Paths of Glory
Dwarven Mining Colonies
Established many centuries ago, the Dwarven Kingdoms have maintained a distant control of their colonies. The colonies were constructed over the rich veins of ore in the mountains under a trade-agreement with the local elven shogunates. Raw and worked materials were exported back across the sea through agreements with the Empire of Euwigheid, and so the colonies slowly grew. It was, however, highly dependent on the maintenance of solid diplomatic relations with their neighbors. When the elven armies invaded, the colonies were the first targets. They were invaded in blitzkrieg fashion to prevent word and help to arrive from the Kings. Now the dwarves that survived but did not escape live under the purview of the Empire, extracting ore for the military for a price that much favors the elves.
Those dwarves that leave often find themselves alone in a world that seems to work against them at every turn. Many of the other races see them as weak, and the reason why the elves were so quickly able to invade the rest of the nations.