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    The Dwarves of Mt. Yurgind

    It's been suggested that I toss a proposal into the mix about some history I'd like to incorporate into a PC background. I'm jumping into this late enough that I'm not sure if this has been touched on by anyone, but I'd like to submit, for consideration, this info about generational war in Mt. Yurgind. Please let me know your thoughts, and if I've missed something from anyone else's background.



    The Tenth Hell
    The Wars Under Mt. Yurgind from a Dwarven Point of View

    Deep in the bowels of Mt. Yurgind, far from the sunlit lands, goblins and dwarves do what they have done since the beginning: they go to war.

    For a dozen generations, the dwarves fought what they called "The Tenth Hell," a bloody conflict fought primarily over, within, and through two score great halls (butressed and worked caverns ranging in size from a small town to a underground valley complete with river and lake) and the surrounding tunnels and chambers. Dwarven tradition tells that those halls were some of the most beautiful ever to be carved from the bones of the earth, though at the end they were but shadows of their former glory - broken and despoiled by centuries of endless warfare.

    For eleven of those generations, neither dwarf nor goblin line moved more than a little, and never for long. The great halls, damaged by dwarven war machines and goblin traps, became unsafe for travel, and the fighting moved into smaller side passages. The Company of Pick and Axe was born, and as that mercenary company proved the superiority of skilled and hardy tunnel fighters in this new type of warfare, young dwarves joined similar groups in droves. While the conflict was punctuated with pitched battles ever few hundred years, for the most part the dwarves lived in relative safety, protected from their adversaries by terrain and professional warriors. For a hundred years, the Companies pushed the borders, updating old maps, rediscovering old veins, and reclaiming old and forgotten treasures. Dwarven boots once again tread the old ways - the Tenth Hell had finally ended.

    But in the twelfth generation, not less than one hundred years ago, when dwarven hands worked steel for beauty rather than for a sharp edge, the goblins struck. With steel and flame and tricks thought long forgotten they overwhelmed the dwarves. Almost overnight, goblinoids ruled the great halls. Within a months, they had pushed into caverns that had never heard a goblin's cry. And the bugbears, the core of this new goblin army, were viscious in their victory, burning whole clans when they could. Then, as suddenly as the goblin's march began, it ended, seemingly without reason. Yet even granted this small mercy, the dwarves of Yurgind had been broken, perhaps never to arise again.


    Yet some of the old clans live still - the Stonehelm, the Rockfall, the Ironbender - and they have not given up hope. For them, the days of the Company of Pick and Axe are gone. No more can professional soldiers carry the burden; instead every dwarf, no matter station or skill, plays a role in the great war.

    For these dwarves, the Tenth Hell is over, and they have sworn to give the goblins the eleventh.
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    In general, I like this sort of thing, although I dont' know quite where it would go or what to do with it. Perhaps it will inspire a DM or potential PC or two. Do you have a place for this area on the map?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzanita
    In general, I like this sort of thing, although I dont' know quite where it would go or what to do with it. Perhaps it will inspire a DM or potential PC or two. Do you have a place for this area on the map?
    Yep. Mt. Yurgind is a solitary moutntain in the badlands west of Earling (according to the map I saw over at the LEW Wiki I was sent to). As for what to do with it? I can see four or five adventure hooks just on the surface, though this also could share some hooks with the old Severus thread I saw earlier today (are these goblins and the other ones connected? If so, why? And how does the obviously near but no total defeat of a dwarf nation and the new construction of an aboveground city tie together?).

    Mostly, since LEW is an ongoing entity that's supposed to be building on previous info, I just wanted to make sure my PC's background would have some firm rooting in the setting without contradicting what someone else had already had approved.
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    I like it and I don't remember seeing anything else for this region. Approved.

    You will need two more judge approvals before this is officially approved though.
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    Yes from me. I love it when people contribute history and geography to the world.
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    I guess I should add my Yes to this, for final approval.
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