Dwarves are small and stocky humanoids, resembling small humans. They are hardworking creatures, often becoming incredibly rich, living in large underground cities. In the modern world of Arkelon, Dwarves are considered as the technological leaders of the world, developing a lot of new technologies and exporting them all over the world. They are masters at crafting weapons, armors and vehicles, although they also dabble in jewelry and golem creation. Dwarves where the first race to discover arcana in an old ruin in the northern part of the world, quickly starting to experiment on it. They are behind a lot of the technological progress made following that discovery, and where the first to reach Arkelon's moon, Phos, during the space race between them, Dragonkins and Humans.
Dwarves are especially conservative of their own culture, rites and fashion, making them a somewhat secretive race. They keep extensive records of their history, and decorate their cities with large frescoes representing their heroes and their past. Although they know how to harness the volatile arcana, they don't have a particular affinity with magic, preferring to go towards more martial or religious endeavors. With the world's evolution, some Dwarves left their people to join other races, leaving their underground cities for the surface. As they did so, they shared some of Dwarven knowledge regarding their culture, making them at odds with their own.
Ice Dwarves evolved from their Mountain counterpart when they settled
in a small underground village in the cold north of the world, following the discovery of an alien city, and a rare resource called Caderium. This resource, coming from a large asteroid, and being one of the
most resilient materials, was at the center of their
economy for centuries.
In the modern world, Caderium is harvested on other
worlds, but Ice Dwarves still hold a very large part of
that market, making them extremely wealthy. Since they
are still one of the rare nations able to smelt and craft
with Caderium, they are still very sought after for their talent.
They adapted to the cold by having flatter faces and
stockier bodies. With the many dangers of the north, they
are masters at creating traps and ranged weapons.