Heroes of Ribhus
The Dwarves of Ribhus are a race of short, stocky and dense humanoids that live deep within the mountains. For millennia they have ruled the realms beneath the earth but above the vast Underdark realms that spawn hideous creatures and evil races. Dwarves are industrious and hard working. They are best known for their amazing stonework and their equally astounding ability to work with the exotic metals Adamantium and Mithril. There are two primary strains of dwarves in the lands of Ribhus: Mountain and Hill.
These dwarves resemble most the dwarves of legend. They are slow to anger but fierce fighters. They are disciplined and generally good folk who prefer to keep to themselves unless business requires otherwise. Mountain dwarves live in the mountains around Ironguard, the Krys Mountains in Xerxes and in scattered ranges across the continent. Each and every dwarf in the land though yearns to return to the ancient dwarven stronghold of Stroicavar. For centuries, ALL of the dwarves in Ribhus lived in the vast complex of Stroicavar located in the heart of the Dracospline Mountains. Rich veins of minerals and gems provided trade opportunities for the Dwarven Kingdom. In 505 (R.S.C) a curse was laid upon the halls of Stroicavar and all who dwelt there. Within a year, sickness, and monsters ran rampant through the halls, and the dwarves were forced to abandon their home. All attempts to remove the curse and resettle Stroicavar have failed. Legend has it that until a worthy King is crowned who enters the bowels of the labyrinth and makes amends for whatever caused the curse, the dwarves cannot resettle Stroicavar.
After the exodus from Stroicavar, the Dwarves split into a number of smaller clans that settled across the continent. Some of those clans settled in the lower hills of mountain ranges instead of the mountains themselves. Being closer to humans on a day-to-day basis, their culture has become less “dwarven like”. Many of their homes are close to the surface and it is not unusual for Hill Dwarf Clan- holds to have vast gardens bordered with stonewalls and great sculptures. The Hill Dwarves have also become a little less stolid and grim.