Dwarfs are a rough and sturdy people that have made their homes within the realms of man. because of their low birth rate their populations are quite low so all-dwarf communities are almost non-existent. They have, however, made a comfortable home in the communities of mankind throughout Palantine. They freely work as artisans and smiths throughout the land and are even seen as “good luck” by some of the more primitive mannish settlements.
Dwarves are generally stocky and well muscled. ranging from 4-5 feet, they are dark in hair color, or occasionally bright red, which cover nearly every inch of their bodies. they live from 200-250 years. they reach maturity at around 12 years of age, at which time they can grow a full and rich beard. at that time they go through a cultural rite of passage and then they are considered adults. they can then become fully functioning members of society, generally by taking a trade they will carry with them their entire lives.
having advanced techniques in minig and smithing, Dwarven Steel is much sought after by warriors and brigands alike. much stronger and sharper than the Iron weapons produced by the other races. They are also one of the only races that can work magical material like Mithril, Laen and even legendary Eog.
Dwarves have one solitary city at the base of the Iron Step range in the Iron Spine mountains. it is commonly called Iron Forge but its dwarven name is Bok Thaumog (which means Home of Iron in their native tongue of Angswerden Brek). it is a massive structure built into the mountain itself. dwarves are generally loathe to speak of it casually with the other races and every dwarf reveres it with a sense of religious significance. In fact, each Dwarf must make a pilgrimage there at least once every 50 years. Throughout history it has been besieged by nearly every race on Palantine at one time or another but has yet to be captured (or even breached) though stories of the untold riches that dwell within are famed throughout the world, prompting the greedy and foolish to keep trying.