Hearthlords are the leaders of the smaller, outlying dwarven communites beyond the vast caverns of Stonegaard. In general, these are the leaders of the clans who lay claim to these warrens. In the event of multiple clans in the community, the title of Hearthlord belongs to either the chieftain of the largest and/or oldest family or is agreed upon by a council of clan leaders.
Hearthlords are responsible for seeing to the safety and well-being of his clan and community. Because of the vast distance between some of the holdfasts and Stonegaard, regular communication is not always an option. A good amount of autonomy is granted to Hearthlords, who’s only loyalty to the High King is one of tradition and mutual protection.