The Witchfire Trilogy
Compared to the warring kingdoms of mankind, the dwarves are a bastion of order and reason. Their society has been without major upheaval for thousands of years, and the history of Rhul traces back longer than any other established civilization in the region. Even their civil wars are more like duels, being organized and adjudicated by the dwarven parliament known as the Moot of the Hundred Houses. The leaders of the Moot are the Stone Lords, thirteen aged and respected dwarven paladins who trace their bloodlines back to the Great Fathers who sired the dwarven race (or so they say).
Rhulfolk are renowned for fine craftsmanship, engineering, and prowess at building. What many people do not know is that dwarven skill in stonework is not restricted to the dark spaces of tunnels and underground chambers. They craft many magnificent keeps, towers, temples, and bridges. It is a fact that shocks most first time visitors to the great city of Ghord, their bustling capital.