Dwarves are plump, short people, who inhabit the Golden Hills. They are somewhat similar in appearance to halflings, but have long beards, sometimes wear goggles, and are more plump. They can be found wearing heavy armour, and intricate helmets. Dwarves usually attack in numbers, and are very strategic in battle.
Their leader in Overlord is the hero Goldo Golderson, whose sin is greed. The dwarves thus have a wealth of gold, which they used to attack the elves recently, while they probably spent the rest on beer. The dwarves are very loving of beer, and some important or wealthy dwarves have constantly-flowing taps in their homes for an unlimited supply. According to Gnarl:
- "The Dwarves only build their houses underground to stop rain getting in their beer!"
The dwarves are said to have a very concentrated recipe for their beer, and are highly protective of it, keeping their brewery deep underground, and heavily guarded.
Overlord & Raising Hell
During the events of Overlord, the dwarves waged war upon the elves, that is until Oberon was surrounded by the tree preventing more dwarves to enter the Evernight Forest, making the dwarves lose the war. Before the blockade however many fleeing elves were enslaved. When the Overlord entered the dwarven lands, the Golden Hills, they attacked on sight, most probably because the minions and the Overlord were their former enemies. The dwarves hid their Beer Kettle deep underground. When the Overlord took it, they received a great blow, which may even have impacted the events in Overlord II.
The dwarves did not appear in Overlord II. It can be assumed that they were not considered magical, so the Glorious Empire ignored them. They may well still be recovering from the loss of their Beer Kettle, though, or they could have fled deeper in the mountain after the Great Cataclysm contaminated the Tower Lands and consequencely the Golden Hills, or perished from the Magical Plague striking them the final blow after the Third Overlord slaughtered them in the brewery.
Overlord: Dark Legend
The dwarves are ruled by their leader Widget. During this time period the dwarves had not yet had a bloodly war with the elves, both races tending to keep to themselves. Their long feud was ignited when the First Overlord disguised his minions as elves and attacked the dwarven homes. The dwarven leader Widget attacked the Overlord with his motorized robotic suit, believing it to be the elves attacking. Widget was killed in the ensuing battle and the Overlord left, but not before leaving an elven crown behind. When the Overlord's sister Gerda rushed into the room to warn Widget about the elves attacking (really the Overlord), she saw her dwarven lover cold and unmoving. She then noticed the elven crown, and waged a merciless war against the elves, to avenge his death.
It is quite possible that the First Overlord started off a long battle between the elves and the dwarves and that this battle continued to the events of the arrival of the Third Overlord. This would explain why the elves were taken and why the war had occured in the first place. However, there is not a lot of evidence to support this.