One of the dwarven noble clans, Goldhands have always fed their lust for gold in the most profiting ways possible. From trading to spelunking, Goldhands strive to amount the gold which their greed. Although not a clan with the most steady of activity, the stories of Goldhands and their merchant travels are known even today. In the age of Vailor, the Goldhands were repopulated under Durack Goldhand, with the dreams of dwarven excavating for treasures and relics.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Alliances
- 3 Culture
- 4 Traditions
- 5 Coin Ceremony
- 6 Blood Oath of Trading
- 7 Passing of the Coin Ceremony
- 8 Traditional Burial
- 9 Laws
- 10 Relics
- 11 History
- 12 Aegis
- 13 Asulon
- 14 Anthos and Elysium
- 15 Athera
- 16 Vailor
- 17 Atlas
- 18 Arcas
- 19 Almaris
- 20 Notable Members
Although the skin tone of the Goldhands may vary from dwarf to dwarf, due to their professions, most of them are known to have a specific distinguishing detail from the rest of their kin, their hair. Alhough their hands are not literally golden, their hair actually is. Most of them varies with golden colors but their eyes are most usually in darker tones although lighter colors of eyes are not that uncommon. In more recent years, this unique appearance has seen a change and has become more varied. Goldhands don’t have a clan regular uniform, but rather wear either casual dwarven clothes or stick to the uniforms of their profession.
Bloodline and joining
Goldhands, much like other clans, are proud of their lineage as Tungdil’s blood runs strong in their veins. Because of this fact, a dwarven beardling can either become a Goldhand by having direct blood connection to Tungdil or by connection with the Goldhand blood by other means, such as marriage. In some cases, a beardling can be invited into the fold with the blessing of the reigning clanfather.
Goldhands are much like common dwed connected with Brathmordakin and it’s ways in everyday life. Their patrons are Grimdugan and Armakak, The Merchant Brothers, and some believe that the Goldhands have an actually bloodline connected to The Merchant Father himself. Unlike most clans, that pray before battle for good luck and to sharpen their will, Goldhands usually pray to their patrons for good fortune in their everyday trading and buisness that might bring them wealth. Some also consider Ogradhad, The Scholar as their patron as well.
Trial of Armakak: A Goldhand is given the task of turning gold into gold. They are to multiply a set number of minas by tenfold, such as turning 100 minas into a 1000, or 10 minas into 100. They are to hold onto their first coin they accrue for later trials.
Trial of Grimdugan: A Goldhand is given a list of things to gather for a hoard, and make a proper shrine to Grimdugan out of it. (Like one of every jewel, a weapon from each city.) This will be the start of their Hoard, and they will protect it with their life. Worship of Armakak is in public, while Grimdugan appreciates worship done in the shadows.
Trial of Balance: The nearly full-fledged beardling will undergo their last trial. With the minas accrued from their first trial, they will gamble with the Clan Father himself, in an ultimate test of their ability to balance both greed and mercantile wisdom.
Once a Goldhand has completed their trials, they will be taken on a pilgrimage to a shrine of Armakak and Grimdugan, to pay homage and leave an offering. Following this, they will undergo the Coin Ritual, which is a secret tradition amongst Goldhand initiates and the Clan Father.
As years pass, traditions seem to faint into the abyss of memories. Once Finian Goldhand stepped up to be the Clan Father, he realized he had forgotten ways of the old as he only faintly remembers then after years have passed.
The forgotten traditions are:
This is a rare ceremony performed only when the Clan leader sees fit. Its goings on are secret and known only to the Clan leader and those who have been a part of the ceremony. Every Goldhand strives to, at some time in his or her life, take part in this ceremony.
Blood Oath of Trading
The Blood Oath of Trading has been done since the founding of the Goldhands, though, has not officially been known. As of the reformation of the Goldhands, Finian Goldhand has now officially made it known, along with the proper way to honor special trade agreements. To properly create a blood oath contract with someone, the Goldhand in question would need a mina that holds major significance to them, such as a Goldhand coin they recieved from their fathers after their Passing of The Coin Ceremony, their first mina made from a trade, or just about any coin that has some significance to the said Goldhand. To officially begin the contract, the Goldhand would cut the palm of their hand, and place their significant mina within it. After that, they would tightly close close their hand and then swear an oath to the Merchant Brothers, Armakak and Grimdugan, so that if the Goldhand fails, they would be shunned by them, along with bringing dishonor upon themselves. If the contract is complete, then they will receive honor, and once they die, will fetch a higher price on the Auction of The Dead.
