| 德莱尼 · 矮人 · 侏儒 · 人类 · 暗夜精灵 · 狼人
黑铁矮人 · 光铸德莱尼 · 虚空精灵
|| 血精灵 · 地精 · 兽人 · 牛头人 · 巨魔 · 亡灵|
至高岭牛头人 · 夜之子 · 赞达拉巨魔
|阵营||联盟, 古神军团, 大地之环, 银色北伐军|
|角色职业||刺客, 野蛮人, 投弹手, 德鲁伊, 元素师, 地卜师, 士兵, 巫师, 修补匠, 驭风者, 狂风战士|
|其它语言||侏儒语, 地精, 兽人语,萨拉斯语|
矮人 are short and stout creatures mostly inhabiting 卡兹莫丹 in the 东部王国. They are shorter than 人类s but taller than 侏儒, taking advantage of their size when possible and relying on their robustness and strength when not. The average dwarf is steady, observant and composed both during work and combat, yet able to rage with fierce zeal and persistence when the situation calls for it. While a dwarf prefers to plan forward to overcome challenges, many of them easily lose their temperament and self-restraint when exposed to conditions stirring their feelings and concerns.
In past ages, the dwarves rarely left the safety of their mountain fortresses, spending their time on refining metal and stone into powerful weapons and beautiful jewelry. However, when the call to battle sounded, they rose up to defend their friends and allies with unmatched courage and valor.
- 1 History
- 2 Culture
- 3 Dwarven clans and races
- 4 Appearance
- 5 In the RPG
- 6 Notable dwarves
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Origin and evolution
The dwarves derive from the 土灵, a prototype race of humanoid creatures consisting of living stone. The earthen were one of the races created by the 泰坦 in order to help shape Azeroth after the titans were gone, from a so-called "Subterranean being matrix". As creations by the 瓦尼尔-titans (probably 卡兹格罗斯), the part of Azeroth the earthen were to shape was the earth and underground. Although the earthen was a successful creation at first, things would soon change. The 血肉诅咒 created by the 上古之神 affected the earthen, causing them to mutate into the vicious 石腭怪s. As the troggs had a very reduced cognitive ability compared to the original earthen (and other unfortunate aspects the titans didn't find pleasing, such as cannibalism) the troggs were sealed away, primarily within the ancient Titan city of Uldaman.
Although the earthen were susceptible to 血肉诅咒, 泰坦 chose to modify the prototype rather than begin all over again. These earthen did not transform into troggs, but into dwarves. While the transformation turned their physical bodies mirroring the stone found on 艾泽拉斯 into weaker flesh, they still maintained their mental affinity for it, along with their cognitive abilities. The dwarves were actually akin to a return to the default subterranean being that the Titans typically created. This had not been the titan's intentions and they would continue to modify the earthen, but they were satisfied with this outcome, seeing the dwarves acceptable to carry out their task in their own right.
When the 永恒之井 imploded at the end of the 上古之战 10,000 years ago, causing the 天崩地裂, the transforming Series Two-earthen were deeply affected, feeling the pain of the earth as if it were their own. They retreated to the places of their origin — 泰坦之城 奥丹姆, 奥达曼, and 奥杜尔 — and hibernated for almost eight thousand years. When they awoke, many of them found that their powers over stone and earth had waned and that their rocky hide had softened to smooth skin. Emerging from their Titan-homes, the dwarves from Uldaman made their way out of the Titan city and eventually built 铁炉堡 in 丹莫罗.
This transformation along with other factors have created several different kinds of dwarves. Sometimes the differences derive from different ways of living and philosophy, but often they manifest themselves in the amount of change a dwarf has evolved from the earthen. Some dwarves, like the ones living in Ironforge, has undergone a rather complete transformation (with the exception of Stoneform, see The Explorer's League below), becoming fully fleshy creatures. Others seems to have undergone a semi-change, having aspects of both a fleshy creature and the traits of the earthen, like the Frostborn. The Titans eventually found a way to make earthen that were immune to the Curse of Flesh, which became newly produced by the Forge of Wills and other systems. These earthen never experienced being affected by the Curse of Flesh, still consisting of soil and stone, such as the few remaining Eastern Kingdoms earthen found in Uldaman and the earthen of Ulduar found in Northrend.
