The Ashen Empire
The dwarves are a dour and industrious people, born from the stone and the blood of the titans. They were lead aboveground by their god Ravvus the Unbreakable. However, in the years since, In order to preserve their vast underground cities and ancient traditions, some have given in to the demands of the Emperor, creating ever-advancing magical and mechanical weapons. Others wage war against him, in an effort to return the world to what it once was.
Most hill dwarves come from Flintmantle, the chief weapons designing and manufacturing facility. Most of them are loyal to the Emperor, or at least accept that the only way that they can retain any semblance of their old life is to follow him.
Most mountain dwarves originate from Greywall, the ancient, ancestral home to the dwarves. Fierce warriors, they rejected the Emperor’s offers and now wage war against him. Deep within their ancient underground city they forge great weapons and train great warriors.
Dwarvish tradition favors strength and honor, but their ancient traditions warn against arcane magic. As a result, dwarvish characters often favor the Barbarian, Cleric, Fighter, Monk, and Paladin.