Lost Dwarf-Realm of Kronar

The ancient dwarvish civilization of the Salakrün Mountains, and the greatest and wealthiest of any Dwarf-realm in Corwyn’s history. In the year 967/3, King Relgathor the Far-Sighted of Orrek, ordered Haskanar the Bold of the Durthas Clan to take a large army of dwarvish warriors south to the Salakrün Mountains and found a southern Dwarven colony there. After a twenty-year military campaign, Haskanar completed his conquest of the Salakrün Mountains by driving out several large tribes of orcs and goblins. In 987/3 Haskanar founded the Dwarf-realm of Kronar and was anointed as its first king.

When originally founded, the realm of Kronar was intended only to be a southern colony of the northern dwarvish realm of Orrek and to replace the lost fifth Dwarf-realm of Khûrzhad. But the discovery of rich deposits of Bloodstones under the mountains made the Dwarf-realm of Kronar much more than a colony. It eventually became the wealthiest of all the Dwarf-realms, far surpassing the northern realm of Orrek in riches. Legends say the dwarf-kings who sat on the famed Bloodstone Chair of Kronar were the wealthiest in all of Corwyn.

Using this vast new-found wealth, the dwarves of Kronar began building a city in the deep caverns below the Salakrün Mountains, aided by their northern cousins in Orrek, who sent one of the four remaining Elatir to aid in the mining and crafting process. This massive underground city was named Krone Feyr; the greatest Dwarf-city ever seen. It soon grew into a large and prosperous city that traded with the other dwarves in the north, men, and even elves. The fabled riches and wealth of Krone Feyr led to legends that it was paved with gold and gems, and glittered like the sun under the Earth itself. The common folk simply called it "Glitterhome."


But, alas, the fabulous wealth of the dwarves of Kronar brought them unwanted attention as well. The goblin and orc tribes of Corwyn, long bitter toward the dwarves for driving them out of the Salakrün Mountains, plotted with Alokkair to overthrow Kronar and take its riches for themselves. Kronar came into troubled times after a long and prosperous reign of 1,271 years. In 1079/4, a great orc and goblin host invaded the Dwarf-realm and destroyed it, along with its capitol city of Krone Feyr. When the city of Krone Feyr fell to the orcs, the dwarvish Elatir of Kronar located there was lost as well. Kronar’s coat of arms consisted of a star, an anvil, and two crossed pick-axes in gold on a deep purple field. Its last king was Ulgathor the Unyielding; who valiantly tried in vain to defend Krone Feyr against hordes of orcs and goblins.

For centuries, the dwarves dreamed of sending another expedition south to retake the ruins and rebuild their great city, and in 699/6, a great dwarvish warrior named Rhom Durthas led a group of dwarves south to retake Krone Feyr and rebuild Kronar. The new dwarf-realm was called Grimhold, but lasted only 27 years, before it too was destroyed by an orc invasion. Over the last 500 years, the Dwarf-Kings of Orrek have yearned to send yet another expedition, but so far it has not come to pass.