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Helgrid Queen of the Dwarves by Amoryl Helgrid Queen of the Dwarves by Amoryl
Helgrid, Queen of the Dwarves, mother to Vaalah.

    Dwarves usually have little contact with the world outside their mountains (a mountain will hold an entire dwarven nation with their own king/queen, often with little contact between them) though many will have at least have some trade relations with nearby towns or farming villages for things like fresh food and cloth that are hard to come by deep inside their mountains. The town nearest Helgrid's mountain was overrun by an orc war party, resulting in Helgrid leading 1500 dwarven soldiers (with more to follow as needed) to reclaim the town and rescue any survivors. this decision was against the very vocal argument of her 4 husbands and 3 wives, as she was heavily pregnant with twins, and a week past her due date. She refused to listen, even when she couldn't fit into her armor due to her condition, she threw the parts she couldn't squeeze into across the room and declared she'll march without it. Kellah, her first wife then summoned the clerics and demanded that if the Queen was foolish enough to march to war half naked and pregnant, then she at least be covered in Runes of Protection. Dwarven runes are mostly used to protect, and strengthen important and permanent things like vault doors and support pillars, as the ingredients required to produce them are rare and expensive, including finely ground precious gemstones, metals, and the glowing blood of Deepserpent.

    Helgrid grudgingly agreed to the vastly expensive (these runes cost more than even a wealthy dwarf would earn in several years) temporary tattoos, marched to war, and slew the orc war chief, though one of her husbands, Vaalskaag was killed in the fighting. Helgrid severed the orc war chief's head, and mounted his throne, where she immediately went into labor. Stubborn like only a dwarf can be, she refused to get up once she'd sat, and gave birth in the open in the middle of the town on a throne of an orc. With his severed head at her feet, watching the whole thing. A boy and girl were born, and she named them Skaagi and Vaalah, after her slain husband.

    Helgrid is strong, stubborn, and absolutely the one in charge. She speaks her mind, and demands others do as well. Her arguments with her spouses are legendary, as they have to be as stubborn as she is, though they always make up afterwards. In Kellah's case, however, it was a month before she'd share a bed with her queen again.

    Dwarves live a hard life. the mountain depths are dangerous and unforgiving, the air is often bad, tunnels collapse, poisonous gasses rise from cracks and fissures, food is hard to generate. Weak things die. So dwarves all grow strong and tough like the stone and metal they mine. This has led to a society that doesn't have a great deal of difference between men and women beyond reproductive differences. it's also led to a Work hard Party harder culture. Dwarves drink heavily, sing, dance, and party whenever they're not hard at work (though they spend the majority of their waking hours working, so they have to squeeze in a lot of party in a short amount of time) and let it all out during the week long holiday called "The Founding". It's a week long holiday marking the anniversary of the founding of the mine, and is a holiday held by every dwarf kingdom (though each holiday is held on that particular mine's founding) and is a week of parties and hedonism, and is responsible for about 30-40% of dwarven children on average. Dwarves tend to marry late if at all, and instead most spend the first several centuries of their lives taking a series of lovers of both sexes. One theory of the widespread belief that all dwarves have beards is because of confusion created when male dwarves were seen married to other male dwarves, and it was assumed that one of them must be female (and so, all dwarves must look the same)

    as Queen, Helgrid was expected to be a bit more settled than the majority of her people, but, being the stubborn type "settled" in her own way. While polyamory isn't uncommon, most limit themselves to an extra spouse, on rare occasions 2. Helgrid married all her current lovers when she took the throne claiming she would "settle" in her own damn way. Though she claims to have settled, she is still known even now to take the occasional new lover, though they're always very short term, and purely physical liaisons.


 
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