Updated: 7 May 2006
The Dwarves of the Heir, more commonly known as Lake Dwarves or Lakers, constitute the majority of Dwarves in the Sunterranse Federation. Their monarch, Cairn Gemfist the Maddock of the Dwarves, is the Head of State of the Sunterranse Federation, though the real power lies in the Executive Council. Lake Dwarves are a mystical and intense people who take everything seriously, be it melancholy or mirth.
The Steel Dwarves are the xenophobic faction of soldiers and officers whose military dictatorship ruled Axes Bithtat until the end of the Civil War. Their bulk retreated to the depths of Dreii Undermountain, and a few still live near the surface in certain corners of the Federation. They are as dark and sober as they are humourless and bitter.
The Dwarves of Kronos - known as Dari - inhabit the free market state founded on the far shore of Lake Seluna shortly after the Civil War began. It was never intended to be permanent and was always gripped by the need to feed the war effort. Today, wealth is an end and a good in itself for these Dwarves. Rather than join the Maddock and return to Axes Bithtat at the end of the war, they remained with their banks and stock markets and chambers of commerce. Kronos has no government and wants none. Dari are a cunning imaginative and almost invariably greedy people. If the first division of the Dwarves came with a crack that sundered the skies, the second came with a whimper and the tinkle of coins.
In the Federation, Dwarven surface colonies are concentrated in the provinces Lake Range, Dakar, Bithtal and Twareg. A few thousand are known to have ventured as far North as the Last Frontier.
All three Dwarven factions speak the same language, though they can easily tell one another apart, clan and faction, by their brogue.
Even Dwarves of the Heir, who live amongst so many other races, remain remarkably focussed on their own affairs. Live and let live... now leave me alone. Hmmm, Elven wine... enjoy drinking it where you wish. To Lake Dwarves, the fact that their ancient city and culture are at the heart of the Sunterranse Federation is a point of enormous pride - it shows just how smart these "frail races" actually are!
Dwarven languages are as per Sentarean rules for languages, not the PHB.
Only Dari get a racial bonus on Appraise, Steel Dwarves and Lakers get a different bonus, as listed
Typical Aignment: These alignments are not hard or fast rules for any of these races
Besides Common Dwarf racial traits from PHB 14, the three races of the Dwarves also receive the following adjustments: