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Overview[edit]

Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment and their hard work.

Racial Traits[edit]

Feats[edit]

Dragonmark feats[edit]

Further information: Dragonmarks

There is one dragonmark carried by Dwarves - Mark of Warding, carried by House Kundarak.

Racial feats[edit]


Enhancements[edit]

Dwarf enhancements tree

Core abilities[edit]

Icon Enhancement Toughness.png
Dwarven Toughness: You gain 10 HP.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 1 Progression: 0 No requirements
ConstitutionColored.png
Dwarven Constitution: +1 Constitution
AP Cost: 2 Level: 4 Progression: 1 Requires: Dwarven Toughness
Icon Enhancement Toughness.png
Dwarven Toughness: You gain 10 HP.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 7 Progression: 2 Requires: Dwarven Constitution
ConstitutionColored.png
Dwarven Constitution: +1 Constitution
AP Cost: 2 Level: 11 Progression: 3 Requires: Dwarven Toughness
Icon Enhancement Toughness.png
Dwarven Toughness: You gain 10 HP.
AP Cost: 1 Level: 16 Progression: 4 Requires: Dwarven Constitution

Tier One[edit]

Requires Dwarven Toughness

Icon Enhancement Kundarak Dragonmark Focus.png
Kundarak Dragonmark Focus: +1/+2/+3 dragonmark use per day, +1/+2/+3 Search
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 Requires: Least Dragonmark of Warding
Icon Enhancement Iron Stomach.png
Iron Stomach: When you drink you gain a Remove Poison/+Remove Disease/+Heroism effect for 2 Minutes.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Feat Dwarven.png
Stout: +1/+2/+3 Balance and Saves against Poison.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements
Axe Damage.gif
Dwarven Weapon Training: Choose one:
  • Axe Damage.gif Axe Training: +1 to hit and damage with battle axes, dwarven waraxes, hand axes, greataxes, and throwing axes.
  • Icon Enhancement Dwarven Hammer Training.png Pick and Hammer Training: +1 to hit and damage with heavy picks, light hammer, light picks, mauls, throwing hammers, and warhammers.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 1 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Sacred Armor Mastery.png
Dwarven Armor Mastery: +1/+2/+3 Armor Class and Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 1 No requirements

Tier Two[edit]

Requires 5 APs spent in tree

Icon Enhancement Lesser Dragonmark of Warding.png
Lesser Dragonmark of Warding: Lesser Dragonmark Spell: Spell Resistance. No spell point cost. (Cooldown: 10 seconds.)
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 5 Requires: Least Dragonmark of Warding, Kundarak Dragonmark Focus
Icon Enhancement Tactics.png
Dwarven Tactics: Grants a +1/+2/+3 bonus on the DC of your combat feats.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Child of the Moutain.png
Child of the Mountain: You gain 2%/3%/4% Maximum Health and +1/+2/+3 Fortitude saves, but suffer -1/-2/-3 to Reflex saves.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 No requirements
Axe Damage.gif
Dwarven Weapon Training: Choose the same Training from Dwarven Weapon Training, Tier 1:
  • Axe Damage.gif Axe Training: +1 to hit and damage with battle axes, dwarven waraxes, hand axes, and throwing axes. +1 to hit and +2 damage with greataxes.
  • Icon Enhancement Dwarven Hammer Training.png Pick and Hammer Training: +1 to hit and damage with heavy picks, light hammer, light picks, throwing hammers, and warhammers. +1 to hit and +2 damage with mauls.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 5 Requires: Axe Training/Pick and Hammer Training (Tier 1)
Icon Enhancement Shield Mastery.png
Dwarven Shield Mastery: +5%/+10%/+15% Shield Armor Class and +1/+2/+3 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 3 Progression: 5 Requires: Armor Mastery of equal rank

Tier Three[edit]

