In the Dark
The Stoutheart Clan
The Stoutheart Clan is a dwarven clan decended from the ancient dwarves of Hurzundhiem. While the Stouthearts don’t possess the wealth or prestige of thier forebearers, they are respected as the best iron mongers and iron and steel goods that come from the Stoutheart Mines are considered to be of a superior quality. The current patriarch, Merlog Stoutheart, has a reputation of being a shrewd businessman and is considered stubborn, even among dwarves. The Stoutheart Clan lies only a two hour walk from Hollow Stone and over the years the mine and the town have grown somewhat dependent on each other. Unlike most dwarven mines which are self-sufficent, the Stouthearts rely on the town for most of their food and supplies that they do not manufacture adn the town depend on the dwarves for protection from the many dangers that lurk in the caves and tunnels of Dusteris. The relationship has been beneficial for both because the dwarves do not need to spend time and resource to producing food and other essentials they can perfect thier mining and iron forging and because the dwarves are close by and produce quality products, Hollow Stone has become a very wealthy and is often a destinaton for traders.