“Hi ho! Hi ho! its off to work we go!”
Dwarf marching song
- +2 Persistence
- -2 Mobility
- Dwarf: “Dwarves are the best because we are always prepared, aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty, and we’re loyal to the last dwarf for the clan.”
- Elf: “ Dwarves are paranoid, sullen gold-diggers who bury themselves in their mountains so they don’t have to face the world.”
- Giant “Dwarves are a proud and capable race. They would be capable of so much more if they cared to leverage their wealth to help others.”
- Gnome: “Dwarves are predictable, uninspired, and stoic. Why work so hard on things you already know?”
- Goblin: “Dwarves are lazy, selfish, and stagnant. They have no idea how to leverage their assets or take advantage of new opportunities… what a waste!”
- Halfling: “Dwarves are super grumpy and boring! They don’t like new people, places, or learning new things.”
- Human: “Dwarves are solid and consistent, if a bit stubborn, producers. Valuable for consistent work, but not of much value in innovation”.
- Orc: “Dwarves are afraid of everyone and everything. They hide in their holes and let the world pass them by.”
- Troll: “It’s good to keep an eye on Dwarves. They are the only ones who could foil our plans if they knew what we were up to.”
Dwarves are the strong and stout people of the mountain. They are by far the sturdiest of the races and capable of enduring extreme pressure and adversity. They use this talent to create majestic and complex works, often hewn directly from the walls of the mountain in which they dwell. Dwarves are extremely dedicated and meticulous in their work. They are driven and resolute in all things, and they know that they can overcome any obstacle if given enough time.
Even as coal is transformed into a diamond through the application of time and pressure, so, too, the dwarf becomes more valuable and treasured as she matures. Dwarves become both harder and more useful as they grow in the various groups in which they take part. Others will see the dwarf as the bedrock upon which others can build strong solutions. Dwarves never falter and never quit. Steadfast and stubborn, they persist through every opposition until they see their projects completed.
1. Iron Will
The dwarven constitution is the stuff of legend, enabling them to survive hindrances from any number of sources, be it poison, disease, spell, compulsion, or weakness. The life of the dwarf is tough and fraught with danger. She knows that life has plenty of hardship to dish out; her goal is to be able to outlast the adversity and prevail in the end.
2. Artisan Works
Dwarves are not quick to complete their tasks. They are careful to ensure that their work product is of the highest quality and will stand the test of time. As a result, everything produced by a dwarf will be of exquisite value and durability. True artisans, dwarves build things to last. Others will be extremely impressed by dwarven artisan works as long as they don’t know how long it took to create them.
3. Book of Grudges
Dwarves relish holding long grudges against those that they perceived have wronged them. Dwarves are willing to wait a long time to get even with potential enemies, either facing them directly or subverting their progress through organizational channels. Due to the extremely stubborn, implacable nature of this race, it is often difficult to undo wrongs once dwarves have placed the offense(s) in their Book of Grudges.
4. Sturdy Burden
Dwarves are short, stout, and very muscular. Their sturdy frame allows them to carry loads unmovable by much larger races and for a much longer time. Dwarves take pride in this ability, and they will often carry the burden of others who are struggling. A loyal dwarf will view this as an act of service to help his clan, while a bitter one may do it to show the ineptitude of other workers. This ability will allows dwarves to contribute greatly to the organizations in which they serve.
Dwarves consider the realities of their environments and plan accordingly. Other races may think of dwarves as pessimistic, bleak, or gloomy, but dwarves see themselves simply as pragmatists. Dwarves know that if bad stuff can happen it likely will happen… and so they are inclined to prepare for it. To a dwarf, there is no logical reason not to have a storehouse of supplies, escape routes, or extra ammunition. Better to have and not need than to need and not have… right?
1. For the Clan
Dwarves find great purpose in supporting their clan. Regardless of whether this is family, friends, or work associates, dwarves will do all that they can to support them. It is this trait that powers their endless endurance and dedication to their work. Dwarves want to know that they are serving something greater than themselves and that their efforts will be remembered. They know that no matter what happens to themselves, the clan will benefit from their efforts and carry the memory of their sacrifice with them.
