The Unquiet Earth
Crackedspine Hold is the north-east most outpost of the Tamed Lands. It is located in a massive network of natural tunnels in the Dragonspine Mountains. The tunnels are studded with precious gems that the Crackedpine Dwarves mine, work, and trade.
Crackedspine Hold is a huge labrynth of tunnels and caves, which are difficult to navigate without years of experience. The entrances are many, but most of their locations are not well known. Travel through the mountains, from the Tamed Lands to the Goldscale Empire is highly regulated by the dwarves. Invasion on Crakedspine Hold is difficult due to the complexity of the cave network, and the Dwarves there are not hesitant to collapse tunnels on invaders and reexcavate them later.
Crackedspine dwarves believe that the best offense is a good defense.
Crackedspine Dwarves are less militant than their cousins at Bloodfist Keep, and more focused on their craftsmanship. Crackedspine aprenticeships can last for decades.
Reknown for their carvings and stone-masonry, Crackedspine Dwarves create ornamental and functional pieces of art, from archways and stone doors to intricate gemstone figurines and coronation regalia.
They trade with the races of the Tamed Lands, including their Cousins in Bloodfist Keep, who supply them with gold, silver, copper, and mithril. The also trade with the races of the Goldscale Empire in Beyond, including the coast-dwelling Razorfin Tribe, who supply them in pearls and coral.