I have spent some time designing a dwarven civilisation. They don’t live below ground all the time. In fact I heavily draw upon the actual culture of mountain tribes, such as The Lisu for inspiration. But they are forced underground periodically by the ashes of a volcano, which is very much tied to their religion and also provides fertilisation to high altitude fields.
I envision dwarves as absolutely unmatched master craftsmen (they make excellent armour, crossbows and might even exploit steam from geysers for some very basic steam powered applications). I think it would add a lot to the flair if they had some kind of tool kit or even better multitool that every adult would carry.
The question arises: what are the most essential, universally useful tools for a dwarf, particularly one having to go underground every few years?
I guess a few very useful items are obvious:
- Light source
Some of these are heavy items, not easily integrated in what I think of as multi tools, at least in my life. I have tried to find information on medieval multi tools, but found mostly useless (?) knife-fork combinations. Perhaps I should make something like a multitool spade?
I have also tried to look into trendy modern multitools. My practical ineptitude, coupled with my limited historical knowledge have made it difficult for me to judge, which of these a medieval master craftsman would even appreciate.
If you need to know about more aspects of the world, ask freely! I would say it is rather standard fantasy with a few alterations, such as having dwarves live above ground. I like to be able to explain how they sustain themselves. I try to use as little magic and as much biology as possible, to explain my worlds (internally to myself).