The Infernal Dwarves, also known as Drigniz[1], historically known as Eastern Dwarves, are a playable faction in the game The 9th Age: Fantasy Battle. The Infernal Dwarves make their home in western Augea, in the land known as the Blasted Plain [2]. They have no singular nation but rather a patchwork of city states called Citadels [3].

The Infernal Dwarves are perhaps beast know for having created the Inferno, which gave them their name [4]. They are also known for the Steel Road [5], and for slavery [4].

Geography[edit | edit source]

The Infernal Dwarves are found mostly in central to western Augea, in the region known as the Blasted Plain [2]. There they hold a nation of city states called citadels [3]. One of those citadels is Zalaman Tekash, connected to the western end of the Steel Road [2].

History[edit | edit source]

From the Second Age tapestry of the World Hymn. Corresponds with the line from the poem: "That golden time as West met East".

The origins of the Infernal Dwarves can be traced back to the Eastern Dwarves of ancient times [6]. In the Second Age these dwarves are said to have became part of the great Dwarven Empire [7]. [3]

From the Fourth Age tapestry of the World Hymn. Corresponds with the line from the poem: "Endless foes did split us sunder".

Early in the Ages of Ruin, in the Fourth Age [8], the Eastern Dwarves were cut off from the rest of the empire [3]. This has been attributed to the great calamities of those ages [6], not the least the wast numbers of foe that came to separate them [8]. Though is has also been said that the dwarves themselves furthered this split by claims of betrayal from both sides [6].

Despite the foes they faced, the Eastern Dwarves refused to abandon their homes. It is said that they turned to darker means of survival, such as slavery and sorcery. [4]

In the Seventh Age it said that the Eastern Dwarves had managed to enslave fire, presumably referring to the Kadim. This bolstered their might but wrought havoc on the world, causing earthquakes, floods and storm, eventually also leading to the creation of the Inferno. Their earned the eastern dwarves their new name: Infernal [4]. [9]

The Inferno is said to have cause major damage to the Infernal Dwarves themselves, but to their foes alike. This gave them time to regroup. From this a new leader arose, Kemurab, the law-giver. [3]

Magic Use[edit | edit source]

The following is a quote used to describe the magic use of the Infernal Dwarves [10]:

"Above all else, the Infernal Dwarves value power, and particularly power that others do not possess. In their search for a way to tap into the very core of the earth, they caused a disaster which made great swathes of the world uninhabitable. A natural affinity with and understanding of fire has meant flame and molten rock have always played a part in such endeavours. A combination of engineering and magic results in high risk enterprises, with enormous potential rewards."

Religion[edit | edit source]

The Infernal Dwarves have several gods that they worship, and who they believe to protect them. Among these gods are: Ashuruk, Shamut, Nezibkesh and Lugar. [11]

Ashuruk is the king of Heaven, who seems to act as a judge [11]. The Overlords of each Citadel is chosen by the of the Magi Council of the Clergy of Ashuruk [3].

Shamut is the bull of heaven, a god of war and battle. [11]

Nezibkesh is the mover of heaven, called a destroyer [11]. Followers of Nezibkesh are said to be found around the Inferno [12].

Lugar is the champion of heaven, said to be able to outwit everyone. Some sources suggest he is a more recent addition to the gods of the Infernal Dwarves, though those claims are held as heretical by others. [11]

Culture[edit | edit source]

The culture of the Infernal Dwarves is said to trace back to the Dwarven Empire of the Golden Age [3]. Today they are said to take great pride in the quality of their educational system, as well as equality between the sexes in their society [13].

Government[edit | edit source]

The nation of the Infernal Dwarves is split into several city states called Citadels. The ruler of each Citadel is selected by the Magi Council of Ashuruk, usually based on merit. These rulers are called Overlords and they oversee a secular bureaucracy of Viziers and administrators. There are also four great cults in the citadels, that wield considerable power and prestige of their own [13]. [3]

Economy[edit | edit source]

The Infernal Dwarves are a powerful faction when it comes to economics. They acquire treasures from their vassals on the Blasted Plains and export products from their industries. There is also very little imported since the Citadels are mostly self sufficient. Other than luxury items for the upper class, such as jade from Tsuandan, the only need the Infernal Dwarves really have is for slaves. [14]

The Infernal Dwarves also turn a large profit from running the Steel Road. They use it themselves to transport goods but also allow others to use it, often for steep tolls though[5]. [14]

Technology and architecture[edit | edit source]

Citadels[edit | edit source]

The Citadels of the Infernal Dwarves are said to serve as a mean to awe visitors and to quell rebellious thoughts amongst the slaves. They are often surrounded by black brisk walls, with gates described to resemble the maw of some great beast. [13]

Construction material[edit | edit source]

The Infernal Dwarves are said to use a substance called concretus as a mortar in their brick walls. It is made from shattered rock, volcanic ash and, according to rumours, ground bones. They also use something called asphaltum to pave their streets. [13]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Account by Gurich Siggarson of the Western Holds (The 9th Scroll, issue 7, p38)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Meradus Gercator (962 A.S.) Map of the Lands and People of the 9th Age (T9A:FB Rulebook, p125)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Informative text on the Infernal Dwarves (The 9th Scroll, issue 7, p42) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":1" defined multiple times with different content
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Jorge Zamoran; An account of the peoples, nations and monsters which inhabit the world: Infernal Dwarves (T9A:FB Rulebook, p139)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Interview with Sigmund Selig, the Great Sage (The 9th Scroll, issue 4, p20) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":8" defined multiple times with different content
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jorge Zamoran; An account of the peoples, nations and monsters which inhabit the world: Dwarves (T9A:FB Rulebook, p139)
  7. The World Hymn: The 2nd Age (T9A:FB Rulebook, p127)
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World Hymn: The 4th Age (T9A:FB Rulebook, p127)
  9. The World Hymn: The 6th Age (T9A:FB Rulebook, p129)
  10. On races and their magic (The 9th Scroll, issue 5, p8)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Inscription on the ancient Hearth Stone (The 9th Scroll, issue 7, p42)
  12. Ilarion Yanovich (942-962 A.S.) Letters to Archbishop Voytyek Bistricha, 2nd letter (T9A:FB Warriors of the Dark Gods, p24-27)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Account by Niccolò Solo (The 9th Scroll, issue 7, p43)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Enrico Fideli; Report to Empress Sophia (The 9th Scroll, issue 7, p42)
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