Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
“Down in the mines, that can be dangerous work. Not as dangerous as it used to be, mind, but then that’s why our ancestors formed the Ironbreakers. Head to foot in the best gromril armour, it’d be a brave Goblin, Troll or ratman who faces an Ironbreaker and doesn’t turn tail. And even if the roof caved in, not that a good proper Dwarf roof would do that, but them Goblin tunnels is shoddy work, nine times out of ten he’d climb out again, dust himself down and get back to the fight, not like you young whelps…”
—Durgrim Redmane, Hammerer
Dwarf Ironbreakers are amongst the most heavily armored warriors fielded by the armies of the Dwarfs. Clad from head to toe with full suits of magnificent Gromril armor and Rune weapons, these warriors are considered by many to be the elite of the elite. Many Dwarf strongholds have deep tunnels which the Dwarfs have long since abandoned. These tunnels have become home to all kinds of monsters such as Night Goblins, Skaven, Trolls and even more sinister horrors.
Where old and abandoned workings join the inhabited levels the Dwarfs have docked passages and built gates, but even so they must be constantly on the lookout for intrusion from below. The Ironbreakers guard these old passages and protect the stronghold from attack. They spend much of their time below ground in the deepest, least-visited parts of the stronghold.
Such is the reputation of the Ironbreakers that they will often be called upon to fight on the surface, but for each battle in sunlight, an Ironbreaker will have fought a dozen in the dark deeps beneath the mountains.
To serve as an Ironbreaker, a Dwarf must take vows to stand bold, even if no king, Lord or Thane is near. Behind and above him are the beardlings, treasure troves, ancestral tombs, and the very halls that the forefathers of his race carved out of rock in ages past. Before and below an Ironbreaker will be only the dark, the all-consuming blackness that hungers to grasp everything into its clutches.
Path of Vengeance
This path is focused on the use of offensive abilities with a Great Weapon.
“Some Ironbreakers hold their grudges close to their heart, slowly nurturing them until they are filled with the fury of Grimnir himself. With a single minded focus, a specialist in this path becomes more and more dangerous with every grudge he holds, pushing himself to fight more brutally as he strives to avenge the insults that have been dealt.”
Path of Stone
This path is focused on defense and protection.
“As stubborn and unyielding as the mountains themselves, Ironbreakers who master this path are specialists in defence and will expend every last ounce of energy protecting their sworn oath friends. Since an Ironbreaker builds up Grudges quickly when under direct attack, this mastery takes advantage of that by consuming his grudges to fuel potent defensive abilities.”
Path of Brotherhood
This path is focused on supporting and bolstering oneself and one’s allies.
“A specialist in this path understands the balance between camaraderie and retribution, and is a natural leader on the battleground. Alternately holding and discharging his grudges, the master of Brotherhood serves as a shining example of the greatest Dwarf traits, inspiring his allies to push onwards to greater heights. Equally adept at breaking the enemy line or standing his ground and holding back waves of foes, the master of this path has the ability to bolster his Oath Friend as well as himself.”