The Grand Duchy of Karameikos
High Forge (Dwarven City)
A large dwarf community, High Forge is nestled in the foothills near Lake Windrush. There are a number of exterior stone buildings in the community, but the bulk of the settlement lies below ground level. Quarries and shafts dot the region surrounding High Forge, and numerous “secret entrances” lead to the settlement.
Ruler: Snorri Spanglehelm, an honorable and battle hardened dwarf lord of astounding reputation. His ancestors founded High Forge long before any Thyations set foot in the region. He regards the newcomers with suspicion as well as a modicum of respect.
Population: 22,000 dwarves (the majority) and an unknown number of humans.
Laws: In High Forge the King’s Law is ignored and citizens live instead by Dwarven custom; they settle their own disputes, try their own criminals, and do not report law breaking to human officials. Additionally, they do not pay taxes to the humans except when selling goods to them.
Humans who commit crimes in High Forge are tried under Dwarven law.