The Things That Go Bump
Most dwarves native to Buldan belong to a major ethnic group called the Kurgan.
The Kurgan dwarves are a large ethnic group scattered across most of northern Buldan. Their settlements are commonly built on plains close to water sources such as the Kadal River. They are famous for their use of mastodons as both beasts of burden and mounts, particularly for war. Their warbands usually consist of several boar-riding Kurgan and about two or three mastodon riders.
Kurgan dwarves are taller and somewhat leaner than most dwarven ethnicities. They have long arms and legs, dark hair and olive skin. Their eyes go from dark brown to hazel and green. Their forearms, hands and feet look somewhat big in comparison to the rest of their body. Males have broad shoulders and wild, wavy beards. Women have powerful legs and seem somewhat leaner from the waist up than other dwarven females.
The Kurgan value discipline, loyalty, and personal honor in all aspects of life. Everyone in Kurgan society has a place and must adhere to his or her personal responsibilities. Males are allowed to take up to three wives as long as they can support and care for them in a way they find satisfactory. A Kurgan wife can at any time sever her union with her husband if she feels he does not meet her standards by cutting off her ceremonial hair lock. Though both males and females know how to fight, males focus on war and females on hunting, respectively. Dueling is common.
The Kurgan worship a Pantheon called The Great Horn, which consists of four gods:
Bul-rakhos, god of beasts, harvest and nature, appears as a giant Mastodon with eight tusks.
Vardruna, goddess of war, skill and valor, appears as a beautiful Kurgan maiden with four arms and an owlbear pelt.
Szilaria, goddess of wisdom, the forge and the hunt, appears as a red, slender Gorgruva, wreathed in fire.
Irún, god of magic, fertility and spirits, appears as a purple-colored board with pure-white tusks and a crown of fire over his head.
Trade & Relations
Kurgan trade with most other communities except for the buldanese dragonborn and kobold tribes, with whom they have a strained relationship. While not openly violent towards most draconic tribes, their hatred of the Dráugr makes them distrustful of just about any scaly creature. Their main trades are owlbear pelts, iron weaponry, nuts, potatoes, dry fruit and spices. While they don’t necessarily agree with the ‘civilized’ ways of the settlers to the South, they value some of their contributions such as firearms, medical aid and land vehicles.
The Kurgan are feared for their boar and mastodon warbands, which can lay waste to entire organized platoons in one sweep. They specialize in axes, polearms, and hammers. The Kurgan were one of the first buldanese tribes to make the best of firearms and body armor, and they actively trade with Southern settlements for these goods.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2.
Dwarven Rider Training. You gain proficiency in the Animal Handling skill.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Dwarra, a gutural dwarven dialect. Choose a second language from Common, Rudh, High Rumeskan or Draconic.