Formed from the very stone of the planet’s crust, the subterranean-dwelling dwarves are master craftsmen and experts in the application of pure destructive force. As beings of pure chaos, the dwarves are always looking to apply their ingenuity and ferocity to create increasingly complex and devastating machines.
They are bloodthirsty, industrious, and never ever stop digging. If the dwarves have a motto, it is "destruction for destruction’s sake". They were created to be creatures of pure chaos and destruction. "Created by whom?", the scholars ask.
All dwarves are male. When a dwarf dies, it shatters into a pile of rough stone and pebbles. This rubble, combined with freshly dug rock and gems, is then used to make new dwarves.
Soon after they are crafted, all dwarves are required to choose a specialization dictated by one of the guilds of the Builder’s Triad.
Like the elves, dwarves are master craftsmen. However, unlike the elves, who create objects of beauty, the dwarves create machines of devastation. The dwarves are obsessive about inventing new weapons and tools of demolition. They craft everything from small crossbows that can fire heat-seeking rockets to massive, technologically advanced robots that can rend their way through solid rock as if they were digging grain out of a barrel.
Dwarven society incorporates several guilds that serve different purposes:
- The Ballistics Guild oversees dwarves who create projectile weaponry, explosives, gas bombs, and traps.
- The Bulwark Guild oversees the construction of defensive structures, such as bunkers, walls, and other protective installments
- The Construct Guild is in charge of constructing bots and hulks that are used in war, general destruction, and assisting the creation of other bots.
The dwarves are allied with a race of enormous army ants, each the size of a rhinoceros. Dwarves are known to ride into battle mounted on these ants, all while slinging explosives from turrets mounted on the insects' thoraxes.
Dwarves believe the entire world is a giant machine, and if they can just figure out how the mechanism works, they can ultimately control its operation. They reason that a colossal robot the size of a mountain sits in the center of Entrath, yanking the pulleys that make the gears of the planet function. A sect of dwarves known as the Delvers believe they can mount an expedition that will dig to the center of the planet to find this robot and perhaps exploit it for their own purposes.
Though the dwarves have a marginal relationship with the necrotic, they did agree to join the Underworld alliance and take part in the Underworld Incursion. They did so as a means to bring chaos and devastation to the surface world, and in that, they succeeded. The primary responsibility of the dwarves in the Incursion was to create the tunnels that would allow the necrotic, shin’hare, and vennen forces to erupt into key locations on the surface.
Though the Incursion was ultimately beaten back, the dwarves have remained busy in their efforts to infest the surface world with anarchy. The dwarves’ new plan that they are working on now is to dig out enough of the Underworld that will cause the entire surface world to collapse below the ground.
"The only way to discover the truth of anything is to dig. If an object obstructs you, destroy it and keep digging. If an enemy hinders you, kill it and keep digging. Soon you discover that the digging itself is the truth you were seeking." -Heulog, a dwarven machinist
With their beliefs rooted in the idea of a great golem that lives at the center of the planet and controls everything that happens, dwarf clerics are deeply connected to the idea of machine supremacy.
The dwarves were building machines long before Hex ever arrived. Once the meteor hit, they learned how to incorporate Hexing Gems into their designs.
Dwarven libraries are volumnious and chaotic. They are obsessive record keepers, writing down every random thought and innovation.