Age of Heroes
The Dwarven Vestige
The Dwarven Vestige is the name given to the remaining pockets of Dwarven dominion in boundaries of the former Mithril Empire. It is made up of the Dwarven dukes and counts who still swear fealty to Emperor Dain Stormcrown, the last ruler of the Mithril Empire, who disappeared into Fauhaltr after the Rust Revolt.
The reasons for this continued fealty are complex, and include the tradition, religion, and laws of the Dwarven people all being slow to change. A more cynical point of view would be that the dukes and kings have little legitimacy outside their fealty to their lost god-king, and would quickly lose power were they to cast aside their vassalage.