Duergar

Duergar, sometimes called grey dwarves, are infernal relatives to Unterian Dwarves. They live in the Empire of Durzagon, east of the Wyrmspires. An empire built on the sandy corpse of the Midian Empire. While the exact origins of the race is unknown to outsiders, the similarities to tieflings cannot be ignored. Many believe the duergar to have been bred out of dwarves in the same manner as tieflings were from humans.

Duergar carry the taint of a long association with infernal forces. Although they share a love of mining and metalwork with their steadfast dwarf cousins, duergar are uniformly treacherous and cruel. Their long association with infernal powers has given them strange abilities and a thirst for blood.

Their devilish nature leads duergar outside Durzagon to prefer volcanic areas of the Underdark.

Physical description


They greatly resemble their dwarf cousins, but they stand slightly taller on average and tend to weigh more. Their skin is grey or pale white, with the darkest possessed of skin that seems almost ebon in hue. Their eyes are equally dull, with any shade of grey or brown being the norm.

Racial Power - Infernal Quills: Once per encounter, as a minor action, target a single creature within 3 squares and make a Constitution check vs. their AC with a +2/4/6 bonus depending on tier. On a hit, the target takes 1d8 damage per tier, plus Constitution modifier extra damage, as well as suffering both a -2 penalty to attack rolls and ongoing 2/5/8 (depending on tier) Poison damage (save ends both effects).

History


Long ago, duergar were members of a great clan of dwarves that delved deep into the Underdark and fell to a mind flayer assault. They endured uncounted years as slaves before fighting their way to freedom. Those duergar that escaped gained a perverse education from their captivity, becoming as corrupt as their former masters.

Believing that their ancestors abandoned them during their enslavement, the duergar turned instead to the worship of devils. Most now take devil pacts, and devilish power flows in their veins. Within their settlements, blood rites to infernal beings are common. Woe to the slave that has outlived its usefulness or angered a capricious duergar master.

Duergar raid, pillage, and take prisoners when it suits them, using captives as slave labor and sacrifices for their infernal altars. For their raiding parties, they summon devils and employ troglodytes, ores, ogres, and other wicked races.

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