Silent Dwarves

The Silent Dwarves are a cultural offshoot of dwarves that migrated out from Untergrund to the Starlight Mountains seeking religious and intellectual freedom. They formed the small nation of Sternhone where they live today.

Culture


Religion and spirituality is extremely important to the Silent Dwarves and has a strong influence over all aspects of their lives; ingrained deeply into their cultural heritage. Geistlehre is the traditional religion of Sternhone, but following the introduction of the Gnesis Traditions, these two religions began working in tandem.

Wuchtig Entzwei

The concept of Wuchtig Entzwei, or the nature of opposites, also deals heavily into Silent Dwarf thinking and culture. This concept is used to describe how seemingly disjunct or opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, giving rise to each other in turn. The concept lies at the heart of Silent Dwarven magic and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of medicine.

Everything has Wuchtig Entzwei aspects, which constantly interact, never existing in absolute stasis.

Architecture

Sternhone architecture contains Untergrund and Fainish influences, and reflects a deeply elementalist approach. The dwarven runes of the four elements are seen as frequent decorations.

The most distinctive feature of Sternhone architecture is that many of the houses and monasteries are built on elevated, sunny sites facing the south, and are often made out of a mixture of rocks, wood, cement and earth. Flat roofs are built to conserve heat, and multiple windows are constructed to let in sunlight. Walls are usually sloped inwards at 10 degrees as a precaution against frequent earthquakes in the mountainous area.

Music

Sternhone music often involves chanting in Dwarven or Primordial, as an integral part of the religion. These chants are complex, often recitations of sacred texts or in celebration of various festivals. Zerbrochen chanting, performed without metrical timing, is accompanied by resonant drums and low, sustained syllables.

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