Legends of Vanhyr
The dwarves of Vanhyr are an old race who trace their ancestry back two thousand years or more. The name Vanhyr itself is a dwarven word for ‘land above the ancestors’.They have built massive halls under the northern mountains, and craft many precious items of gold and silver. Dwarves are the arch-enemies of the Frost Giants of the north, and their war against them has been going on since the first dwarves began to carve their history into the granite cliffs of the northern mountains.
The history of the dwarves is not discussed outside the halls of Deeping Delve, and certainly never in the presence of a man or elf. What can be gathered from the scattered bits of evidence points to some great journey undertaken by the dwarves that ended at their current home. Whether it was some calamity, war or exile that drove them from their original lands nobody can say for sure, but the dwarves crossed over the Scourge Straits many centuries ago and destroyed the bridge upon their arrival in Vanhyr.
Today, the dwarves are as tight-lipped and dour as ever, and they make few attempts at contacting the outside world. What contact they do bother to make is generally bloody. The dwarves of Deeping Delve and their strongholds along the northern Blackshroud Mountains have been at war with tribes of Northmen for generations. In addition, scattered remnants of the Forgoth, the diminutive (diminutive for giants, that is) cousins of the Hjalldarr have made increasingly deep forays across the Folds from their homeland in the Vjalldar Mountains into dwarven and human lands. Where dwarves find such invaders, the response is invariable. Hundreds of warriors erupt from the gates of Deeping Delve, force-march through snow, rain or summer heat until they find their foes, and do battle with them with ferocity and merciless glee.