Though they interact with the Paragons differently, all three dwarf-kin races recognize them as the eldest of their kind. Eight paragons are universally recognized by all three races--these are the paragons presented in "Priests of Monvesia." They are known by their dwarven names, which is the eldest of the dwarf-kin languages. The variation in epithets demonstrate how the culture of each race compares to those of its kin: caste dwarves, traveler gnomes, and nomadic neanderthals.
- the Magistrate [dwarf high caste]
- the Lawgiver [gnomes & neanderthals]
- the Warrior [dwarf High Caste]
- the Defender [gnomes & neanderthals]
- the Artisan [dwarf Middle Caste & gnomes]
- the Smith [neanderthals]
- the Archivist [dwarf Middle Caste]
- the Storyteller [gnomes and neanderthals]
- the Merchant [dwarf Middle Caste & gnomes]
- the Trader [neanderthals]
- the Miner [dwarf Low Caste & gnomes]
- the Mason [neanderthals]
- the Servant [dwarf Low Caste]
- the Homemaker [gnomes]
- the Fire-Tender [neanderthals]
- the Casteless [Casteless dwarves]
- the Wanderer [gnomes]
- the Scout [neanderthals]
The establishment of city-states led to the rise of caste culture in dwarven society--which does not exist among the still-nomadic gnomes and neanderthals. The wandering nature of the proto-dwarves could still be found among early dwarves, leading to the development of the duergar and korobokuru communities outside of Prace.
Dwarven Guild of KeepersThe Guild of Keepers, or Keeperate, of the dwarves began as an attempt to record the deeds and histories of the Paragons and the development of the dwarf-kin races long after the three became distinct. In accordance with their developing caste structure, this quasi-religious association was established as a middle-caste guild.
In addition to the eight great paragons above, the Keeperate counts the 24 founders of the dwarven clans (13 Pracian, 5 duergar, and 6 korobokuru) and the 36 inaugural masters of the guilds as paragons as well. These do not receive the same veneration as the great paragons--but they are still spoken of in reverence, and the laws of their clans or guilds continue t be referenced as these paragons' will. None of these lesser paragon have ascended to sainthood.
The Guild of Keepers counts among is ranks persons of several heroic classes:
Gnomish Keepers of TraditionFor gnomes, who maintained a close relationship with the dwarves, a mimicry of the Keeperate developed. Instead of an organized guild, the gnomish keepers are a class of elder among their wandering bands. While their dwarven counterparts are keepers of history, the gnomes see these elders as keepers of tradition. The distinction if subtle, but the result in practice appears to have more in common with he religious practices of humans among which they travel.
Keepers are counselors to the people and councilors to the governing elders. They are soothsayers and ministers of the peace (rites of passage, marriages, funerals, etc.). Not all draw their power from the paragons as clerics. Gnomish keepers include:
- Hwun, mariarch of forest gnomes.
- Khoargie, matriarch of the deep gnomes.
- Thulg, matriarch of rock gnomes.
- Clerics (of various domains)
- Druids (Circle of the Land [Arctic])