Clan Durin is a major Dwarven Clan that makes its home within the Lucerne Mountains where it once dominated the Thaig of Moria but now has been forced to live within Karak Izor while it fights to regain its former home. Clan Durin is led by Durin II. of whom would take following the invasion of the goblins and has become known for his love of gold above all other things including the future of his people.
Clan Durin would first come to rise during the Dwarven migration southward where they would follow the main group and arrive at Karaz-A-Karak where they would become close with House Blackbeard. Eventually the Dwarves begin to expand further and further throughout the World Edge Mountains but many including House Hallbreaker wanted to go west and in this manner they would travel westward eventually founding three holds in the Lucerne Mountains in the form of the Hallbreaker dominated Karak Izor, the Halfhorn dominated Thaig Haedin, and the Blackbeard dominated Karak Mulgar. Clan Durin would fight during the Goblin Invasion of the Lucerne Mountains and while fighting bravely they would lose their fight and be forced to retreat from Moria leaving for Karak Izor where they would center themselves within following the end of the Driving Tide.
Clan Durin would first come to rise during the Dwarven migration southward where they would follow the main group and arrive at Karaz-A-Karak where they would become close with House Blackbeard.
Dwarves in Lucerne
Eventually the Dwarves begin to expand further and further throughout the World Edge Mountains but many including House Hallbreaker wanted to go west and in this manner they would travel westward eventually founding three holds in the Lucerne Mountains in the form of the Hallbreaker dominated Karak Izor, the Halfhorn dominated Thaig Haedin, and the Blackbeard dominated Karak Mulgar.
Coming of the Goblins
Main Article : First Lucernian-Goblin War
| The Goblins Arrive|
We just stopped watching the Mountains. We became obsessed with the Gold, and the Silver, and all the wealth we gained by being in control of the Mountains. We forgot who we were, and we paid the ultimate price for that mistake.
Following the War of Vengeance the wealth of Karak Mulger, and its sister Hold of Karak Izor only increased due to the increased presence of the humans of the region and the amount of trade that this brought into their coffers. This wealth and power had the reverse effect on one area of the Dwarves and that was in their preparation in regards to their military might. The Dwarves slowly lost their vigilance over the mountains and in this time the Night Goblins swept in under the command of the Goblin King Jarsnik and were able to achieve massive numbers through his leadership. Following the Migration of the Night Goblins, the Dwarves of Lucerne without even really knowing what had happened found the mountains were now teeming with night goblins. The Dwarves only mobilized to the threat after the Nigh Goblins overran the mine of Dun Mulger. The Night Goblins first arrived on the scene of Lucerne when the Skaven begin instigating massive migrations of Goblins from their ancestoral homes in eastern Croatia, and the mountains of Central Europe, but it wasn't until the Goblin Chief Jarsnik mobilized his forces to move against Lucerne were the Goblins of any kind of real threat. Before this the Night Goblins had a fear of the Dwarves and what they beleived them capable of, but this fear went away as the Skaven fed them stories of the weakness of the Dwarves and before long the Nigh Goblins of the nearby Westros Mountains moved westward towards the Lucerne Mountains. The Dwarves had become arrogant in their position in the mountains and so barely had defenses in place for subterranean invaders, and it was this that the Goblin chief Jarsnik would discover quite quickly. In this way the Night Goblins were able to sneak massive numbers into the mountains before the Dwarves were even aware of what was happening. The Nigh Goblins congregated around the fortress of Karak Mulger, and the first sign of trouble was when they took over the nearby mine of Dun Mulger.
Death of Fundin
The peaceful existence in the Dwarven realms of Karak Izor, and Karak Matron would end the moment Fundin the clan leader of Clan Durin was killed by a goblin archer. Because the Goblins had come in such massive numbers and using the advise of the Skaven had waited until their numbers were massive before even making their presence known the Dwarves had no idea that they were even in the area. The eastern parts of the Lucernian Mountains had become known for being dangerous for Dwarven travelers but the minerals of the area still attracted the more daring of the Dwarven leadership, and miners. Fundin was one of these more adventurous Dwarves and he wanted the Gromil that was present in the east, and to get it he took a large force from his Thaig of Moria and moved against the eastern mines of which the Dwarves were ignoring had not been heard of for some time. While travelling in the eastern mines Fundin was ambushed alongside much of his company by a massive force of Goblins and the few that survived spoke of the Goblins being in their thousands. Before the death of Fundin it was believed by most of the Dwarves that their holds were impenetrable, and thus their was a great deal of arrogance within their ranks. When the leadership of Karak Izor contemplated the death of Fundin they prepared to move against the encroachment of the Goblins but they didn't understand that the Goblins had already become more then they could handle.
This did become clear to them though when the Goblins overran the small mines around Karak Mulger and attacked the Hold in a massive wave which destroyed the surrounding area around the Hold and killed a significant amount of Dwarves as they were unprepared for the scope of the attack. The First Battle of Karak Mulger only ended after a large reserve force arrived from the nearby Thaigs of Karak Mulger and together with the forces of the Hold itself they were able to push the Goblins back. Karak Mulger would send word to Karak Izor about the attack, but as they were preparing for the response they were attacked once again in the Second Battle of Karak Mulger. The second attack was much less dangerous and the forces of the Goblins seemed more interested in killing Dwarves then actually doing anything of consequence, and this realization caused the Dwarves to retreat behind their fortifications and also for the first time in their history they recalled all Dwarves back to the hold itself and called a complete halt to all mining outside of the inner Hold.
Trouble in the Mountains
Following the First and Second Battle of Karak Mulger, the two dwarf holds came to the realization that they were in serious trouble. Messengers were sent out to the High Dwarves, in the World Edge Mountains for help, and a quick response was received when these messengers returned back with the news that the High Dwarves were also being invaded by Orcs and Goblins, and would not be able to assist. Without any help coming from their High Dwarf cousins, the Dwarves were being gradually pushed back inch by inch and without help very soon they would be destroyed by the vastly superior numbers of the Goblins. The Goblins had stopped attacking the Hold of Karak Mulger and were concentrating on destroying the Thaigs nearby, and the smaller mines as they destroyed the lands of the Dwarves, but at the same time they sent small probing skirmishes at Karak Mulger itself, and with each attack the defences were tested more and more.
Third Battle of Karak Mulgar
Main Article : Third Battle of Karak Mulgar
The Goblins would mass once more for a large attack in the form of the Third Battle of Karak Mulgar where in the Dwarves were once again victorious but the forces from Karak Izor lost notable forces including the High King of Karak Izor, while many were captured including prince Troin Hallbreaker. Grod Hallbreaker would die during the initial assault on Karak Mulgar as the Goblins overran Thaig Mul one of the last defendable Thaigs around Karak Mulgar of which Grod Hallbreaker had been in a position of command in, and following the Fall of Thaig Mul the Izor forces moved to retrieve his body and were caught in a trap where in Fofek Hallbreaker the High King of Karak Izor would be shot through the eye with an arrow and killed. Troin Hallbreaker managed to retreat with some forces but commanded his brother Voin Hallbreaker to go back to Karak Izor with the majority of their forces and send word of what had happened. Troin never got back to Karak Mulger as he allowed himself to be captured by the Goblins in order to give his forces the ability to retreat inside Karak Mulgar.
Realizing that Karak Mulger was on the verge of falling without things changing, the Dwarves sent messengers to the surrounding Human Kingdoms. They were sent rejections by everyone that they sent it to and so in their desperation they went to the nearbye Human city of Forks which wasn't led by one force and thus wasn't exactly the most promising force. When they arrived at Forks they set in motion a dramatic conflict betweent he ruling houses.