Short in stature but as unyielding as the mountains themselves, the Dwarfs are a proud and noble people who attach a great deal of importance to heritage and custom. It is a naïve opponent indeed who does not acknowledge the Dwarf talents for war. Ironclad dwarfen warriors march in unison like a well-oiled machine, while mad dwarfen warsmiths lead iron monstrosities that belch fire and spew iron from their maws.
The greatest of all of the dwarfen crafts is undoubtedly that of war. To look at a dwarf is to see a figure that is made for the labours of battle. They are very muscular and tough; their bones are dense and difficult to break. Their hands and wrists are large, dextrous, and dwarfs are almost impossible for other folk to grapple with or overpower. They are, of course, short; their compact frames give them a low centre of gravity that is planted squarely on steady legs and sturdy feet. They are broad of shoulder and their mass hunches forward, helping to protect their vital organs from taller foes.
– lore snippet from 3rd Ed. Rulebook