Dwarfs

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The Dwarfs, or Dawi as they call themselves, are one of the oldest and proudest races in the Warhammer World, with a great wealth of history and power that stretches back since time immemorial. Bardin is a Dwarf

Background[edit | edit source]

The Dwarfs once held an empire which stretched from Norsca in the north to the jungles in the south, and from Mount Silverspear in the east to the Grey Mountains in the west. But the heart of the Dwarfen realm, the Karaz Ankor as they call it, will always lie within the domains of the Worlds Edge Mountains. The highest mountain range in the world, it is filled with the magnificent halls and holds of the Dwarfen people, a testament to the great feats of engineering and power once wielded by this ancient civilisation.


The Dwarf people as a whole are sturdy and strong, brilliant craftsmen and excellent warriors, but above all they prize themselves on their loyalty to each other and to those they are indebted to. This strong bond of kinship has ensured that the Dwarfs are considered amongst the most united races in the face of the world. They are known far and wide as the greatest miners and tunnelers in the world, the ageless halls of Karaz-a-Karak are but one gigantic example of how huge their works can become. As expected, the Dwarfs are highly proficient smiths and craftsmen, capable of producing works far more beautiful than the Elven metalworkers and hundreds of times more valuable than the trinkets of Men. Proud, honorable and enduring, it is said that the Dwarfs shall weather the horrors and misery of this world until its final bitter end.

Language[edit | edit source]

The Dwarf language is called Khazalid. It is an ancient language that has remained unchanged over many thousands of years both in its spoken and written runic form, absorbing only a few words from Elven and human languages. Khazalid is kept a secret language, and is rarely spoken in the company of other races, except for their feared and infamous battle cries. Bardin is often heard calling out enemies in Khazalid or using Khazalid battle cries.

Dwarven Holds[edit | edit source]

Dwarfen Holds, called Karaks in Khazalid, are the underground cities in which most Dwarfs live. Due to Dwarf society revolving around mining and smithing, most of the major holds and cities all lie within the mountains, protected by massive mighty citadels, where only the strongest of armies can ever wish to breach such a fortress. Throughout the Warhammer History, many wars have been fought, and the mountains in the Old World are now littered with abandoned Holds, in which all kind of vile creatures (including the Skaven) have taken up residence.

Dwarven Holds in Vermintide 2:

Karak Gnol[edit | edit source]

The name means 'Old Keep' in Khazalid, Karak Gnol is an abandoned Dwarven keep taken over by Skaven. It is located in the Grey Mountains and seen in Into the Nest. The towers and buildings are build in a massive cavern, and include a great waterworks and expansive mining operations. Skarrik Spinemanglr has made it his home and built a nest in the centre of the Hold.

Karak Azgaraz[edit | edit source]

A Dwarven keep visited in several Vermintide 1 DLC missions. The name means 'Hold of the Fearless Axes' in Khazalid. Nestled among the flinty peaks southeast of Ubersreik, it has stood here since long before the Empire was founded. In the Vermintide universe, the Hold has been overrun with Skaven and the only survivor is a brewe/engineer named Halgrim.

Karak Zorn[edit | edit source]

A legendary Hold that Bardin is looking for. The name means 'High Keep' in Khazalid, and it was built thousands of years ago at the extreme southern tip of the Worlds Edge Mountains. Contact has long since been lost. Whether the stronghold exists, or even if it ever existed, is uncertain, but details of its fabulous treasures and the incredible wealth of its kings are often discussed over a few pints of Dwarf ale. If tales are to be believed, Karak Zorn is carved from a mountain of gold, ts massive gates of ivory are bound with red copper, and rubies and diamonds are so common that they are used as minor units of currency instead of small coins.

Notable Dwarfs[edit | edit source]

Additional information[edit | edit source]

For more in-dept lore, vist the Warhammer Fantasy entry of Dwarfs