Frost Dwarves

Although dwarves live predominantly in mountains,
they always live above the snow line. A few tribes have
carved vast complexes in the sides of glaciers, but the
constant movement of the ice sheets requires them to
forever create new tunnels. Still, the rewards of fi nding
rare black ice can make it well worth the effort.

When the advancing ice and snow covered many of
their more northern homes, frost dwarves built new
realms closer to the Hearthlands. Where once there were
only a few isolated tribes living in the high mountains,
the increased snow and ice has enabled them to create
new homes in what were once temperate mountains.
A few tribes are even branching out into hilly terrain,
searching for veins of gold and silver in lands previously
considered unsuitable for long-term habitation.

Frost dwarves are often expert crafters and armorers,
though their forges burn with coldfi re, a fi re which generates
intense cold rather than heat.

Although dwarves trade with the other races, they are
mildly xenophobic. Their icy homes are vast fortresses,
fi lled with hidden guardrooms and armories, not to
mention lethal traps.

Frost dwarves have few clerics, and those clerics they
have tend to follow Ertha, goddess of earth, or Tiw, lord
of battle. However, they have long understood the power
of runes, which rune mages shape to form focal points
for magical energy.

Frost dwarves live for around 300 years. They have
white hair and pale skin, though a few dye their hair
darker colors (typically so they don’t stand out at a distance
in non-wintry lands). Their eyes are black as pitch,
and show no whites at all. Most average 5 feet in height,
but they are stocky creatures.

Male dwarves sport beards. The length one is allowed
to wear one’s beard is determined by social status, and
the number of braids determines profession. Nobles, for
instance, sport fi ve long braids, priests and mages have
four, warriors three, crafters two, and all other dwarves,
just one.

Names: Frost dwarves are clannish and often reuse ancestral names. Surnames are always that of the dwarf ’s clan. Examples of male given names include Ari, Bardi, Geirstein, Hord, Ljot, and Olvir. Female names include Asleif, Herdis, Svala, and Thyra. Clan names are formed from a descriptor followed by an object, such as Brighthammer, Foeaxe, Goldbeard, or Steelhand.

Frost Dwarves

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