Dorondo Cities
The dwarven lands of the Dorondo Cities, better known as just The Dorondo, are the hub of the old mountain dwarf civilization, now lorded over by the Derro. These are lands of engineering marvels, of bridges and viaducts and aqueducts of stalwart beauty and breathtaking majesty, that remind any visitor of the grandeur of a world before the coming of the Invaders. In the south the jungles of the Dorondo, technically claimed by the Derro, and lumped into their dominion by most human nations, are home to the largest concentrated bullywug population outside the Wound.

Many humans think of the Derro as degenerate, stupid, and lazy. But the truth of the matter is that the Derro are cunning opportunists, and know when to take advantage of a good situation. They are not creatures who work unduly, and they love to cultivate a reputation for stupidity, because they can parley underestimation very quickly into advantage. A wise man knows that to negotiate with a Derro is to be at a disadvantage, whether you know it or not.

The Land


Though not as towering as the heartlands of Venedoza in the north, the southern reaches of the Dorondo Mountains are no less jagged, rocky or imposing. Peaks rise almost straight out of the surrounding waters, and ascend into the low-hanging cloud-halos that hide their snowy caps most days of the year. Granite and slate make the land a ruddy, depressing grey, but skeins of iron oxide bleed down sheer cliff faces, leaving complex red-brown trails hundreds of meters high. Melt is a perpetual process, and waterfalls and ice-choked rivers are also common, often dropping into the natural underground cave complexes that the dwarves have exploited since time immemorial. It takes a certain kind of eye to see it, but there is a grim beauty to the lands around the Dorondo Cities, and from time to time it is apparent that some forgotten dwarf or another saw that beauty, for hidden works of sculpture carved in living rock often appear in the most unexpected and remote places. Some more famous depictions of Zalhoon, in massive scale in mountainsides have become pilgrimage sites that thousands flood to every year.

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The People


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Government: Military dictatorship under the Grand High Pooh-bah Mulgrun the Pale.
Predominant Religions: Pillars of Zalhoon.
Major Industry: Mining (coal, tin, iron, silver, salt), metalwork and weaponsmithing, fine silversmithing, leatherwork and tanning, fur trapping.
Usual Climate: Warm, with hot summers, and prone to sudden and violent electrical storms.
Predominant Terrains: Mainly mountainous, except for steaming southern jungles around broad river flood-plains. Jungles also creep into most valleys and up the coast.
Predominant Language: Dolendrum, Bullywi.

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