The Emblem of the Dwarven Empire (Kasserrokir Darfereis).
|Active||October 2010 - Present|
|Members|| Aanker |
|Part of||PVP Server|
|Patron||Ur, the Dwarven founder God.|
|Motto|| The Hammer Strikes Hard on the Iron, |
Yet Harder Still on its Foes..
|Anniversaries|| January 1st (The Glorious Revival)
March 16th (The Second Glorious Revival)
|Former Members|| Austin (Tuor) |
|Engagements|| Dwarven - Squeaktasian War |
The 1st War of the Two Alliances
The Continuation War
The 2nd War of the Two Alliances
The Great War
The Northern War
First Northern-Dwarven War
First Coalition War
Second Northern-Dwarven War
Third Northern-Dwarven War
Fourth Northern-Dwarven War
Dwarven - Brotherhood War
North Korean War
North Korea vs The World
Dwarven-Raven War of Skaven Liberation
The Dwarves are the most ancient faction on the server yet remain one of the major factions of the community. Their long life has seen them ascend from a collection of humble mining colonies to an influential and glorious superpower. Be it diplomatically, economically or militarily, the Dwarves have had a major impact on several worlds, and fashioned grand architectural wonders ranging from the ancient depths of Erthir to the grand halls of Ervingur. The faction relies on devotion to the tasks of mining, warfare and architecture, and the goal is for every dwarf to become proficient in each branch.
Full Article: Organization of the Dwarves
The Dwarven Empire presently relies on the so-called Third Constitution, whose major contributor was Josst, a long-time member of the faction. While traditionally, many of the constitutions used by the Dwarven Empire ultimately proved unwieldy and overly beaurocratic in relation to the effective member count of the faction, it is hoped that the Third Constitution will avoid the problems of regular elections, too specific roles and a lack of factionwide discussion.
The First Constitution
Used by the Dwarven Empire since the crowning of the first Emperor until the First Northern-Dwarven War, the First Constitution called for elections that would determine role-specific leaders within the faction, including a Diplomat, a Chancellor, an Architect and a Lord-Commander. It was already noted over the course of the Dwarven Empire's early history that the Diplomat and Chancellor positions were only marginally different, and these two seats were fused into, simply, the Chancellor role.
The First Constitution became infamous for its beaurocratic ways, and was partly blamed for the defeat suffered by the Dwarven Empire in the First Northern-Dwarven War.
The Second Constitution
Adopted on March 16th following the collapse of the State during the Northern War. This Constitution was marked by the advent of a Lord-Chancellor position, with near universal powers and general control of Dwarven affairs. The Council of Lords existed as a bulwark against tyranny, and the heart of new Dwarven democracy, representing the Dwarven Lords in a principally legislative body. Granted the power to enact any laws within a shortened time-frame, change the constitution, appoint or remove the (otherwise indefinitely in place) Lord-Chancellor, and over-rule the decisions of the Chancellor provided a high level of internal support, the Council nevertheless was intended to defer most quick and non-controversial decisions to the Lord-Chancellor.
1) Resurrected the positions of Commander and Architect, although now clearly defined as under the orders of the Chancellor. No elections were held for these positions, they were appointed by the Chancellor, and acted as temporary leaders in times of crisis (the Architect during a period of peace, the Commander during a period of war)
2) Peace treaties needed the support of the Council, provided the war lasted for over a week and included an enemy of more than four members.
Dwarven Socialist Republic
It should be noted that with the advent of the Dwarven Socialist Republic, constitutional rule was mostly dissolved and ultimate power placed in the hands of the Commissar.
The Third Constitution
After a short time of protest against absolute rule by newly crowned Emperor Austin, it was decided that faction members would have equal say against the Emperor.
In short, the Third Constitution stipulates that four Lords are to be elected from the main faction pool of members (Thegns). If the Lords reach a simple majority on any decision, their word is superior to that of the Emperor. It should however be noted that the primary role of the Lords is to make decisions while the Emperor is offline. Lords can be removed by Votes of No Confidence, which presently require a simple majority to pass. In such a case, a new Lord must be elected.
The New Dwarven Emperor
At the Dawn of the Fourth Era, Rickie (Hilary_Duff), crowned himself as emperor, establishing an absolute monarchy. While the Emperor did listen to the opinions of other dwarves, his world was final. Emperor Rickie reigned over all matters of dwarfdom, being military leadership, architecture or mining.