Although the titans marked their presence all over Azeroth, dwarves evolving from earthen are limited to the Eastern Kingdoms. Over there, the original earthen from Uldaman evolved into Ironforge dwarves (which later split into the Wildhammer-, Dark Iron- and Bronzebeard-clans, see War of the Three Hammers below ; whereas a faction migrated to the Storm Peaks and evolved into Frost dwarves).
The dwarves and their progenitors' (the Earthen) interaction with other races and factions (except from with the titans) has been mostly related to the 联盟. Albeit the dwarves are the major actors in this event, earthen were also called upon to join an Alliance of various races during the 上古之战. While the Alliance did not actually exist during this time (the name is probably referring to the gathering of various leaders whose races later would join the future Alliance, some of the leaders were actually sent from the future when the Alliance did exist, such as 罗宁) this event was probably the first time the earthen encountered races like humans and dragons.
As said, the now-flesh dwarves have played a much greater role in the Alliance. While the dwarves in Northrend have stayed rather inactive and never ventured far away from Ulduar, the dwarves emerging from Uldaman have traveled across much of the world and interacted with many other races. They encountered the humans, perhaps their most important allies, ca. 1800 years before the 第一次战争 and at the same time the 高等精灵 as the elves and humans were already allies. 吉尔尼斯 and 奥特兰克, strong supporters of Strom and the 阿拉索帝国, had developed mighty armies that explored the mountainous southern lands of 卡兹莫丹. It was during this period that humans first met the ancient race of dwarves and traveled to their cavernous subterranean city of 铁炉堡. The humans and dwarves shared many secrets of metalsmithing and engineering and discovered a common love for battle and storytelling. Interaction between the dwarves and the humans increased, and the two races soon became allies. For instance, it was the humans who taught the dwarves how to write in common. The humans also introduced the dwarves to the Holy Light. The dwarves on their side used their knowledge to craft powerful weapons for the humans (such as the 灰烬使者). Apparently, it was also humans who came up with the name "dwarf",[请求来源] although the night elves had already used it as a derogatory term for earthen before the War of the Ancients.
200 years ago the dwarves also met the 侏儒们, whom the dwarves shared a flair for technology and engineering with. The dwarves were impressed with the ingenuity and quickness of their smaller “kin” (for they had (correctly) assumed that the gnomes had a similar origin as themselves). Since this union began, the gnomes and dwarves have often been treated as one faction instead of two. Their frequent collaborations resulted in the creation of some of the Alliance's most amazing devices and weapons. Thus, the union has served the Alliance well; supplying Alliance armies with heavy artillery 迫击炮s, 潜水艇s, mechanical contraptions, 攻城坦克s, and 飞行器s. One of the most important events that strengthened this friendship was the building of Gnomeregan, which both races contributed to the city's construction. When Gnomeregan later was overtaken by troggs after the 第三次战争, the gnome refugees moved to Ironforge in order to plan a counterattack.
These four races were further joined together during the 第二次战争 (which occurred after the 三锤之战, see next section below), when the humans sought the aid of the various kingdoms inhabiting Lordaeron in the battle against the 部落. Originally only the humans were invited, but races such as the dwarves (with the gnomes) and the high elves applied as well when they saw their lands being ravaged. Political leaders like King 泰瑞纳斯·米奈希尔 and 安度因·洛萨 gathered the dwarves (of the Ironforge- and Wildhammer-clans), gnomes, high elves and humans into the 洛丹伦联盟 which ultimately defeated the Horde and laid ground for the present-day 联盟. Although this organization has changed much since then, with the departure of some members like most of the high elves (now blood elves) and the gaining of new members like the 德莱尼 and the 暗夜精灵, dwarves still stand as one of the core parts of the Alliance.
