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The Dwarven Lords' Council is a council to unite the leadership of the biggest lore-driven dwarven builds. As such it consists of the Blue Dwarves, Durin's Folk, and the Red Dwarves (part of Durin's Folk until they are added to the mod, however). Together the 7 Lord Councillors or High Lords pass decisions on matters affecting all dwarves, handle inter-faction policy, and appoint a High King of All Dwarves who acts as a figurehead for the entire dwarven race.

The Council presently maintains an alliance with the High Elves and Rangers of the North factions, and considers all other good factions as friends.

Seats on the Council

The Council consists of 7 seats that are more or less permanent, pending action by the council itself to change what builds receive a seat. The number of seats, however, is fixed at 7 (being the number of stars in Durin's Crown as well as a prominent number for dwarves in general), so any changes in council seats would be a hotly debated and status quo-altering situation. Since the seat of Durin's City was vacated, the seat of Forochel has taken its place in the council.

The seven seats are as follows:

  1. Belegost (B), currently held by High King SquatchThunder, King of the Blue Dwarves as well as the current High King of All Dwarves
  2. Khazad-dûm (KD), currently held by King SpoangityBob of Khazad-dûm
  3. Dain's Halls (DH), currently held by King VetusGeneral, King of the Grey Mountains
  4. Erebor (E), currently held by King Thorin_The_King, King Under the Mountain
  5. Iron Hills(IH), currently held by Queen LlianB, Queen of the Iron Hills
  6. Red Mountains (RM), currently held by King Wille912 of the Red Mountains
  7. Forochel (F), currently held by King BorinofForochel of Forochel

Former Seats:

  1. Durin's City (DC), after iwellner45 stepped down. The Forochel seat has since taken it's place. This seat was formerly found at Mount Gundabad and the river east of Mount Gundabad running to Framsburg.
  2. Mirkwood Mountains (MM), This seat was held by JJMS2000 for a short period of time around the founding of the council. This seat was removed when JJ went inactive and the position was found to be unloreful.

Former Lords:

  1. JJMS2000: Formerly Mirkwood Mountains
  2. aidansebastian: Formerly Grey Mountains
  3. Sebbeopetrini: Formerly Red Mountains
  4. iwellner45: Formerly Durin's City
  5. SpeedySC: Formerly Iron Hills and Red Mountains
  6. SmexySmit: Formerly Grey Mountains
  7. Mathyas57: Formerly Iron Hills
  8. Luigi27: Formerly Iron Hills

Each of these seats receives one vote when a decision is to be made, with a majority of 5 of the 7 necessary for a vote to pass. The High King is appointed out of one of the members of the council, however he holds no more official sway or votes than anyone else. Being the High King, however, makes him highly respected among the other council members, so in that regard, he does hold more power than the others.

Office of the High King of All Dwarves

Determining the office of the High King was the original intended purpose of the Dwarven Lords' Council. It is based around this original meeting at Durin's City that the council present today was formed. While the factions of the Blue Dwarves, Durin's Folk, and Red Dwarves each have and retain their own individual kings to rule them, one of the players of the council is elected High King. A sort of "First Among Equals" position, it nonetheless marks him as the preeminent dwarf on the server and commands the utmost respect, for it is no small thing to be counted as the singular leader of all the dwarves!

The first and so far only High King of All Dwarves on the server has been SquatchThunder, formerly squatchthunder7. His election as High King was the reason for the council's creation in the first place, at a time when the seats were more fluid, there were fewer lords, and the entire system was much more informal than its present-day incarnation. He has reigned ever since with distinction.

Passed Resolutions and Mandates

The decisions made by a formal vote of the Dwarven Lords' Council are as follows:

