Within the races dwarves are seen as the wisest in the matters of the world. Before the Rift they ranged all over the north, learning the ways of metallurgy, geology, alchemy, chemistry, biology and botany. When the Rift War started, many dwarves traveled to the south, to learn the nature of warfare as well as answer the call to arms of the old races. However, while the majority of their population was gone the dwarf’s homeland was attacked. Using the Burning Forest as a buffer, orcs descended on the north, driving the dwarves out of their homes, including the basin city of Kal-Sharud. The dwarves gathered together, regrouping in the bowels of a volcano to the south. There they built the city Kal-Marhut, and the great University, where any race can attend to learn the ways of the world.