Like many Dwarf Clans, The Golka are made up of many smaller clans and families. However, like all Dwarves, the majority of those smaller families have the overall welfare of the Dwarf ‘nation’ as a priority, and cooperate together under the leadership of Clan Golka. When the great mines and holdings in western Brevoy were lost, the dwarves started reorganizing. It was slow, but what is fifteen or twenty years out of a dwarf’s lifetime?
While the dwarves don’t yet appear to have a grand plan, the basic plan seems to be based around a number of different communities. Perhaps learning a lesson and going with the don’t put all your eggs in one basket philosophy or, perhaps, there just wasn’t a strong enough leader. So far four main initiatives have had some success.
Brevoy's dwarves have congregated in four main areas, listed below, which form the basis of the new Dwarven Community. There are other dwarves in other areas, but only a few in any given town or village - and never quite enough to have an impact politically or socially. Recently, however, they have turned their attentions to the new lands in the south - Midmarch, Tusk, Varnhold and Fort Drelev.
Brunderton is a majority Dwarf town, and has grown significantly over the last few years. Little more than a mining village when House Rogarvia disappeared and the Great Mine was lost, Brunderton has become the new Dwarf-Home in Brevoy. Under the leadership of their mayor, Ralin al Golka, Brunderston has grown from a small mining settlement into a sizeable town. Compared to some places, development has been slow – BUT it is financially stable (based on the output of no less that thee mines!), well managed and capable of growth. While the town and the mines are all controlled by Dwarves, and dwarves are a large proportion of the population - Ralin al Golka hasn’t shied away from building links with human run businesses and settlements. He, and the church of Torag, have arranged a series of loans (financed from across the Dwarf Diaspora) to help smaller clans and groups to get established.
The al Golka own many business here,supported by the Devales ( Brewing Clan) the Hafgreys (Miners and Smiths) and the Ironhearts (Miltary). The population is about 75% Dwarf, 20% Human and 5% Halfling.
They export some top quality arms and armour, but their main exports are metal ingots and dwarf ale.
Restov is home to a large community of dwarves, led by Darain al Golka., it now holds the second largest population of dwarves, after Brunderton, in the whole of Brevoy. Most are found in Dwarf Town, as it is commonly known, a whole district of Dwarves dedicated to making weapons and armour. There aren’t just weapons-smiths and armourers, of course, there is all the supporting infrastructure of an ex-pat community as well. There are blacksmiths, whitesmiths, leather workers, cooks, tailors, woodworkers and even dwarven entertainers. The gamut of dwarfdom can be found there, somewhere. Like Brunderton, Dwarf society in Restov is financially stable, and is represented on the City Council (by Darain al Golka). It is a recognised and important part of the City of Restov, especially now the Aldori influence has been reduced. Ironically, much of the growth in Brunderton was financed by the Dwarves of Restiov – while the Dwarven Brotherhood and the al Golka are important, they also know their community would collapse without a good supply of iron and steel.
The community is self-regulating - they have their own system of government, their own guards, their own school and a Holy House dedicated to Torag. The businesses are located around a central market and specialize in weapons and armour production - of the highest quality.
Unlike the close communities of Brunderton and Dwarftown, the dwarves of Greyhaven are widespread and have little contact with each other. However, Toval al Golka (son of the old Chieftain of the Golka) has done his best to organise the dwarves of Greyhaven into an coherent body. They aren’t anywhere near as influential as they were - but they are still a significant part in the mining and forging businesses of Greyhaven. The biggest problem, for both House Garess and Clan Golka, is that the source of ores from the Great Mines has been lost. In the old days, the Golka were House Garess’ most important Allies - now, while still bound to an Alliance contract, their influence is greatly reduced.
The Golka never had much influence in New Stetven, and there were no senior members of the al Golka in residence, when the Great Mine collapsed. It fell to an elderly Cleric by the name of Strude Stigmar to bring the wide-spread Dwarves of New Stetven together in a mutual support group, and build up resilience in his community. Strude doesn’t have a big congregation, but then there aren’t all that many dwarves in New Stetven. Most of them work in smithies or masons – and many of those are employees of other (human) houses. However, they have a mutual support society, based around Strude’s Holy House. They are all aware that the main temple of Torag, situated at the Great Mine, has been lost, and they support the establishment of new religious buildings across the region (especially the Monastery in Brunderton).
Midmarch has seen a steady influx of Dwarves into the area. Slow to start with, some dwarves are starting to establish themselves. Both the Stigmars and Silverhammers have an established presence in Ironkeep, while Gandred has a position of responsibility in Ringbridge. There isn't much activity in Fort Drelev, while Varnhold has a single Dwarf brewery.
The Great Clan of the Brevic Dwarves takes its name from one of their earliest leaders, Golka the Miner. He was an early leader of the Great Mine, who negotiated the alliance arrangements with the Garess. Both the Great Clan and his direct decedents took his name for their own. Even now, decedents bearing his name are trained for leadership and command. Sooner, or later, one of them will rise to assume the title of Chieftain, in behalf of their family. Their clans and leaders are :-
The al Golka claim to be direct decedents of the original founder and are often trained to take leadership position. They all have other skills, of course, but are expected to rise to prominence in their field – not only by their family, but by the whole of the Great Clan. They are the wealthiest and most influential group by a long way.