The Chronicles of Corcia
The Council of Dwarves
The dwarfven people have always been one of industry. Even before the rise of machines the dwarfs were able to invent simple tools to help them adapt to the frozen tundra of their homeland. They did this with the help of the neighboring gnome villages, and soon they began to build a nation together. When the war broke out the gnomes and the dwarfs worked together to protect their territory. It was not until the rise of the machines that a schism began to from between the two races. Most gnomes were sent to factories to work on and develop new machinery due to their innate intellect and their tiny nimble fingers. Soon most of the military forces consisted mainly of dwarfs with a few gnomes squads to handle advance war machines. Soon the dwarves began to oppress the gnomes, and put them into slavery in order to gain an advantage over the other nations. To do this the Dwavres formed a council of eight combined of the dwarfves strongest leaders. The developed a caste system in which those in military rank held the highest esteem. The next were the scholars and politicians, who work on preserving dwarven history and law. Then came the working class, any of those who did not serve ion the military but ran most of the goods and services around the dwarven towns. At the bottom fell the gnomes who were subjected to work in factories for the most basic living conditions. This made the Dwarven military force the strongest on the continent, as they had access to massive war machines with sturdy dwarven soldiers to support them. This force allowed them to decimate the neighboring nation of the elves which did not believe in the use of such machines. This allowed the dwarfs to launch countless assaults against the elves, one of which cost the elven nation their king. This put the dwarven council in a state of civil unrest, as no one could decide who would get the most land once they took the elven nation, as they had no proof of which dwarven household had killed the elf king. Their were many claims to this deed but each would turn out to be false, causing more tension between the dwarves. The council was on the brink of division when one day they came face to face with the Grand Cleric. The Grand Cleric had been arrested by one of the dwarven patrols for trespassing, and was brought before the council to decide what to do with him since he was not a dwarf. It was at this meeting that the Grand Cleric gained the favor of one of the dwarven council, who sheltered the Grand Cleric. The dwarf campaigned on the Grand Clerics behalf and was able to convince the rest of the council that the war would not be wise for anyone. Reluctantly the dwarven council agreed that if the elves would agree to a truce they would commit to the peace. They did this knowing that the elves would never forgive the dwarves for killing their king. Much to their dismay, the Grand Cleric had met previously with a young Elf general who had agreed that no good would come from continuing the needless conflict. The dwarves honor would not allow them to go back on their word, and so the march upon the elven nation was called off. The dwarven council sent the dwarf that had befriended the Grand Cleric, as much of them wanted nothing to do with the treaty. In this peace time most factories that were once used for war machines were converted to produce goods for the nation, and to trade with other nations. This caused the Dwarven cities to expand rapidly as now they began to develop new machines to cultivate the frozen tundra, and get access to new materials such as oil and gas. This allowed new dwarven houses to come too power, and now the council of eight only has two members that had been around during the great war. With things changing so quickly their is unrest amongst the dwarven populations. There are those who wish to embrace the change and work towards demilitarizing the dwarven nations, and there are those who wish to go back to the glory days and become the strong proud nation it once was. The council stand divided on this issue as well, and with the orc threat rising those calling for war are gaining more and more support.