The dwarven clans might not be the most powerful or historically celebrated of Eberron’s nations, but they are the richest. The dwarves boast that the one who really rules a kingdom is not the one on the throne but the one who keeps the kingdom’s purse.
Background and History
Long before the rise of Galifar, barbaric dwarven clans dwelt in the Frostfell. The dwarves believe that their people traveled south from this frigid land in search of a more hospitable home. Stories tell how they reached the mountains of northeastern Khorvaire and there began mining great riches.
The dwarves’ mountain home ran with blood for centuries as clans battled one another. Only when Galifar imposed peace upon the lands did the clans learn the value of cooperation. Although ancient grudges and enmities remain, today they are expressed through economic policies and occasional espionage and sabotage rather than overt war.
Dwarves are loyal to their families and clans. They exercise influence over the rest of Khorvaire through their wealth and the banking policies of House Kundarak. Nearly all dwarves worship the Sovereign Host, particularly Dol Arrah, Kol Korran, and Onatar.
Dwarves now live all across Khorvaire as well as in Riedra on the continent of Sarlona, but their ancestral homeland is the Mror Holds. There, the dwarven clans mine the seemingly endless veins of precious metals and gems found in the Ironroot Mountains. The Mror Holds is not exactly a kingdom, but is instead more a conglomerate of clans run by dwarf lords with the input of House Kundarak.
Most dwarves who have dragonmarks are members of House Kundarak. House Kundarak began as Clan Kundarak, one of the powerful dwarven families. It is the undisputed master of banking, loans, and security in Khorvaire. The house is peerless in its ability to influence the economy of Khorvaire. Members of House Kundarak carry the Mark of Warding, which enables them to protect their own wealth as well as the riches of others who have commissioned their services. House Kundarak keeps heavily guarded vaults deep within the Ironroot Mountains.