Dwarves in OD&D
Hit dice: d8Move: 6’’, charge 9’’Alignment: Law or NeutralDwarves are about four feet tall, stocky of build, weigh 150 pounds, shoulders very broad, their skin aruddy tan, brown or gray, and are of various types (hill, mountain, or burrowers) (such as gnomes).Because the Dwarf-land, their natural habitat is deep under the ground, these stout folk operate equallywell day or night. They have infravision and can see monsters up to 60' away in the dark. Dwarves digtwice as fast as an equal number of human sappers. They note slanting passages, traps, shifting wallsand new construction in underground settings.Dwarves can locate secret passage and will detect sound within if there is any to be heard on the roll of a 1 or a 2 (on a six-sided die). They are required to roll a 1 to open doors. Dwarves have they have ahigh level of magic resistance. This is reflected in their saving throws.Although they are no threat to the larger creatures, because of their relatively small size, clumsymonsters like Trolls, Ogres, and Giants find them hard to catch because of their small size, so countonly one-half normal damage points when Dwarves fight with them, for either attacks upon theDwarves or returns should the Dwarves be the attacker.Goblins and Kobolds are their natural (and most hated) enemies, and Dwarves will attack Goblins(Kobolds) before any other enemies in sight, regardless of orders to the contrary. They will notautomatically attack, but if ordered to attack and Goblins or Kobolds are within charging distance,they will attack them to the exclusion of orders to the contrary.Dwarves add +1 to hit probabilities, and subtract - 1 from chances to be hit, when fighting kobolds,goblins, orcs, hobgoblins, gnolls, ogres, trolls, giants, gnomes, dwarves, elves and ents, being of the“giant class” monsters.In addition to their own language, Dwarves are able to speak the languages of Gnomes, Kobolds andGoblins in addition to their alignment tongue. They also have 20% chance of speaking the commontongue of humans. Dwarves sometimes domesticate bears, wolves and other unintelligent beasts fordefence purpose.
Dwarf fighter Level ProgressionExperience LevelHit DiceTitle
0 1 1d8+1 Veteran2,000 2 2d8 Warrior4,000 3 3d8 Swordsman8,000 4 4d8 Hero16,000 5 5d8+1 Swashbuckler32,000 6 6d8 Myrmidon64,000 7 7d8+1 Champion*120,000 8 8d8+2 Super Hero**
*Dwarves with a strength of 17 can work up to 7th level fighter**Those of 18 strength can work up to 8th level.