The Dwarves are one of many races in RuneScape. They live predominately in Keldagrim, their capital city, but are also found in various mines and settlements across Gielinor. In stature, Dwarves tend to be shorter than humans, usually being slightly above human-waist height. They are long-lived, although they tend to be gruff and short in temper. They are particularly fond of ale and often have long beards. Dwarves are particularly well known for being excellent blacksmiths, miners, and craftsmen. Dwarves primarily use power-based weapons in combat, such as battleaxes, warhammers and crossbows. Dwarves also have a longer life span than humans.
During the First Age, dwarves were most likely one of the first races brought by Guthix to Gielinor. They are possibly related to humans and gnomes. The dwarves probably lived on the surface, in villages like the humans did.
However, the God Wars sent the dwarves underground. During the God Wars, most dwarves hid themselves beneath the surface. Over time they constructed Keldagrim, a massive city that has grown tremendously wealthy. Dwarves adapted to underground life in this time. There they also encountered hostile Trolls, resulting a series of conflicts collectively called Keldagrim - Troll Country War which continues today.
Dwarves are capable of using magic. However, because of Zamorak's curse, they would turn into chaos dwarves. In order to stop the curse, the council of elder magi suppressed the magical capabilities of every dwarf, which caused chaos in the community. Powerless, they appointed a king and gave him absolute authority to crush the uprising. This resulted in the dwarves losing the ability to cast any magic, apart from superheat item. The Imcando dwarves were unaffected by the curse, as Saradomin protected them from Zamorak's curse. However, many Imcando would be killed by the Fremennik, who believed that using magic was an insult to the gods.
During the Fourth age (although Dwarves use different ages to humans) King Alvis created the Consortium, a collection of mining companies. It was originally intended to help the Kings rule, but by King Alvis's death it had become powerful and took over Keldagrim. This occurred approximately 500 years before the present date.
Only after thousands of years, during the end of the Fourth Age or beginning of the Fifth Age, did the dwarves return to the surface to find the wars over. Despite this, most dwarves still live underground.
Dwarven culture consists mostly of feasting, sparring, and songs of great deeds long ago. The dwarven capital of Keldagrim is more advanced, and has many industrial works, banks and trading corporations. Dwarves love gold, and value it greatly; they are portrayed as greedy, which is not untrue - their people are ruled by merchants and bureaucrats. Nearly all activities in Dwarven territory, particularly Keldagrim, are based around the acquisition of wealth.
The dwarves are not religious, and although they are Guthixian, they never really worship Guthix in festivals or rituals. It's shown in the Doric and Boric tasks that burial armour is an armour which is made for fallen Dwarves in smithing to be buried with, so that they may smith in the afterlife. There is also a small and secretive cult of dwarves in the wilderness and in Taverley dungeon known as the chaos dwarves, who worship Zamorak, due to being affected by his curse.
Dwarven technology is arguably greater than that of the gnomes, as shown with their minecart systems, dwarf multicannons, hand cannons and machinery such as the Blast Furnace and the Lava Flow Mine. Unlike the gnomes, who use their technology to improve overall life, dwarves use it to increase their profits, as shown with the events in King of the Dwarves.
- Dwarven mines
- Under White Wolf Mountain
- Mines north-west of Seers' Village
- Small camp in the Underground pass
- King Alvis
- Colonel Grimsson
- Commander Veldaban (later King Veldaban)
- King Drunken Dwarf III
- Supreme Commander Bisi
- Colonel Grenda
- Prior to 2 October 2013, dwarves were the only race to not receive a graphical update since the launch of RuneScape 2.
- On 19 January 2010, most dwarves in RuneScape apparently "went to the Makeover Mage" and got their chatheads updated. Their heads looked more round, more detailed, and they move faster than before.
- All dwarves, including chaos variants, & chat-heads, were graphically updated after Birthright of the Dwarves was released.