Your race is the heart of your character. It is who they are at their core. Their thoughts, feelings, and upbringing are influenced by their race. This week we’ll be taking a look into the races of D&D and how they shape your character. Today we’ll be talking about dwarves.
Dwarves are another classic race. They’ve been around since the start of the game, and they’ve remained a staple since. Dwarves are a simple race. They are a hearty people, preferring the warm fire of a forge and a drink in hand. Most dwarves are boisterous and fun loving. Some of the older ones can let their age get to them and become a bit surly, however. Dwarves live for close to 500 years. This gives them the same perspective issue as elves, but it usually plays out on a personal level. Dwarves make friends with families as opposed to individuals. Individuals won’t outlive dwarves most of the time, so they usually befriend their next of kin on merit.
Dwarves are a very traditional people. They live in clans, and they follow the ways of that clan. Dwarves are loyal to a fault. If they see the party as part of their clan, the dwarf will do anything to protect it. Dwarves can be very stubborn. Once a dwarf makes up his mind, there is very little that you can do to change his mind.
There are two subtypes of dwarves: mountain and hill. Mountain dwarves are the strong dwarves of classic tales. They are the smiths, the heavy hammer wielders that love a good fight. Hill dwarves are more thoughtful. They lead the clans and plan far ahead with the knowledge gained from their years of experience.
Dwarves are a simple but fun race to play. When you play as a dwarf, you are taking on a lot of history. How you play with that history is up to you, for that is the fun of D&D. What character will you create? Will it be a dwarf, or one of the other races that we’ll cover this week? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, keep those dice rolling high!