The Fall of an Empire
Dwarves—or Dauruf in their native tongue—are short, fairly stocky humanoids. Most male Dauruf have a large, full beard, which they are very proud of. They often have large noses and an insatiable thirst for hard drink.
A Dauruf’s beard symbolizes his manhood and cutting it is considered a dishonorable or emasculate act. Those who do so are usually cast out from their family and guild, if they belong to one. Dauruf culture emphasizes the need to find a craft; many take up metallurgy, mining or engineering. One who excels in their personal craft is highly honored. The deeds of legendary Dauruf—whether their legend be of war or crafting—are recorded in the Mountain Texts or Deurfar. Dwarf warfare is usually centered around superior strength or engineering rather than brilliant strategies. Heavy guns and heavy melee weapons are their preferred method of destruction. Many, if not most, Dwarves will often drink and revel before and after a battle, using their alcohol-induced furor to drive them onward.
Dwarf skin is thicker and tougher than that of Humans, Elves and Halflings. Most also have an extremely high tolerance for pain or poison, making it take more poison to kill a Dauruf than a member of most other species. They also have coarser body hair than other species; usually more of it, as well.