Beardless Dwarves?


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Just for fun I thought I'd brainstorm some ideas.

It is implied that male dwarves are never cleanly shaven unless something SUPER serious is going on. What kind of reasons could you think of for a dwarf to be beardless?

- They shave it as penance for some sin
- They had it burnt off and scarred
- A witch cursed them

Any others?


This thread seems to be inviting the wrath of Torag's faithful.
Sacrilege and heresy.
They may be mere words, but they are poisonous daggers pointed at the heart of the good Dwarven folk.
Tolerating such vile filth is but doing the enemy's own task for them.


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Don't mind me, just passing through…


Osirion dwarves are shaven. Look them up in the world guide.


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Dwarves in Starfinder would likely find clean-shaven or close-cropped facial hair more conducive for ease of wearing helmeted space suits. Likewise, elves vs. long hair.

Edit: Perhaps going clean-shaven could also be a cultural signifier of deep mourning for the loss of their god Torag and their homeworld Golarion during The Gap?

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baby dwarves?


MageHunter wrote:

Just for fun I thought I'd brainstorm some ideas.

It is implied that male dwarves are never cleanly shaven unless something SUPER serious is going on. What kind of reasons could you think of for a dwarf to be beardless?

- They shave it as penance for some sin
- They had it burnt off and scarred

Any others?

I did not think of the witch curse thing but my character Gunnar Bearchin was indeed debearded with hot irons and banished for a killing. and no, I can't think of any other reasons, though even nowadays crftsmen are close cropped (can't have the beard fal into the forge fire or receive hot coals and sparks during hot xwork).

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what about if a dwarf shaved out of a sense if shame? maybe similar in ways to the oenace, but say a dwarf showed cowardice in battle or disgraced his ancestors?


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dwarf has to shave beard and head of hair due to a massive lice infestation


I could see something similar to the Dothraki tradition in ASOIAF, where a defeated warrior cuts his hair: an enemy leaving defeated dwarves alive but shaving them (or dwarves shaving themselves to show their dishonor, etc).

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I’m a bit hesitant to bring this up because the novel is set in a different world, but there’s a very creepy beardless dwarf who may interest readers of this thread in Erik Scott De Bie’s 2010 novel Downshadow.


I recall in Dragon lance history, there was a great dwarf hero who shaved his beard out of shame and defiance of the stupid war between kin. I think it came up as part of the adventure in DL 4.


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One GM has Dwarves not being allowed to have beards until recognized as adults. The coming of age ceremony includes a lot of roughhousing, boasting and ribbing the new adult before the oaths to home, etc.

Females are invited to sit with the adults at mail 'knitting' or some other 'adult only' thing.

After proving ones self in battle generally rates the ceremony.


I played a hairless Duergar for a few levels.

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I imagine island dwarves would shave to above all that salt in their beard aggravating them.


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Sir RicHunt Attenwampi wrote:

Dwarves in Starfinder would likely find clean-shaven or close-cropped facial hair more conducive for ease of wearing helmeted space suits. Likewise, elves vs. long hair.

Edit: Perhaps going clean-shaven could also be a cultural signifier of deep mourning for the loss of their god Torag and their homeworld Golarion during The Gap?

Nope, Nope Nope :)

In any Starfinder game I ran, Dwarven suits would include a beard sleeve/hose that makes the beard part of the filtration system...


Varric from Dragon age, best beardless dwarf. All that chest hair.


Christopher Rowe wrote:
I’m a bit hesitant to bring this up because the novel is set in a different world, but there’s a very creepy beardless dwarf who may interest readers of this thread in Erik Scott De Bie’s 2010 novel Downshadow.

Erik Scott De bie? I'm there.


In Neverwinter Nights one of the companions you get is a dwarf monk named Grimgnaw who shaves his beard. I don't remember why though.


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I've played two beardless dwarves. One of them just couldn't grow a beard, although he had a decent mustache. The other was an exiled bastard, and he shaved his beard to show his rejection and denunciation of dwarven culture. The second was a favourite of mine, with the determination and grit that I love about dwarves but without the stodginess or rigid adherence to tradition.


In the long ago and far away, there was an Arduin player who ran a Ustinov/Poirot influenced Dwarf. There was nothing untidy about him, especially those crude beards. Now, his mustache was magnificent.

For dwarves, facial hair or lack of it is a statement, individually and culturally. How you say whatever you are.


It's not something we like to talk about.

But if you'd like my take on it, you can read my character's background.


Doomed Hero wrote:
In Neverwinter Nights one of the companions you get is a dwarf monk named Grimgnaw who shaves his beard. I don't remember why though.

He's a monk in a death cult and it's a symbol that he's already dead.


grimdog73 wrote:
baby dwarves?

Also, female dwarves, obviously.

I had a game where a clan of sea-faring dwarves kept themselves clean-shaven because getting their beards caught in the rigging etc. was a danger.


Doomed Hero wrote:
In Neverwinter Nights one of the companions you get is a dwarf monk named Grimgnaw who shaves his beard. I don't remember why though.

Something you need?


Athasian dwarves in Dark Sun are just that way... beardless. I think it's genetic. No hair at all. Everywhere I suppose.


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A horrible accident involving chewing gum.

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Cavall wrote:
Osirion dwarves are shaven. Look them up in the world guide.

You mean the Pahmet?

Not in People of the Sands....


Maybe they lost someone close to them?

Some real world cultures cut or shave their hair as a show of grief.


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For the heck of it?

Or one I actually ran- a Dwarf monk who shaved his beard (and hair) so his enemies couldn't grab hold of it during a fight. Grunnar Hammerfist, affectionately known as "Cueball."

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