what would Chinese style fantasy dwarfs be like?

in what ways would they be different from the normal dwarfs that we are used to?
what kind of weapons would they employ?
maybe heavier focus on gunpowder
would they build a great wall?
or would they still live inside mountains?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    1. rather than having them be super-reliant on gunpowder, I think that an oriental take on tolkienesque dwarves might have unorthodox advancements regarding early oriental gunpowder weapons such as the hwacha or portable firework launchers similar to a european hangonne with a little rocket pointing out of the barrel.

    2. An idea related to a "great wall" might be an artificial walled mound city with a completely enclosed (including on top) outside wall covering a dwarven city built as though it was in a mountain, sort of like how a termite mound creates an underground environment above ground.

    3. there was a post quite a while back that mentioned that dwarves would make for good nomadic raiders in case you wanted to add some variety with dwarven traders or something else related to that.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >China
    They'd probably be eaten

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you also might find something of use in this thread:

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  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think Chinese Dwarves are weird because they inhibit very little of the virtues and hubris of traditional Dwarves.

    But regardless maybe something like the Hakka where they still worship old war gods, live in super dense walled villages, women wearing lots of silver like the miao would be cool

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I think Dwarves are essentially 'Humans but MANLY', and I think that's why you tend not to see them in eastern fantasy (by which I mean modern stuff, rather than classical myth), as the east has a very different conception of masculine than the west.

      It's where all the hard work, the beards, hard drinking, the mining and capitalism all come from. All very masculine pursuits, but there's more under the surface (*rimshot*) to exploring themes of masculinity which is why I think dwarves have a lot of depth (*rimshot*) to them.

      I'm not an expert on Chinese views on masculinity, but I think it has more to do with self-restraint and discipline more than feeding the base id as in the west. There's also the fact they like their men to be prettier over there- they feel a man with a feminine side is confident in their masculinity, and therefore extra straight. But a guy that's roided out like Arnold Schwarzenegger is exceedingly masculine (and therefore) because they're actually into dudes themselves, so that reads as gay to them. It's the complete reverse view in the west.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Actually according to Tolkien the Dwarves are essentially just israelites and hence the Chinese are very fitting for an eastern take (short, sallow, fractious, spiritually and magically deprived remnants of a fallen civilization, now totally preoccupied with material gain). In fact to this day there are large swaths of China in which people still live in caves. Don't agree? Look it up.
        Armenians, Hindus, Khmer and Puebloan Native Americans are also good candidates for exotic Dwarf cultures. But perhaps none rival the post-Akkadian fertile crescent for the themes of "digging too deep" and destroying their prosperity with overuse. A dwemer-like dead society revealed only by the leftover pieces of its monumental hubris.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, and Lord of the Rings is TOTALLY about WW2, tell us more about how you've never even cracked open a book.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No, what it is is all Catholic allegory. I'm sorry that you entered a hobby reputed for its inclusiveness only to discover that the foundational texts are all fundamentally Christian, but you can't reddit your way out of this. Tolkien would have gagged if he even saw a troony like you, and Dwarves are israeli.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Come on as if they all wouldn't get eaten.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >fu manchu facial hair

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    frick china but that statue is pretty fricking awesome.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >They built too greedily and too cheap
    >This is no mine, it's a death trap

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >>They built too greedily and too cheap
      >You know what corners were cut to save money on Khazad-dûm

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >>They built too greedily and too cheap
      >You know what corners were cut to save money on Khazad-dûm

      There's probably some fun to be had with mirroring how Evergrande just got liquidated.

      The dwarves kept building these mega-projects and money kept going into the system until it suddenly didn't and then it all fell apart.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why don’t you suggest some ideas instead of idea farming?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Koreans.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. They actually live on and inside mountains, have mountain gods, mountain ancestors, kings descending down from mountains, large industry of armors and weapons for export, prefer alchohol over tea yadayadayada

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Turtle ships are a very dwarven design

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dwarves are from northern European mythology and should only be found in your setting's version of northern Europe. China has its own mythology, use their creatures instead.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Boring homosexual with a boring homosexual setting. The fun part of fantasy is breaking rules like that and making something interesting

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That’s how you become reddit. Fantasy is an eliptical form of storytelling based on real history and human interaction. All human experience derives from the activity of the subject deferring meaning from what he sees to what he already knows.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >>that’s how you become Reddit
          >proceeds to speak some Reddit college cuck pseud nonsense

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >insists that the most cliche and boring fantasy race be in every part of the setting instead of something you don't see in every campaign
        >calls someone else a boring homosexual

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Based, doing this is how we ended up with black elves and dwarfs

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That’s how you become reddit. Fantasy is an eliptical form of storytelling based on real history and human interaction. All human experience derives from the activity of the subject deferring meaning from what he sees to what he already knows.

      Do not look up the influences on warhammer Dark Eldar, you'll probably have a heart attack

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >normal dwarfs
    folklore dwarves?
    myth dwarves?
    gaming dwarvers?

    the dwarves of gaming fantasy are earthy warrior gnomes (the actual dwarves as there are no dwarf/gnome split as in a different race) of paracelsus that we made into a mortal human-like race we call dwarves and made them norse-like tribes of miners etc.

    the dwarves of western myth and folkore vary greatly.

    do you mean just the short and stocky part of the other parts of their character and earth element connection?

    And some other stuff.

    China has some "dwarf" analogues in their mythology, look it up.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This reminds me two things 1. In my Dynasty Warriors fanfiction I'm going to have my OC from modern times Guan Yu With his big beard and his obsession with honor call him the tallest dwarf he has ever seen.2. If you go to TV tropes page for not China there's a lot of good comparison between the non chaos dwarfs and the not Chinese.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Like this.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why no beard? Dwarves need beards.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Okay I guess.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What about Chinese style elves, what might they be like, and how might they and the Chinese dwarves get along?

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Funny how the thread went quiet after this post.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      Go suck Poohbear’s dick, Zheng. You CCP net propaganda agents are so fricking obvious.

      Funny how the thread went quiet after this post.

      Heckin upvoterino

      What about Chinese style elves, what might they be like, and how might they and the Chinese dwarves get along?

      Chinese elfs would be Donnie Yen from this scene

  18. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    According to my chinese coworker.
    >delicious yet tough.

  19. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    --Chinese dwarfs--
    * use guandao's instead of axes, and other cool asiatic weapons (anyone?)
    * heavier focus on early gunpowder weapons handcannons bombs firework rockets
    * live in mountains peaks and hills. those in the peaks are usually more spiritual and live in fortress-monasteries; those in the lower parts and hills are more "normal dwarf"
    * long ago in times immemorial, the dwarfs were employed by the not!Chinese humans of the setting, to construct the great wall of not!China
    * fortress monasteries focus on martial arts and becoming living stone. as end result can turn into terracotta statues and preserve themselves through time, to awake once needed
    * guan yu beards and fu manchu staches
    * other local races and tribes pay tribute to the dwarfs, usually in large amounts of booze, as they are not a race that deals with crop growing

    What else

  20. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Asians are already manlets, they don't need separate manlet race

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd just make them SGZ/Dynasty Warriors but short

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