World in Flames
Canyon dwellers, largely dwarves, take pride in their craftsmanship above all else. To them, there is no higher honor than seeing one of their creations in competent hands. This ethic leads them towards support roles such as Tacticians and Paladins. Society is largely mercantile and is regulated by the colossal Craftman’s Guild, headquartered in the city of Uth Vatmos. The Guild settles monetary disputes and provides protection for craftsmen and merchants in exchange for a cut of their profits. There have been rumors circulating for decades that the Guild is the reason that protection is required in the first place, but shops that spread this talk tend to find themselves going bankrupt. It’s not uncommon for particularly successful craftsmen to purchase slaves, treat them as apprentices, and then release them once they are able to produce satisfactory work. The business disadvantage is more than counterbalanced by the pride in one’s ability that comes along with such an act.