Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Dwarves: Though the exact time is unclear, it is believed that the dwarves were an early offshoot of humanity who took to the hills and mountains rather than the open plains. Primitive dwarven clans are thought to have taken shelter in caves during winter months and, as tribes grew, would expand the cave systems. Eventually they lived in the caves year round, tending fields and crops in mountain meadows while mining deep into the planet’s rocky interior in search of metals and other rare finds. Usually a dwarven home consists of several hundred clan members and an extensive cave network that can extend for miles. In the days of conflict dwarves were commonly attacked by those ‘evil’ races who made their homes deep in the ground when their cave systems would connect. Dwarves grew a reputation as great warriors whose strength and ferocity and battle were unmatched. Dwarves retained many traits inherited from their elf like ancestry and are longer lived than humans with an average life span of 120-200 years. They also raise their young similarly except that it is taboo for most dwarves to marry or stay with one mate very long. This is a strangeness that many other races find unsettling, but as dwarves do not try and push their ways on others it is overlooked easily. While modern dwarves still live underground, they now have great cities, sometimes having carved out an entire mountain to contain them. Few dwarves mingle with other races, not because it is discouraged, but simply because dwarves are agoraphobic and are uncomfortable in open spaces. Dwarven magic, as can be expected is closely linked with the earth and stone.
- Physical Characteristics: Spending the majority of their lives underground in the small twisting passages of their cavern homes, dwarves tend to be shorter than humans, standing between 4 and 5 feet in height. They are heavily muscled and stoutly built, easily the strongest, physically of elves, dwarves and human. Unless they are mining, most dwarves go without shoes, as their feet have a heightened sense of touch and can feel vibrations through the stone. Since they work often in darkness, dwarves have keen pale eyes that can see well in near total darkness. Their skin is pale and their hair ranges from red to dark brown. On males, long beards are a sign of wealth and health and their hair is braided. Women do not braid their hair, nor do they have beards.
- See also Good Races