Dwarves will pull together in groups and help each other achieve even higher levels of productivity than each is capable on his or her own. They enjoy covering each other’s weak spots and reinforce each other’s strengths. To this end, dwarves will practice their roles in their trade frequently with one another. They may beat drums, sing songs, or exchange encouragements with one another to make sure that everyone is progressing well. Dwarves look out for their own and will make sure no one is left behind as they all march onwards to success.
Dwarves are natural-born historians and storytellers. They love to recount the great deeds of their ancestors and share great triumphs of the past. Dwarves take great pride in the accomplishments of their clan and use it to inspire future projects of greatness. There is a downside to this, however. The long memory and re-telling of deeds also allows dwarves to perpetuate prejudice, bias, and inflexibility. An individual dwarf’s book of grudges becomes part of the identity of the clan, and the whole clan will hold others accountable to the wrongs committed against the individual.
4. Hoard treasure
Dwarves love shiny things. They spend their whole lives digging wealth from deep within the ground. Once earned, dwarves tend to hoard their treasure rather than spend it. They view stored gold as security against tough times. Gold never tarnishes and is always valuable to others. Dwarves know that it is best to have options when under pressure, and having piles of treasure always helps open up new options.
5. Fortify Stronghold
Dwarves anticipate adversity and expect opposition. They know that at any moment, they could be besieged by hordes of orcs or attacked by marauding goblins. Therefore, dwarves protect themselves with thick walls, deep moats, burning oil, and tower fortifications. In a work context, this means that dwarves will be socially guarded with outsiders and protective of information and resources. Dwarves are wary of strangers, fearing that they will try to undermine their work or steal their resources.
1. Balanced Burden
Dwarves will tend to take on too much in the organization. They are likely to keep a close eye on overall team productivity and try to make up for any shortcomings. Keep an eye on dwarves to make sure they don’t burn themselves out. That said, dwarves typically are able to handle more work, higher stress, and longer hours because of their innate sense of community and obligation. Loyal to a fault, they take their role in the company very seriously and enjoy knowing that they can hold everything together when things get tough.
2. Build bridges from Grudges
Once they feel they’ve been wronged, dwarves are very difficult to work with. They will resist collaboration and look for ways to undermine the work of those they see as being in the wrong. Dwarves have a long memory, and they can cause problems in an organization for quite some time over perceived slights or mistreatment. Take a proactive approach to resolve disagreements involving dwarves to prevent future bitterness and productivity issues. You can help dwarves by helping them see the other side of the argument and by sharing organizational constraints which affect the dwarves’ work.
3. Scale the Walls
The dwarven tendency to hoard resources can make it difficult for new additions to the company. Dwarves rarely see the need to associate and share their hard-won knowledge, talents, and experience with new people. Instead, they are likely to see new people as a threat and will try to keep them out of critical positions and away from valuable resources. Remind the dwarf that these resources belong to the company and that the new hire is part of the company’s overall plan for success. After a little coaxing, the dwarf will come around and accept new people into her group.
4. Tavern Tales
Dwarves are dedicated, selfless, tireless, and are seen by many as a stoic pillar of productivity and solidarity in the workplace. Even dwarves have to blow of steam from time to time, however. It is important to let dwarves associate with people in their own way. Dwarves may encourage each other with work songs and social events that don’t seem to relate to work activities. Allow for this behavior, if at all possible; it will keep the dwarves happy and enable them to continue to produce at high levels.
5. Hard Working Teams
Dwarves often define themselves by their adversity. They enjoy, or at least thrive, in environments where there is a common enemy or challenge. They encourage each other and feel great accomplishment in overcoming adversity. Because of this work ethic, it is important to partner dwarves with other hardworking people. The dwarf will likely become fast friends with those who pull their own weight and try their best. Keep dwarves working closely with others of a similar work ethic to keep them from grumbling and causing problems of their own.