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PostSubject: Other Dwarves   Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:12 pm

Kayolin Dwarf

History

The Kayolin Dwarves are actually a grouping of two clans of dwarves who live in the Garnet Mountains. These two clans are the Hylar and Daewar who settled here as a mining outpost for Thorbardin. For the first portion of the colony's history it was controlled by Thorbardin who dictated the actions of Kayolin. Even after these dwarves received their independence the Kayolin retained close ties to Thorbardin.

Following the Cataclysm the dwarves of Kayolin were forced to develop a high degree of self-sufficiency. Even though they remained social and cooperative with the nations outside of their borders. Their history has been marked with open communication with the Knights of Solamnia and trade has flourished with them. With the destruction of Thoradin the dwarves were only to willing to serve those who were displaced by the loss of Thoradin.

The Kayolin dwarves are not too much different then their cousins in Thorbardin when it comes to nature and appearance. They are a mixture of the two clans that originally settled there and have been able to live peacefully throughout their history.

Intermarriage between the two clans is common and the mixed-clan dwarves nearly outnumber those who are pure blood. This is just one sign of the peaceful coexistence of the dwarves. It is through the value of open communication with each that these dwarves have become a united group rather then the splintered factions found in Thorbardin.

Even though the governorship is Hylar, it is not held over the heads of the Daewar. The rest of the nations posts are decided upon merit and not blood ties. It is not uncommon for a Hylar to serve under a Daewar and do so willingly. When relating to the outside forces these two clans do so as one clan acting in their best interest.

Even though they are a great distance from Thorbardin this has not stopped the Aghar from entering their society. The gully dwarves here though take no interest in the happenings of the realm. The Aghar living here live better then those who live in Thorbardin.

Klar Dwarf

History

The Klar were a clan of dwarves that were one of the original four clans of Kal-Thax. Their ability to use the Urkhan Worms allowed them to take over the farming practices of Thorbardin. During the Dwarfgate War the Klar were trapped inside of Thorbardin and unable to leave to assist the hill dwarves. Following the Dwarfgate war the Klar were put into a status of servitude towards the Hylar people. Living as servants for generations has caused a burning hatred.

Neidar Dwarf

History

The Neidar (knoll dwellers) are the name given to those dwarves who at the time of the creation of Thorbardin chose to live outside. All hill dwarves are grouped into this thanedom. Many of these dwarves could trace their ancestry back to one of the other clans. The role of the Neidar prior to the Cataclysm was scouting and tending to the flocks outside of Thorbardin. Led by Cale Greeneye, this group was indispensable during the war against the wizards and the fight against Rage.

The original Neidar were represented on the council of thanes. They were able to make contacts with the other cultures. It was the Neidar Cale Greeneye who established the permanent boundary with Qualinost. The two cultures (mountain and hill dwarf) had warm relations prior to the Cataclysm.

Once the Cataclysm occurred the Neidar suffered from a lack of communication with their mountain dwarf cousins. The Neidar believing that they had been left to die in the outside world raised an army against their mountain cousins. Led by Reghar Fireforge and backed by plainsmen and knights this army fought in the Dwarfgate War. The dwarves fought against their mountain cousins and were defeated on the Plains of Dergoth by the treachery of the Dewar.

Following the Dwarfgate War the Neidar suffered terribly. Many of the Neidar voices were destroyed in revenge for the war. The result of this led to a dark century for the Neidar who fought starvation, disease and the chaos that resulted from the cataclysm.

During the War of the Lance relations improved with their mountain dwarf cousins but still remained tense. The Neidar did prevent arms sales to the Dragon Army by preventing the Theiwar from taking over their village of Hillhome. The defense of Hillhome, was led by the Fireforge family, began a period of open communications with the dwarves of Thorbardin.

Neidar clans form small villages that consist of modest houses of thatch, wood, and stone. Because of their dwarven roots they are excellent miners metalsmiths, and woodworkers. The eldest male serves as clan leader, but most major decisions are made by consensus. Unmarried Neidar often set out on their own, returning to their original clan only occasionally. The Neidar clan system predates the Cataclysm by hundreds of years and, true to tradition, different clans seldom associate with each other. This attitude has not only bred suspicion and a lack of cooperation among the clans; it has also hindered trade and economic development, keeping most clans in relative poverty.

Once part of the society of subterranean dwarves, the Neidar were cast from their homes in the wake of the cataclysm that preceded the Age of Darkness. Forbidden to return to their former homes, the Neidar were forced to live permanently above ground. Neidar have been reasonably successful at integrating themselves into Krynn society and are as likely to be found in urban taverns as in their own modest villages.

Neidar get along well with Humans and Kender. Some have established cordial relationships with Elves. However, most other dwarven races shun the Neidar, particularly the mountain dwarves. Fond of animals, they keep kittens, sparrows, and ponies as pets. They produce few items of value, but sometimes they create metal tools and honey candies to sell in human towns. Neidar have voracious appetites, favorite dishes include cornbread, mushroom soup, and roast kingfisher.
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