In the lands surrounding the Henmock mountains lived several distinct races. (You can read about them here Peoples of Erith-Akbe) The Galnodel And Amakir gnomes lived in peace until the Svirfnebli came. When the hoard arived they fled to their allies the Khad-Kurham and took refuge in Palandria. The Khad-Delg put their differences aside and joined the Khad-Kurham in an attempt to weather the storm.
The men of Golthorian also came to the aid of The Palandrians but after the battle of the red pillars believed that the Dwarves had betrayed them and they withdrew until they were forced to ally with the tuarians to fend off the warlords.