Tar Khadurrm

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Tar Khadurrm

Empire of Tar Khadurrm
Source: Dwarves of Golarion, pg(s). 9

The dwarven empire of Tar Khadurrm was the largest Dwarven kingdom to form since the fall of Tar Taargadth in 1551 AR. It dominated the Five Kings Range for nearly 1,200 years, spanning in influence from Emperor's Peak to what is today known as Droskar's Crag.1


The empire of Tar Khadurrm was founded by Khadon the Mighty in 3279 AR after the victorious end of his crusade against the orcs of the Five Kings Mountains. His initial holdings included iron mines in Mount Gustus and Mount Onik and dawnsilver mines in Mount Kla and Mount Gargan, as well as a depleted adamantium stake in Mount Arogak.1

Khadon dispatched 1,500 dwarves to found the great city of the new dwarven empire, Jernashall, near Torag's Crag in 3312 AR, although Highhelm remained its capital. The surface city Raseri Kanton built near Jernashall in 3451 AR, to support the trade between the empire and the Taldan provinces of Cheliax and Isger.21

The son of King Khadon, Sidrik the Handsome, negotiated these relations with nearby human nations and was crowned the second king of the empire after his father passed away from old age in 3451 AR on his way home from the founding of Raseri Kanton.1 In 3493 AR Sidrik named the bustling metropolis of Jernashall as the empire's new capital, where it remained for nearly 500 years. Tar Khadurrm and its cities flourished until the Rending of Droskar's Crag in 3980 AR.21

The Rending destroyed both Jernashall and its sister city of Raseri Kanton on the surface. In Jernashall, a river of lava spewed forth from the great magma fall in the center of the city and killed every citizen within minutes. The fate of Raseri Kanton was just as horrifying: the whole city fell into the earth.2

The Rending did what centuries of war and conflict never could, finally break the spirit of the dwarven people. The Rending marks the beginning of the decline of Tar Khadurrm, as the dwarves fell into apathy and indifference. For the next 500 years the dwarves of Five Kings Mountains carried on but at the end they fractured and tried to wrest power for themselves and their families.32


Not all dwarves who fled the destruction of Tar Khadurrm remained in the Five Kings Mountain Range, but fled abroad to join other dwarven or human communities. A large population of refugees found sanctuary in the then Taldan city of Almas on the shores of the Inner Sea. Their descendants still live there in the Bellows neighborhood, although the city is now part of the fledgling democracy of Andoran.4


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mike McArtor. “Chapter 3: History” in Guide to Darkmoon Vale, 45. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 David Eitelbach, et al. Dwarves of Golarion” in Dwarves of Golarion, 9. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. David Eitelbach, et al. “Social: Beards, Ale, and Crafting” in Dwarves of Golarion, 67. Paizo Inc., 2009
  4. Tim Hitchcock & Jason Nelson. “Gazetteer” in Andoran, Birthplace of Freedom, 9. Paizo Inc., 2015