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Kassy's comment on 2013-05-21 10:55 AM
4.5/5

I seem to be giving out a lot of high scores today.

Perhaps I should investigate this Dwarven Guild. After finishing my Strolenati Guild quest. Go to Comment
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Elbin's comment on 2013-05-23 08:13 AM
I had a lot of fun reading that, they are all great ideas for pets that won't come to a humans mind. Good job! Go to Comment
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Elbin's comment on 2013-05-23 09:22 AM
Rust snails

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
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Dossta's comment on 2012-10-04 04:21 PM
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
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Garm's comment on 2013-07-03 10:56 PM
Excellent bit of colour to add to a civilisation or character. Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2013-03-22 12:33 AM
All of these are unique and clever and flavorful. But it has a typo, oh noes!
"one breed did i come across"
I would certainly like to meet the dwarves in your world. Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-05-21 12:45 PM
She probably meant that I, as in referring to oneself, is always written with a capital i. Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-05-21 12:48 PM
This is a wonderful submission, now I want a bearded cat! Though your dwarfs seem fuzzier by far than mine, mine would eat both rats and insects.

No obvious spelling or grammatical errors, highly creative with lots of goodies. A full score from me. Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-07-03 07:43 AM
My first ever HoH vote. Go to Comment
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Raspu10's comment on 2013-07-03 10:17 PM
These are great. The tunnel-hound in particular could make for some great byplay in a scenario. Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-26 02:21 PM
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
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-26 02:21 PM
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
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manfred's comment on 2014-03-28 06:44 PM


66. Even a beardless one can give good advice. (Everything's possible, you know?)



67. Even the rat has courage in her den. (Equally about desperation giving power, and knowledge of a locale giving defenders an edge.)



68. Sleeping on a stone is easy with a clean conscience.



69. A dog knows who feeds him. (Multiple interpretations, mostly insulting; may be a hint the dwarf knows about your true loyalties, or is about to rent your services. Can also refer to the cunning of some creatures or their surprising loyalty.)



70. The belly is the best clock there is.



71. Can't buy honor in the market. (Obvious meaning; but also a sigh of some itinerant clanless dwarves that wish for a more proper life.)



72. The more you put in, the more it burns. (Feeding the wrong thing, arguments, hate, etc.)



73. Tall stairs make for heavy falls. (About the occasional tendency to overreach.)



74. A dwarf is a dwarf while he keeps his word.



75. Goblins took it. (It won't ever come back, at least not in the same shape.)



76. What he builds with one hand he breaks with the other. (Fool, incompetent, but also someone capable working against himself.)



77. Master of nine crafts makes poverty his tenth. (Can't be good at everything, those who try fail.)



78. Good work praises itself.



79. Keep to the new road and an old friend.



80. Eat the mushrooms but know their names. (Know what you are getting into.)

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manfred's comment on 2014-03-28 06:45 PM
This needs to be a 101, people! Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-09-28 12:58 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-09-25 09:59 PM
41. Dwarven women are like a good hammer. Always ready for work, and just as able to smash a head as hammer a sword.

42. Only a fool tries to poison a dwarf. Our womans cooking could kill an Ogre, your poison is dressing to us.

43. You can't milk a stone for water, but you can crush a goblins head with one fist. (A saying that states never try to do the impossible and that killing goblins is always possible.)

44. A mead in the hand, is worth two goblin heads in a bush. (Meaning a strong drink is as good as dead goblins any day, and even better with a strong drink while doing it.) Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-09-26 07:29 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-09-30 01:14 AM
God I love that part of the movie. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2012-09-26 03:30 PM
45. Better to walk a dark tunnel. (Approximately "I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole," though the Dwarven phrase carries heavy connotations fell magics.)
46. He's got no dust in his beard. (Said of someone who is a layabout and worthless to society at large.)
47. You're burning your beard. (The equivalent in English would be telling someone their pants are on fire or that their nose has grown a couple inches.)
48 He could steal the braids from your beard. (Used to describe an extremely cunning dwarf.)
49. We've gone down the shaft. (Equal parts "point of no return" and "out of the frying pan and into the fire") Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2012-09-26 03:31 PM
Silly dwarves, language is for tall people :P Go to Comment
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