The Winter Crusade
Dwarves have very few holdings in the Young Kingdoms. Though a few clans still reside deep in the mountains, most dwarves in Avignus live in more cosmopolitan areas, and have acclimated to living in human culture. They take roles as jewelers, money-lenders, craftsmen, artists and bankers. The interject some of their ancient traditions and culture into their everyday behavior, to such a point that they become associated with the trade, rather with the culture. For example, every money-lending transaction is completed using the dwarven word for “Trust.” Contracts are all inscribed with the rune for the word, as well. The run and word for “trust” has transcended dwarven moneylenders, and is now associated with the business of lending.
Unburdened by the need for dress appropriate for mining or mountain-living, many dwarves wear ornate and expensive clothes, jewelry, and fine ornamentation (like exotic furs and other expensive detailing). They have a good eye for fine goods.
The dwarves of the northern lands are still locked in battle against the orcs, and view their more civilized, cosmopolitan brethren with some distrust.