War of the Three Hammers
The dwarves of Ironforge were originally a part of the 铁炉堡部族. They later were divided into three factions: the 铜须部族 who controlled the city, the 蛮锤部族 who controlled the foothills of the mountain, and the 黑铁部族 who lived in the shadows of the mountain. When the high king of all the dwarves, 莫迪姆斯·安威玛尔, died, violence broke out into a civil war which resulted with the victorious Bronzebeard clan keeping Dun Morogh, the Wildhammers settling in 格瑞姆巴托 in the 湿地, and the Dark Irons settling in the 赤脊山脉建立了 索瑞森城——以他们的领袖命名。
The Dark Irons remained bitter about their loss for years, and eventually attacked both kingdoms all at once to prevent one from coming to the other's aid. Thaurissan led his army to Ironforge and was ultimately defeated. Thaurissan's wife, 莫德古德, invaded Grim Batol and used her magic to break through the gates and lay siege to the Wildhammers. 卡德罗斯·蛮锤, ruler of Grim Batol, slew the dark queen and was victorious. The clan of Ironforge then went on the offensive and marched onto the Dark Iron clan's capital. But the Dark Irons had accidentally summoned 拉格纳罗斯, the Elemental Firelord. Ragnaros ravaged the Redridge Mountains and enslaved the Dark Iron clan. Seeing this terror those of Ironforge turned back to their homes. Unfortunately, Modgud's magic had made the Wildhammer homeland uninhabitable, so they left and migrated north and settled in the 辛特兰 and founded the city of 鹰巢山. There, the Wildhammers became more bonded with nature and learned to ride the mighty 狮鹫s.
The Explorer's League
Recently the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people’s fabled origins, King 麦格尼·铜须 ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped to create the famed 探险者协会 of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence. The Explorer's League, or Explorer's Guild as it is also called, is a recent organization founded by dwarves seeking to uncover their past and relation to the titans. Searching for titan (and all other kinds as well, for that matter) artifacts and ruins, their dig sites and camps can be found all over Azeroth - some are even stationed in 外域. Information recovered is carefully analyzed and stored in the探险者大厅in Ironforge. The shared duties of either being out on adventure, digging in the ground for lost treasures, or sitting home in Ironforge while filing reports and schedules have given the Explorer's League a effective system with a rapid development. Information recovered increases all the time, and so does the league's members.
The Explorer's League was founded before the 第三次战争. A group of dwarves is found in 巴尔莫丹, excavating its ruins. Additionally, a new area of Ironforge was financed in order to house the league's work.[请求来源] As much of the information about the titans was lost during the earthen's slumber after the Great Sundering, the information has to be gathered all over again from relics and data the titans left behind.
Becoming a member of the league is not an easy task. It requires the applicant (which nearly always is a dwarf) to possess supreme skills in everything from the recognition of mines and herbs to map-making and geography. The league's most profound member is 布莱恩·铜须, a Dwarven explorer who has seen nearly all corners of the world, which has granted him quite the insight in the dwarves' past.
While the dwarves' allies (such as the humans and the gnomes) do not share as much motivation for this project as the dwarves do, they still support and aid the organization. Not only does the league provide much information about distant areas and cultures, several goldmines have also been found during the league's excavations. The humans have also found a greater interest in the league's activity as result from encounters with the 维库人 in 诺森德, which are the progenitors of humans. Apparently, humans seem to (although somewhat indirectly) derive from the titans as well.
The league's struggle to gain knowledge of the titans has not only resulted in a better understanding of the world, it has also unlocked one of the dwarves' ancient abilities - 石像形态. This ability lets the dwarves turn their skin into stone, becoming similar to the earthen for a short period of time. While this ability is already useful against effects such as poison, the dwarves believe that this is only the first step in reclaiming their earthen-powers.
Situation before the Cataclysm
The dwarves today are spread over all of Azeroth and Outland, helping their friends with everything from slaying monsters to seeking for treasures. Their talent of forging metals and ore have had a large impact on their culture and style of living - their cities consists of enormous forges and seething foundries accompanied by enchanted anvils and tools for handling molten ore. Runes and various shapes creates intricate borders and ornaments adorning their constructs and architecture, possibly inspired by the runes passed down to them from the titans.
