race_dwarves.jpg Left to Right: Duergar, Shield Dwarf, Gold Dwarf
Type Humanoid
General Alignment Often Lawful
Typical Languages Dwarven, Regional, Ignan
Habitat Mountains, Underdark
Subraces Various
Deities The Morndinsamman
Groups Various


As enduring as the earth from which they come, the Stout Folk once ruled vast empires that sprawled on and beneath the surface of Faerun. After centuries of decline, most dwarven kingdoms are gone, but the fruits of their labors survive, unbowed by the passage of time. In recent years, the Thunder Blessing has spawked a dwarven renaissance that might one day restore the Stout Folk to their former glory.

Subrace Adulthood Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum Age
Dwarf, Shield 40 125 188 250 450
Dwarf, Gold 40 125 188 250 450

Main Article: Shield Dwarves

Renowned for their smithwork and craftsmanship, shield dwarves have endured a centuries-long decline in the face of never-ending wars with orcs, goblins, giants and trolls.

Main Article: Gold Dwarves

Main Article: Duergar

Sometimes called Gray Dwarves, the descendants of Clan Duergar are a race twisted by centuries of enslavement by illithids in the Underdark.

Dwarven legend holds that the first dwarves emerged fully formed from the heart of the world itself, fashioned of iron and mithral in the Soulforge, shaped by the All-Father's hammer, and given life by the breath of Moradin.

The first dwarven settlements appeared in the great mountain range known as the Yehimal, which lies at the juncture of the three great continents of Faerun, Kara-Tur, and Zakhara. From there, the earliest dwarves migrated into all three lands. Those who came to Faerun settled beneath modern day Semphar before spreading westward, founding innumerable settlements along the way.

The first great kingdom of the dwarves of Faerun was Bhaerynden, deep beneath the Shaar. The first great schism of the dwarves of Bhaerynden began more than twelve thousand years ago when Taark Shanat the Crusader led a westward migration. These emigrants eventually became known as the shield dwarves and established the great empire of Shanatar beneath the lands of Amn, Tethyr, Calimshan, and the Lake of Steam. Meanwhile, Bhaerynden fell to the drow after the elven Crown Wars and the descent of the dark elves, and the dwarves of southern Faerun were driven into exile.

In the millennia that followed, new divisions appeared among the Stout Folk. The mind flayers of Oryndoll, deep beneath the Shining Plains, enslaved the shield dwarves of clan Duergar. Their descendants became known as gray dwarves after throwing off the shackles of their illithid masters and spreading throughout the Underdark. After the first drow kingdom of Telantiwar tore itself apart in civil war, the great cavern of Bhaerynden collapsed to form the Great Rift. The dwarves who resettled the caverns of the Deep Realm surrounding the Great Rift eventually became known as gold dwarves. As Shanatar declined, the shield dwarves migrated north to settle the great kingdoms of the North and eventually migrated eastward along the shores of the Moonsea and into the mountains of northcentral Faerun.

Today, dwarves are found all across Faerun, although the greatest concentrations are found in the North, the Cold Lands, the Great Rift, and the Underdark. Although the Stout Folk are easily segregated into distinct subraces with distinct racial trails, such distinctions by no means reflect the entirety of dwarven diversity. Numerous cultural, historical, political, and social divisions remain even within the ranks of a specific dwarven subrace.

In the days of Myth Drannor, dwarves dwelt in the City of Song with all races as craftsmen, merchants, and soldiers. In the centuries that followed, a few were able to remain in the region with their clanfolk.

In Mistledale, a community of dwarves live in the village of Glen, known for its mushroom farms, riding boar, and its nearby mine. The dwarves of Glen welcome visits by their kinfolk and a few adventuring dwarves have been known to settle down there.

Dwarves with Weapon Proficiency: Martial receive Weapon Proficiency: Dwarf for free, which allows them to use Dwarven Waraxes.