The Tyranny of Dragons
Shield dwarves are the most common type of dwarves in Faerûn and stand about a foot taller than other dwarves, but remain just as stout. While many of them were proud rulers of kingdoms, lately their kingdoms have been on the decline, leading many of them to seek livelihoods elsewhere.
Shield dwarves are a cynical and gruff people, but they are, despite a reputation to the contrary, fatalistic, still possessing some hope for the future. Typically, shield dwarves take time to trust and even longer to forgive but the dwindling of their race has led many to be more open to other ways of thinking.
Shield dwarves are fine craftsmen but more than among other dwarven races, their craft tends to be war.