Created by Phaestus not long after Ayar did so for the tsol'aa, members of the Dwarf race are hardy, fond of the earth, and prefer to dwell in mountains. Originally lacking free will, the race was gifted with souls at the beginning of the War of Humanity in return for Phaestus' pledge of eternal loyalty to Proteus.
Grouped in clans from the central Siroccian Mountains to Inbhir Ness in the far north and the Vasnari Mountains of Meropis, they prefer the relative solitude of the highlands to the hustle and bustle of cities. Nevertheless, they are often found in leadership positions as everyone has heard the maxim: dependable as a dwarf.
In addition to the many dwarven adventurers in the lands, several communities of Dwarves can be found upon Sapience: within a camp in the Siroccian Mountains, far to the north in Inbhir Ness, and close to Mhaldor in the Halls of Blackrock.
Kongol Drak is the collective term for the ten Dwarven clans which comprise Dwarven civilisation. Two of these clans, the Bloodstone and the Blackfire dwarves, reside within the mines of Iskadar upon the continent of Meropis.
Dwarves are unmistakably stocky, with muscular builds that retain their strength even into extreme old age. Skinny or slender dwarves are very rare. Most stand around four feet short, though there are rare cases of giant dwarves who grow to reach human height. Their skin tone is naturally pale or ruddy, but those with tanned and dark skin are not unheard of, and their facial features are rounded, often with button or bulbous noses. Beards are prevalent among male dwarves, and most consider a long, thick beard to be a mark of pride. Many of the females can grow beards as well, though they have a tendency to remove their facial hair. Red or dark hair is very common, though blond is not particularly unusual, and it is generally thick and/or curly in texture. The eyes, too, are typically dark (brown or black) but many have blue, green, or grey eyes as well.
The Earthborn have:
- Resistant to MAGIC damage.
- Resistant to FIRE damage.
- Resistant to COLD damage.
- Resistant to POISON damage.