|Nidvellir: Home of the Dwarves and their kin
||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|03:03 pm]
The Log Of Captain Jaren Gaal (Part of The "A Call
Well, as Some of the fans of the webcomic Know, we are currently headed to Nidavellir. So I figured a brief overview of this land is due.
Nidavellir: Is the Home of the dwarves and is part of the group of worlds allied with the Asgardian Theocracy. This world is a Mountainous area where technoology and magic are harnessed by the three main races: Dwarves, Gnomes and Kobolds which exist in a semi-Rigid caste System.
Dwarves: Are primarily Engineers and Weapon smiths of great skill. Dwarven Items tend to be crafted alot better than Human items and intemded to be sturdy, functional and meant to be used for long periods of time. However, Dwarves do Not like to share their work with the other races and tend to charge exhorbitant rates for their services, But usually the Stuff is worth it. They stand roughly anywhere between 4-5 feet in Hieght with broad Shoulders, and Muscular hairy bodies. the Dwarves take great pride in their beards often braiding it and placing some jewels, gold or silver in the braids. Contrary to popular belief Dwarven females DON'T have beards, but They are extremely hairy other wise. (If you are going to have sex with a dwarf make sure you have a water pic handy.) Dwarves are extremely loyal to their friends and family, but this loyalty is hard to earn. A few thousand years have kind of made Dwarves wary of Elves, Orcs, Trolls due to intence interracial warfare. They Dislike Elves but respect them to some degree, they HATE orcs and would kill them if they had a chance; And trolls are seen as competitors since Trolls are also great at building things.
Dwarves tend to live anywhere between 400-500 years.
Gnomes: Are the "Artists" of Nidavellir. They are slightly smaller than dwarves (Standing 3-4' tall) alot less hairy but they tend to have wrinkled faces and a slighlty reddish coloration which makes them look like they went on an all night bender, along with pointed ears. Gnomes tend to focus more on craft items and (Like the dwarves) they take great pride in their work. They also tend to be good merchants often being gifted in the fine art of Haggling.
It should be noted that both Gnomes and Dwarves tend to be greedy bastards, but Gnomes would sell their own grandmother if it would bring them a profit. Gnomes tend to live anywhere between 200-350 years.
Kobolds: Also Known as the "cursed race". Kobolds are a Mutant subrace of the gnomes, standing 3-4' in hieght pointed ears and blue skin. Kobolds are usually bred from other Kobolds but many times they are born to a Gnome family giving them great Shame. Gnome born Kobolds (If they survive their first birthday) are usually sold off quickly (Often at a great discount) or banished from the family once they reach a viable age (like 10 or so). Almost all kobolds are Slaves in Nidavellir and most of them work deep in the mines getting Gold, Silver and gems for their Gnome and Dwarf Cousins, and are considered to be the backbone of the Dwarven economy. This life of endless toil usually cuts down a kobolds lifespan down to 50 maybe 60 years at best, while kobolds outside of Nidavellir tend to live as long as 120-130.
There are three major castes of the Nidavellir society:
Jarls: These are generally the rulers and Kings. usually composed of Dwarves and Gnomes
Bondi: the "Freemen" or the average working Schmuck, again Mostly Dwarves and Gnomes
Thralls: Slaves, usually criminals and prisoners of war. Thralls can comprise of any race but all kobolds are thralls.
More on Nidavellir as time goes on.