The Duladric Confederacy
The Duládric Confederacy
Since long before the Elves ever set foot in Vaenlan, the Duládric Confederacy has held dominion over The Black beneath its soil. As the name would suggest, the Confederacy is a loose association of Dwarven city states, each with their own forms of government and custom but bound to the others through complex Clan and Guild bonds. Citizens are of largely Duládric descent. Infighting between member cities is common, though only in the rarest of circumstances has this ever turned to all out warfare.
Cooperation is a necessity, as the Dwarves of the Confederacy are not the only inhabitants of the great darkness. Goblins, though poorly organized, are a constant threat due to their sheer numbers. Ancient Dwarven writings tell of such overwhelming masses of Goblins ascending from the depths of the world that battles would end not because the Goblins were defeated but because their dead bodies literally filled the great Dwarven tunnels. Though no such attack has taken place in recent history, the Dwarven people remain cautious.
A more prescient threat is that of Hlograth, the degenerate nation of the Hulvorin located far below and to the south of The Confederacy. The two nations were once on somewhat amiable terms with one another, but religious revolution in Hlograth shortly after the arrival of the Elves caused a schism between the two peoples. They have, ever since, either been at war or on the verge of war with one another.