Passing of the Coin Ceremony
As Goldhands get older, they will reach an age that will have them unable to continue their duties, for this, the Passing of The Coin ceremony shall take place. The ceremony would consist of the aged Goldhand in question, his clan, fathers and elders of other clans, and the aged Goldhand's specific guests. There ceremony will begin with the Goldhand in questions' walk towards a gilded iron urn containing melted gold, while his friends and family watch. This walk is to signify the Goldhand's journey through his or her's time in this world, to see all of the faces that have helped shape their life. As the Goldhand reaches the urn, the Clan Father shall offer a quick prayer to the Merchant Twins, Grimdugan and Armakak, to signify how close the Goldhand is to joining the Auction of The Dead, and to feel peace in the fact that the twins will look upon them with great interest. After the prayer, the aged Goldhand shall cast their first coin into the melted gold, to cleanse it of it's past honor contracts. After this, a final prayer to all of the Brathmordakin shall be performed to watch over this dying Goldhand, so he or she may pass on peacefully. This is then followed by a small feast, and the Dwed shall choose if he or she would continue serving the clan as a Clan Elder, advising and helping the young Dwed in the clan, or live a life of retirement.
There comes a time in every Dwarf’s life when his ancestors call his name and he ceases to walk with his feet on stone. On a sad occasion such as this the Clan gathers to remember their fallen family member. When a member dies, either naturally or on the field of battle his body is encased in stone. This is done before the next sunrise if possible. Ale and tears flow freely as the family member is remembered for his deeds. His stone sarcophagus is then carried to a sacred resting chamber to be placed with those of his ancestors. While burials are a sad time, Goldhands also know that their friend will be smiling and laughing at them from the great halls of Tungdil. If the deceased’s deeds were truly remarkable it is said that they might even join the sacred halls of the Merchant Father himself.
- The Goldhands take this to heart. Each individual member will pass on, that is the way of the world. But the Clan stands strong and does not fade with time. As such no betrayal of the Clan will be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to: stealing from the Clan, killing another Clan mate, dishonoring the ancestors, failing to acknowledge direct orders from the Clan leaders. In addition betraying the Dwarven nation is highly frowned upon and may mark the offending Dwarf as a sworn enemy of the Clan.
- Any oath sworn in blood is binding and cannot be broken without expulsion from the Clan. Such oaths should never be undertaken lightly. Similarly, any oath sworn on one’s ancestors carries the same weight as a blood oath and should not be broken.
- Disputes between Clan members are brought to the Clan leader or older Clans members immediately. Arguments and disagreements will be solved without going to an outside source unless absolutely necessary.
- All Clans-mates must respect one another. We are all related by blood. Remember to respect your elders. They’ve lived longer than you, and certainly have more knowledge stored away then you might give them credit for.
The proud relics of the goldhands are all but scattered across the lands. Albeit through theft, natural disasters or clan fueds, most of the Goldhand relics have not been seen for many years. Only the Scales of Tungdil and the twin swords of Parathak and Krest remain with the clan.
The house originally began in Kal'Urguan where the sons of Tungdil Goldhand proudly and honorably served the nation. As time went on the size and prosperity of the house grew. Sons served in the military or the mines, and daughters married well, solidifying strong political alliances. Many of the stories of the individual house members have been lost over the years to the wear and tear of time, but several journals remain chronicling the participation of the family in great wars, and the proud service to the Dwarven crown.
With the building of Kal'Alras, several of the Goldhand’s saw an opportunity in the making. The fledgling city would need wealthy and powerful Dwarves to make it prosper. Virtually all of the members quickly joined the Guardians, the military of Kal'Alras, to help fight off bandits and other undesirables while the city was formed. As time progressed the family became more deeply rooted in Kal'Alras. Friendships were formed between the Baron and Overseer. The family also had high ranking positions in the military, and a spot on the Council of Kal'Alras.
As tensions against the mother city of Kal'Urguan, Kal’Alrasians prepared for a right against the capital. The city had grown into a multi racial area, and a war between the Humans and Dwarves put everyone on alert. During the attack by the humans on Kal'Urguan, the Goldhands turned out in great numbers to defend their Dwarven home. But when the dust settled it was clear that Kal’Alras was going to secede. A division in the clan was formed as the Alrasian Goldhand’s who had grown in power in Alras decided to stay, and the rest of the clan who felt stronger ties to Kal'Urguan. This division has lessened over time, and while Clan Goldhand is once again a solid family, many members have not forgotten the disagreement. Forgiven but not forgotten.
