The stocky and robust builders, known as the Dwarves, live in underground communities called thaigs. Numerous thaigs once existed, built under every major mountain range and connected by the Deep Roads. Only Orzammar and Kal-Sharok survived ages of Blights, however. The former rests in and below the Frostback Mountains, a huge metropolis beneath the surface with a population of more than one hundred thousand dwarves. The districts, or quarters, of dwarven thaigs are determined by the race's strict caste system. In Orzammar, the King's palace and the Assembly halls sit highest in a tier known as the Diamond Quarter. Complicated systems of stairs lead downward, through noble areas, to eventually lead to the Commons, where the Merchant Caste has the most influence, and further downward still the thaig's slums, Dust Town, can be found as well. A great arena known as the Proving Grounds connects to the Commons, and remains a venue for the public settling of dwarven disputes.
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Monarch: King Bhelen Aeducan
Official Language: The King's Tongue/Trade Tongue