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Dwarfen Holds ~ Zhufbar

August 30, 2021 Leave a comment

“Listen to that beautiful rhythmic beating. That is the beating of the industrial heart of Zhufbar. Night and day the hammers rise and fall in perfect timing. Only the dawi could master the force of nature for our needs. Zhufbar may be smaller than other holds, but automation makes us equally, if not more, productive on the industrial scale. That is something to be proud of.”

~ Sigrid Ironforge, Daughter of King Morgrim Ironforge of Zhufbar

Zhufbar is the center of innovation and industrial work for Karaz Ankor. Through clever dwarfen engineering, the dwarfs have harnessed the power of the waterfall around which the hold is built. This power is used to operate mechanical hammers and bellows in the massive forges of the hold, forges which create many of Karaz Ankor’s siege weapons.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Azgaraz

August 27, 2021 Leave a comment

“Thick is the Book of Grudges of Karak Azgaraz. Many are the wrongs that have been done to our kin and ancestors. We shall know no rest until every grudge is stricken from those pages. Sadly, it is the ghosts of the past and the anger they build in us that keeps the hearts of Karak Azgaraz fiery and young.”

~ Gargrim Thuringarsson, Son of King Thuringar Orc-Hewer of Karak Azgaraz

Karak Azgaraz is the oldest surviving hold in the Grey Mountains, which has only given it more time to acquire a list of grudges so long that none of its kings can hope to avenge them all. Located among one of the key passes of the Grey Mountains between Bretonnia and the Empire, Karak Azgaraz has both profited from the trade and suffered from the invasions that flows through this pass.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Norn

August 24, 2021 Leave a comment

“Never trust anything that burns to easily. Wood… gone before you can smoke your pipe. Coal, now coal will last you a good while, that you can trust. That cursed forest to the west, it too can burn. I’d wager my axe that the elgi inside it burn too. Clan Grintzagaz has lost its home once, and we wont lose it again.”

~ Iregar Brokksson, Son of King Brokk Ironpick of Karak Norn

Karak Norn is the largest of the current dwarfen holds in the Grey Mountains, and as such it acts as a regional leader for the Grey Dwarfs, as they are called. The Grey Mountains are among the poorest mountain chains in the Old World, poorer even than distant Norsca. The dwarfs here are a stubborn lot clinging to hope in a brighter future, a hope that is unlikely to come.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Zilfin

August 21, 2021 Leave a comment

“All the other dawi look upon Karak Zilfin with pride and mockery, for we are a small hold of modest wealth. We however know the taste of hardship and loss, something we never wish upon our kin. The wealth and grandeur our ancestors had was lost, and we don’t need the gloating of others to remind us of that. The scars of our past are deep in Karak Zilfin’s collective memory.”

~ Orek Roreksson, Son of King Rorek Granitehand of Karak Zilfin

Karak Zilfin is the southern-most of the Grey Holds, sitting above the dangerous Montdidier Pass between the Empire and Athel Loren, beyond which is Bretonnia. The dwarfs of Karak Zilfin are a hardened lot, shaped by their past and present circumstances. Only they could carve out an existence in the shadow of the Vaults and cradle of Athel Loren.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Izor

August 18, 2021 Leave a comment

“We dwarfs west of the World’s Edge Mountains have suffered more than the High King can know. We have lost our homes, our kin, and some even their honor. Now we fight to rebuild that which was lost, and no one will stand in our way. If the High King does not understand our plight, he should step aside an let Karak Izor lead.”

~Mundri Grimbrow, Son of King Kazran Grimbrow of Karak Izor

Karak Izor is the largest and wealthiest hold in the Vaults, and among the oldest. However, the founding of the hold triggered the exile of the western holds from Karaz Ankor and therefore its very founding ushered in a time of darkness for the western holds. Karak Izor did not dwell in darkness however, for it rose to meet the challenge and has become akin to the Throne of Power for the holds of the Vaults, and the Irana and Apuccini Mountains.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Kaferkammaz

August 15, 2021 Leave a comment

“What an irony it is that my ancestors founded Karak Kaferkammaz. It had been the folly of humans and their desire to pierce the clouds that brought doom upon my ancestors. In their flight from accursed rain from darkened clouds they returned to the mountains, the refuge of the dwarfs. Now it is we who live among the clouds pondering the role the Ancestor Gods played in our tragedy.”

