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Karak Norn Clansman
07-03-2019, 12:58

Virentian Dwarves of the Wrathful Mountains (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/45099-virentian-dwarves-of-the-wrathful-mountains/)

Ladies and gentlemen, the historically based fantasy world of Warhammer, beyond naval expeditions, found one way of pitting Dwarfs against Lizardmen (https://www.deviantart.com/rrjones/art/Warhammer-Inspired-Sketches-627033836). This was by the means of the lost hold of Karak Zorn (https://warhammerfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Karak_Zorn) in the Southlands, having Lizardmen in their southern vicinity. (Karak Zorn always had a vibe of Prester John (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prester_John) about it, but it was ultimately not meant as a realm of Ethiopian fantasy Dwarves (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/37892-kegiz-gavem-%E2%80%93-the-ethiopian-dwarves-of-light/).) However, a brief glance at history will make it instantly clear that Warhammer (for all its brilliance) missed an open goal for pitting Dwarfs against Lizardmen, and thus missed a chance of making Lustria itself into something more than an almost purely Lizardmen continent.

We're of course speaking about the Andean civlizations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andean_civilizations), of which the Inca Empire (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inca_Empire) with its well-organized (https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2015/12/28/the-incan-military-military-organization/amp/) army (https://militaryhistorynow.com/2014/09/12/the-pre-columbian-superpower-10-surprising-facts-about-the-incan-army/) is the most famous, but which also include such cultures as the Moche (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moche_culture), Caral (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norte_Chico_civilization) and Nazca (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_culture), to name a few. Lord-Triceratops (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Incan-Dwarf-Merchants-773184180) on Deviantart has already dabbled (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Incan-Dwarf-with-Glyptodont-Mount-706888680) some with the concept of Incan fantasy Dwarves, including their use of domesticated Glyptodons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyptodon). Let the Ninth Age be the first major fantasy setting to sport Incan fantasy Dwarves: Mountain dwellers, miners and skilled metal workers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallurgy_in_pre-Columbian_America) who build terraces, roads and towns in stone on altitudes few other peoples would even consider to climb.

Sounds Dwarven enough? Then let's head for the Wrathful Mountains in faraway Virentia, and follow the rumours of gold!


Just to get the ball rolling, here are some proposals: The Virentian Dwarves of the Wrathful Mountains have been isolated from all others of their kin since the most ancient ages. Originally imported as mining slaves for the Saurian Ancients during the distant First Age, these Dwarrows endured a longer slavery than others of their kind, for they lived close to the Saurian power centers of tropical Virentia, and were among the few peoples who still endured the Saurian yoke for many centuries after the Heavenly Mace set others free. Nevertheless, the great comet still set in motion a long and arduous struggle for freedom, for the bands of escaped rebel slaves waged a long guerilla campaign in the mountains and in the mining tunnels.

After a long and bloody struggle, the Dwarves of the Wrathful Mountains drove out their former Saurian overlords. Freed at long last, these Dwarves peopled the long mountain chain and heavily fortified their nigh-inaccessible dwellings, building kingdoms and city-states that battled Goblins, Saurian Ancients and each other alike. Slowly, and through many blood-soaked setbacks, the Dwarves spread throughout the great Virentian mountainss, and emerged from the highlands to colonize some of the coastal lowlands to the west. And to this day they will make any Saurian intruders come to regret their quest for regaining lost glory, for the Wrathful Mountains were thus named for a reason.

The Dwarves of the Wrathful Mountains are little known outside their towering homeland, yet legends speak of great realms of strong armies and finely carved stones laid upon stones, of giant mines, of master smiths toiling with copper and gold, and of great builders of roads, farming terraces and rope bridges that defy the soaring landscape. And most of all, the rumours speak of treasures beyond the dreams of mortals...

There are lots of questions, if you buy into the idea of Andean Dwarves in the first place:

Should T9A go for an all-encompassing empire like the Inca, or go for a smattering of independent Dwarven Holds?

The former conform to the Renaissance reality, the latter to the older historical reality of the Andes, and may open up for more local variation and opportunities for rowdy infighting.

Are these Dwarven Holds, or Infernal Dwarves?

How advanced are these Virentian Dwarves?

Given the Inca's comparatively sophisticated grasp of technology, torsion war machines could possibly suit their fantasy counterparts, since Dwarves are more mechanically minded than humans, and live longer thus not wasting all that accumulating knowledge and skills on an early grave, resulting in higher levels of technology. What do you think?

