THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT
Dwarfs are of stocky build with an average height of 4 feet and weight of 120 pounds. Their skin tone ranges from pinkish white to dark ebony. Some reports seem to indicate possible other skin colorations, but these variations are more likely the result of ritual tattoos begun during the time dwarven groups began to seal themselves off from the Horrors. Dwarf hair grows quickly and in abundance, particularly the hair on the heads. Dwarfs are broad-chested, tough, and strong for their size, though slow runners, as their legs are disproportionately short for even their squat bodies. Dwarf ears usually come to a gentle point on the tip, though less pronounced then elven ears. Dwarfs reach physical maturity sometime after ten years of life, whose span will average 100 years. Some individuals have recorded life spans of 150 years or more. Dwarfs organize themselves into families, tribes, and nations. Though their social instincts comfortably embrace the idea of kingdoms and nations, a dwarf’s first loyalty is to family and tribe. A gift for large-scale organization and unshakeable loyalties come naturally to dwarfs, as they are aggressive, quick to latch onto a single solution, and quite stubborn. Even other dwarfs admit that members of their race often seem curt and lacking in social graces.
Dwarfs prefer to live underground or as close to the earth as possible. While not adverse to travel and life above ground, they often develop a “home sickness” for subterranean life. Dwarfs generally refuse to travel on riding animals, as they are ungainly riders. They also dislike traveling over open water, out of sight of land.