The Hegoldem-Dwur, or southern hill dwarves, are the most influential on the world scene. This is mostly due to their holding of the Principality of Ulek. Humans have long claimed that a human king bequeathed this land to the dwarves, but the dwarves claim older rights. The Principality is famous for its gemstones, but more greatly prizes its mithril mines. Along with the independent cities of the Wild Coast, the dwarves of Ulek are in conflict with the orcish hordes of the Pomarj. In the Little Hills of the Yeomanry, the dwarves have a strong presence and control that kingdom’s silver mines. The dwarves of the Abbor-Alz are believed to control a great wealth from gold, silver, and gemstone mines, but they are the most reclusive of the southern hill dwarves and hoard much of what they have. The dwarves of the Iron League control the gem mining in the Headlands of Onwal, and the gold mining of the Hollow and Hestmark Highlands, which circle the County of Sunndi. They are hard pressed by the South Province of the Great Kingdom, but maintain good trade with Ulek and human kingdoms along the Azure Sea.
The Hegoldemn-Dwur tend to have dark brown skin, black or grey hair, and average a little over four feet in height.