What about slings, spear-throwers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spear-thrower) and bows instead of crossbows as infantry ranged weapons to underline the lower level of technology compared to Dwarves of all kinds found in Vetia, Augea and Taphria?

There are many fields of opportunity to the ardent thinker here, so please contribute your ideas and criticisms to this brainstorming!

This is a natural extension of Northern Dwarves (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/21329-northern-dwarfs-armybook/), Kegiz Gavem (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/37892-kegiz-gavem-%E2%80%93-the-ethiopian-dwarves-of-light/) and Dwarves of the Copper Mountains (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/38162-dwarven-holds-of-the-copper-mountains/&postID=996271#post996271). There can be no such thing as too many Dwarfs. ;)

Roll out your thoughts on these potato-eating Dwarves and let's make the world of the Ninth Age distinct also in this quarter!


Reference images:






Karak Norn Clansman
07-03-2019, 12:59






Karak Norn Clansman
08-03-2019, 10:44
Prince of Spires over on Ulthuan.net (http://ulthuan.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=920070#p920070) had these thoughts to share. Do keep in mind that there are no polar gates in the Ninth Age, but that doesn't make his ideas for a middle ground of both uncorrupted and corrupted Andean Dwarves necessarily lose their relevance (i.e. the corrupting influence could come from other quarters, including a local leak in the fabric of reality or just cultural infiltration or cornered populations turning to Dark Gods out of desperation):

The story of their origin seems plausible enough. After all, whole populations in the Caribbean are there because their ancestors were brought there as slaves. And you'd always get free-states or hidden communities where slaves could flee to. I also likes that it opens up more options for conflict in the new world (which in 8th ed is mainly just a continent with DE in the north and LM in the south and not a lot happening otherwise).

Some thoughts:
- I think that having a single kingdom makes most sense for a couple of reasons. Smaller, independent kingdoms are too easy to overcome with such a powerful neighbour who thinks you're their subject anyway. And the shared hardship would give a natural bond between the people.
- On religion I would think that they hold to some bastardized, ancient form of the dwarven religion, combined with a worship of the ancients. If they were brought to the new world in ancient times then they brought their religion with them then. And it started to deviate from the rest of the dwarven religion at that point. And it's common to see that then the old religion is mixed with that of the ruling class, in this case the LM with their worship of the ancients. Even more so if the dwarves actually served the ancients then.
- regular or infernal dwarves, both are possible. It's easy to see that some chaos servants have helped the first free dwarves escape. And in that process managed to subvert them to chaos. On the other hand, perhaps they were a bit too hidden initially for chaos to know or care about them. There is even a middle ground possible. The dwarves in the northern part of the "Andes" and around the Caribbean sea are regular dwarves. And those closer to the south pole, which in WH at least, has a chaos portal similar to the one in the north are infernal dwarves. This middle ground solution has the added bonus of opening up even more areas of conflict. WH (8th and earlier) is always very focused on the old world. Having chaos impact other continents and places makes the conflict much more global.

As a side note, if this middle ground solution is chosen then the LM will need some more lands to expand to, otherwise they end up with a very small space in South America. My suggestion would be for a whole stretch along the equator, through Africa and on the islands of Indonesia. Basically, where there is rainforest you'll find LM.


Karak Norn Clansman
09-03-2019, 11:58

Chicha-Brewing Dwarf Womenfolk of the Wrathful Mountains (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/45099-virentian-dwarves-of-the-wrathful-mountains/&postID=1171153#post1171153)

Everyday scene from the Virentian western highlands: Dwarven womenfolk brew chicha (https://lordsofthedrinks.com/2017/11/30/alcohol-in-the-inca-empire-communicating-with-gods-and-spirits-through-corn-beer/) in the Wrathful Mountains, taking care to chew and spit out the raw corn drink in order for the saliva to improve the fermentation.

Reference images, including this artwork (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Atahaulpa-Mother-and-Child-301753780) by Lord Triceratops:


Karak Norn Clansman
09-03-2019, 21:12

Incan Dwarf Warrior (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Incan-Dwarf-Warrior-788909936), by Lord-Triceratops (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops)

Recently one of my watchers suggested that I do more work on the Incan dwarves project of mine so he can show them to his Warhammer friends. My knowledge of Warhammer could barely fill a Post-it note (there's a bunch of people at war. Hammers are involved. The 40K version is in space, with big dudes in big armor, and there's an Emperor). The important thing is I get to draw more cultural dwarf pictures, so I said okey-dokey.

