The Spires of Oltir
The dwarves were the most displaced and scattered race in the time following the Great War, as the global earthquakes and shifting of landmasses ripped apart the mountains and shattered their underground cities and fortresses. They instead fled into the open spaces and the other communities of surviving humanoids. While keeping their basic clan structure intact for marriages and other dwarf relations, the dwarves settled in free-standing homes and mingled with the other peoples to gain greater share in its coming wealth. They quickly became the backbone of technology and tool making for the entire civilized world as it regained stability in the dark times following the Great War.
As they regained power and influence amongst the peoples, the dwarves enjoyed a new level of respect in overall affairs that they had previously not been afforded in the age before the Great War. They provided strong weapons and solid iron workings, quality steel and other exotic items. This was of extraordinary value in the time of rebuilding, and the invaluable nature of the dwarves technology gave them general clout in all matters. Through this influence they were able to become involved in the dispensation of all currency across the New World. They also designed the mint for coins and other items of monetary value. In the current age, most banks are either owned by dwarves or have been in dwarf clans for generations.
Dwarves still do not like the Fey races, due to an instinctual discomfort with their presence. Yet in the current age many dwarves are more interested in settling down in mixed urban populations, such as Giktala, Karra and Alassys. They can usually be found as blacksmiths, engineers, or in control of a given area’s economy. Many dwarves still seek out the profession of adventurer, and amongst these it is common to dedicate their lives to seeking out the old dwarf cities and treasures.