In Dungeons & Dragons fantasy, the duergar, or gray dwarves are a cruel and evil subrace of dwarves.
Duergar typically make their homes in the Underdark
, a vast web of interconnecting tunnels and caverns.
Typical physical characteristics
The duergar are very similar in appearance to surface dwarves, but have distinct pale gray skin, very fair hair, and bright eyes. Duergar usually dress in drab clothing that matches the color of stone.
Duergar are usually hard-hearted lawful evil.
The core Expanded Psionics Handbook
and the open System Reference Document
identify Duergar as naturally psionic, with a racial bonus to power points. Psi-like abilities include invisibility and expansion.
The duergar alternate between working in concert with the drow
and being at odds with them, as the drow believe themselves superior even to the duergar. Duergar are stoic and hard-working, toiling under the gaze of Laduguer
, their strict and unforgiving deity, in order to create wealth. They have a deep-seated grudge against other dwarven races due to their exile from their midst and legends stating that the rest of dwarvenkind abandoned the duergar to Illithid
rule thousands of years ago.
Settings and sources
Duergar have the ability to become invisible in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting
, where they dwell in the Underdark in cities such as Gracklstugh
The duergar are named for the dvergar
of Norse mythology
, who were the builders of Gleipnir
. Interestingly the Duergar (folklore)
are also Northumbrian dwarves associated with the Simonside Hills
February 22 2008 Aaron LaForge made a Duergar Gutbuster, Chaotic evil.