The dwarves of Driscol are a displaced people. Their ancestral home and great halls are in the Opold Mountains, but they were forced from their mountain dwellings by encroaching orc, goblin, and troll tribes. The unprecedented cooperation between what the dwarves think of as lower races shook the dwarves’ confidence in themselves so greatly that they
fled across the rift. In Western Driscol, they found a new mountain range, the Regtharn
Mountains, that they could call home, but there was a problem. Gnomes had already claimed the foothills. Normally, the dwarves would have felt entitled to the rocky slopes, but their recent tragedy had changed them so greatly, that they came to the gnomes as equals. The gnomes, knowing how greatly prized dwarven works are, and being afraid to mine deeper into the mountains, saw a chance for something great, and they took the dwarf clans in and helped them rebuild deeper into the range. Today, no one knows what the dwarf city looks like, except the dwarves themselves and the gnomes, and neither group is willing to speak about the subject.
The dwarves are comprised of many clans, some lesser, some greater, and governed by
fifteen thanes, elected from the greater houses. Originally, there were twelve thanes, but since their merger with the gnomes, three seats were given to gnomes out of respect and appreciation, a strange act for dwarves. The clans work tirelessly in their mines and forges, and supply the gnomes with ores and fine dwarven crafts for their mechanical contraptions. Otherwise, they are tight lipped about their activities under the mountains.
Dwarves rarely leave their new halls, but some find that they long for adventure and want
to escape the grand plans of the thanes for a while. While they never speak of their home, they are genial people, humbled by the loss of their ancestral home. Humble for a dwarf, however, is still rather proud. They find the elves to be tolerable, if a little lacey for their tastes, humans to be ambitious, which they appreciate, and halflings to be just slightly better than a hernia. They have a deep seeded hatred of orcs, goblins, trolls, and other monstrous races.