Since I recently expanded some on the culture, custom, and scientific layout of the Elves and their home, I thought I’d continue that and expand upon the Dwarves of my stories. As I did with the Elves, this will center in, mostly, on those that reside within the world of Demeteria. This is mainly because there have yet to be any Dwarves appear within my Dorian story. Ideally, they will be the same generally in Arvandor as well, but there will of course be some difference, as there can always be some similar yet different variations in the two worlds in many ways.
In my first post about Dwarven culture I made comment that they primarily focused their religious worship on the Prime Fae Terranis. Now, since Terranis is one of a pantheon of ‘gods’ similar to that of the gods of Olympus or the Norse gods, it seems odd that this group should pay reverence to one and completely ignore the others. Just as I am sure in history there was no singular group of people that worshiped one god of the Greek or Norse pantheons and ignored the others, as that could easily draw the ire of any of those other gods. Thus, I think it is better to revise this in saying that they worshiped Terranis, but under the belief that he was the chief god of his own pantheon, or the sole god with a legion of lesser celestial beings serving him. With this being their belief or view, then this means that there is naturally some differences in how they viewed the other events around the origins of the cosmos.
Dwarven history texts will state, as does the Elves’ texts, that the Dwarves were once allied with the Sylvan. The Sylvan clearly believed in the whole of the eight Prime Fae. However, perhaps by a different name, the Dwarves would have revered Terranis as the embodiment of the earth they walked upon. As was said in the previous post about Dwarven culture, it is believed that the gems and minerals found in mines amidst the earth were decorations to the armor that Terranis wore, and thus reverence of them is viewed as a reverence to him. Decorating one’s house, or fashioning jewelry with these things is an homage to Terranis, but fashioning such things into one’s armor as well is the highest form of such reverence. Not to say anyone could do it to show how much they love Terranis, but that only those of high stock could be allowed to do such. The nobility and royalty of the Dwarves are thus viewed as favored by Terranis, and perhaps carved from the earth by his own hands rather than one of the many celestial servants of Terranis.
Dwarven taxonomy, or classification, is not divided into area of origin like the Elves, but rather of the sort of metal or mineral they were “born” from. There are Stone, Metal, and Mineral Dwarves, as the major classifications, though few make such a broad distinction in any case except for Stone Dwarves. Very few go so far as to further define Stone Dwarves (i.e. Granite Dwarves, Limestone Dwarves, etc.) However, Metal and Mineral Dwarves are never called such, and instead, are generally referred to by the further classification that fits (i.e. Iron Dwarves, Copper Dwarves, Garnet Dwarves, Emerald Dwarves, etc.) As such, there are far more classifications of Dwarves than there are of Elves. This leads way to designating Dwarves into classifications with fictional metals, minerals, etc. (i.e. Mithril Dwarves, etc.) Lastly, while Elves predominantly were born, lived, and continue to live within the constraint of Verdania and Silveria, the Dwarves live all throughout the world of Demeteria, and can be found on every continent. This is also true for all worlds within the cosmos.
There are typical regions Dwarves will be from, depending what type of Dwarf they are, but there is always the chance that, just as more common stone and metals are found in various regions, one will find their respective type of Dwarf in various regions. Example, just as Iron is a common metal, it is likely to be found in many different mountain chains, rather than simply within the Hallvardr Mountains of northern Verdania. Thus, one will find homes for Iron Dwarves in all mountains that possess some iron in them. After the matter of what their origin is, their classification is by family. Dwarf Families are always large, and Dwarves do not put less emphasis on family even when they are not as directly related. All family is cherished, from parent and child to 3rd cousins, and no matter how much removal from the main line of the family. These are regarded as clans. Some clans are regarded as minor nobility and Dwarves put special effort into the record keeping of lineage, to maintain knowledge of who is owed what honors, especially when it comes to decorating armor with adornments that honor Terranis. Specifically, families of the Mineral and some Metal Dwarves are viewed as the royalty and nobility, while other Metal Dwarves and Stone Dwarves, are regarded as the lesser families.
There isn’t any real variation in their homes, however. One mountain range to the next is pretty much the same, only differing in climate and altitude. However, the Dwarves live under the surface, not on the mountains, but in the mountains. Long ago, Dwarves feared emerging from their underground halls, feeling that the lack of a ceiling of stone over their heads would result in them ‘falling’ into the nothingness of the sky and vanishing altogether. Thus, the mountains that the Dwarves called home became individual kingdoms, and Dwarves did not interact with other Dwarves from other mountain chains. During the war between the Sylvan and the Sidhe, the Dwarves were pit against the wrath of the Giants. The Giants in the Hallvardr Mountains live on in a comatose slumber to this day, but the Giants in other regions of the world were wiped out. However, due to the trouble had in certain ranges as compared to others, urged the building of underground highways to connect the different regions of Dwarven mountains. This was a unanimous decision to be done, but in the end, took a great deal of time to complete with the emergence of the Dwarven Civil Wars that arose after the fall of the Giants. Many felt that they should have aided the Sylvan in their fight as well, while others argued it wasn’t possible. The view of abandonment split their ties and since then, the Dwarves have been divided into separate kingdoms for different reasons, even after the roads connected their ranges together.
In Telluria, there is a larger amount of mountains than in Verdania, much less Silveria, Ivoria, or even the scattered islands in the middle of the ocean. Thus, there is a plethora of room and opening for further Dwarven development, as for now the Repeating History tale, and it’s so far planned sequel, involve Verdania and Silveria alone. And for now, that’s all I can think of, so I’ll end here for now. I hope to be including some info on the lesser known characters in my story soon, and that will include my Dwarves.