Dîn Iaur - The Hidden Pass

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History:

Carved in the mountains by the edge of the world, the Patriarch of the Dwarven Lords, led by Farlad the Firstborn, have settled their domain in the mountains and have never left their new home. The settling of the Patriarch has begun the Dwarven Calendar as the 1st of Lothðrok.

The Dwarves have declared their government in what is now known as “The Old Hall” in the Platinum Quarters of the city. Farlad has become the first king of the Dwarves and the first Exemplar of the Dwarves, beginning a long tradition of a monarchy and ancestor worship.

As time went on, more travelers have arrived to the city where they pay their respects to the king as is custom and to perform trades with the Merchant Caste. The sub-castes of the Merchant Caste has increased the popularity of Dîn Iaur. The Smiths of the Merchant Caste are renowned for their fine smithing and the Brewers of the Merchant Caste for their Ale. With various traders visiting the city, the economy of Dîn Iaur has grown.

Government:

Honor and tradition is the way of Dîn Iaur, with a king always on the throne. It may appear odd to outsiders as the King’s eldest son is considered to be the heir to the throne, but an election is held for each successive monarch. If the king were to pass back into the Aether, then an election is held between the eldest son and another ideal candidate voted upon by the Ingathering. This form was brought about by Æthrud the Hardy to avoid the chances of a corrupt monarch from achieving the throne.

The succession to the throne is purely agnatic, specifically agnatic primogeniture. Women are unable to hold throne or to hold a seat in the Ingathering, no Queen has existed in Dîn Iaur at all and by the stubbornness of the Dwarves to deter from their tradition, none shall exist until the sky crumbles onto them.

The current king is Adan Baldrsson.

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Caste System:

A strict hierarchy exists amongst the Dwarves based on a long run of tradition. With the highest being the Noble Caste and lowest being the Lowborn. A dwarf is born into a caste rather than work his way into a caste. While it is near impossible for a Dwarf to rise up in the Caste System it is not unusual for a Dwarf to move down in terms of ranks.

The castes are as follows in order: Noble, Warrior, Smith, Merchant, Lowborn. With certain castes have sub-castes, such as a Merchant selling weapons and armor or a Merchant running an inn.

There are certain ways for a Dwarf to rise up in the Caste System, such as a female Smith pregnant with a male Noble’s child. While the mother will remain in the Smith caste, she now lives among the Nobles as her child is born a Noble. In terms of inheritance, the higher caste succeeds. The only exception is due to the Lowborn caste, which may not in anyway rise up in the Caste System.

Religion:

Gods are nothing to the Dwarves of the Hidden Pass. While the those above the stone worship their various deities, the Dwarves have taken to Ancestor Worship. Statues of various Dwarves have been erected based on their various deeds. While certain families pay their respects to their own ancestors, there is a certain pantheon of Dwarves that have been revered over the rest, these are called the Exemplars. If the Dwarf is just and noble to his people, he is declared by the liege to be an Exemplar.

The Exemplars are considered to be akin to an incarnation of a deity, respected and holds great power in the Ingathering. If a Dwarf were to die for the greater good of his people, he is declared an Exemplar posthumously.

Dîn Iaur - The Hidden Pass

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