Dwarves living in the Grand Duchy are either members of the Stronghollow clan up in the gnomish community of Highforge or are dwarven professionals who have immigrated into Karameikos, often serving as professional solders under the command of the king or one of his barons.
Dwarves of Mystara pay homage to their Immortal Patron Kagyar, who they believe was responsible for the creation of their race. Denwarf, the first dwarf created by Kagyar, never grew old and he served the dwarves as their king. In the 400th year of his reign, he discovered what would become known to be Rockhome, the homeland of the Dwarves. Denwarf would eventually disappear, exploring the deeper and darker passages of the caverns of Rockhome.
Generally speaking, dwarves are friendly toward gnomes, neutral toward humans and halflings, and antagonistic toward elves, for the most part.
Dwarf colonies and immigrants, like those in Karameikos, keep in communication with Rockhome, which is the center of dwarven civilization and trade.
The Character of the Dwarf
If there is a race of workoholics, it is the dwarven race. Laziness, as a character trait, is practically unknown among the dwarves; when it appears it is considered a disease of the mind. They do however find time to enjoy company, storytelling, feasting, swilling alcohol, playing games, etc.
Tied in with their need to work is a strong desire to create things. Every dwarf, from birth, is trained in trades of mining and engineering. Many dwarves also pursue skill in craftsmanship of metals and gems. If a dwarf sees a boulder, some inner part of his mind is turning it into something, whether it be a sculpture, a construct, a trap or a weapon. Every construction a dwarf sees is subject to his professional scrutiny.
Naming your character
Dwarven names are composed of a first 'true name' and a secondary name that is most often an epithet:
First names are most commonly 2 syllables. Some examples are Balar, Doric, Kurto, and Torlum.
Secondary names tend to most often refer to excellence in battle. Some examples of gnomish epithets would be Shieldcracker, Orcslayer and Skullplitter. Or they may refer to appearance, such as Redbeard, Blackbrow or Fire-Eye.