His reign had very little dissent, which is why many Dwarves were surprised when he abdicated leadership for a position in the nation of North Korea, saying that the time of the Dwarves was done, and that they should fade into history.
The 3rd Constitution
The Dwarves find themselves in a unique position after the betrayal of the Emperor, Hilary_Duff, and thus the decline of the Empire at the end of the Fourth Era. Realizing that they would no longer be able to stand alone, the Dwarves band together into a Commonwealth with nearby peoples. The Dwarves and the various cultures that reside within their protection currently govern themselves by following Sociocratic principles during peacetime. In times of war; however, an Autocratic military leader is chosen to rule the state until such time as peace is restored.
Full Article: History of the Dwarves
Dwarven history is possibly the longest of any faction on the server, stemming from the days of the so-called Ancient Server. A few dwarven members can still be overheard talking nostalgically about their memories of the depths of Erthir and halls of Urahamr, although ironically, a long-lasting trend in the faction has been to outdo all work from older worlds with each new world. For instance, Ervingur is many times larger than Solgrundir, which in turn was many times larger than both Urahamr and Erthir.
A series of five eras can be used to describe Dwarven history. The First Era contains the mythical beginnings of the faction, whereas the Second Era covers most of that which transpired on the Ancient, Older and first official TWC worlds, while the Third Era is a period of absence of imperial rule, the Dwarven Socialist Republic instead being the sole representative of dwarven power in the world. The Fourth Era marks the time of Hilary's crowning as Emperor, and thus also stands for the reformation of the Dwarven Empire. The Fifth Era is pronounced by the reign of the Democratic Dwarven Nation of Equal Dwarves.
The Second Era
The Second Era is sometimes referred to as the "Dark Ages" of the Dwarven Empire. While Solgrundir in all certainity was its greatest architectural achievement thus far, and the faction rose to new heights in both member counts and activity, an underperforming military, betrayals and upheaval of the old member core permanently transformed the empire.
Although military defeats and victories were rather evenly dispersed for the Dwarven Empire during the Second Era, particularly the First Northern-Dwarven War challenged the faction to its roots. Not only was it quickly discovered that the mainly diplomacy-reliant faction was lacking modernity in comparison with its rivals, which favoured military strength over influence and architecture, but it had made a series of decisions which resulted in a diplomatically untenable position. Allied to decidedly weaker factions at the beginning of the world than its competitors, the Dwarven Empire was forced to work uphill for most of the Third Era, only really regaining a foothold after the tarnished image it had gained in the Goblin War was amended.
In spite of these chronic problems, Solgrundir was by all means the greatest architectural feat of the server in its time, and it was also discovered that chunk mining - the main occupation of the Dwarves in peace time - was a lucrative activity.
The Third Era
As the first official TWC server came to an end, imperial power dissolved and Rickie created a successor state, going simply by the name of "The Dwarves". Having a Soviet government, this Dwarven Socialist Republic was ruled by the Commissar, who reignited the Dwarven spirit and rallied the remaining core members by undertaking the construction of Ervingur, a massive underground city whose great halls awed all.
There was considerable militaristic sentiment in this successor state of the Dwarven Empire; indeed, several wars were fought over the course of the faction's history. Although the Dwarven Socialist Republic was defeated in the Seven-Day Siege, it achieved many notable victories - including those in the Dwarven-Saxon War - where a federation twice its own size was decisively defeated under the command of Commissar Rickie.
After the Dwarven-Brotherhood War, the Dwarves toned down their thirst for war and returned to mining, but the member count dwindled slowly. When Aanker, a core member who had been absent from the faction since the end of the previous world, returned to his old comrades to live in Ervingur as a Dwarf once more, Rickie crowned himself Emperor, and thus the imperial line was continued. The Fourth Era dawned.
The Fourth Era
After the Third Era, Rickie declared himself Emperor, and Josstwc soon left after a disagreement. The Fourth Era was rather short, but marked by 3 large wars during this period: The war against Vaenor, the war against North Korea, and the war against Raven.
During this time, the Dwarves once again sought to outdo themselves by creating a massive city, however morale was very low and the city of Nuramur was never completed.
With many members of the server complaining that the large map was hindering PvP activity, the world was reset after 6 months. After the announcement of the server reset, Emperor Rickie left the Dwarves for North Korea.
