The Legend of Heaven's Crown
The Rune Smith's Guild
This Guild was and still remains the linchpin that holds dwarven manufactory together. During the height of Öflor rune smiths once numbered in the thousands, they were the largest and most prestigious coming together of craftsmen within the vaulted halls of the city. Be they mason or carpenter, workers of metal and of precious stone all wove across their creations intricate runes filled with power, but with the declining amount of teachers and the loss of powerful techniques, after the destruction of the central headquarters, their numbers now sit in the region of two hundred. Yet even after being taken into the human city of Galador, the skill and quality of the dwarven craft trade still sits upon the fulcrum created by the Rune Smith’s Guild. It was these skills and techniques that had led Öflor to be the leading strength in the production of tools, weapons and engines and so long as a last dwarven rune smith still lives, no other kingdom will match their achievements.
The origin of the Rune Smith’s Guild is clouded in time and repeated telling but one feature remains consistant throughout all the stories; there were four brothers and they, the very first rune smiths, brought the ancient art to all of Öflor.
Dromnu, Thorthus, Bann, Kardus, the brothers Ironmantle. Each wielded a forging hammer with such skill and finess that upon their crafts they could carve symbols and sigils within which could hold magic that was once reserved only for the most sage of dwarves. Soon their abilities were known throughout all of Öflor and hundreds flocked to the brothers in the hopes that they could learn such a skill. It was at that point the Guild, as it is now known, came to be.
Though so many have stepped beyond the Guilds mantle and learnt the secrets from within, few have ever come close to the skill of the original Ironmantles and their names and deeds live on, revered by dwarves that have taken up their craft.