Campaign of the Month: June 2012
The Bitori are the predominant race of Dwarves in the world. They hail from Marak-Dün, the undermountain kingdom north of the Free Kingdoms on the Western Continent and are a stoic but stern race, ensconced in cities carved from the hearts of mountains and fiercely determined to repel the depredations of savage races like orcs and goblins. More than any other race, the Bitori have acquired a reputation as dour and humorless craftsmen of the earth. It could be said that dwarven history shapes the dark disposition of many Bitori, for they reside in high mountains and dangerous realms below the earth, constantly at war with giants, goblins, and other such horrors.
Bitori are a short race, as their name implies, standing between 4’3" and 4’9" on average. What Bitori lack in height they make up for in bulk; they are, on average, about as heavy as humans. A dwarf can weigh anywhere from about 160 to 220 lbs. Bitori males are a bit taller and heavier than their female counterparts. Like humans Bitori have a wide variety of skin, eye, and hair colors. Hazel eyes are common throughout the race, with blue eyes and brown or green eyes found amongst many clans.
Male Bitori are often bald and grow thick facial hair sometimes used to display social status. It is a common misconception that female dwarves also do this, who instead braid their long hair. There are, however, the occasional exceptionally hirsute female Bitori who sport facial hair, some proudly. Overall, Bitori hair is often dark in hue, though blond or red hair is common. Some Bitori take the care of beards to an extreme, carefully oiling and grooming it, and in some cases even dwarven females grow beards, braiding them intricately.
Bitori are a long-lived race, though not so much as the Astorani, and reach physical maturity somewhat later than humans. A dwarf is traditionally considered an adult once he or she reaches age fifty. Bitori age much like humans but over a longer period of time, remaining vigorous well past 150 years. Most Bitori live to see their bicentennial and a few live to be over 400.