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Miner caste

The Miner caste, also called as Mining caste[1], is the caste of dwarven society responsible for mining and excavating ore and minerals, the most valuable and precious of which is lyrium.

Background Edit

According to legend, the miner caste was founded by Orzammar, one of seven brothers. Orzammar dug the mines that became the foundations of the great thaig of Orzammar. From his descendants formed the Miner caste.[2]

Orzammar has always been the ancestral home of the Miner and Smith castes[3] and as such has had a strategic and financial importance to the empire. Part of the reason was to protect these commercial interests, that King Endrin Stonehammer in ancient times decreed the move of the capital from Kal-Sharok to Orzammar.[3]

Miners in the city of Orzammar enjoy a great deal of wealth and power. Rich veins of ore lie in the Frostback Mountains and thus the miners are important to the livelihood of the dwarven people, and they make the most of this esteem. If they chose, the miners could cripple the city by halting ore production, but rarely is this blackmail used.[4] While working in the mine shafts, the glowing slime is an animal which is considerably dangerous to the miners.

In the miner caste, unlike many other areas of dwarven life, women enjoy greater equality. Women are known to work some of the most productive veins and shafts of lyrium.[5] Dwarves of the miner caste are able to find lyrium veins by ear[6] and some of them claim that they hear the Stone sing.[7]

Lyrium trade Edit

Orzammar enjoys lucrative trade agreements with many surface organizations due to its control of the flow of lyrium to the surface and the miner caste is essential to this. The dwarves is the only known race which can mine lyrium safely and they tightly guard this secret.[8] The Chantry requires lyrium to enhance the anti-magical abilities of its Templars, the Circle of Magi requires lyrium to fuel its magic and to create runes, and the Tevinter Imperium requires enormous quantities to power its magocracy. This gives Orzammar immense influence on surface politics and trade negotiations and has facilitated a long-standing relationship between the dwarves and the Imperium, forged millennia ago by Paragons Garal and Stonehammer. In spite of this, smuggling can and does go on, as the Carta often sells illicit lyrium on the surface.

Known Miner houses Edit

Miner houses are listed in an alphabetical order and those whose status is unknown have their name italicized.

Known members Edit

See also Edit

Ico codex entry Codex entry: The Castes
Quest icon DAI A Crew of Ambassadors (Part V)
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: An Unsent Letter from a Miner
Codex icon DAI Codex entry: Lyrium Blast Charges

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