Dwarves rarely form small communities. The trouble of building an underground settlement is too great for one to spring up anywhere other than in an ideal location.

As a result, dwarf communities are generally larger and farther apart than human communities, and they usually have a more homogenous population. Exceptions include outlying fortresses and citadels built after the formation of a major dwarf city. These establishments hold smaller populations of dwarves and are built to protect the larger city and its important trade routes.

In Estasia, dwarves have developed into three distinct kinds of communities.

Karak is a populous dwarf colony – dedicated to peace, craft, and commerce.

Barak is a medium sized dwarf colony – often dedicated to war, defense, or diplomatic relations.

Kazak is a smaller sized dwarf community – often dedicated to faith or learning.


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