The Fifth Era
The fifth era's began after the abandonment of the former-emperor Rickie and former-member Selukon. Cryers became the figurehead for the Dwarves, with the government mainly being communal voting on important matters. With the new provincial system, the Dwarven nation started out with the creation of a central fortress, in the land of Belduum, to protect the capitol province of Taalomar. Shortly after, a small settlement was started to the east, being called Thoduum. The Dwarves found that there was profit in the task of endless mining, and they flourished.
Rapid expansion became the tune of the Dwarves, claiming land all around them. A brief moment of tension arose when the faction Neo-Belka, a vassal of Arkadia, claimed land across the bay, near the southern Dwarven tundra. However, after negotiations, the issue was resolved diplomatically. The main focus of the Dwarve's shifted to building, after expansion had taken place, and settlements rose across the Dwarven Empire.
Great Dwarven Cities
Solgrundir: The Second Era Capitol
The Imperial Capital of the Dwarven Empire, found in the far southern regions of the world. Hitherto unexplored, the first Dwarven pioneers formed a small base. Soon the remaining Dwarven settlers followed, and in the middle of the icy continent, began the construction of a great hall beneath the earth. This hall and its extensions were to become Solgrundir, and the stone mountain created above it, Solgarund.
The Dwarven Empire is polytheistic, holding no official canon or control over which gods are recognized by its members. There have been, and still are, a number of different religious views within the Dwarven Empire, however.
Ancient Dwarven Mythology (The Darfasaga)
The oldest dwarven religious tradition is the one that centers around the Father God, Ur, and the Mother God, Airna. Ur holds a very special place within the heart of many Dwarves, as it was, according to legend, Ur that sent the four dwarven brothers out on their journeys into the vast unexplored tracts of the world. Furthermore, Ur is the deity of warfare and glorious death in battle. Airna is still given proper credit, however, as it was reputedly her that led the two dwarven brothers Ostsir and Lurthr to victory against Malhamr in the First Era.
The Father God. His name means "Ancient", as he was the First. Sacrifice to Ur is made through death in battle, or failing that, by being crushed by diamond blocks. Diamond - the "Breath" of Ur - is the purest form of material, and is said to cleanse the spirit of all evil and wickedness. Ur is regarded as the Just Judge, and the Hungering Warrior. His bloodlust is great, but so is also his fairness and belief in the righteous cause.
The Mother God. Her name means "Wind", as the wind is her medium of choice. Airna is the counterweight to Ur, disliking sacrifices and accepting wrongdoing, but only if such sin is repented through regret and repayment. She favours diplomacy over war, but may, just as Ur, unleash her full fury on her enemies should there be betrayal or foul acts at hand.
Various Household Gods
The Dwarves have no common religious canon and so recognize private household gods and deities. These could range from Smyrginir, the God of Irritation Through Placement of Iron Blocks, to Halfhandr, the God of Having Half Hands, to Hranhallir, the God of the Entrance to the Entrance Hall.
The Cult of Cthulhu (The Ktulusaga)
A mysterious cult that has been on the rise since the formation of the United Empire, the Cult of Cthulhu is known to spread fear and doubt in the hearts of its enemies. Little more is known about the secretive religious societies that build up around their mysterious deity, but several shrines in his honour have been built and observed throughout the years of the Dwarven Empire. Out of respect for its devoted members, the Imperial Council recognizes this cult and acknowledges its claim for introduction of Cthulhu to the Imperial Pantheon.
A mysterious void, said to be the Dark Destroyer of the World. The fact that so little is known about him has been the subject of much confusion amongst dwarven scholars, some arguing that the very Unknowing is an aspect of Cthulhu.
The Holy Circle of Tim (The Timasaga)
Having its peak in the era of the United Empire, the Holy Circle of Tim sought to bring the Holy Light of the Sacred Cephalopod to the underground depths of the world. Indeed, its prime deity, Tim, was a squid who in his Holy Purity had sought refuge beneath the surface, bathing in the cleansing waters of an abyssal spring. The Holy Circle quickly spread the word of his appearance, which unfortunately lead to religious tension between it and other members. Tim was killed, and became a martyr, after which it was required of the Holy Circle to seek out and initiate pilgrimages to places where other underground squids could be found.
An underground squid found in an abyssal spring outside Urahamr on the Old World, members of the server soon pointed out his appearance in conjunction with the signing of the Treaty of Aquila, which ended the large and costly Great War. According to the Holy Circle, Tim is the "Light That Guides the World to Peace", its members forwarding this harmonous and joyous message through intensive missionary work or, failing that, the use of cold steel.