  1. November 2014 - Election of High King. Lords Present: B, DC, KD, RM. Also voting: Thane of Moria, Lord of the Mirkwood Mountains. Vote: squatchthunder7 - 5/6, SpoangityBob - 1/6 (squatchthunder7 (SquatchThunder), Lord of Belegost and King of the Blue Dwarves, becomes High King of All Dwarves)
  2. February 2015 - Trimmed Dwarven Armor. Lords Present: B, DC, KD, DH, E, IH, RM. Resolution: The new trims of dwarven armor will be used to signify ranks among dwarven players. Mithril-trimmed armor is to be reserved only for the High King, Lord Councillors/High Lords wear golden-trimmed, silver-trimmed is to be worn by lords, not of the Council, while the remainder of dwarven players are naturally allowed their traditional dwarven and blue dwarven armors. Vote: For - 7/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  3. March 22, 2015 - War with Near Harad. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH. Resolution: The Dwarven Lords' Council agrees to join the war between the Kingdom of Gondor and the Empire of Near Harad on the side of the Gondorians. Vote: For - 4/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  4. July 11, 2015 - War of Retribution. Lords Present: All. Resolution: The Dwarven Lords' Council formally declares war against the factions of Gundabad, Dol Guldur, Angmar, and Mordor in revenge of repeated attacks on dwarf-traders and inside Dain's Halls. Vote: For - 7/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  5. December 22, 2015 - Dwarfmas Reforms. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH, E, RM. Resolution: The Kingdom of the Northern Misties was formally dissolved following iwellner's inactivity, in favor of founding the Kingdom of Forochel. Each council region will be permitted to appoint a Royal Guard. This player will wear a silver trimmed chestplate alongside his/her dwarven armor. This individual will lead players in battle and is awarded this position for being an all around outstanding dwarf and friend. Each council region is also permitted to crown Thanes, which rule over a hold under a Minor City or are heirs to Minor Cities. They wear a silver trimmed helmet. Vote: For - 6/6, Against - 0/6 (Passed)
  6. April 16, 2016 - Dwarven Census. Lords Present: All. Resolution: The Lord Councillors will count and name active players in his faction at the 1st of every 2 months (January, March, May, July, September, November). Vote: For - 7/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  7. May 13, 2016 - Grand Banner. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH, RM. Resolution: The Dwarven Council now agrees that any dwarven city under the council will have to include all lords and minor lords (list to be posted) on the gate banner only. This is to allow high ranking dwarves into neighboring cities. Vote: For - 4/7, Against - 1/7 (Passed)
  8. May 13, 2016 - Senate Reactivation. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH, RM. Resolution: The Dwarven Senate facebook chat was to be activated again. It now houses all councillors, heirs to council seats, and minor lords of the dwarven factions. Vote: For - 5/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  9. May 13, 2016 - Dwarven Bio Books. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH, RM. Resolution: Each lord or minor lord of a certified dwarven city will be asked to write a brief description of when the player joined, when they were accepted as a dwarf, what city they hail from, faction history, and any personal notes. Vote: For - 5/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  10. November 19, 2016 - "Dwarven Lord" titles. Lords Present: B, KD, DH, IH, RM. Resolution: The "Dwarven Lord" titles are reserved for Lord Councillors only to use as they see fit. Lord Councillors will have the option to use the title in place of their older title. Vote: For - 5/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)
  11. December 23, 2016 - Revision of Ranking Armor. Lords Present: KD, DH, IH, RM Resolution: The ranking dwarven armors have been edited as follows: High King: Mithril trimmed, Lord Councillor: Gold trimmed, Heir: Gold helmet and Silver trimmed, Minor Lord: Silver trimmed, Royal Guard: Silver chestplate and golden boots, Thane: silver chestplate, Citizen: appropriate untrimmed dwarven armor. Vote: For - 4/7, Against - 0/7 (Passed)

History

The idea of a High King preceded the idea for a general council where all branches of the dwarves would take part. Once a council was convened at Durin's City and elected High King squatchthunder7, however, it was realized that maintaining a voting body on issues affecting all dwarves was a good idea, and thus the council has existed ever since. Technically, this makes the combined factions of the dwarven race a large parliamentary monarchy.

The original council, as shown in the details of the first resolution above, was a mix that barely resembles the present council, notably the presence of a dwarf of the Mirkwood Mountains. Over time the precedents of who could be on the council were evened out, and a larger body of every single dwarf player was formed as a Facebook group, known as the Dwarven Senate. The Lords' Council, however, is the only body that holds real power, the Senate is mostly for determining overall group opinion and features more general discussion, while the Lords' Council is for making important decisions that influence all dwarven factions.

It is important to note that while the Lords' Council is the ultimate arbiter of dwarven foreign policy, each of the factions or branches represented on the council maintain their own individual internal and inter-faction policy. For instance, the Lords' Council has an alliance with the High Elves, while the individual Kingdom of Khazad-dûm only has an alliance with the High Elven sub-factions Rivendell and Hollin.

The original site of the council was in a chamber built for its purpose at iwellner45's build Durin's City at Mt. Gundabad. Many other debates and celebrations were held here, however as of the latest world restart, Durin's City is not to be rebuilt. The most recent council debate was held in Khazad-dûm on "Dwarfmas" as all the lords were together. The meeting places for the Council will be held in the individualized council chamber found in each lords' build. The lord who called the council will be able to hold the council in their halls or can ask for it to be held elsewhere for whatever reason they deem their own not suitable.

