The Dwarven Safeholds are the deepfasts, the fabled fortresses of the Dwarves, secure in the mountains in the northeast of the Empire of Night. They are under constant assault by orcs out of Menkgu and Gandabria, and to a lesser extent, Zerniless. The Fae Court lives to the east, beyond the mountains of the Dwarves but provides them no aid in the war.
Imperial legions strike out from former dwarven fortifications at Narvelmarna, Sestiturin, and Thorvast, trying to isolate and overwhelm the dwarven capitol at Tumunzahar. There is a secondary effort to drive for the surface city of Orocam and gain access to the inner sea between the mountain ranges. The tertiary effort from Verniless is supported in Michinowari, more to pin down dwarven reinforcements than out of any expectation of driving the dwarven lines north and isolating them from the Fae Court.
- Hex Count
- Mountains 29
- Hills 9
- Plains 4
About 1/3rd of the population of the Safeholds are Minotaurs, the descendants of ancient refugees. About half of them live on the plains of the inner valley of the Safeholds. The rest are crammed uncomfortably into abandoned dwarven halls in the mountains and hills. Minotaurs are not citizens of the Safeholds and have no real voice in its government.