With the war over, and Alras declared a new nation, the Goldhands in Alras hung up their axes and turned to the merchant business. Their business flourished and they soon became one of the leading merchant families in the area. Stores opened in Kal’rog, Kal'Urguan, Alras, and Al’Khazar.
Business in all of the stores flourished especially the store in Al’Khazar. The Goldhands became some of the richest Dwarves in all Aegis. The focus on merchant affairs led to political life falling by the way side. The new Alrasian Council was formed leaving out the majority of the old Alrasians, Goldhands included. The name Goldhand dimished in Alras, where once it was a well known name.
The family fell upon hard times. The vast warehouses in Al’Khazar fell to the noxious cloud. Troubles between parts of the Dwarven nation and Alras made the once great merchant city unpleasant for Dwarves. Many of the Goldhands had to choose between their city and their dwarven brethren. The choice was easy for most: honor bound to the Dwarven nation, dismayed that Alras had forgotten its roots, and disgusted by some of the blatant discrimination in Alras, all the Goldhands returned to the home of their forefathers. The halls of Kal'Urguan once again rang with the jingle of Goldhand coins.
The return to Kal'Urguan was short lived. It was not long before the reach of the undead extended to the mighty dwarven capital. Lava fell from the ceiling and over the great fortress. Undead poured down the grand-stairway and flooded from the mines. It was all the Goldhands could do to carry their clan's sacred items from their clan hall. Soon the family became separated as the survivors of Aegis retreated into the verge. Amongst the masses of refugees it was difficult to stay together and in the rush of people to the boats the clan was split.
After the disorderly flight from Aegis, the Goldhand's were separated upon arrival. The clan split up heading in different directions and searching for areas of habitation. Some headed for the wilds, others to Alras, and still others to Salvus. It was only after finding the Dwarven capital that the Goldhands were reunited.
After finding the new Dwarven capital, the clan was reunited and a clan hall in the city. Gone were the vast sums of wealth that the cousins had held back in Aegis, but the clan was happy to have good solid stone over their heads and dwarves to rely on. Once again they had a starting point to build up their business once again. Gulroid stepped forward as clan leader and attended many meetings of the dwarves at this time, representing his clan to the best of his ability. He was disgusted however by the lack of productiveness that the clans had, and that none of them seemed to be able to agree.
Just when the Goldhands thought they had a stable place to live once more, a dragon forced the dwarves out of Karik. The clan splintered off, with Rasun Goldhand and Gulroid heading back to their ranch in the wilds, and Dunhagen Goldhand and Delios heading to Salvus where the clan owned a small shop. The war with Salvus has hurt the Goldhands as much of their stock in the city has been pillaged or has gone unaccounted for.
More recently there have been new additions to the clan. Algoda Goldhand survived the flight from Aegis and the undead threat and was welcomed with much feasting and ale drinking. Moruk and Gorum Frostbeard married into the clan helping to solidify the strong dwarven blood as Frostbeard and Goldhand blood were merged. The clan has retreated to their holdings in the wild as plague has griped the land. Having found an abandoned fortress, the clan is restoring it, and giving the Goldhand heirlooms a proper place of honor once more.
While the Goldhands were constructing the fortress the situation in Alras deteriorated. The death of High King Syrio sent a shockwave through the members of the clan who had once called Kal’Alras home. Suddenly there was hope kindled as it was clear that Alras was fading quickly. The reign of High King Aislin was short. Gorum and Moruk were present when the new High King succumbed to madness. Through diplomatic and military strength the Nation of Alras was once again under Dwarven rule and in the hands of the Goldhands.
With power of Alras given to the Goldhands by Paragon Kjell. The Goldhands went about dismantling vast parts of the city which had long been abandoned. The underground Dwarven District would become the new Goldhand Clan Hold and the outer city would house the inhabitants of other races who had long called Alras home. There were other changes as well. Under Rasun’s rule, the city restored its old flag and colors and reclaimed it’s long abandoned name: Kal’Alras.
Not all was easy for the Goldhands during this time. There was unrest among the clans and the Dwarven nation was under severe strain. The Noble clans ended up in a position where they controlled and ran their own holds as city-states, each having separate representation, militaries, and social structure, but uniting when there were outside threats. And these threats did rise. Most recently a long and bloody war with the Orcs cost the lives of many Dwarves. The capture of the farms by the Orcs forced the Goldhands to relocated the farm land. This area was eventually recaptured but scaring to the land due to the tolls of war were immense.
