The origin of these guys was pretty prosaic, 100% gamer dwarf -- aka a race of craft crazy, mining and gold obsessed Gimli wannabes with bad Scots accents
This is fun and easy to play and well understood by everybody.
However of late I have wanted to add a little more variety to the breed and make them more clever (most of the time than doughty)
My never inspirations include The Hobbit (note that the Dwarves in that are often sneaky as much as fighty) Faerie Tales, Norse Myth, a bit of Gamer Dwarf (including Warhammer and D&D) C.S Lewis's Narnia and the excellent Advanced Races: Dwarves by Green Ronin.
This gives me a more cunning and sly dwarf while not disallowing the occasional warrior dwarf,
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