Nekoshim: Dwarven Holds of the Copper Mountains (T9A Nabateans)

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    • Nekoshim: Dwarven Holds of the Copper Mountains (T9A Nabateans)

      As originally proposed here, let's spice up the map with more Dwarrows! Namely, Dwarves in the Copper Mountains (Atlas Mountains equivalent). Not Vetian Dwarves, but descending from ancient Infernal Dwarf colonists fleeing ravages during gone ages and seeking wealth, who settled in the distant Copper Mountains and lost close contact with their eastern kin in the following ages of chaos. During these eras of war, the Infernal Dwarf main body to the east turned toward heinous methods to survive and even prosper in a vicious world of savage hordes and marauding tribes battering their fortified cities: They started to enslave Daemons and mortals alike, dabbling in forbidden arts and pursuing power at any cost. Power to survive, to fight back, to dominate those who once beset them with superior force.

      Not so the westerly cousins of the Infernal Dwarves, who developed in isolation and claims to have never turned to arts Daemonic. While a Dwarven folk apart from Gavemites, Vetians and Northern Dwarves alike, the mysterious Nekoshim have also become a tribe separate from their original kinsmen in the Infernal east, an uncorrupted branch of the benighted Infernal Dwarf tree.

      I've got neither intention nor time of turning this into Homebrew army book with hopes of something making it into an official Dwarven Holds army variant, but if anyone wants to do so, then be more than welcome to move this to the Homebrew section! Just want to plant this seed firmly in the minds of T9A fluff writers and readers, and advance Dwarven interests in a milieu which is usually not associated at all with Dwarves in fantasy. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling enough for the Ninth Age team to pick up on the concept.

      How does their culture look like? Any defining characteristics? Would a potential Nekoshim army list variant sport any unique things? Got ideas of your own? Please share!

      As something of a reference, we've got Nabatean Petra's rock-cut buildings. Much of the largest is in Graeco-Roman style, while other parts sport local styles familiar from Mesopotamia in particular, with a local twist (stepped ornaments).

      Below is a proposal on how Copper Mountain dwellers would fit into the wider world. Amharaq in particular could hold sway over many vassal Copper Mountain Dwarven Holds by long-standing treaties realizing Amharaq's military dominance into political influence and mutual economical benefit for both parties.

      The southwest could be more rowdy, with only some Holds occassionally swearing allegiance to Al-Hisn (when forced or when it suits them), but mainly staying independent or acting independently under Amharaq's umbrella. Conflicts over land and water with local human highlanders and towns repeatedly flare up in the southwest, breaking an uneasy peace of occasional raiding. Copper Mountain Holds as a whole are not a united force with anything resembling a confederation, but a scattering of mainly subterranean settlements cleaving to their own interests and doing what it takes to survive and prosper. However, a gaggle of southeasterly Holds share a long-standing alliance against incursions from Hakim Nomads (dwelling on the desert frontier of the Copper Mountains), and will often unite their forces to exert control over key points along the eastern caravan route through the Great Desert, leading on to fabled Kegiz Gavem. Fortified oasis towns with date palms serve as resupply points for desert-trekking caravans, yet rule over the oasis towns have shifted many times from Nekoshim to Human hands. These towns sport a predominantly Human population, yet often with Copper Dwarven garrisons and overlords.

      Note that the southern-most fork of the eastern route take a long detour around Rift Daemonic lands, while the northern fork to Kegiz Gavem is in eternal danger from Orcs & Goblin raiding from out of the northern Mountains of the Moon.

      The ancient sea migration is obviously a reference to Sea People resettling to the west, and more particularly to Phoenician colonies in the Mediterranean.

      MM90 "Pilsner" by Clam

      See also:
      Dwarven Holds of the Maidens (T9A Celts)
      Dwarven Holds of the Wrathful Mountains (T9A Inca)
      Lost Islander Dwarves (T9A Rapa Nui)
      Polar Dwarves of Remotest Silexia (T9A Inuits)
      Cave Dwarves of the Mountains of Gold (T9A Prehistorical)
      Infernal Dwarves of the Torture Valleys (T9A Moche)
      Borean Elves (T9A Finno-Ugrians)
      Saurian Ancients of Aotarakoa (T9A Indonesia)

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    • Nekhoshet is copper in Hebrew.
      "We are the fighting Uruk-hai! We slew the great warrior. We took the prisoners. We are the servants of Saruman the Wise, the White Hand: the Hand that gives us man's-flesh to eat." -Ugluk in LotR

      "Eru will give them dominion, and they shall use all that they find in Arda: though not, by the purpose of Eru, without respect or without gratitude." -Saruman's master Aule in The Silmarillion
    • If there is a hold with a deep harbor at the end of the orange arrow showing the ancient sea migration, and that hold is linked via an underground steel road to a similar hold at the beginning of the red arrow, then there is a interesting way around Gan Darebs control of the trade between the Middle Sea and the Great Ocean. It does not even need to be a steel road but could be an underground canal for cargo barges. Must of the holds could be linked i such a fashion creating a rather safe network for the dwarves.

      Given that the land route from Kegiz Gavem is relatively safe the Dwarves of the Copper mountains could be the middle hand in trade between Virentia, Vetia and Kegiz Gavem. The trade would be rather small and go unnoticed by the Highborn Elves yet large enough for the Copper Mountains and Kegiz Gavem to be a lucrative network to maintain.
    • Carthage in the original was « Kart-Hadasht », as far as I recall.
      But i like the word « Nekhoshim » (and anything making dwarves language sound like Hebrew ;) )

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    • Qart-Hadasht, yep. Let's run with "Nekoshim" for a working name. :)

      DracarysDrekkar7 over on Deviantart has kindly illustrated a Nabatean fantasy Dwarf of the Copper Mountains for the Ninth Age. This great artist has a deft hand at illustrating fantasy, capturing both an impression of rugged life and craft refinement in fine detail.

      Check out his Deviantart gallery and be more than welcome to leave him a comment! :)

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    • Nekoshim Dwarf of the Copper Mountains with axe based on tabars and angular ornaments based on Persian patterns famous from Isfahan. This Dwarf's overall shape and pose is a reference to an MM90 miniature (as best seen here; "Pilsner" painted by Clam), while his helmet design is inspired by this artwork of DracarysDrekkar7.

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