Requires 10 APs spent in tree

Icon Enhancement Greater Dragonmark of Warding.png
Greater Dragonmark of Warding: Greater Dragonmark Spell: Radiant Forcefield. No spell point cost. (Cooldown: 1 minute.)
Note: Shares charges with Hands of Stone
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 10 Requires: Lesser Dragonmark of Warding
Spell Resistance.gif
Dwarven Runes: Gain +1/+2/+3 to saves against spell effects.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 10 No requirements
Icon Enhancement Stand Like Stone.png
Stand Like Stone: Action Boost: For 12/15/20 seconds you gain +10/+20/+30 Balance, Physical Resistance Rating, and stacking Energy Resistance, but have a 50% penalty to movement speed, sink in water, and cannot fly. (Cooldown: 3 minutes.)
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 10 Requires: Child of the Mountain of equal rank
Axe Damage.gif
Dwarven Weapon Training: Choose the same Training from Dwarven Weapon Training, Tier 2:
  • Axe Damage.gif Axe Training: +1 to hit and damage with battle axes, dwarven waraxes, hand axes, greataxes, and throwing axes.
  • Icon Enhancement Dwarven Hammer Training.png Pick and Hammer Training: +1 to hit and damage with heavy picks, light hammer, light picks, mauls, throwing hammers, and warhammers.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 10 Requires: Axe Training/Pick and Hammer Training (Tier 2)

Tier Four[edit]

Requires 15 APs spent in tree

Icon Enhancement Hands of Stone.png
Hands of Stone: (Cooldown: 30 seconds. Metamagic: Empower, Maximize. Spell Resistance: No.)
  • Earthgrab.png Greater Dragonmark Spell: Earthgrab (Target corporeal creature is grabbed by earthen hands and rendered helpless. (Reflex DC 10 + Level + Constitution Modifier Negates.))
Note: Shares charges with Greater Dragonmark of Warding
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 1 Progression: 15 Requires: Greater Dragonmark of Warding
Icon Enhancement Dwarf Fortress.png
Dwarf Fortress: While wearing full plate and using a shield, you gain +1/+2/+3 Armor Class, Intimidate, and Will saving throws vs. Fear, and you deal +3%/+5%/+7% additional weapon damage.
Note: This may not work if you wield a throwing axe and shield. See tests.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 3 Progression: 15 Requires: Stand Like Stone of equal rank
Axe Damage.gif
Dwarven Weapon Training: Choose the same Training from Dwarven Weapon Training, Tier 3:
  • Axe Damage.gif Axe Training: +1 to hit and damage with battle axes, dwarven waraxes, hand axes, and throwing axes. +1 to hit and +2 damage with greataxes.
  • Icon Enhancement Dwarven Hammer Training.png Pick and Hammer Training: +1 to hit and damage with heavy picks, light hammer, light picks, throwing hammers, and warhammers. +1 to hit and +2 damage with mauls.
AP Cost: 2 Ranks: 1 Progression: 15 Requires: Axe Training/Pick and Hammer Training (Tier 3)
Icon Enhancement Throw Your Weight Around.png
Throw Your Weight Around: Choose the same Weapon Type from Dwarven Weapon Training, Tier 4:
  • Icon Enhancement Throw Your Weight Around Axe.png Axes: You may use your Constitution modifier to determine the damage you deal with battle axes, dwarven waraxes, hand axes, greataxes and throwing axes.
  • Icon Enhancement Throw Your Weight Around Hammer.png Picks and Hammers: You may use your Constitution modifier to determine the damage you deal with heavy picks, light hammer, light picks, mauls, throwing hammers, and warhammers.
AP Cost: 1 Ranks: 1 Progression: 15 Requires: Axe Training/Pick and Hammer Training (Tier 4)

Additional Background[edit]

Physical Description[edit]

Male and Female Dwarf

Dwarves typically stand about 4 1/2 feet tall, but tend to be so broad, compact, and muscled, that they weigh nearly as much as a human. Skin colors range from deep tan to light brown, and eye colors are typically dark browns. Hair is usually black or brown, graying as they age. Male dwarves tend to also place great value in the appearance and grooming of their beards. Dwarves are considered adults about the age of 40, and often live into their fourth century.

Lands[edit]

The traditional dwarven lands are the Mror Holds, in the Northeastern most portion of what used to be Karrnath.

Some consider dwarves to have originally come from Frostfell (the snowbound continent at the north pole of Eberron) and migrated to Khorvaire sometime about 12,000 years ago (-11,000YK). Some dwarves are still to be found in Frostfell, going by the name of "Toldun Nordothak", or "Those who stayed".

Other clans claim that Dwarves sprung up from the soil of Eberron, created in ancient times to fight the aberrations of Khyber.