Admittedly I took this guy's uniform from a quick Google search for "Incan warriors." From what I could tell, most of the uniform was made of cloth even though the Incans had access to bronze, gold, and leather goods. There had to be more protective gear out there. The big gold (probably bronze) disc in the middle could protect the heart and vitals, but the shield I saw looked downright puny, and the helmet even seemed to have a bullseye in the middle! Still, these guys would be climbing up and down the Andes mountains all day, so there is some merit to wearing something light and warm. The only thing I added were the leather shoulder pads and chest protection behind the disc. I'm thinking of adding a heavier armor to a new picture, but right now I leaned more towards the cultural accuracy. One last thought, I think the reference picture I used showed an Incan officer, because that hat/helmet is way too flamboyant to just be for the front-line grunts. You'd wear that hat to be seen, and when you're commanding a thousand dudes with nothing but your voice and the way you're pointing your axe, being seen is important.

Here's my reference: https://thelosttreasurechest.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/historical-warrior-illustration-series-part-lx/inca-warrior-with-ax/

Karak Norn Clansman
10-03-2019, 10:47
Uther the Unhinged (http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/member.php?action=profile&uid=9954) over on CDO have shared some great design thoughts (http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=17180&pid=287436#pid287436) for Virentian Dwarves:

Cool concept. I think you could have standard and infernal dwarves in the continent. It is a big place and mines would have been well separated leading to multiple revolutionary movement. Infernal dwarves obviously utilizing fire sorcery/daemons (sorry not T9A literate) and playing up the sacrifice aspect of Incan/Aztec culture. Possibly binding daemons into animals. The standard dwarves animating statues. Again to differ from other pld world dwarves the statues could be animal/totem based snake like caymen panther jaguar etc. Longer association with saurians might have led to more magic/rune binding. You could go down the lack of iron route with rune encrusted war clubs. Obsidian daggers, obsidian encrusted clubs (for both types). As for artillery again standard torsion engines with animal totemic themes fir standard dwarves but enslaved/mutated/daemon bound animals for infernal dwarves. Like tortured bloated snakes spitting incendiary venom as counts as firearms. Sort of twisted Lizardmen technology, which would fit fluff wize.

I hope you all agree that these are ideas well worth picking up on.

So now we need a name for the Virentian Dwarven Holds, and Infernal Dwarves, respectively. Proposals are most welcome!

One could of course base the Dwarven Holds more on e.g. Inca, and the Infernal Dwarves more on Moche or some other Andean culture. By the way, I warmly recommend everyone to check out coricancha (https://www.deviantart.com/coricancha/gallery/?catpath=/)'s astounding Pre-Columbian tropical American gallery, filled to the brim with colourful illustrations and marvellous designs based on meticulous studies of archaeological finds in particular.

Uther the Unhinged had some further thoughts: (http://www.chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=17180&pid=287440#pid287440)

The uprising of the dwarves would have been sporadic and disunited due to geography and a clampdown by the saurian masters. Each mine (future hold) would develop differently. All paying religious homage to ?? Queznir (I know Quetzacoatl was aztec but he was famously bearded). However secet symbols and signs were used often utilizing local animals. Over the years these took on totemiic status rising as quasi-deities themselves. The defeat of the saurians was piecemeal each hold achieving independence at different times and often facing several attmpts to retake it. Thus it was years before the dwarves (the Quezcuz as they call themselves) started to contact each other.
Magic stolen /learned from the saurians is used to infuse stone statues of their totemic animals. Arcuballistae, bows spears atlatlt stone headed tomahawk like axes and mauls. Armour rune/totem bound leather or padded cloth. Iron usage is unknown. Shields wicker?. But gold and silver adornment common. All totems are bird, mammal or fish. Reptillian and amphibian totems are taboo given the link to their hated saurian oppressors. Now contactbetween holds maintained by giant condor.

