By Robert J. Schwalb
The forgeborn dwarves remember well the wrongs done to them in ancient times. In scrolls and stories, they recall the exploitation they endured under their giant masters and the betrayal done to them by their maker, Moradin. Having broken their chains during the Age of Strife, they look back on their flight with both pride and regret. They are proud of their legacy, having killed many giants in their flight, but they lament those dwarves they left behind. That many survivors from those dark days live on as azers and galeb duhrs fill the forgeborn with dreadful shame.
The forgeborn dwarves see it as their purpose to cleanse the stains from their people’s history and to repair the record through their achievements. They are given to fearsome outbursts and unprovoked aggression, but they wrestle with their fury, knowing it comes from the touch on their heart and bodies by the cruel elemental powers. At times, though, the hatred gets away from them, as numerous dead orcs, giants, ogres, and other foul scions of their ancient oppressors can all testify.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb is an award-winning game designer whose more recent work can be found in Martial Power 2, Draconomicon 2, and Primal Power. Robert lives in Tennessee.