Of Kings and Men
“Dwarves are a short, tough and stoic people from the depths of the mountains. They may remain quiet for years on end, due to their disinterest in the lives of surface dwellers, and seldom travel trade with human communities, though eagerly engage in trading when humans arrive at their fortresses to exchange famous Dwarven crafts for human food and crafts, particularly wood and cloth.
They are not trusted, but are widely accepted throughout the Clan Lands. Many find them to be too friendly or too distant to be fully trusted, but their crafts, hard work and reverence for their Human liberators is appreciated.
They are often scarred veterans of many combats in the depths of the mountains, and are extremely tough and possess great beards. They often wear chainmail and gauntlets, even during mining operations, blacksmithing or other labour that the Dwarves are famous for. Even women share this affinity for metal, as most of them can be seen with at least a hauberk.
Their crafts, it has to be reiterated, are the finest ever made. Their swords and weapons are considered to be of such exceptional quality that the finest human smiths apprentice themselves to the Dwarves for years to learn how to fold and shape the metal.
They rarely dwell in human cities, but are sometimes found in Haldwarf communities as master blacksmiths or community leaders."
Note that the Dwarves presented here are Mountain Dwarves, the most common variety of Dwarves! It is also possible to choose the Deep Dwarves or the Hill Dwarves.
- +2 Constitution, -2 Charisma.
- Humanoid (Dwarf)
- Medium: As Medium creatures, mountain dwarves have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Mountain dwarf base land speed is 20 feet. However, mountain dwarves can move at this speed even when wearing medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load (unlike other creatures, whose speed is reduced in such situations).
- Darkvision: Mountain dwarves can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight, and mountain dwarves can function just fine with no light at all.
- Stonecunning: This ability grants a mountain dwarf a +2 racial bonus on Search checks to notice unusual stonework, such as sliding walls, stonework traps, new construction (even when built to match the old), unsafe stone surfaces, shaky stone ceilings, and the like. Something that isn’t stone but that is disguised as stone also counts as unusual stonework. A mountain dwarf who merely comes within 10 feet of unusual stonework can make a Search check as if he were actively searching, and a mountain dwarf can use the Search skill to find stonework traps as a rogue can. A mountain dwarf can also intuit depth, sensing his approximate depth underground as naturally as a human can sense which way is up.
- Weapon Familiarity: Mountain dwarves may treat dwarven waraxes and dwarven urgroshes as martial weapons, rather than exotic weapons.
- Stability: A mountain dwarf gains a +4 bonus on ability checks made to resist being bull rushed or tripped when standing on the ground (but not when climbing, flying, riding, or otherwise not standing firmly on the ground).
- +2 racial bonus on saving throws against poison.
- +2 racial bonus on saving throws against charm and sleep effects.
- +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against aberrations.
- +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against monsters of the giant type. Any time a creature loses its Dexterity bonus (if any) to Armor Class, such as when it’s caught flat-footed, it loses its dodge bonus, too.
- +2 racial bonus on Appraise checks that are related to stone or metal items.
- +2 racial bonus on Craft checks that are related to stone or metal.
- Automatic Languages: Common and Dwarven. Bonus Languages: Giant, Goblin, Orc, Terran, and Gutterspeak.
- Favored Class: Fighter. A multiclass mountain dwarf’s fighter class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing.