Dwarves

The dwarves are a race of long life and small stature, always sporting beards (both the males and females). They are one with the rock, being born of it, although they seem to have no homeland that anyone can find apart from the halls of Skandur.

Dwarven families are not unlike those of other races, but a mated couple may fashion a statue of clay and stones, each making their marks, and encrust it with hard-won jewels and precious metals. After a ritual known only to the dwarves, the statue animates as a child. As such, there are no dwarven infants; all are born as adolescents and seem to already have the language and intellectual capabilities of a human adolescent, as well as a child's knowledge of their culture.