Dwarf: Training and Upbringing

Dwarves are brought up by their family. They're not a race to have many children, and the parents take immediate care of their offspring and show them the ways of their people during their first 50 years. During this time, they are normally sent to apprentice with a particular crafter in the clan. They spend their time there until reaching adulthood, exploring the life of a working dwarf.

When they reach adulthood, they choose a trade they normally perform for the remainder of their lives. This period of decision is what is normally known as the Carving. The time when a dwarf carves his soul into the mold that will shape his spirit.

Regardless of the path they choose, all dwarves leave the home in which they grew up once they reach adulthood and move in with whoever will act as trainer in their trade. The bond forming between master and apprentice is one that is appreciated as the much as the parental one is.

Once a master determines his or her pupil has learned all that the master can teach, a time of contemplation is imposed on the apprentice to adapt slowly to this transition. During this time, they normally pair with a significant other, commonly related by the trade they have taken. Eventually, they decide to either continue the family's or the master's trade or to establish one of their own.