Excellent sub and full of great ideas. Any interesting question arises however, does the society allow/encourage inbreeding/incest? Or do they send out raiding parties for new people every so many years?
If they do send out raiding parties to acquire the best and brightest for their lands population it makes for a great springboard for adventures such as:
To rescue a Living Treasure
The heroes find themselves on a hired to rescue a world renowned artisan who was suddenly abducted by strange white clothed warriors who sailed off to the north.
Rite of passage
As part of the passage from child to adult, young adults of the mist valley must join a "gathering party" and leave their land to return with several people of worth to join their culture and keep it strong. For these young warriors who have never known debilitating injury or sickness the outside world can be a daunting place, but tradition demands they return successful, or not at all...
Sanctuary, Refuge Denied
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Fleeing a war, plague or continental catastrophe a ship full of refugees seeks sanctuary in the magical northern lands, rumored to be safe from all the mortal worlds horrors. Unfortunately while following a returning group of gatherers they manage to wreck their ship upon the coastal rocks, and are forced to either negotiate with these secluded winter warriors, or find a way to breach their defenses and carve a piece of the mist land for themselves.
Simple and brutal, a fun variation on the more traditional ax so many Dwarven characters equip themselves with.
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A Regiment of soldiers trained in these would make for an interesting subdivision of a otherwise famous mercenary company as well. "Calrissa's Cleavers" or the like.