War of Sorrows
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Conflict lasting from 409-655/3, between the races of dwarves and goblins. This long and bloody conflict was fought between the dwarves of the three northern Dwarf-realms and a gigantic army of orcs, goblins, and their giant allies. The war was waged mercilessly for nearly 250 years; most of it fought deep underground or high up in narrow rocky mountain valleys. Little quarter was asked or given by either side, and there was terrible slaughter incurred on both sides. The war was ultimately won by the dwarves, but at a terrible cost. All three ruling clans were destroyed, and resulted in a new Kronehelm Clan that united the three realms into a single entity that came to be called the Dwarf-realm of Orrek.

The War began with a goblin invasion, led by a ruthless goblin tribal leader; Gordak the Merciless. He soon laid siege to the city of Arkan Feyr. This siege lasted for over five years. It was finally broken after a series of battles where the dwarves were victorious. Gordak and all five of his sons were slain in the siege and the battles that lifted it.

A few years later, Grumak the Skullcrusher; the grandson of Gordak, came of age and decided on a different tactic. Now, the goblins invaded western Dwarvish territory, and defeated a dwarf army at the Battle of the Fiery Gorge, where King Vholnir the Tireless was slain. Grumak's goblin army then invaded the western Dwarf-realm of Urkhar, when most of the dwarvish forces were positioned far to the east in Chokar.

The tactic worked, and the city of Thürgen Feyr was surrounded and besieged. An enormous goblin army led by Grumak the Skullcrusher (the grandsire of Gordak) later laid siege to the dwarf city of Thürgen Feyr. In 592/3, the city fell after seventeen years, and the goblins then sacked the city, slaughtered its inhabitants, and Grumak killed King Kharghan the Luckless and stole his Elatir.

60 Years later, the dwarvish hero Celathor the Avenger tracked down Grumak, slew him in battle, and recovered the stolen magical orb. With the death of Grumak, the goblins flew into a rage and assembled an even larger army, along with their orc and giant allies. That army was completely annihilated at the Battle of Khonë Valley in the year 655/3 and the war ended. The Dwarf-kings Celathor of Azkar and Goran the Steadfast of Chokar were slain in this costliest of battles.

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LEGACY


The dwarves never fully recovered from the war. All three northern Dwarf kings were slain, one of the greatest dwarf cities on Corwyn was destroyed, and immeasurable wealth and lives were lost. The three northern dwarf-realms were so weak, in fact, that soon after the war's end, King Algathor the Uniter united them into the larger dwarf-realm of Orrek, a dwarven nation which endures to this day. No one knows how many dwarves died during this war, but legend has it that fully one-third of the adult male dwarvish population was eliminated in two and a half centuries of relentless conflict. Even thousands of years later, dwarvish hatred of the goblin races that oppressed and slaughtered them still burns strong today.