The Ties that Bind
The Religion of the Dwarves
The dwarvish clerics say that Moradin was the first of the dwarf gods to awaken in the depths of the Glimmering Deep. Upon waking he shaped himself a mighty hammer and anvil, and began to smith. Finding himself alone he set about creating himself a son and a daughter. Reaching deep into the fiery heart of the mountain for his material, the mighty dwarf god Brakki was born unto the world. Finding his son to be of fiery temperament, and adept at the war-make he sought balance by seeking to create his daughter out of the stones in the deep rivers. Seeing his daughter, he named her Viora, and finding her to be of opposite temperament to her brother, he was glad and he rested for a day and a night.
Having rested, Moradin brought together his son and daughter and together they began the soul forging. Brakki, forged his dwarves from the magma and rock of the deepest part of the mountains. From his forging the dwarves were given the most warlike and martial of their race. Viora on the other hand forged from the stone and rock found in the deepest of underground rivers. From her forging the dwarves are given the most knowledgeable and wise of their race. Moradin, lastly, forged his dwarves from the very foundations of the mountain itself. From his forging the dwarves were given the most determined and stolid of all their people.
Thus began a golden age for the dwarves. Learning from their ancestor-gods, the dwarves quickly advanced in all things. It is at the end of this golden age however that the normally accurate dwarf records reach a point of contention. Some clerics and scholars say that the ancestor-gods departed the dwarf people by journeying into the Far East. Other clerics and scholars though say that they journeyed deep into the under-dark and were never seen again. Regardless all clerics and scholars agree that the departure of the ancestor gods marked the end of the Golden Age of the dwarves.