- Be loyal to your word, and to your friends.
There is no such thing as "I promise" if a dwarf says he will do something, then it will be done, a dwarf will not leave a task uncompleted. It may take hundreds of years, but it will be done. Friendship with dwarves can take many years to manifest themselves. Dwarves are of the mind that a friend is a part of their family, and they will always treat that friend as such. At the same time, being a friend to a dwarf can be difficult given their stubborn and protective nature.
- Honor your clan, your family, and your ancestors
Dwarves have a long rich history, and they are a society built upon group ideals. No individual is more important then their clan. Dwarves believe that wherever they go they are a representative of their clan, and as such carry the honor of their clan with them at all times and will act accordingly. To bring dishonor to themselves brings dishonor to everyone in their clan. Ironically, the definition of honor varies from clan to clan. Dwarves view death as an honor, and do not fear it. To die is to return to the Halls of the All Father where great warriors stand to be honored, and master craftsmen work in the All Fathers forge.
- Never forget when you've been wronged.
Honor is the backbone of dwarven society, to wrong a dwarf is to instill a wrath that will last a lifetime to seek justice. Not all indescretions are suitable to be settled by an axe, but rest assured, a dwarf will have honor restored, even if it is as trivial as a hand in a bowl of warm water while one sleeps.
- Never turn your back on a friend in need.
As stated previously, a dwarf does not establish friendships readily. As such a dwarf will aid a friend even to certain death. Nations that ally themselves with dwarves know that they will have a reliable ally even in the worst of times. Odds do not matter, the simple fact is, a friend recieves all aid necessary.
-Anger and pride are good and healthy.
Dwarves recognize emotional anger, and feel it is unhealthy for one to bottle it up inside as then you are unable to concentrate at the matter at hand. For a dwarf to express anger is viewed as an admirable quality as they are recognizing their mortality at being able to become angry, and even more so, their ability to get past that which has angered them.
- Never come between a dwarf and his weapon.
Dwarves are a practical people, many of them favoring weapons that are utilized as tools as well, axe and hammer. To come between a dwarf and their weapon is to state that dwarf is not worthy of working, or defending their name, clan, or family.
-Never make fun of another dwarf's beard.
A dwarves beard is a symbol of pride. It is a testament to a dwarves accomplishments and prowess in battle. Making fun of a dwarves beard is an offense punishable by death in many dwarven cultures. Some dwarves who travel outside of dwarven lands have been able to exercise enough control to not go chopping the heads off every non- dwarf who may innocently make a comment about the length of a dwarves beard. Although typically one warning is all that has ever been mentioned, the second offense commonly results in blood shed.
- Never make fun of another dwarf's occupation.
Dwarves understand the need for all occupations, no matter how unglamourous they be. No dwarf will ever make fun of another dwarf's job because they recognize it as a necessity to keep dwarven society running as it does. Hard work, and dedication to ones job is one of the most admirable qualities for a dwarf. Without these things, a dwarf is not worthy of being called dwarf.
-Honor those who have honored themselves.
Dwarves recognize the contributions other races have made to the realms, and for a dwarf to compliment someone on a job well done, is one of the highest forms of flattery a dwarf can bestow.
- Never forget a dwarves name.
A dwarves name is their identity and carries with it all the honor they have, in addition to the honor of their clan. To tell a dwarf that you have forgotten their name, is to tell them that their deeds were not worth remembering.
- Never allow one who slanders your clan or your family go unpunished.
To do so is to say to your clan or family that they are unworthy. Whether it be verbal or physical, dwarves protect the honor of their clan and family at all costs.
-Never fail to aknowledge another dwarves deeds or progress.
To make light of another dwarves accomplishments is to bring disgrace to that dwarf, and make an enemy for life.
-Never speak to a dwarf in a overly enphatic manner.
To do so is to give the impression that the dwarf is not worth taking seriously. Or stupid enough to not be able to see through your act.
- Never come between a dwarf and his drink.
Drinking is the way dwarves congratulate themselves and each other for a full days work. To deny a dwarf his drink is saying that, that dwarf did not work at all that day and as such to disgrace that dwarf. Many bar brawls have started this way in areas where dwarves mix with other races. At the same time, for a dwarf to deny a drink from another is to say that they are not worthy to congratulate that dwarf for a job well done.
- Belching is a sign of respect.
It is common for dwarves to belch at the end of a meal, or after finishing a drink. It is the dwarven way of congratulating the chef or brewmaster on a job well done. And last and certainly not the least!
- Never drink from another dwarves mug.
This just isn't done. Ever.