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Written and Illustrated by Thomas Bennett Jobling
Long have you rested in the deeps of the earth. Long have you listened to it sing. Since the dawn of time, your people have carried the song in their hearts and throats, singing to the earth and letting the ringing of your hammers and pick axes mix and mingle into it’s tune. You have sung long with your brethren, but what chorus fills your heart, adventurer?
The songs of war and law? Those who sing these songs carry the hammers of your people, use it to pound justice into the deeps.
The songs of knowledge and magic? Those who carry this tune possess the Crystals of Ohejm - a mystical stone that stores the knowledge of all who possessed it for those who can make them sing the right tune.
The songs of cunning and artistry? Those who sing these songs carry the axes of a craftsmen, and keep those blades sharp. The cunning mind is the deadly mind.
The songs of faith and tradition? Those who fill their lungs with these hymns carry the Pyramids of Aloum, made from ammolite - the rarest and oldest of precious stones to symbolize the connection with the Deeps and the Gods Who Dwell Within.
Choose, adventurer, for this songs you sing in life will shape the songs sung about you when death comes. Will yours be one the great ballads of the Dwarves?