Coordinates: 168, 170
A digger of graves in the northeast of Nordcarn.
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As you approach, a dwarf is digging a grave in the oddest fashion using only one arm. The othEL-DB.comer arm dangles uselessly at his side. When he sees you coming, he shouts, 'Unclean!' to you.
UncleanI am a grave digger. I handle the remains of the no longer living. To many, that makes me unclean and I am compelled to warn people who feel this way.
Who are you?My name is Kohtag, although members of my clan mockingly call me 'Onefist' or, even worse, 'South Paw'.
OnefistWhen I was younger, a rock in the mine where I was digging fell on my shoulder. Since that time, I've been unable to move my arm or even to make a fist with that arm in order to grasp a pick or shovel, hence the insulting name. For a dwarf, it is a great shame and embarrassment to the clan to have a member in my condition, so they cast me out.
South pawEven among dwarves who are fully functional, this is the unclean hand: the hand that must never shake another's, the hand that cleans the unclean parts of our bodies. So, what better job for a dwarf whose only functioning hand is the unclean one than to bury the dead?
Cast you outIt's perfectly understandable and it is our way. Now I get to work in the fresh air, to see people, living and dead, and still provide a necessary function for this community. I've become quite good at working with my one good hand and I've put my knowledge of rock to good use. You see these headstones? I made them!
Nice!Thanks. It wasn't easy at first, I must admit. I felt as clumsy as a babe striking my first stone, but in time, my remaining arm has become stronger and more skilled as I've worked the stone into the shapes I desired and since I can dig graves and carve headstones, I earn more than I did when all I could do was dig graves.
Knowledge of rockI mean I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I consider myself an apprentice geologist who acts as his own EL-DB.commaster. By working out here by myself, I discover a lot of things about the earth and what it's hiding.
Big adjustment.The transition from a life in the mines to a life in the vast outside is not easy for a dwarf. It's even harder for someone who has been banished from the community. Oddly enough, it was a wandering outsider who helped me through the transition. I think it's because he had to work through his own transition.
Who?His name is Mayven, one of Glilin's priests. Every now and then he stops by for a visit when he's in the area. I know this seems odd to you. You would think that prominent dwarves like Atekel, Oana, Storil, or Liliana would have helped me, but to them and the rest, I am someone they do not want to see and I am not welcome inside the walls of the city.
By the way, if you're going to head on over to the temple, I suggest you take care. There are many archers who are training to be as good as my friend Hawkins. They like to stand up there on the wall and shoot their arrows down on animals that are in this area. It can be a bit risky walking through there.