A Dwarf is a Dwarf is a Dwarf
When I first started playing Dragon Age: Origins a couple of my kids thought I was playing LotRO. There are quite a few similarities between the two games but I have to say, the ones that stand out the most for me are centered around the Dwarves. My oldest and I played LotRO together for years and even he remarked that Moria in LotRO and the dwarven areas in Origins looked a lot alike.
Dwarves aren’t very tall but they love to build gigantic and ostentatious structures, no? I think that’s what strikes me the most when entering Dwarven areas in games, that I’m craning my camera up as hard as I can to try and see the ceilings of these grand caverns built by such short people. Origins is no different from Moria in that respect.
Dwarven towns are full of history, larger than life statues erected every where to honor the ancestry. I wonder if only THE most honorable are eulogized with the super sized likenesses carved high into the caverns? Assuming they are carved from the existing rock walls and not made and hoisted up into place …
Facial hair is always a celebrated thing with Dwarves, too. There *are* female Dwarves in Origins but, to be honest, they remind me of big-faced Hobbits more than Dwarves. I like to think female Dwarves have braided beards.
Of course, not all Dwarves have long braided beards. I met one in Origins that has the area of his chin shaved down to a dark “5 O’clock shadow” with long braids in his mustache (the ends) and his side beard. ‘Twas weird to say the least.