At this time the dwarven civilization in Palandria was at its height. Their grand fortress gates resided on the eastern face of the Henmock mountains and looked out over the Golthorian woodlands.
They maintained some trade with their cousins in the west but they had become estranged and only bargained with them to obtain their superior weapons and armor. With the elves and men of the land they retained friendship but when the taurians began conquering the surrounding lands they retreated into their fortress. Unwilling to risk their own soldiers and secure in their stronghold they waited out the war.