Titles

Since there are many different branches of the council and sub-branches of said branches, there is a bit of an issue in determining who belongs to which dwarven faction. The easiest way to solve the issue is to have all dwarves of the faction/sub-faction use the same title and color. (Feel free to add sub-branches like I did for the Blues when there is more room for us to change colors)

Ered Luin (Blue Dwarves)-

  • Lord Councillor: Blue Dwarven Lord/faded blue
  • Belegost: Broadbeam/faded blue
  • Nogrod: Firebeard/faded blue
  • Thorin's Halls: Broadbeam or Firebeard/dark grey
  • Arvedui's Mines: Broadbeam or Firebeard/cyan

Ered Mithrin (Grey Dwarves)-

  • Lord Councillor: Dwarven Lord/silver
  • Dain's Halls: Grey Dwarf/silver

Misties (Morian Dwarves)-

  • Lord Councillor: Khazad-dûm/dark grey
  • Azanulbizar: Khazad-dûm/dark grey
  • West Gate: Khazad-dûm/light grey
  • Methedras: Khazad-dûm/gold
  • Dunland: Khazad-dûm/light green

Lonely Mountain (Dwarves of Erebor)-

  • Lord Councillor: Dwarven Lord/light yellow
  • Erebor: Erebor/light yellow

Iron Hills (Dwarves of the Iron Hills)-

  • Lord Councillor: Dwarven Lord/gold
  • West Peak: Iron Hills/gold

Orocarni Mountains (Red Dwarves)-

  • Lord Councillor: Dwarven Lord/dark red
  • Khazad-Azgal: Dwarf/faded red

Forochel (Kingdom of the North)-

  • Lord Councillor: Dwarven Lord/bright blue
  • Zigilgund: Durin's Folk/bright blue

Ranking Members and Census

Census as of April 3rd

  • Population: About 90
  • Total Builds: Undetermined
  • Blue Mountains:
    • Lord Councillor of the Blue Mountains: SquatchThunder
    • Minor Lord of Belegost and Heir to the Blue Mountains: Psionico
    • Minor Lord of Nogrod: laferator
    • Minor Lord of Arvedui's Mines: Balin987
    • Minor Lord of Thorin's Halls: MINISLINKY
    • Minor Lord of Aglarond: TheSmileBC
  • Khazad-dûm:
    • Lord Councillor of Khazad-dûm: SpoangityBob
    • Minor Lord of Azanulbizar and Heir to Khazad-dûm: Floonie
    • Minor Lord of Methedras: SoaringEagle12
    • Minor Lord of Dunland: fearrippers
    • Minor Lord of West Gate: Thaumablazer
    • Minor Lord of Celebdil: Azwraith
    • Royal Guard of Khazad-dûm: WaterfistCace
  • Forochel:
    • Lord Councillor of Forochel: BorinofForochel
    • Minor Lord of Zigilgund and Heir to Forochel: timthegrizlybear
  • Grey Mountains:
    • Lord Councillor of the Grey Mountains: VetusGeneral
    • Minor Lord of Karak-Faluk: JojoHusky
    • Minor Lord of Framsburg: zombielizard218
    • Royal Guard of the Grey Mountains: Hallo_Fi
  • Erebor:
    • Lord Councillor of Erebor: Thorin_the_King
    • Minor Lord of Erebor and Lake Town and Heir to Erebor: Bofur_the_Dwarf
    • Minor Lord of Ravenhill: _Fiene22_
  • Iron Hills:
    • Lord Councillor of the Iron Hills: LlianB
    • Minor Lord of West Peak and Heir to the Iron Hills: ThrainStormfist
  • Red Mountains:
    • Lord Councillor of the Red Mountains: Wille912
    • Minor Lord of Baraz-dum: KillYourDragon

Kill on Sight List

The dwarves of the council share common enemies. These enemies are different than the orcish enemies the council has. These individuals are wanted for crimes against the dwarven race such as, but not limited to: treason, theft, and general behavior that won't be tolerated. These individuals are:

  • Gaming_Dragon - Wanted for rebellion against the Iron Hills

Those Brought to Justice

  • TheDarkBushes - Wanted for rebellion against the Blue Mountains
  • Laerorndir - Wanted for crimes against the High Elves
  • Arthod - Wanted for assassination attempt of a Lord Councillor, assassination of dwarven kin, threats against the council
  • Varrick_ - Wanted for unlawful faction placement in council lands
  • Ronnoc106 - Wanted for theft, slaughter of allies, targeted by allies so we are bound to help
  • Sociopathic_ - Wanted for unlawful faction placement in council lands, leading a rebellion
  • Edward_Blum - Wanted for assassination attempt of a Lord Councillor, assassination of dwarven kin, threats against the council
  • Findi_the_dwarf - Wanted for open rebellion and threats against the council
  • Skyinlife - Wanted for threats against the council and crimes against the High Elves, entire faction of "Blue Orcs" under his command is wanted as well, based in the Gladden Fields
  • rexbeat216 - Wanted for aiding a Criminal of the council and High Elves

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