The Dwarven treaty with the Orcs, ending the bloodshed between the two races did not sit well with many Goldhands who felt that the other clans were dishonoring their ancestors and the dead who had so valiantly fought the Orc scum. But in a meeting with other clans and the new Rex of the Orcs, the Goldhands were outvoted and the Dwarven Nation as a whole declared a truce. This was partially due to the threat of the human nation and also a rising sense of darkness and foreboding coming from the sightings of necromancers roaming around the reaches of Asulon. As the ink dried on the truce between the Orcs and the Dwarves, war began in the south. The insults of the Teutans could not be ignored and a bloody battle was sparked that ended in catastrophe. The battle left the Dwarven army in retreat and the whereabouts of many Goldhands unknown. During this tumultuous time the Goldhands were approached with an offer that they could not conceivably refuse. Queen Kyral Hightower brought an offer to buy the city of Kal’Alras the much of the surrounding land. Due to the relocation of the Dwarves to Kal'Karik, and geographic location of Alras, the Goldhands accepted the trade. Most recently the Goldhands have supported the dissolution of the Noble Council with the election of King Hiebe and the restoration of a powerful monarchy to once again lead the Dwarves to a golden age.
After the trade of Kal'Alras, and the Dwarves returning to their ancient city of Kal'Karik amongst the mountains, the Goldhands resided in the noble district of Clan Goldhand. There housed many of the Goldhands that came on the journey to their ancient home. After years of peacefully residing in Kal'Karik, Gulroid the former Clan Father has fallen ill and sick. He retreated to the ancient hold of the Goldhands near Kal'Anart and lived there for the time being. During this time, the Goldhands had fallen into disarray as the leadership of the clan slowly deteriorated. In this time Rasun Goldhand also vanished. The knowing of him being alive or dead is not known, and the only note of Rasun, is that he vanished into the wilds and was to be never seen again.
The dark days of the Goldhands loomed over the clan and the clan fell into darkness without leadership. The Clan Father Gulroid had fallen ill, and the one who many Goldhands looked up to, Rasun has gone missing without a trace. The remaining Goldhands that still reside in the grand halls of Kal'Karik grow weary of the disappearance of leadership among the clan, and soon later William of the Goldhand Clan called forth a meeting with his kin to discuss the current happenings of leadership, and the future of the clan.
After days of discussion in the Goldhand Hall in Kal'Karik, it was decided that Thoak Goldhand would venture forth and make way toward the ancient hold of the Goldhands, and consult with Gulroid in his current state about the future of the Goldhands. There it was decided by Gulroid himself that Thoak becomes the new Clan Father and that Gulroid would step down because of his current state of illness. Thoak Goldhand himself promised that he would bring back the nobility of the clan, and pride and honor that the clan once held.
Nothing much can be said about Elysium. It was said that Thoak Goldhand established a small settlement outside of the Urguan Hold near the mountains for those seeking work outside of the small hold. It was great while it lasted, however most of it was wiped out due to the great volcano nearby erupting sending the village to its fiery doom.
The clan has been mostly inactive, with only a few Goldhands trying to revive the clan. The latest Goldhand, Finian, rose to the challenge of trying to officially revive the splintered clan.
The clan, though small, was lead shortly by Finian Goldhand, his age of revival hitting it's peak before departing on pilgrimage. After many passings, the title of Clan Father was held by Conan Goldhand, whom lead what was left of the once again splintered clan. After some time, Durack Goldand would arrive and take over the clan with a new age of reformation, later to be labeled, "The Age of History", where Durack would turn the Goldhands from merchants, to treasure hunters.
As Durack took the mantle of Goldhand, new blood began to come back to the clan. With new Goldhands beginning to reassemble the clan looked to be hitting a period of growth as it did with Finian.
After a few months of staying idle, the Goldhand clan begins a great movement, one wrought in thievery and deceit. A dwarf known as Azaghal Doomforged was searched on orders of the Grand King in hopes of uncovering a conspiracy against him on the grounds of stealing clan relics. It came to light that Azaghal held the Scales of Tungdil, and after it being returned to the Goldhand clan, Durack Goldhand saw it fit to get even with the dwarf. He decided to speak to the Grand King to completely destroy the Doomforged clan, and after being denied that out right, the Grand King told Durack instead to create a grudge against him, in hopes of not having any Dwarven blood shed within the land. Durack, still fuming over his denial, reluctantly agreed, and began his journey to make the Doomforged clan pay for their dishonorable conduct.
