Home of the dwarves, Stonegaard lays deep within the bones of the Western Shieldwall Mountains. Aside from the densely packed city of the dwarves, numerous smaller settlements range all along the mountain range. Smaller outposts also exist on the surface, their primary purpose to allow fresh air into the subterranean cities as well as monitor the movement of the monstrous creatures that roam the mountains.
Established centuries before the arrival of humans to Impernia, the dwarven kingdom has develed long and deep into the secrets held by the earth. The dwarves lay sole claim to an order of shaman-like mystics who commune with the elements of the world.
When the men of Joryn first broke ground on the city that would become Ironcrest, the dwarves watched the stranger newcomers with suspicion, wary of any being that dwelled primarily on the surface. It was when the stonesmiths began their work that curiosity overcame suspicion and the dwarven king sent emissaries to greet the humans.
Over the generations, the friendship between the two cities grew. The dwarves carved a subterranean highway to the human city, and hollowed out a new dwarven enclave near the surface of the foothills. This enclave would eventually be given over to Ironcrest and be converted into the a large portion of the royal palace.
Even after the schism that sundered the Jorynian Empire, the dwarves remained friendly to the blood of Joryn that sat on the Ironcrest throne.