The Tragedy of Tirath
Dwarves love tradition and history as much as they love gold and are just as bound by it. They are not overly eager to invent new things, try new methods, or explore unfamiliar territory though in the past they were serious innovators. Their society is very conservative and defers to elders to a fault. They live mostly underground, with some extremely conservative groups being of the opinion that seeing the sun directly with ones own eyes leads to moral and physical ruin. The largest and most traditional of dwarven cities is thesubterranean mountain metropolis Kughyar. That’s not to say that there aren’t forward thinking (surface dwelling) dwarves who like to learn and try new things, but they tend to be ostracized or even cast out in more traditionally minded circles. Their rivalry with orcs stems originally from the fact that both species are traditionally subterranean and would compete for territory. Now, they have been fighting for longer than history records and after the Ancient War the dwarves have gotten most of the other races to come to their way of thinking that Orcs are barely more capably of thought than a mad dog, and should be dealt with accordingly.