Politics[edit]

The Dwarves of Mror are typically organized into clans, with each clan claiming its own land, creating its own customs, and building its own holds. Traditionally the clans have a bloody history of fighting amongst themselves, and even today there are minor fights between them, but most of the fighting is done via political and economic maneuvering, with the occasional assassination.

During the Last War, the Mror holds claimed independence and formed their own country in 914 YK. At that time, the clans came together and formed a body called the "Iron Council", made of up representatives of each clan, which acts as a unified body for the dwarves. However the clans still rule within their own holds and often make their own contracts with outside interests.

There are currently 12 major dwarven clans in Mror:

Mroranon - The largest and most powerful. It has some of the best quality iron mines. It has feuds with Kolkaran (who rivils its mines), Soranath (an old feud between clan founders), Toldorath and Tordannon (who lobby to give a local orc clan full Mror clan rights).

Doldarun - Very wealthy with gold and silver mines in addition to adamantium and mithral mines. It is very involved in foreign affairs, but seeks to remain neutral amongst the clans with no current feuds.

Droranath - Has one of the poorest mineral resources. It often focuses on old traditions, creating many barbarian and fighter mercenaries, known throughout Khorvaire for their skills. Its constant skirmishes with the Jhorash'tar orcs causes feuds with the Toldorath and Tordannon clans.

Kolkarun - Are entrepreneurs and opportunists. Their feuds and alliances shift regularly. Currently it has alliances with Aundair, Karrnath, Zilargo, Talenta, the Emerald Claw, Mroranon, and Soldarak. It feuds with Doldarun.

Kundarak - Clan Kundarak is now often known as House Kundarak, a dragon marked house. It holds no position on the Iron Council, claiming neutrality as a dragonmarked house. But, it still has a lot of unofficial power.

Laranak / Londurak - Their one claim to fame is their legendary feud with each other. It was only through gifts, alliances, and political pressure where these two clans reluctantly convinced to join the Iron Council together.

Narathunhold - Contains several gemstone mines, and its jewelers are the best in the world. They often work with other clans to do the jewel work when items of great value are being crafted (ceremonial weapons, jewelry, crowns, etc.). It feuds with Droranath (who they claim reneged on a business deal) and the Toldannon and Toldoroath (who they claimed robbed them).

Noldrun - This clan disappeared 400 years ago. No one is exactly sure what happened to them. Their lands are often considered haunted and are avoided.

Soldorak - This is a very wealthy clan, and often uses its wealth and business deals to undercut the other clans, especially Kundarak. As such, most other clans often oppose Soldorak, the exception being Soranath who works with them to find markets for their goods.

Soranath - Have some of the best craftsmen of all the clans, and are often the buyers of the other clans raw materials. The other clans resent, but respect Soranath's skills. Only Mroranth feuds with them (ancient disagreement between clan founders).

Toldorath / Tordannon - These clans are long time allies. They also seek to grant the Jhorash'tar orc clan full clan status, but few other dwarf clans agree to this.

Dragon Marks[edit]

There is only one dragonmark carried by Dwarves - The Mark of Warding, carried by House Kundarak.

Society[edit]

Many dwarves worship the Sovereign Host, especially Kol Korran. (God of trade and gold.)

Dwarves speak dwarven amongst themselves, but many do know other languages - especially the languages of those they trade with. Although, when speaking to outsiders dwarves usually appear stoic and reserved - being careful to not say anything to give away any information that could be used against them.

Dwarves respect hard work, material wealth, and the ability to haggle. Showing ones wealth is often a way of proving the success and power you and your family or clan have.

Dwarves also have a love of fine objects that is often mistaken by other races as greed. When a dwarf beholds a finely crafted object, they do not desire just for the wealth it represents, but from a true appreciation for the work and skill that went into the crafting of that object.

Fashion amongst the dwarves is a riot of colors. Dwarves will often spend more money on clothing, jewelry, weapons, and armor than they will on their homes. The former items being what people will see daily. Armor is often enameled or lacquered, and covered in complex engraving. Weapons are also often gilded, painted, colored, and engraved. Jewelry is often not only a display of wealth, but also a display of clan rank, military honors, civic offices, etc.

Because of the value put on their weapons and armor, dwarves will often name their weapons or shields. And during the telling of battle stories it may be hard to distinguish whether they are talking about their shield, or a companion standing beside them.

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