Shorter than humans, no more than 5’2" at their tallest, dwarves are none-the-less powerfully built and weigh as much as their human neighbours. Dwarves generally display the same range of skin tone and hair colours as humans, although their hair grows several times faster than humans and most dwarven men are found with long beards and women with long plaited hair. A week’s worth of hair growth on a human occurs within a day on a dwarf.
Culturally dwarves are nearly identical to humans culturally; they live in the same cities worship the same gods, and eat the same food. The primary difference comes from the dwarven work ethic placing Unita as supreme over Kaamata. This is likely and artifact of the dwarven migration north towards Pegbarrow. Additionally, many dwarves in the Pegbarrow area live within Lokington, which is a small settlement just north of the city proper that sits near a waterfall.
The dwarves have a history as mountain folk with strong family and clan ties. They generally find honour in hard work and self reliance. This usually means that dwarves expect each other to be able to defend themselves and their home, but at the same time are always willing to lend a hand in a time of need. That is of course unless those in need are a rival family with whom they are feuding. These rivalries can be bitter and often make no sense to anybody but those involved.
Dwarves have a preference to building into solid earth and stone. Far to the south where dwarf clans are the largest entire great halls are carved into the solid rock of the mountains, with outbuildings made of the excess minded stone and earth. Near Pegbarrow the lack of mountains encourages dwarves to build into hills or use stone to construct partially buried structures. Many dwarven homes are large by human standards but built partially into the ground, where the top half of the home is above ground, and the bottom half is dug out of the earth and a heavy foundation made of tight fitting stone blocks is used as the floor. The upper portion of homes is more of the same stone block and then slate roofing, or a robust lumber structure in the local style..
Dwarves prefer to adorn their homes with detailed geometric patterns and filigrees carved directly , as well as having a fondness for wool tapestry and animal furs and skins as rugs and carpets. Furnishings are sturdy and typically of straight forward and well crafted designs that follow the local style.
Dwarven names are composed of a given name, a family name and then a clan name. Each clan encompasses many families who may not be related by blood. The clan name is always preceded by the dwarven word “sklad” literally meaning clan.
Males Names: Cvitko, Cedomir, Dobri, Carpzov, Lachezar, Iziaslav, Naum, Obren, Radik, Stoil, Kaffka, Vladica
Female Names: Bronislawa, Idania, Kalina, Katerina, Libuska, Mecislava, Mirna, Rostinka, Olya, Snezhana
Family Names: Andreychuk, Benes, Hus, Kohút, Maslovaric, Nikolic, Sholokhov, Slovak, Slutskiy, Stojanovska
Clan Names: Ashcloak, Bristlebuckle, Drakemaul, Embersword, Oakheart, Leadborn, Redbraid, Trollsunder, Stormhand, Strongmantle