Leaders: Arturus Thorne
Kandros Fir
Hero: Maros
Race: Dwarven
Allignment: Neutral
Patron God: Kilmorph
Emblematic Mana: Earth Mana
Totem Animal: Ram
Enemies: Hippus
World Spell: Mother Lode
Unique Quality: Happiness and Production Affected by Treasury
Type: Civilization


During the Age of Magic the dwarves were not the united nation that they would become in the Age of Winter. Scattered tribes of mountain peoples, they were skilled craftsmen and engineers but had little interest in the areas beyond their lands. Amiable and welcoming, they made perfect targets for the con-men and tricksters of other kingdoms. The greatest works of their smiths and their shapers were traded for trinkets and baubles, or worse, mere illusions that vanished when their creators were gone. The dwarves couldn't win redress from the local lords through strength of arms or force of argument. They had no great armies, and the neighboring rulers pointed out that the dwarves had, after all, agreed to the bargains.

This abuse bred distrust of both foreigners and all forms of illusion and magic. It also pushed them underground. Their formerly welcoming cities built along mountain passes were slowly abandoned for safer under-hill communities. The tribes grew closer, and gradually out of many a single unified civilization was formed, the Khazad. The Dwarves began to ask themselves why they ever even bothered with outsiders.

Towards the end of the Age of Magic, few Dwarves were seen by other races, and it was later said that deep in their under-hill holds, they didn't notice the Age of Winter for three generations. Though this is almost certainly an exaggeration, while the kingdoms of men and elves withered under Mulcarn's onslaught the dwarves grew slowly but steadily. Then one day their gatherers returned from the surface with reports of lush vegetation returning, and snow melting.

Kandros Fir led one group of Khazad out of their cavernous homes, to form cities and trade with the new kingdoms of men and of elves. He does not revere tradition as most Dwarves do; rather, he pioneered arts new to his people: negotiation, appraisal, marketing. He persues trading partners with zeal, by force if necesary, always determined to advance the Khazad's fortunes. Remembering the insults they were subjected to in generations past the Khazad are determined that they be secure as they venture out into the world. Not just the security of high walls and stout hammers, but of brimming coffers and judicious merchants.

While his goals draw him outward, what is unknown outside of a few Dwarven circles is that internecine conflict helped push him and his followers to the surface. Both he and Arturus Thorne want the best for their people, but they are committed to different visions of achieving it. The limits of underground expansion were reached in ages past, and so both leaders must use the wider world to prove their vision for the Khazad in the age of rebirth.


Ten Tips for Playing the Khazad

Taken from Top Ten Tips for Your Favorite Civs

1. Fill your vaults. Vaults give production bonuses and happiness bonuses when full, but unhappiness when empty. Early game, you want to try to keep over 100 gold per city - no effect from the vaults, but no unhappiness. Midgame, you want to aim for abundant to full vaults (300 - 400 gold per city), with abundant giving +2 happy and +10% production, and full giving +3 happy and +25% production. Late game, you have no excuse not to have your vaults overflowing (500 gold per city), which gives +3 or +4 happy, but most importantly, +40% production.

2. Choose your leader. Kandros Fir is aggresive and financial, arturus thorne is industrius and organized. Each has its benifits, and arturus is generally better when trying for non-conquest/domination victories, while kandros is better when you want to bring the world together under your dwarven fist. Kandros also tends to synergize more with an aristocracy based economy.

3. Get a minimum of 1 of each metal. The dwarven forge base production bonus is 20% - 5% less than regular forges. However, copper, iron and mithril each add +10% production. This means that with bronze, iron, mithril, 500 gold per city, and a forge in your city, you will be getting a +90% production bonus. Note, until you have iron working, having iron won't give a bonus to this - so having the mines of gal-dur won't help your production until you get iron working.

4. Your strength lies in the melee line. You can't build longbowmen or rangers, and cannot have mages or archmages. While this does limit you in your options, it also means you aren't spread all over the place in your research. This lack of options though also means though that one of your early priorities has to be construction - you will need the dwarven trebuchets to crack heavily defended cities in the midgame. Lategame you can get dwarven druids to do your stack crushing for you, but until then you'll need the trebuchets.

5. Your hero is Maros, unlocked at iron working. On the offense, he is essentially a heroic champion. On the defense, he is a god. Defensive strength of 12, can use metal, +50% city defense, and he can get heroic attack and defense, which with mithril and heroic defense 2 means that he will have a base defensive strength of 18 before any modifiers. Offensively he isn't as awsome, but any city he is defending has no excuse for being taken. Definately consider sending him up the drill line.

6. Your adepts, with enchantment, can repair trebuchets and golems. As you aren't the lurchip, the primary thing here is repairing your trebuchets. On the subject of adepts, since they are all the magic that you get, you are going to want to specialize on your level 1 spells. Sun and water, for the usual terraforming, enchantment for an extra 20% strength for your army, life for sanctify, spirit for courage, etc.

7. Religion. There are two that work best for the khazid - Runes of Kilmorph, and Order. Runes of kilmorph gives you +3 gold per city while running it, and when you're wanting to fill your vaults, thats very nice. Order is what you use when you end up going on conquest, trying to minimize the costs once you have your new cities up and running. Generally you'll probably spend most of your time with RoK, with order generally used as the backup.

8. Druids and beastmasters. You get the dwarven druid instead of the regular one. The dwarven druid can't terraform (doesn't get vitalize), and has earth mana affinity instead of nature mana. On the other hand, they make up for that by being extremely powerful on the offense. Instead of getting nature line, they get the earth line of spells, wall of stone, stoneskin, and summon earth elemental. But, their strongest spell is crush - it works like pillar of fire, but does physical damage - its the only spell that can damage magic immune creatures like acheron. The beastmaster is also replaced by a special unit - in this case, the myconid. This unit is pretty much the same as a beastmaster, but it gets the ability to stun units nearby with its spell.

9. Your world spell. If you are on a fairly flat map, its great for getting a few more hills. That however is its only use, as it is a fairly poor world spell.
10. Did I mention that you need to fill your vaults?


Changelog (v0.32)

21. Added the Battering Ram unit (1 strength but 25% bombard rate).

22. Added the Create Battering Ram spell. Allows the Khazad to make siege units in the field. (delay 5, consumes the forest in the tile, only usuable by Khazad melee units, requires engineering).

The new Battering Ram unit is a summoned unit, which means it gets the benefits of being empowered. It can also gain experience and get promotions. It can capture workers and cities.