Wyrd of the Kingdoms of Kalamar
Though the Adurek (the dwarves’ own name for themselves) are not native to Pekal and few live there for long, there are many who pass through as refugees and rebels from the great city of Karasta (“Irontop”), which has recently been conquered by the Vast Empire of Kalamar. They may be migrating to the distant Lagasa Peaks in the west and stopping to look for funds to continue the journey, or (having heard of the growing hobgoblin nation of Norga-Krangel to the west) they might have settled in Pekal as craftsmen, merchants, and mercenaries, with the younger, more hot-blooded members of the clan joining the Pekalese army against the Empire.
The dwarves of Tellene are deeply tied to earth and stone on an almost empathic level. They are often thought of as greedy, but what they are actually obsessed with is beauty that lasts. They love gold so much because unlike iron and steel, it never rusts, and unlike silver, it never tarnishes. They love gemstones for much the same reason. But they also love more base materials that others overlook. A dwarven clan that discovered a hill of solid granite lwould consider it a treasure beyond measure, and would spend a thousand years shaping it into a monument-city of such beauty as to make even a dull-hearted human weep. And if it were ever stolen from them, they would spend another thousand years and the blood of a hundred thousand dwarves to get it back and take vengeance on the thieves who stole it.