The greatest, most cruel and wealthy of the Abyssal Dwarfs often lead great armies into battle. Mighty Overmasters, armed with ensorcelled weaponry and covered in the most impenetrable obsidian armour, bellow orders to their own warriors. Mysterious Iron-Casters unleash the twisted fire-magic or Ariagful, the evil Queen of the Black Flame, and summon her Abyssal servants to the field in order to do their bidding alongside the monstrous Half-Breeds and other strange war-engines that they have created.</p>
It is common knowledge that all Dwarfs love gold and jewels. But Dwarfs are governed by a strong moral code, dictating that the only riches that one truly owns are those that have been earned with hard, honest toil – “with the sweat of the brow and the callus on the hand holding the pick” goes an ancient Dwarven adage.
But not all Dwarfs show such fortitude. At the time of the God War, The Father of Lies, great among the Lords of the Abyss, spied a weakness in the heart of the Dwarfs, a shame that they will not own to. It is greed, above all, a perverse longing for gold can only be sated by the hard work of others. Seduced by the promises of the Father of Lies, some Dwarfs will begin to covet and eventually take the wealth of others employing guile, threats and, ultimately, violence. In the end, when a Dwarf takes another Dwarf’s life to satisfy this greed, there is much rejoicing in the Abyss, as another Dwarf has lost his soul forever – another Abyssal Dwarf is born.
When the Dwarfs of the Northern Clans first established their mining colonies, north of the Halpi Mountains, they could not know that the proximity of The Abyss would worm itself into their very being. The deeper they delved, the more they were exposed to the influence of the Wicked Ones. This influence gradually corrupted their natural love of gold, wearing away the noble attitudes of their people - the importance of honest sweat and toil in the earning of wealth - replacing it with an all consuming greed.
In order to ease the burden of their labours, they dabbled more and more with sorcery. The disdain most Dwarfs feel for the younger races was transformed into a sense of contempt for 'lesser' races. The more they were exposed to the corrupting influence of the Abyss, the more they were twisted and unchanged until they could no longer be considered Dwarfs.