Provinces: Western Vose, particularly in areas with hills
Average Height: 3 feet
Average Weight: 60-80 lbs
Life Span: 50-60 years
Diet: Omnivore, consisting of roots, nuts, insects and arachnids, and burrowing animals.
Description: Dwarves are burrowers, and are rarely seen above ground. They dig elaborate cave systems and have a strong communal society. Dwarves are recognizable by their broad faces, small wide-spread eyes, large noses, and bat-like ears. All dwarves, male and female, have manes, bushy eyebrows, and mustaches, even babies. As they are burrowers, dwarves have strong shoulders and massive hands, with smaller waists and stumpy legs. Dwarves are both quadrupeds and bipeds.
For dwarves, their beard and mane is a symbol of health and pride. A dwarf who has had their beard and mane shaved is burdened with heavy shame, and a bald dwarf is often a sign of an exiled or ostracized dwarf.
Sexual Dimorphism: All dwarves have beards and manes. However, females have smaller manes and beards, and sport tuffs of hair on their ears. Males lack the ear hair, but their fluffy manes continue partway down their back and grace the tops of their shoulders. Males also grow hair on their lower arms. While female dwarves are born with their ear tuffs, males grow into their shoulder and lower arm hair during puberty.
Colors and Markings: Dwarves come in shades of brown, grey, and black, ranging from granite grey to near-black mahogany. Their beards and manes are the same color as their skin, but are either lighter or darker in shade. A dwarf may have lighter or darker streaks in their beard and mane.
Common Magical Abilities: Dwarves are often magical, but their abilities vary widely. Some have useful abilities, like geokinesis and ecolocation, while others have abilities that are not as useful for burrowing, like levitation. Ancient dwarves were often envious of the mineral growth abilities of the giants, but this opened trade routes rather than hostilities.
Physical Abilities: Dwarves are incredibly strong, easily capable of lifting four times their weight. They have excellent hearing and smell, but are nearly blind and have a strong light sensitivity that causes them pain. They are not fast, but their low center of gravity means that they have excellent balance.
Reproduction: One to two children after a gestation period of 42 weeks. Babies often cling to their parents’ manes naturally for transportation, although fabric slings are used for the more adventurous or weak babies.