Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment, their hard work, and their capacity for drinking ale. Dwarves are slow to jest and suspicious of strangers, but they are generous to those who earn their trust. They stand just 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall, but are broad and compactly built, almost as wide as they are tall. Dwarven skin varies from deep tan to light brown, and their hair is black, gray, or brown. Dwarven men value their beards highly and dwarven females also have facial hair (Jokes from male dwarves about human females sometimes include jibes that if they had a beard they might look attractive).
Playing as a DwarfEdit
Dwarves tend to be stereotyped as heavy drinkers with an obsession for gold and mines. They are hardy people that feel at home in subterranean areas so they are less likely to be spooked in a dark cave. They usually have a hatred towards Goblinoids, Orcs and Giants. A dwarf's accent is most likened to Scottish but overusing such phrases is easily done.
It could also be argued that dwarves have a tendency to show signs of "small man syndrome", particularly in the Evil alignments. Getting along with races of a larger size can create interesting roleplaying opportunities. Being called "shorty" by others may be a common trend so if you play as a Dwarf you should have some witty come-backs ready (according to your alignment and class). A Chaotic Evil (CE) Dwarven Barbarian is more likely to suggest ripping off a human's head to make him a better size.