However not all mines followed the same path. Some came across knowledge of the infernal (again not sure of T9A fluff so this needs work). This great mine too eventually won its freedom using the infernal skills they had developed under the guidance of their infernal god (Haztet? Gotto reference the father of darkness somewhere). The dwarves of this mine (the Hazcuz) used magic to bind deamons into anomals to fight for them (rather than statues). With the overthrow of the saurians they used the reptiles of their previous masters as beasts of war and burden (twisting them with their infernal magic). Far from avoiding reptillian iconography the Hazcuz subverted it. Thus it was that when the Hazcuz made contact with other freed dwarves they were not greeted as long lost cousins but as evil blasphemers. Several Quezcuz holds united against these heretics and besieged them. Faced with overwhelming odds and the threat of extinction they broke out from the suege and embarked on ‘the long trek’. Effectively a running battle with pursuing Quezcuz, Saurians seeking to recapture them, grenskins and others.
The trek lasted over 2 years. It did not end till the Hazcuz were driven from their mountain home to the lowland and escaped the pursuing Quezcuz in the jungle. Eventually they reached a land where they felt safe (unsure if this should be far south Terra del Fuego or Mexico). a hot forbidding land. Here they built their step puramids in memory of their lost mountain home. If you go with the Mexico option you can go full aztec.
Magic is using runes/reptillian totems to bind infernal spirits into creatures thus empowering them ?twisting? them but seriously reducing their life span (they literally! Burn out) runes/totems branded on (fire dwarves yay). Weaponry bucklers of alligator hide. Armour of toughened reptile skin. Wooden Warclubs (see plains indian warclubs) with obsidian studs/shards. ?slings? Spears. Animals adapted as weapons eg venom spitting reptile held as hand arms etc.
There that is me done. It was a long drive today.

Karak Norn Clansman
28-03-2019, 14:11
Wonderful ideas from Ghiznuk over on T9A (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/45356-infernal-dwarves-of-the-torture-valleys-t9a-moche/&postID=1184462#post1184462), detailing a sky war between fantasy Inca Dwarves and fantasy Moche Infernal Dwarves. We're on a roll:

Condor is such an overused trope, it seemed pretty obvious for me from the beginning lol

Yeah, let's go for a full flying army for those dwarves.
See them how they carved fortresses out of the flanks of the mightiest peaks, with wide openings on the side. In that enormous cave that is actually the entrance to the hidden fortress, countless preying birds are perched.
The dwarves routinely ride them for any errand they are sent to.

We can have full condor dwarves unit, much like Equitan pegasus knights.

Local Infernals on the other hand use a mightier technology, such as magic-propelled zeppelins, to ride between the sharp needle-like peaks.

All this, because those mountains are so high and sharp, that the valleys below are extremely narrow and dark, some of them full of strange water and slime, and scary monsters without a name, much like the fish from the deepest abyss.

You know, mountains like this :


On such heights, not much rain, but our dwarves grow food on terrasses on the very mountain top, catching the humidity from the clouds by ingeniously crafted « fog nets ».

For Infernal zeppelins (without steam-power), get some cues from comic series Thorgal. The country named « Qa » is more Aztec in style, fighting against the local Pueblo indians, but you get the idea ;)
(scenario by Jean Van Hamme drawings by Grzegorz Rosiński)



Karak Norn Clansman
28-03-2019, 22:20
Warden over on Lustria Online (http://www.lustria-online.com/threads/t9a-dwarven-holds-of-the-wrathful-mountains-inca.22708/#post-270785) had this idea for Nazca line-styles carving to tie in with aircraft:

Hey I really like the Inca Dwarf concept! That would fit the dwarfs into the "lizardmen" realm really easily.

I think the colossal stone/golem structure in the bottom of this picture would make a great inca-dwarf contraption:


I also like the idea of the dwarfs being behind some kind of "Nazca Lines" construction. Maybe they were able to engineers these marvels by using a gyrocopter-like device? Or hot air balloons?


Karak Norn Clansman
19-01-2020, 08:56
Lord-Triceratops (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops) over on Deviantart has drawn these concept images for his own historically based fantasy setting, which happens to sport Incan Dwarves much like these proposed ones for the Wrathful Mountains in T9A. The parallells are obvious. I would like to share them here, along with his thoughts, to inspire:


Scene from the Incan Dwarf marketplace (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Scene-from-the-Incan-Dwarf-Marketplace-824392377)

