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More surface dwarf headcanons

Most freshly exiled dwarves are absolutely overwhelmed by the loss of their homeland and everything and everyone they ever knew. It’s not something one can easily shake off, especially when thrown into such an alien world as the surface. Therefore surface dwarves usually stick to what they know and remain in the tight-knit communities within their old caste. Orzammar pride and problems are taken with them to the surface.

There are several dwarven mercenary companies on the surface. Most of them are exiled members of the warrior and the noble caste. Fighting is all they know, all they’ve ever excelled at, so they are prone to continue their profession at the surface. Since dwarven berserkers have such a formidable reputation, the mercenary companies never find themselves out of work.

Many surface dwarves who resent Orzammar and want to break with its traditions or just don’t want to be taken for an Orzammar dwarf shave their beards, while those who still pine for their lost home let their beards grow long. There are two large factions among the surfacers and this is the easiest way to distinguish them from one another.

Since killing darkspawn is all many dwarves know, a lot of exiled dwarves from the warrior class join the Grey Wardens. I like to believe that there would be way more dwarves than elves within the Warden ranks, simply because dwarves traditionally have been confronted more with the darkspawn threat than elves.

For humans being a farmer may be considered lowly work for peasants and is frowned upon, dwarves show deep respect towards those who can make plants grow and harvest them. As they’ve only really known deep mushrooms and stray patches of elfroot in the deep roads, they’d be utterly impressed by any farmer who can tell all the green stuff apart from each other. Many surfacers want to become farmers.

Unlike most other people, surfacers tend to be happy about cloudy weather. Anything that conceals the vast blue void above their heads. Any dwarf who grew up in Orzammar will have problems with feeling comfortable under the open sky. It’s not something you can just accept.

Casteless dwarves still face discrimination on the surface, being shunned from the mercenary companies and the tight-knit communities within the miner and smith castes on the surface. Therefore most of them are still forced into a life of working for the Carta. Being the victims of blatant classism for most of their lives, casteless dwarves can usually adapt better to life on the surface, than members of a caste, who have to accept their new fate of being the odd one in a location.


Bearded Chicken Breeds-Dutch Owlbeard

The Owlbeard is a very old, if not the oldest, Dutch poultry breed dating back to the early seventeenth century. It appeared in many paintings from Old Dutch masters. They have no wattles and instead we find a beard and muffs, which cover the “chin and cheeks.” They also have a very striking horned V-shaped comb.  The eye color is brown-red and the earlobes are white. The color of the beak depends on the color variety. This also is the case with the leg color, which is white pinkish for the Cuckoo variety, light blue-grey for the White and slate blue for the Golden Spangled variety. The Owlbeard is known in Black, White, Black-laced Blue, Cuckoo, Golden and Silver Spangled, Yellow-white Spangled, Golden Pencilled, and Silver Pencilled varieties as well as the so-called Moorhead. The latter is known in White, Blue, Golden and Buff varieties with a totally black head. 

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Karls, you’re better than this, I know you are. I’m defending you and your choices (not your team’s because they make dumb things) but don’t drag this shitshow for too long. See what’s happening to kode with klossy applications? A lot of parents see that idiotic cracker face next to you and think twice before sending their daughters’ application form. You walk with a FEMINIST AF or a WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS t-shirts but then you’re still being asked about how you manage a relationship with someone so close to the worst administration around? That’s not how it works, you are a role model for young girls, and girls of your age too, then act like one. Your visibility increased exponentially in the last few years, you don’t need someone who’s power hungry and shows you around like a trophy just because he needs some promo or because he needs to clean his shady environment. Be your own boss, build your brand, be great on your own. I believe in you, and I trust you.


Bearded Pinnipeds-Bearded Seal

The bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus), also called the square flipper seal, is a medium-sized pinniped that is found in and near to the Arctic Ocean. It gets its scientific name from two Greek words (eri and gnathos) that refer to its heavy jaw. The other part of its scientific name means bearded and refers to its most characteristic feature, the conspicuous and very abundant whiskers. When dry, these whiskers curl very elegantly, giving the bearded seal a “raffish” look.

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