The Valley (Name subject to change)
The Nation of Dwarves
The dwarves are a proud race of stout craftsmen and warriors. There’s is a highly ordered and hierarchical society with a healthy pinch of xenophobia. These qualities are more commonly attributed to the mountain dwarves who dwell under the ground. Their surface dwelling cousins the hill dwarves however are much more personable and serve as the crucial link between their isolated cousins and the outside world. Dwarven culture and society is very materialistic and power is associated heavily with wealth and owning items and art of great value. Dwarves are often proud and boastful in emulation of the behaviors and actions of the legendary dwarven hero, Gadrun. Countless songs, paintings, statues, and plays pay homage to this heroic figure who stands at the core of modern dwarven culture. This massive influence has even supplanted the reverence once held for god of the dwarves, Tolvir.
The Great Records of Gadrun:
Also referred to simply as the “The Great Records”. These records contain the exploits of the hero Gadrun. His adventures, battles, deeds, and victories. It is in the manner of this dwarf who bested even the god Tolvir that modern dwarves seek to imitate. On rare occasion new tales are added to the record when a dwarf arises who so closely emulates Gardun’s values and achieves some marked greatness in the eyes of the dwarves. Dissidents towards the records are few and quiet, making claims that the records have been altered and changed to better suit those in power, such claims however are widely dismissed.
God of order, artifice, and community. Tolvir extols the virtues of patience, cooperation, humility, loyalty, and dedication and stands as a stark opponent to the forces of chaos. It was under his unifying influence that the dwarves of old came together and prospered, fighting back the vile drow to claim and raise the massive kingdom the dwarves are so well known for today. Worship of Tolvir has greatly waned however with the influence of Gadrun and their turn to a more secular culture. It is believed that Tolvir still resides deep under the dwarven kingdoms but he has gone unseen and unheard for quite some time.