Dwarves are aligned with all kinds of organizations and associations. One may divide them into two groups; those who serve the Alliance one way or the other, and those who do not.
The majority of dwarves serve the Alliance. This includes the Ironforge, Wildhammer and Frostborn dwarves. The Ironforge ones are those most populous, found as everything from guards within Ironforge to soldiers on the frontlines against whatever the Alliance is fighting. The wildhammer dwarves are also often found as soldiers for the Alliance, but many of them spend their time at their home in the 辛特兰. The frostborn dwarves are the least active kind of dwarf within the Alliance, only found at their home, 冰霜堡, in the 风暴群山 where they seem to be doing next to nothing. A large part of the Alliance's dwarves are also as mentioned dedicated to the Explorer's League, differing from many of the other dwarfs in the Alliance as the goals of the league (discover the secrets of the titans) and the Alliance (kill whatever threatens the nation of humans and their allies) are rather different. Still they work together, suppressing their enemies and aiding their allies while revealing the secrets of the world. The Alliance has been deeply affected by their dwarf-members since the humans began it - known for firing flaming gunshots and cannonballs at the enemy during war, while drinking ale and beer in surplus amounts during peace, dwarves have affected the Alliance's style of warfare and culture.
Dwarves not allied with the Alliance includes the Dark Iron dwarves and various dwarves working for different organizations such as the Venture Co, pirates, the 银色黎明 and the 暮光之锤. Of these, only the dark irons resemble a "true" faction of dwarves. In the other cases, the dwarf could be swapped out with any random creature also aligned with the said faction, such as a 豺狼人 or a 牛头人, without any relevant change occurring. Their goals and desires differs from most other dwarves, making them freelancing individuals following whatever seemed more profitable.
When freak natural disasters began rocking much of Azeroth just prior to the Cataclysm, the dwarven lands were not spared from the calamitous upheavals. A series of violent quakes tore through areas surrounding Ironforge, reducing settlements to rubble and taking the lives of many innocent dwarves in the process. To glean answers as to the troubling state of the world, King Magni selflessly underwent a mystic ritual to commune with the earth. The archaic ceremony, however, had an unexpected effect: Magni was transformed into diamond and became fused to the depths of Ironforge itself.
In the power vacuum that followed, his estranged daughter, Moira, who had married into the much despised Dark Iron clan, briefly claimed Ironforge’s throne and effectively locked down the city. If not for the intervention of King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind and his son, Prince Anduin, her brash actions might have sparked another civil war. With Varian’s guidance, control of Ironforge has since been divided equally among the Bronzebeard, Wildhammer, and Dark Iron clans through the 三锤议会. Yet as bitterness and prejudice fester among the clans, the council’s ability to govern as one remains uncertain.
The representatives of each dwarven clan in the council is:
Mists of Pandaria
Numbers of dwarves followed the Alliance and took part in their campaign against the Horde, attacking them in Domination Point.
After discovering the Zandalari had turned their focus on rallying the Frostmane tribe of Dun Morogh against Ironforge, Varian asked the Council to help repel the invaders. Both Muradin and Falstad declined, fearing if they left Ironforge to fight the trolls, the Dark Irons would take over the city. Only Moira Thaurissan offered aid, stating that the Dark Irons would prove their loyalty to the Council, Ironforge, and the Alliance in the defense of Ironforge. Together, they defeated their enemies and returned to Ironforge to announce Moira's victory to the Council. On their return, the other dwarven leaders were ashamed of their behavior and vowed never again to allow fear or distrust to cloud their judgment. Free to trust one another, all three dwarven leaders pledged their full strength to the Alliance cause.
During the 围攻奥格瑞玛, Moira Thaurissan and a contingency of dwarven troops joined the Alliance on their march upon the city, where Garrosh was ultimately defeated.
- If there's one thing dwarves love, it's drinking. And fighting. Two things.
