Glimpses of adventure
Also known as Hill dwarves in the Merchant’s Tongue
Hill dwarves often interact freely with gnomes, but also trade with halflings, humans and half-elves. While they respect elven warriors, they have little in common with elven culture or religion. In general, dwarves are polite but succinct, and their lack of solicitousness comes across as rude to cultures such as the Svimohzish, which consider such things as banter to be a necessary courtesy.
They prefer to live among other dwarves, not out of dislike for other races, but because they prefer their own customs, language and traditions. When they live among humans or other races, they tend to work as artisans, craftsmen or mercenaries.
Adurek tend to live in vast underground cities. These communities rival human settlements in size, but they keep this information hidden from their enemies. Large extended families live in smaller settlements of only a few hundred and these are scattered across Tellene, typically clustered around a rich vein of ore. Lowland dwarves can be found in the foothills of any mountains, but there are high concentrations near the Kakidela and Ka’Asa ranges. Because of their exile from Karasta, many lowland dwarves now live in southwestern Reanaaria as well.
Adurek favor worship of the Founder, the Speaker of the Word, the True and the Powermaster. The Founder’s teachings resonate with most lowland dwarves, even those who dedicate their lives to another god. Among evil dwarves, the most corrupting are Hatemonger, who plays upon distrust of other races, the Jealous Eye, who plays upon their greed, and the Dark One.
Hill dwarves use the standard dwarf abilities. They speak the Merchant’s Tongue and Dwarven.