The World of Itock
In the Current Age
Since the loss of their Great King, the race of Dwarves has seen a steady decline. Without set rulers, they focused on protecting their own clan first and other Dwarves second. As a result, many ancestral kingdoms have been lost to dark powers rising from the earth.
Those that lost their clan homelands now live upon the surface. These clans have become a race of nomads and traders. Roaming the lands, the clans move from place to place and will trade with anyone. Sometimes they come across a spot where trade is particularly good or valuable resources are plentyful. In those cases they clan will stop and built a settlement. However, these are temporary homes at best as the clan will eventually move on. There are some permanent Dwarf settlements in the Southlands but they are rare. The clans that still reside in their old halls are shut-ins; rarely do they have interactions with the surface.
There’s a saying in the Southlands: “No one hates a Dwarf more than another Dwarf” and that saying has some truth behind it. Most Dwarves will not get along with others outside their clan; depending on the others lineage they may be content with hurling insults and shouting empty threats. However, if the two clans have a deep-seated hatred for one another bloodshed will erupt almost immediately.
For other races, Dwarves get along with mostly everyone, even if they are gruff with them. Elves are an exception due to their ancient betrayal but most will work with the forest folk if absolutely necessary (though they’ll complain about it the whole time). They also have a dislike of Goblins and would be just as happy beheading those that claim friendly intentions than to trade with them.