Dwarves love gold and dwarves love drinking, so gaming seemed like a natural fit for both.
Dwarves are famous metalsmiths. While they produce many implements of war, they are adept at working with softer metals as well.
- Some dwarves sealed their deceased in tombs. Those with a concern about the 不死亡灵 might have been more apt to cremate remains.
- An old ascension ceremony for dwarven kings involved drinking from the 山丘之王的圣杯 and a "sword dance" done by female dwarven warriors. This performance, part ritual and part mock battle, apparently evolved from bloody duels fought during less sophisticated times in dwarven history.
- The 铜须国王of the 王座厅 have gone through many scepters during their reigns. By tradition, the king would let certain of his top advisors and allies bear the scepter for a single day. These were rough days for the scepters, which saw the insides of taverns, were dropped off mountaintops, were used to smite troggs and so on.
- Saying: "If ye want to topple a wall, start with the foundation."
Haggis, consisting of oatmeal and sheep innards (specifically the sheep's lungs, liver and heart), is a common dwarven meal. Haggis and 铁炉堡 pale ale is a dwarven favorite, and has been the lunch of champions for over 1,000 years. Spice bread is another longtime favorite in Ironforge. Dwarves are fond of 野猪 meat. 塞尔萨玛 is known for its blood sausages, made from 熊 meat. The arctic char, which only dwells in the cold waters of 丹莫罗, is the most popular type of fish in Ironforge.
- The Feast of Winter Veil
Ever consumed with the research of their origins, the dwarves choose to celebrate the season of Winter Veil as a recognition of 冬天爷爷 himself. They consider him to be the personification of one of the ancients of Azeroth - the 泰坦. Much as they claim lineage in one degree or another to these mystical beings, they consider their snowy home of 丹莫罗 as the prime example of Greatfather Winter's blessings. Some dwarves disapprove of the modern Winter Veil celebrations and the 地精s' "pollution" of the true meaning of the holiday.
Dwarven clans and races
- 土灵 — Ancestors of all dwarves, who were originally earthen afflicted by the 血肉诅咒.
- 铁矮人 — Created by the corrupted 守护者 洛肯 by using the earthen's basic design, but with a saronite-iron composite.
- 铜须部族 —铁炉堡和丹莫罗的统治部族。由穆拉丁·铜须领导。
- 蛮锤部族 — 居住在辛特兰与暮光高地。以他们的狮鹫骑士而闻名。由弗斯塔德·蛮锤领导。
- 黑铁部族 —从前是炎魔之王拉格纳罗斯的奴隶。现在分裂为联盟和暮光之锤信徒。由茉艾拉·索瑞森领导。
- 霜裔 — 唯一所知的冰矮人部族。生活在诺森德的风暴群山。联盟远征军的成员。
All types of Dwarves are 4–5 feet tall and stout to varying degrees. The males always have beards, typically a long wild beard sometimes with hair to match. Female dwarves are also short as well as stout albeit to a lesser degree. They rarely have appear to have beards, although there are instances of bearded female dwarves typically among Wildhammer dwarves. Female dwarves who sported strong beards are considered a sign of beauty among members of the Wildhammer dwarves.
A female dwarf from the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.
In the RPG
A modification created from the earthen were referred to as "Series Two".
The dwarves had followed the humans to Kalimdor as soldiers against the 燃烧军团, and in the aftermath of this war the dwarves discovered they might had been created by powerful beings to shape the earth. Ruins in Kalimdor suggested that the dwarves' past may have been connected to of the titans, and teams of prospectors, excavators and archaeologists were quickly assembled and dispatched to all corners of the world in order to investigate.
Note: Also referred to as Ironforge dwarves.
|Defender of 萨多尔大桥||健在||丹莫德, 湿地|
|Older brother of Thargas and former wearer of the 安威玛尔之盔||已故||未知|
|Second-in-command of Muradin's expedition||已故||Doorward, 艾卓-尼鲁布|
Note: Also referred to as wild dwarves, who mostly belong to the Wildhammer clan.
