Dwarves are a short and hardy race that shares many of the common characteristics of humans. The general similarities are sighted as cause for the commonly held belief that they share a common ancestor, although concrete scientific evidence remains illusive. Dwarven folklore claims the first dwarves to have been “hewn of hardest stone, from the breast of Jörð herself” alongside the creation of the first giants. Culturally this tends to lead to a somewhat greater sympathy between dwarves and contemporary goliaths more so than most non-Russian humans.
Generally speaking, dwarves are a highly industrious race. They possess a singular talent for metallurgy, and their innate sense of navigation made for a strong pairing during the Industrial Revolution. The cultural and scientific contributions of dwarven people have many and often times rivaled the considerable contributions of their human and elven contemporaries. Its common for their comparative lack of recognition in this respect to breed resentment, though outright hostilities have rarely surfaced.
Though there are notable numbers of dwarves native to North America and approaching the Arctic Sea, the largest and most considerable dwarven presence is assuredly Eastern Europe and Russia. The influence of dwarves within the cultures of the regions is considerable, and the building prowess of the many peoples within the region have produced some of the most impressive architectural specimens in existence. A now popular saying amongst dwarves is, “Too all dwarves, Russia is home”
Nonetheless, dwarves enjoy a fairly healthy presence within Great Britain. The population consists of roughly half British-born and half-immigrant. Mostly they enjoy a fairly moderate station within society, but can attain positions of great wealth and influence. Director Oswald Harker of BCAIM is, himself a dwarf, and has wryly suggested that “although not the most numerous of my agents, dwarves are always the most effective.”