~ Yundrin Skalfsson, Son of King Skalf Redbeard of Karak Kaferkammaz

Karak Kaferkammaz is the smallest dwarfen hold in the Vaults, built into one of the highest peaks of the mountains making it the highest hold in the Vaults, and perhaps in all of Karaz Ankor. The hold is most known for the dark past that led to its founding, and the somewhat ironic location the dwarfs selected for their new home.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Eksfilaz

August 12, 2021 Leave a comment

“If ever there was a clan to jump out of the pan and into the fire, that would be ours. Tragedy struck driving us away from our ancestral home in Ekrund, and it seems that tragedy had a sense of humor when it followed us to the Vaults. Well we won’t lose this home, every last dwarf will die fighting for Karak Eksfilaz because we’re done running!”

~ Thundrin Hergarsson, Son of King Hergar Steelclad of Karak Eksfilaz

The dwarfs of Karak Eksfilaz have been fighting an uphill battle of survival for the past four millennia. The hold of Karak Eksfilaz stands today as the westernmost hold of Karaz Ankor, though given its position it looks to Karak Izor rather than Karaz-a-Karak for aid. Given the location of the hold, the dwarfs of Karak Eksfilaz must be as skilled in fighting with their words as with their axes.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karag-Dar

August 9, 2021 Leave a comment

“What a glorious stand it was! If Karaz Ankor had but a hundred dwarfs today that had the mettle of the defenders of Karag-Dar then we’d never lose another hold. Those lads had bones of iron and hearts of stone. Showed the elgi the price of an inch… a river of blood! How I wish that I could have been there, how I wish for the story of Karag-Dar to never vanish.”

~ Borik Vanarsson, Copperbeard Ranger of the Vaults
and Descendant of Karag-Dar

Karag-Dar was a mighty dwarfen fortress built in the Vaults to safeguard trade relations between the dwarfs and the elves during the Golden Age, though it also had another secret purpose which the elves sought to discover during the War of Vengeance, and at a great price. Today the mountainside fortress is a goblin-infested ruin whose secret has been gleaned by the humans who dwell in its shadow.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Grom

August 6, 2021 Leave a comment

“It is not the size of the warrior that defines him, but the strength of his heart and convictions. Thousands of foes have stormed the gates of Karak Grom, and we stand still. Every dwarf within Karak Grom is worth a score of warriors from any other hold, and on that I’ll wager my honor!”

~ Ugard Garilsson, Son of King Garil Thunderclap of Karak Grom

Karak Grom is a minor dwarfen hold located at the southern end of the Vaults, where they are divided from the Apuccini Mountains by the Old Dwarf Pass. This pass connects the fragmented lands of Tilea and the Borderlands, a region where the rumor of war is always on the wind. With the ever-present threat of skaven and greenskins, Karak Grom must always be alert, for only it alone can keep the Old Dwarf Pass open for trade.

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Dwarfen Holds ~ Karak Hirn

August 3, 2021 Leave a comment

“Though grudges have been settled, the past has not been forgotten. There was a time when Karaz Ankor disowned its children in the Black Mountains, and from these orphans Karak Hirn grew. We have not forgotten our past, it is a lesson that we must learn to be self-reliant and count on no one. Through our traditions we grow stronger.”

~ Oghren Alriksson, Son of King Alrik Ranulfsson of Karak Hirn

Karak Hirn, or the Horn Hold as it is more commonly known, is the largest and richest hold in the Black Mountains, and acts as a de facto capital of the Black Mountain Holds. Geographically situated along a key pass between the Empire and the southern realms, Karak Hirn benefits heavily from trade. Its legacy built heavily upon the past, Karak Hirn clings to its traditions more than any other hold.

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