct, to not be seen again.

No one knows exactly why the transformation of the Irenohl occurred, but many speculate that it was pent up emotional energy being stored inside the stone creatures. During their imprisonment, the Irenohl worked tirelessly and without pause. They were familiar with complex work, but their tasks had never been based on warfare or hostility. The golems did not react to enslavement and were internally confused on whether or not to feel anger or sadness. The Dwarves, after the Irenohl broke, became a by-product of suffocated emotions.

To the Dwarves, a race that would become commonly described as stubborn, realistic, and hardy, this seemed like a tall tale of make believe. Though they agreed that they were birthed from an ancestry of rock creatures, Dwarves state their burst from the Irenohl is nothing more than motivation for control and independence. With their self-awareness and newfound status as a Khy'eras race came a sense of responsibility: that they could care for and sustain Domrhask.

Unfortunately, not all Dwarves came to an equal agreement about Domrhask's position. An abundance of Dwarves were bitter and filled with an intense hatred for those that had watched from afar as Domrhask fell. It was true that other cities were swept up in their own conflicts, but for the unforgiving Dwarves, this was not a valid excuse. They declared that Domrhask should seek dominion over Khy'eras and in retribution, enslave the realm's denizens. What's more is that they attempted to constantly over-mine resources from the magnificent tree Thraora that dwelled inside the mountain.

Because of this, these Dwarves were defied by their fellow kinsmen and banished from Domrhask. As they left the gates, they transformed into small, bony, and withered-looking creatures called "Goblins" or fierce, malevolent bodies with tusked mouths called "Orcs". Both of these races have dark gray, brown, or green skin tones allowing them to easily slither off and blend into the gloomiest parts of mountains or swamps that fester exclusively with decay. The remaining Dwarves in Domrhask worked together to return the city to its former grandeur. Though the Dwarves are exceptional when working alongside each other - claiming all are family no matter the blood - they are regularly unwelcome to outsiders, especially those who have embraced or wielded magic. Not to mention, Thraora's bark and leaves are constantly sought by visiting merchants, so they tend to keep a guarded eye on Domrhask's mines.

Nevertheless, should another adventurer (by chance) be granted the favor and companionship of a Dwarf, they would discover that Dwarf to be a life-long friend. Dwarves have proven to be durable allies in battles and exemplary people on subjects of weaponry, armor, and of course, ale of all flavor types.

Playing As

  • As defiant as they are to magic, a writer can craft a Dwarf that is more open-minded and willing to coast along with mage companions.
  • When a half-breed, Dwarves can cast magic. This comes with extensive practice, can be difficult to master, and is often hidden from less-accepting peers.