Races: Dwarf

(dwarf)

Dwarves are the determined and stalwart plains-folk of Longeerie. Dwarves are easily recognizable by their stout builds, lavish and often decorated beards, and the dwarven markings on their face and writs. It is a common misconception that dwarves are short. This is not true, as dwarves are just as diverse in height as any other race. What truly makes dwarves stand out is their facial hair and their unique physiology. Dwarves do not age like other rages. While dwarves show signs of aging such as wrinkles or graying of hair, they do not experience any deterioration of muscle strength, changes in sleep, or deterioration of cognition like other races experience as they gradually age.

Costume

Two rune marks on face and one on back of each wrist The rune markings can be of any design, and even different for each location, but must be black and at least 1-inch x 1 inch but no more than 2 inches x 2 inches Encouraged but not required: Dwarves tend to have braided hair, beards, and wear simple clothing befitting of their worker’s lifestyle. Tunics, trousers, kilts, and woven wraps are all commonplace. Many dwarves choose to wear jewelry in their hair or beards. A beard ring is often given as a sign of engagement instead of a ring for a finger.

Physiology

Average Lifespan: 80- 90 Years Dwarves are stocky and thickly built people. They have small think hands which make certain tasks more difficult for them but still allow them to use the tools most common to their farming lifestyle, axes, and hammers. All dwarves have four rune markings on their skin. Two of them are on their face right above their beard line and then one upon the back of each wrist. Dwarves do not experience aging like other races. While dwarves mature and show the signs of aging like all other races, they do not experience “old age” or weakening of muscles, including internal organs, as they age.

Ecology

While originating in Longeerie, dwarves have spread across all Lokari. Some emigrated by being enslaved by gremlins and then escaping while on a trip serving their masters; some by personal wealth; others by being in a military force that broke apart or deserting; others still by using indentured servitude to earn their way to a new land. However, they came to their current homes, dwarves are readily accepted into most civilized cultures and recognized for their skills and hard work. Even those that don’t very much like dwarves will tolerate them as a contributing member of their society or at least a source of amusement with the bearded women.

Names

Dwarves do not have or follow any standard naming conventions.

About

There are a lot of ideas about what dwarves are like out there. Some of them are true and others could not be more wrong. Even others are up to interpretation that even the dwarves of Lokari would not be able to agree upon. Stone cow or stone sheep? Well, that is the most important question, isn’t it? First, we should clear up a lie that is as old as Lokari herself. Dwarves do not live in caves and they do not live in mountain peaks. In fact, the dwarves first originate from the rolling hills and plains of Longeerie, sharing their island with the gremlins. They have historically been effective farmers, herdsmen, and shepherds. In their homelands dwarves were known to breed the finest cattle, sheep, horses, and dogs. Now spread out around the world they still do but also have gained a reputation as some of the finest farmers of wheat, barley, oats, sugar beets, and corn. The fact that they have stubby little fingers makes this even more impressive. Dwarves have not always had a peaceful farm life, however. The Great Culling was a civil war amongst the dwarves, not that long ago in dwarven years, that erupted over the greatest and most important argument that could ever be. Some dwarves believe that the reason dwarves grow such long luxuriant beards is that there was a great stone cow that imprisoned the dwarven women and cultivated them for the finest beards; others believe it was a great stone sheep trying to replace its stone wool with dwarven beard hair. The legend of how and why will have to wait for another time. But the belief runs so deep in the dwarves that they fought a war when a dwarven king learned the truth. The result of this war is that followers of the stone sheep were defeated, and many were sold into gremlin slavery by the followers of the stone cow. It is rare for a follower of the sheep to admit to being such for fear of ending up with the same fate as their like-minded sheep followers. There are some dwarves that have chosen to enter indentured servitude to a gremlin. Gremlins normally treat their slaves well and some dwarves sought indentured servitude as a means to an end. One might gather from that story that true to the stories, dwarven beards are very important to them, and you’d be correct. Both men and women are capable of growing beards. It is a point of honor to have a long thick beard and a dwarf rarely chooses to cut it on their own. Dwarven culture used that to their advantage to avoid incarcerating their criminals. When a dwarf is found guilty of committing a minor crime as a first offense, the punishment is to have their face shaven. They are looked upon with the shame of smooth skin until sufficient time has passed for their beard to regrow. At that time their transgressions are forgiven, and they are considered to have paid their debt to the society.

Advantages

Can purchase Dwarven Weapons

Can learn Rage

Start with +2 Health

Disadvantages

+4 cost to Archery

+4 cost to First Aid