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Dwarf, Dark

While dark dwarves share many characteristics with their kin (which they derisively call “surface dwarves”), dark dwarves consider themselves forged from tougher material. Due to their proximity to infernal and malicious elemental forces, many dark dwarves become agents of chaos, though others reject these influences to focus on ale and mining.


Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Strength score increases by 1.

Age. Dark dwarves age as dwarves do.

Alignment. Unlike their surface kin, dark dwarves have endured constant struggle against demons and evil elementals. Many fight only for themselves and are chaotic neutral.

Rarity. Uncommon.

Size. Dark dwarves are slightly less bulky than normal dwarves. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Wearing heavy armor doesn’t reduce this speed.

Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness within the same range as if it were dim light. Absent even dim light, this vision is monochromatic.

Delver’s Lore. You add your proficiency bonus to any Intelligence (History and Investigation) and Wisdom (Perception) check regarding stonework, such as identifying its workmanship or finding unusual construction. You can also add your proficiency bonus to Wisdom (Survival) checks while underground to determine your depth and the direction you’re headed. If you have proficiency in the aforementioned skills, your proficiency bonus is doubled for these purposes.

Dark Dwarven Resilience. You can add your proficiency bonus to saving throws against fire, extreme heat, and being poisoned. If you have proficiency in such a saving throw, your proficiency bonus is doubled for these purposes.

Dwarven Toughness. At 1st level, your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level thereafter.

Dark Dwarven Training. You have proficiency with the javelin, light hammer, warhammer, and war pick. Also, you have proficiency with one tool set from among brewer’s supplies, mason’s tools, and smith’s tools.

Sunlight Sensitivity. You have disadvantage on attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, your target, or what you’re trying to see is in direct sunlight.

Languages. You speak, read, and write Common, Dwarvish, and Deep Common.

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