I read an article in the December issue of Archeology magazine (the magazine about old stuff with advertisements for old people, to make you feel even older) about the abandoned Incan city of Huánuco Pampa. Sad story. It used to be a thriving commercial hub for the empire before the Spanish arrived. The centerpiece was the market square/government plaza, where dignitaries from the provinces and regional tribes would gather and not only shop, but debate and spread the news about their corners of the world. Each representative would have his or her section of the plaza to demonstrate not only their local goods, but also any news and reports to the emperor if he was in town. Huánuco Pampa was more centrally located than the capital of Cusco. Plus the Incas kept sophisticated granaries and food silos there to distribute the year's harvest fresh. Every morning, according to Spanish missionaries and now archeological evidence, the market would open by an announcer blowing into a conch shell at dawn and ringing a bronze bell. The illustration I used for reference (by 16th century artist Felipe Guaman) seems to show the announcer wearing a feathered hat. I guess so he'd be more visible to the shoppers.

Then tragedy struck as the Spanish not only captured the last emperor Atahualpa, but also spread smallpox through the empire. The last signs of life in Huánuco Pampa are the crumbling silos, market square, and a half-finished temple that still stands. I know it's a depressing note for the season and I'm sorry, so I wanted to draw my dwarven people starting their day in the market. I also want to admit that I have no idea how to draw a conch. I could have looked it up online, but I was watching another Christmas show while I was drawing.


Giant Ground Sloth Puppet (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Giant-Ground-Sloth-Puppet-825018791)

I made this one before I made "Incan Dwarf Theater" because I wanted to understand how a life-size ground sloth puppet would work. Basically, it's a movable parade float operated by a puppeteer inside, She operates the arms with sticks, the head with a rope (the neck is just a hinge), and moves the whole thing with her feet. Then someone puts a massive wool cape over the whole thing to complete the effect.


Incan Dwarf Theater (https://www.deviantart.com/lord-triceratops/art/Incan-Dwarf-Theater-825017266)

This one banged around in my head ever since i read about the Incan ruins, and other sources. The first one, oddly enough, was the CGI movie Beowulf. Personally, I didn't like the movie, but one scene stuck out for me. Years after he killed Grendel, Beowulf and his buddies are chilling in Heorot Hall, and there were a pair of midget (is that the correct term? Sorry if it's not) reenactors showing Beowulf defeat a puppet Grendel. The Grendel puppet was made of an ox skull, while the actor for Beowulf was a ripped little dude with big pecs. Now skip ahead a decade or so, and I read about the theater/market square in Huanoco Pampa. Well if it's a theater then there have to be performances there, right? And what better way to bring in the crowds then a story about a hero fighting a monster? Or you could show nudity, but I don't want to do that. Anyway, in this world the dwarves live alongside Pleistocene animals like saber tooth tigers, glyptodonts, and giant ground sloths. Plenty of inspiration for monsters, especially for a society of short people.

Furthermore, BondageGoatZombie (https://www.the-ninth-age.com/community/index.php?thread/45099-dwarven-holds-of-the-wrathful-mountains-t9a-inca/&postID=1194900#post1194900) over on T9A forums had these thoughts to share:

I've been thinking a bit about this. A bit rules oriented.

If we say the QQuezcuz (using above mentioned name for the Inca dwarves) do not have fun powder, we should give them something else.

What would a society that lived under saurian threat for the longest time specialize in? Ie what are saurians good at that needs to be countered and what is their weakness?

Mastery of magic comes to mind thinking about cuatls. So the Quezcuz could be heavier anti magic that other DH.
What should Quezcuz magic look like on the other hand? Same as DH? The totem system of beasts would also fit. Or even the totem animal mechanic of saurian warriors?

As for runes, I think we should keep them, that's just so typically dwarven.

Another saurian strength would be armour. So we could give the Quezcuz more AP base.

I actually can't pinpoint any real weakness in SA as hoc, maybe someone else can enlighten me.

Seekers could be re-modelled as dinosaur killers, removing eg yer comin with me with lethal strike.

If we have the Quezcuz low tech in general, we could give them bows instead of crossbows, or throwing weapons of course. slings maybe as well?

However keeping stone throwers and ballistas would be nice, to have at least some war machines in a dwarf army. But if they can build ballistas they can surely build crossbows, can't they?

Poison would also be a fitting option for some of the army at least.

Generic plate armour would be replaced by scale armour, which is the same except for some additional effect. Hard target maybe? Or what else could scales do?

Can someone think of a themed buff wagon Inca style?

Do you have any thoughts and ideas of your own, mayhap? Please share, if so. :)