Join the Dwarven Guild in the forums, and I will begin to share their secrets with you! But only if you join the Guild :-)
Hmm, I dunno, no matter how many times, i say aloud, "Dwarves breed cats as well, though only this one breed did i come across in my stay with the bearded-brothers", it still sounds good to me in that fantasy/medieval-ish way. Then again, i twist language to suit me, so you're probably right. Go to Comment
These dark brown mollusks carry a rust coloured asymmetrical shell on their backs. They are omnivorous and require little sustenance, usually being kept in large urns with several handfuls of dirt and some scraps of food. Their main quality is the propensity to crawl towards the largest amount of rusty iron that they can find, and then consume it. Dwarves use them to clean rusty metal objects, be it weapons or building materials, when they don't have the time to do it personally. They are also used to judge if a weapon needs cleaning that may not be visible to the naked eye. If the blade is rust free the snail will slither off it in a minute, but if there is even the tiniest spot somewhere it will crawl to it and start grinding with its miniature teeth. At this point it is up to the dwarf to decide if the snail will do the job or not, but most prefer to remove the mollusc and clean the spot themselves. Oddly enough, the slime of the snails does not cause the appearance of rust on iron surfaces, so it is sometimes used to oil the weapons if there is no proper oil at hand. Furthermore, if for some reason there is no whetstone available, their shells can be used to sharpen edges both to a fine point or in a jagged way to the preference of the owner.
Dwarves usually carry one or two snails in pouches at the waist if they think they will need them. It is also a matter of pride to have small snails, as this means that they have not eaten much rust so their owner must keep his iron and steel in perfect condition at all times. Other types of these snails are rumoured to exist, that are drawn to silver and gold, and whose shells are the respective colour, although these should be very rare.
Sometimes dwarves like to joke with human craftsmanship by telling stories of human swords being eaten by the snails from the tip to the hilt. Go to Comment
This is absolutely delightful. I cannot think of a single reason not to award the full 5 for this submission -- it's detailed, useful, colorful and begs to be used. The "voice" of this piece is superb, and I will second what Mourn said. Having an outsider write this leaves absolutely everything up to interpretation and the GMs whim. My favorites are probably the miniature bears, but the bearded cats made me laugh, too. Overall, this is excellent. Thank you for writing this. Go to Comment
I will flip #11 entirely around. I think they are in the wrong order. :)
I love this idea. I would have given a +1 magic sword of fairy slaying to have this list back in the day to add so much flavor to the Dwarves. I want to play one now just so I can chime off some of these! Go to Comment