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Duergar are dwarves whose ancestors were transformed by centuries living in the deepest places of the Underdark. That chthonic realm is saturated with strange magical energy, and over generations, early duergar absorbed traces of it. They were further altered when mind flayers and other Aberrations invaded and performed horrific experiments on them. Fueled by Underdark magic, those experiments left early duergar with psionic powers, which have been passed down to their descendants. In time, they liberated themselves from their aberrant tyrants and forged a new life for themselves in the Underdark and beyond.


Physically similar to other dwarves in some ways, duergar are wiry and lean, with black eyes and bald heads, with the males growing long, unkempt, gray beards.

Duergar value toil above all else. Showing emotions other than grim determination or wrath is frowned on in their culture, but they can sometimes seem joyful when at work. They have the typical dwarven appreciation for order, tradition, and impeccable craftsmanship, but their goods are purely utilitarian, disdaining aesthetic or artistic value.



Going smaller than 140 cm results in Conan wonkiness, so please keep in mind that proportions must remain believable.

  • Min: 130 cm (4'3")

  • Max: 150 cm (4'11")


  • Common

  • Dwarvish

Life Span

  • Adulthood: 50 years

  • Longevity: 350 years


  • 3 tiles per turn



You have superior vision in dark and dim conditions, negating the Perception and to-hit penalties present at nighttime and in the dark areas of the world.

Duergar Magic

You may cast the Invisibility spell without a spell slot once per Long Rest.

Dwarven Resilience

You gain resistance to poison damage and a +2 to CON saving throws.


All dwarves, stubborn in nature, share the lore and grudges of their long-lived people. You are proficient in History.

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