Note: The dark dwarves mostly belong to the Dark Iron clan and Thorium Brotherhood.
|黑铁矮人大建筑师。||鬼魂||Molten Span, 黑石山|
- Apparently, dwarves were the ones who invented the gun. While members of any race can learn to use a firearm, the dwarves still possess a certain knack for it.
- With the recent discoveries of their past, it is now possible that the dwarves might be the eldest Titan-created race on Azeroth, alongside the Sea Giants, having been created (as Earthen) to develop the world before the titans' departure.
- Since time before the 三锤之战, the dwarves of the 东部王国 have had a love for the pipe, and they go nowhere without their personal pipes. They'll even smoke something else if they have to make do. 罗姆's scouting group inside 格瑞姆巴托 in 巨龙之夜 made a substance from ground brown mushrooms and a red weed found near water. Rom considered the stuff foul, but he smoked some anyway.
- Also long in use before the War of the Three Hammers is the ritual of Gwyarbrawden between the common warriors of the Eastern Kingdoms. It isn't spoken of publicly by the dwarves, let alone to their allies. As such, very few outsiders even know about this part of dwarven society.
- Apparently, dwarves will often hide things in their beards.
- A popular staple in Ironforge is haggis, which consists of sheep innards, oatmeal and seasoned with Mild Spices.
- As in most modern fantasy, the dwarves in the 魔兽宇宙 draw parallels to those in Tolkien's legendarium as well as the original race in Norse mythology. Most notably, and common to both sources, are their facility with and affinity for mining and other crafts of earth and stone. Their short stature and general appearance are common throughout mythology as well as fiction. The Warcraft dwarves' descent from the earthen also mirrors both sources.
- The Warcraft dwarven affinity for mechanical engineering may derive in part from the Warhammer games' depiction of dwarves as technologically apt or may itself simply be an extension of their affinity for mining and metalcraft. This also relates to Norse mythology where they are the creators of many of the gods' artifacts and weapons, such as Thor's hammer Mjollnir.
- It's assumed that Dwarves have better eyesight in the dark than most races, due to living in the dark mountains ever since their awakening from the titan ruins.
- Dwarves have a connection to the earth. It is very highly assumed that they share this from their ancestors, the Earthen, who also have a connection with the earth. This could mean that they maybe can control the earth in some way, and use it to their advantage. (This is indicated in the pre-Cataclysm event when King Magni Bronzebeard says: "We dwarves have a connection to the earth. We can feel her pain. And right now the earth is crying out. These earthquakes... they are both natural and not. I wanted to gather you all together and discuss them.")
- All male dwarves have beards.
- Lore Keeper of Norgannon
- 铁炉堡 - 矮人的觉醒
- High elf#New world patterns and the Thalassian kingdom
- The Seven Kingdoms
- War of the Ancients Trilogy
- Alliance technology
- Second War
- Dwarven relations
- Blizzard Entertainment. 《World of Warcraft manual》, 170.
- Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- Great Forge
- Blackrock Mountain
- Pewter Drinking Cup
- Bone Gaming Dice
- Silver Neck Torc
- Ceramic Funeral Urn
- Chalice of the Mountain Kings
- Scepter of Bronzebeard
- Quest:Iron Assembly: Admiral Gar'an (Alliance)
- Quest:Keepin' the Haggis Flowin'
- Quest:A Round for the Guards
- Ironforge Rations
- Quest:Can't Get Enough Spice Bread
- Quest:All the Other Stuff
- Quest:Beer Basted Boar Ribs
- Quest:Pack Your Bags
- Quest:Thelsamar Blood Sausages
- Quest:Cold Water Fishing
- Toothgnasher's Skeleton
- The Feast of Winter Veil
- World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
- World of Warcraft: Official Beginner's Guide, 27
- Day of the Dragon, 264
- Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, page 43
- Mystery of the Makers
- Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, page 44
- Dwarf (playable)
- Night of the Dragon pg. 14-17, 130
- Night of the Dragon pg. 17-18
- Quest:And Then There Were Two...