As the dwarves finally arrived on Atlas, Goldhand clan found themselves in the Kingdom of Kaz'Ulrah where there were only 3 clan fathers untill the falling of the kingdom. It was first Dwifur Goldhand, later on to be assassinated in the throne room. Thoak Goldhand, later becoming the High King of Kaz'Ulrah, and the last king of it. And the last Clan Father and the current one, Hekkaes Goldhand which led the clan in the war of Kaz'Ulrah. The Goldhands remained splitted across Atlas, as it was in the blood of every Goldhand to go around and trade. It was until the war of Kaz'Ulrah., after it Goldhands were splitted more than the usual. But it was for the clan to return in the realm of Arcas, under the march of Hekkaes Goldhand.
The realm of Arcas, was home to many catastrophes known to the Goldhand Clan. First, with the death of Hekkaes Goldhand in a honor duel against the dwarf Morag "Jewelbeard" Goldhand, followed years later by the trial of Ivär Goldhand for the crucifixion of Morag, which led to the young Clan Father to take his own life in the throneroom with the very weapon used to kill Hekkaes Goldhand, proclaiming the kingdom's High Courts corrupt. The Clan remained silent for years till Uldraek Goldhand arrived to the news of the two deaths in the clan. It was from then that Uldraek would pick up the Clan and duties within the Grand Kingdom of Urguan. Becoming the Clan Father of Goldhands, Uldraek started working on promoting knowledge within the clan, gaining free student tuition for those within the clan, wishing to attend a magical school next to Sutica. From then a new age of industry was to arrive for the Goldhands, Dorimnur Goldhand taking control of the Worker's Guild, making the Goldhands the leaders of all industry, however political opponents of the Clan Father began to take positions of power, striking suspicions within the clan. The Goldhands expanded their territory within Sutica, creating new homes and fields for a worst-case scenario. Said option began to look appealing as news arrived from Bödmer Goldhand that the High Preceptor, Grand Marshal, and Chief Justiciar, were planning a mocking trial for Uldraek Goldhand for accusations of treason, Bödmer claiming the outcome was predetermined to either execution or banishment. Division begins to brew within the clan as Elder Githaic Goldhand was found out to be trading weapons with the Inferi, escaping the grasp of Urguani law as his arrest took place in the middle of a naval battle against the Inferi, and Dorimnur Goldhand casting doubt on the entirety of the clan's leadership, declaring himself the new Clan Lord and signing a mandate of the High Courts of Urguan to exile the old establishment of the Goldhand Clan, denoting them as the Anvilaxe. The clan then divided in two, with Dorimnur leading the Urguani Goldhands and Uldraek leading the Sutican Goldhands.
With the dwarves landing by their ironclad armada on the Land of the Titans, they moved slowly with caravans up to the ancient dwarven city scouted before him; Kal'Darakaan, a great capital of stone with a central plaza for the dwarves to first be greeted by once they made it through the capital valley. The Goldhands carved a grand hall themselves into the Clan District, one of golden splendor, and became the seat of oppulence in the lands of Almaris, for the Goldhands were to find some of their greatest riches in these lands. The Clan Lord Dorimnur Goldhand continued to lead the Worker's Guild as he did in the prior lands, finding a wife and children who all joined into the fold of Goldhands. They remained the core of the Aurokanar for quite some time, achieving a great many feats such as the slaying of a fae beast that was disturbing the forests of Anbella. The gem which was torn from the slain beast by slaughter of Dorimnur's invented cannons and the people of the Worker's Guild was hauled by log transport and mule to the Clan Hall, where the great sapphire of 2.5 tons hung for all to see, casting a resplendent blue light throughout the hall. The Goldhands lead the building of the first fort of the lands with the legion and the Worker's Guild, the Grudgefort, a monumental fort that had not been rivaled in many centuries. They were rewarded a tax-free manor at the ports of Tor'Svorjath and became their place of residence. From this seat of power they continued to lead the Worker's Guild at the behest of Dorimnur for decades, bringing Urguan to the greatest heights of industry it had seen since the days of Kal'Urguan. The general populace had managed to take up the yoke of labor and toiled in Yemekar's name, from which before most dwarves knew not how to craft. Now, many shops of blacksmithing were founded, yrrok came far and wide for comission work from the blacksmiths of Kal'Mugdor, and the Goldhands were asked for by name.