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The Klar were a clan of dwarves that were one of the original four clans of Kal-Thax. They are an afflicted people, with wild eyes that border upon madness, and each Klar family has at least one member who is totally insane. It has been said that the god Reorx cursed them when he caught a Klar trying to cheat him at a game of bones. Due to their chaotic nature any military force of the Klar are highly unreliable and are undisciplined. But, when cornered, will fight with a berserk fierceness that most enemies will respect.

Their greatest talents are with the handling of the great Urkhan Worms. Possibly due to their wild natures, they have an understanding of the worms that no other clan can accomplish. This ability to control the Urkhan Worms allowed them to take over the farming practices of Thorbardin.

Dwarfgate War

During the Dwarfgate War the Klar were trapped inside of Thorbardin and unable to leave to assist the Hill Dwarves. Following the Dwarfgate war the Klar were put into a status of servitude towards the Hylar people. In their part, the Hylar Dwarves view themselves as protectors of the Klar and look out for their wellbeing. In turn, the Klar have generally pledged their support to the Hylar in the matters of Thorbardin’s government.

Chaos War

Living as servants for generations caused a burning hatred, which led to their rebellion during the Chaos War. At the moment Thorbardin most needed help the Klar were the only clan that fought with the Hylar to prevent the spread of Chaos.

Following the Chaos War, Tarn Bellowgranite pardoned many of the Klar for their actions during the Chaos War. The Klar once again came to Tarn's aid during the War of Souls in which the Hylar Thane Jungor Stonesinger led a rebellion against Tarn. After Tarn was defeated by Jungor, some of the Klar joined Tarn in his exile while others began an underground campaign to overthrow the new High Thane Jungor Stonesinger.

Inconsistencies

According to some sources the Klar were a group of hill dwarves that were prevented from leaving Thorbardin after the Cataclysm. This drove them mad. This story is very contradictory with other stories that have the Klar as one of the original clans of Kal-Thax. According to another source the Klar are wild and crazy from their use of tamex or quicksilver.

References

  • A World in Stone pg. 44
  • Songs of the Loremaster pgs 42-46
  • Covenant of the Forge pgs 115-128
  • Dark Thane pgs. 102-107, 153-161, 237-243, 256-268
  • Dragonlance Campaign Setting (sourcebook) p. 13
  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths (PB) p. 374-381, 518, 555, 574
  • Hammer and Axe 10-12, 200-203
  • The Last Thane pgs. 88-90, 122, 292-294
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