The Great Shame
During the Time of Tears a great civil war erupted between factions of the earthkin, dwarves and gnomes, of the Spinesnap Mountains. Nobody remembers, or at least will admit, what sparked the long and bloody war that resulted in the destruction of most of the great cities found throughout the Spinesnap Mountains. At some point during The Great Shame one faction of dwarves made a pact with infernal powers, tainting themselves in order for more power, creating the Duerger race. Finding themselves beaten hardily by the newly created Duerger the other faction of dwarves and gnomes created the Warforged, constructs able to be mass produced for war, and given sentience by the work of runepriests and artificers so that they may be better soldiers. Now more or less equally matched, the two sides warred for 30 years and in that time managed to destroy most of the fortresses and cities their forefathers had worked so hard to create. After a time it became evident that neither side could win and the war could only result in the total destruction of all of their shared heritage and a truce was drawn. Both factions agreed that something like this can never happen again and going against their nature, released the grudge they held against each other, knowing nothing but destruction of the beauty they had once created could come from it. The Duerger settled into the deep parts of the caverns of the Spinesnap Mountains, creating the new city Dherdhal in the depths of the mountain and the other faction settled into the surface areas, making Khur’den, as the only surviving major city on the surface, their capital. The Great Shame is not spoken of by earthkin of this day and age, as the name implies most earthkin are very ashamed of the war and the destruction it caused. Both sides have worked arduosly to recreate fortresses and cities destroyed in the war. Due to the now infernal heritage of the Duerger, minor distrust between the factions still exists, although it is not a problem most of the time as years of trade relations have helped push The Great Shame into history. Duerger now find themselves in an advantageous spot, being close to the Underdark as well as the surface, many Duerger make a living as middleman and go betweens for traders wanting to move goods from the surface to the Underdark and vice versa. With the war over, the earthkin found they had created a large amount of Warforged, thousands of them in fact. For their service in the war, the runepriests and artificers gave them their freedom, taught them how to create more of themselves should they wish to, and destroyed all knowledge of Warforged creation from their notes and rituals, truly giving birth the the Warforged race as noone can propegate their species besides themselves.