« Last post by Thewizard63 on May 03, 2016, 04:15:20 PM »
i've always struggled with this balance of strghold vs practocle livable home. So Eragon gave me pause to re-think the whole thing. and the idea of dwarves living in the hidden valleys of the mountains makes sense for food and the like. this also is a reason why the dwarves hate goblinoids and other mountain cave dwellers. the dwarves just have carved out the natural caverns to things of beauty. these first few caves end up being the entrances and great halls. but deeper are the mines, which is the heart of their wealth.
they use their stoneworks to hide other entrances and exits to keep from getting "holed up". but where the streams go deep and dark is the realm of the underdark. deep at the foothills level in the core of the rock. the Dwarves use the stonecraft to keep cunning work arounds from the major assaults.
This idea helped me feel more OK with how and why Dwarves were even in surface society at all. it's because they are on the surface, just in the high peaks with horrible neighbors. in my mind, main entrances are heavily fortified like a castle but with a maze of tunnels to keep the enemy guessing.