Dwarven Holds

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The fortress-cities of the dwarves are found only above the snowline, where the temperature is suitably cold, or near glaciers. Dwarf cities are constructed on multiple levels, usually with the mines at the bottom and the living quarters on the upper reaches. There are also temples, workshops, storerooms, armories, markets, burial vaults, treasuries, food producing caverns, and a host of other areas.

Many folk believe them to be dour, drab places, but the dwarves are masters of stonecraft. Vast columned halls, corridors wide enough to drive two wagons side by side, shafts that allow natural light to filter down into the deepest recesses, aqueducts carrying running water through the city (and sewerage out of the city), corridors which run for miles in perfectly straight lines, lifelike statues, secret doors so perfectly worked no seams are visible, mechanical traps or ingenious design, and stairs which wind for thousands of feet, are just a small few of the many wonders a city contains.

Most cities are carved into the rock of the mountain, but a small few extend into nearby glaciers, where the dwarves mine for black ice. Only rarely do dwarves actually live inside a glacier, for they are constantly in motion and are ill-suited for permanent structures. It should be noted that many dwarves pay homage to Niht. They do this not in his aspect as an evil deity, but as Father of Darkness, for the dwarves dwell in the dark places of the land and to neglect the master of such realms is to tempt fate.

The interior of a dwarven city has a near constant temperature of about 20 degrees (considered quite comfortable by dwarves), though this drops to about 2 degrees around the coldfire forges, and in the deepest shafts. On the rare occasion dwarves entertain hearth races fires are lit to make honored guests feel more comfortable. Those not so honored must muddle in their furs.

* Individual Holds*

Name Population Ruler Imports Exports
Karad Azgul 25,482 dwarves Thegn Jorgrik Battleraven Icewood Armor, weapons
Karad Dahn 100 dwarves Hauld Rutgar Stoutlegs Ale, mead, meat None
Karad Iarn 11,874 dwarves Thegn Godwin Foesmasher Icewood, timber Armor, iron, stone, weapons
Karad Khan Unknown, possibly zero None None
Karad Marn 17,915 dwarves, 29,000 orcs and goblins (estimated) Thegn Rungar Hammerhand Everything None at present
Karad Noshrek Unknown Unknown None (metal in all forms is delivered here, however) None
Karad Zor 36,336 dwarves Ruler: Jarl Thorgrim Frostmane Grain, icewood, timber Metal ore, metal goods, weapons

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Dwarven Holds

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