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The Dwarfgate War could trace its roots back to the period following the Cataclysm when Neidar refugees attempted to enter Thorbardin. High Thane Duncan knowing that he did not have the farming capability to save all the dwarves refuses to allow them to enter. By forcing the Neidar to stay out of Thorbardin, Duncan hopes that the Neidar can survive on their own, as he was aware of the limited supplies in his underground realm.
In 30 AC, Duncan ordered the gates of Thorbardin shut to the outside world when the dwarves realized that the old supply routes of the world were gone. The stockpiled supplies under the mountain were dwindling and without the old supply routes there was no way to rebuild the stockpiles. Duncan knew that the Neidar dwarves would have a difficult time surviving outside of Thorbardin but he made a tough choice of sacrificing one clan instead of dooming all the clans in Thorbardin.
The Neidar dwarves suffered a series of harsh winters that killed off game and caused early winter storms that ruined many of the crops. In 32 AC the Neidar hunger and sickened by a plague send a messenger to Thorbardin asking for aid. The messenger arrived in Thorbardin to only be turned away and his message unheard. By 34 AC the conditions had not improved and in many towns had grown worse. Desperate for help the Neidar dwarves sent another messenger asking for help. The messenger was once again turned away from Thorbardin without speaking with Duncan.
Neidar thane Reghar Fireforge decided that the best way to resolve the situation would be to meet with Duncan and discuss the problems. In 37 AC Fireforge meets Duncan at a Pax Tharkas because it was considered to be a neutral site. During their discussions Duncan is unable to lend any aid, which infuriates Fireforge. The meeting ends nearly in blows and without any resolution to the problems.
In 39 AC the mage Fistandantilus, with his allies Denubis and Pheragas lead their army into Abanasinia. When they arrive they discover to groups, the Plainsmen, led by Darknight, and the Nediar dwarves, led by Fireforge. Both groups wanted to join Fistandantilus army for different reasons. The Plainsmen were driven by greed while the Neidar wish to avenge their honor. Also both groups needed food for the upcoming winter and believed that the mountain dwarves were hoarding it.
That same year the combined army of Fistandantilus marched towards to Thorbardin. Fistandantilus using the emotions of both the Plainsmen and the Neidar planned on abandoning the army to obtain godhood at the right time. Duncan unable to resolve the issue is forced to go to war to defend Thorbardin and wage war on his cousins.
The Battle of Pax Tharkas
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The Attack of Kharas
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The Capture of Zhaman
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The Battle of the Plains of Dust
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The Battle of Zhaman
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The Dwarfgate War ends with the destruction of both the hill dwarf and mountain dwarf armies. Neither side was able to continue the struggle with the loss of both their forces and the gates of Thorbardin remained closed. The Plains of Dust was wiped barren from the magical blast and Zhaman collapsed and was renamed Skullcap for its hideous appearance.
The legacy of the Dwarfgate War was the hatred that existed between the hill dwarf and mountain dwarf nations. For generations following the war, both sides remained at odds over the feelings created by the war. The clans eventually would grow to tolerate each other but would never again depend upon each other for survival.
Legend of the Twins
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