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True- that no role really fits the Dwarf 'character'. (The Archaeologist very crudely befits a Dwarf Miner if you squint). In DnD the mainstream Dwarf is a 'Fighter' who can be of any alignment while 'Barbarian' is restricted to non-lawfuls.

'Caveman' is reminiscent of a flavour of DnD Dwarf character in which Constitution is maxed out, stunting other abilities. If these are wizards or druids then there is a decent chance that the club and sling will be in their starting gear, and the player will have to swear to the DM that they are backward and primitive to dodge the anti-magic fluff.

The other prime choice is the 'Cleric' and the nethack Priest would make an excellent Dwarf character (maybe with racial cloak and shield to discourage spellcasting).--PeterGFin 00:56, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Well-reasoned. When it comes time for me to play a Dwarf, I'm going to go the Archeologist route, thinking myself someone like Mime or Alberich from Wagner's Ring Cycle. It doesn't line up exactly--especially with respect to the Mesoamerican stuff on the quest--but it will have to do. --Ckbryant 16:04, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

Separate (starting race) page?

Noticed that all of the other starting races have a page for that purpose, but the "Dwarf (starting race)" page redirects here. Should this follow the pattern of the other races and have the player-specific stuff from this page placed in "Dwarf (starting race)"? --Phol ende wodan (talk) 03:14, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Here I was about to raise the same question, only to be beaten by... three years? Seriously though, if anyone else could chime in on this? Because I feel the move's overdue. --Umbire the Phantom (talk) 09:15, 11 January 2020 (UTC)