Age of the Reckoning Hand
Usually constructed around profitable mines, dwarven cities are vast, beautiful complexes carved into solid stone. These cities often take years to complete, but once finished they stand for millennia. Dwarves do not leave their cities often, so they build them with permanence in mind.
Dwarven society is organized into clans. These clans are identified with totem animals, and members of a clan will wear a piece of fur, tooth, claw, or other talisman of that animal as both charm and identifier. Members of each clan work together in a particular trade, such as weapon-making or silver-smithing. They tend to live close together, as each needs access to the same materials. Clans are competitive, but usually do not war against one another.
Life in dwarven cities tends to be rigid and unchanging as the stone it is wrought from. Above all, dwarves value law and order. Their political system is strict and male-dominated, with a king presiding over a larger legislative and judicial councils.
Dwarves believe in excellence and expertise in all that they do, so for any trade a dwarf wishes to enter, there is a long apprenticeship period. This includes those going into politics or the military. Dwarven militaries are well-organized and extremely well-disciplined. Dwarven women are skilled in combat and fight as males is their homes are attacked.
Dwarves put large stock in their religions. Those who enter the religious profession as clerics endure the same kind of apprenticeship as their secular counterparts. When entering a religious discipline, acolytes take on the totem of their faith in place of, or sometimes in addition to, their family totem. They move from their homes to central monasteries and convents to practice their worship.
Even clerics must make themselves useful, however. Besides serving as a spiritual center for dwarven communities, religious orders fill one additional function: they act as brewmasters for their people. Though dwarves celebrate fewer holidays than both elves and gnomes, when they do partake, their revels are lubricated with plenty of mead, stout and other libations. The brewing of this dwarven beer is considered a sacred process, and is trusted only to the holiest of holies.