This is similar to what I do in my games. For me there's too many world building challenges to an all-underground civilization (what do they do for food), thought they frequently build fortresses/shelters into mountains because they have a history of being attacked by dragons, and the traditional motte and bailey won't stop a dragon.3. Although dwarves are comfortable underground, most dwarves actually live above ground. Some groups stay for extended periods underground, of course, but even if a community has an extensive underground network, most will reside above ground and have several other buildings there as well.
Yeah, I tend to agree. IMO, it's really unfortunate that WotC decided to merge darkvision and low-light vision. Plus, I tended towards giving out fewer 'special' visions altogether - of the PHB races, I would give dwarves low-light vision, tieflings and drow darkvision, and that's it. My few experiences with truly dark places were quite an instruction in just how much we take good lighting for granted.1. Do NOT have darkvision. Nearly every media/book/image of dwarves (even underground) shows them with light sources; and personally I think way too many races have darkvision (so others have lost it as well). YMMV, but that is my experience.
you could give them the music obsession of the dwemer if you want?I doubled down on darkvision with dwarves having blindsight to adjacent squares due to their beards and epic eyebrows being literal whiskers.
They were also made by dragons and are subterranean out of spite for their creators who built them for mining only to have the dwarves lock them out of said mines. Their favored element is air because of social pressure to learn air magic to circulate air in the deeps. This has led their magitech to be pneumatics instead of steam or clockwork.
I speak of a culture that has tonal architects who use songs to bend metal till it never rusts nor tarnishes who used a drum of a heart to power an artificial god bard could be so much more than what it is when all the world is a song, also have a death song a great song to unmake things why should bard not have forbidden lore?They have a bardic tradition for throatsinging.
For a while many of the races that lost darkvision in my game were giving Shadowsight, which turned dim light into bright light, but darkness remained darkness.Yeah, I tend to agree. IMO, it's really unfortunate that WotC decided to merge darkvision and low-light vision. Plus, I tended towards giving out fewer 'special' visions altogether - of the PHB races, I would give dwarves low-light vision, tieflings and drow darkvision, and that's it. My few experiences with truly dark places were quite an instruction in just how much we take good lighting for granted.
I did similar - made of stone, new dwarves were carved and animated by ritual.A homebrew I did years ago had dwarves who were essentially minor earth elementals native to the prime material plane. They reproduced by carving new dwarves from stone, and using a Ritual (“Moradin’s Breath”) to give them true life.
And the stone from which the dwarf was carved determined their favored class.
It didn’t involve DWARVES, but years ago, I helped another ENWorlder round out a plains Indian style culture for a homebrew campaign in which raptor dinos or moa/axebeaks replaced horses. It’s a fun concept to work with.On my World of Eska, the dwarves were driven from their Great Halls by the drow during the Kinslayer Wars.
Now forced to live on the surface, the clans have lost their ancient connection to the earth. This has left them a bit crazy, and most of them have some sort of twitch, stutter, or other other tick. Barbarian is a favored class.
I had found this picture, and loved it for dwarves.
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So the clans wander the surface, mounted on axebeaks. Those aren't actually bolas they are swinging, they are grenkarat.
These “poison stones” are a lump of burning charcoal, treated with foul chemicals that are carried in censers around the neck or swung around in battle. They give off a sickly green smoke that puts down as many foes as dwarven axe and hammer. The dwarves are also affected by the smoke, but with their high Constitution, Advantage on poison saves, and resistance to poison damage, they are rarely harmed by them.
Grenkarat. Anyone within 5 feet of a grenkarat is surrounded by smoke. The creature must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or take 1d12 poison damage.
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I wanted to break tropes with Eska and getting rid of horses and other usual mounts was one of them.It didn’t involve DWARVES, but years ago, I helped another ENWorlder round out a plains Indian style culture for a homebrew campaign in which raptor dinos or moa/axebeaks replaced horses. It’s a fun concept to work with.
I‘d link to it, but it was lost to internet gremlins.
Elves! Make elves lose Darkvision. I don’t care if a few famous fictional characters can see well, there are plenty of things with good eyes that still can't see squat in darkness.While I agree that there is too much darkvision in D&D, I would not pick the prototypical subterranian race to be where I draw the line.
Humans don't spend all of their time in the minimal amount of light they need to function, so I don't know why we would assume fantasy races do.