The tale of Ungrim's family is full of woe, as those in the Clan of Royal blood bear a history of calamities. Many years ago, King Barador, Ungrim's five-time great-grandsire, suffered a terrible loss which drove him to take the Oath of the Slayers to forevermore seek death in battle at the hands of the most deadly enemy they can find. He was torn between conflicting vows: the Slayer Oath to seek out death and the oath of a King to protect his people. His son inherited his vows and continued the line of Slayer Kings, of which King Ungrim Ironfist is but the latest.
Although Ungrim cannot seek his death in the Slayer fashion, he grows ever more restless, leading the throng of Karak Kadrin into countless battles. Inspired by his High King and seeking to avenge the death of his lone son who was slain, Ungrim will march to war with the least provocation.
How they play
The Forge: Experts in binding the Winds of Magic to stone or metal, Dwarfs can forge magical items to improve their strength in battle.
Grudges: Scores against the Dwarfs must be settled by any and all means necessary to keep order.
The Underway: Dwarfs can use the underground tunnels to avoid impassable terrain and enemy forces.
Roster of heavily-armoured units with strong leadership and a variety of deadly war machines.
I fear there is no foe worthy of my death!
~ Ungrim Ironfist
Karak Kadrin, the Slayer Keep, is a mighty Dwarfhold located at the western side of Peak Pass. It's location among the lofty, snow-capped peaks of the Northern World's Edge Mountains makes it the northernmost of the Dwarfholds, except for the constantly-besieged Kraka Drak. It's great fortifications and watchful underway guard mean it has never been breached by any invader. And there are many who try to invade the Old World through Peak Pass, however the Dwarfs of Karak Kadrin and their outposts in the pass keep it mostly safe for caravans.
Karak Kadrin is most notable as having the largest and most important shrine of Grimnir, the Dwarf Ancestor-God of battle, fearlessness, honour and matyrdom. Thus it is here that many Slayers gather in-between their heroic doomed ventures. Additionally, long ago King Baragor of Karak Kadrin took the slayer oath to die in battle, but was unable to achieve this, and thus passed on the obligation to his descendents. Ungrim Ironfist is thus the latest in the line of Slayer Kings, conflicted rulers torn between personal honour and royal duty.
At last! Ungrim Ironfist returns to the Slayer Keep, and with him come Runesmiths willing to share the rules of the runes. Let the forges fire, for a new era in Dwarfen artifice begins. And not a moment too soon, for the Age of Reckoning is under threat. Urki and Grobi scum of the Red Eye Tribe threaten the sanctity of Karak Kadrin and the surrounding Dwarfholds. The Ancestor God, Grimnir, will surely demand their deaths, and the Slayer King has never shied from killing Greenskins!
There are few kinds of monsters walking the world that Ungrim Ironfist has not slain in battle. Ungrim deals death - carving a path of red ruin before him while singing songs of old in a booming voice.
The following strategy guide is written by one of our editors and discusses how to play Karak Kadrin and Dwarfs in general, it should not be seen as an absolute truth but rather as a guideline.
The most key strategy for Dwarfs is maximizing your ranged firepower, very few races can trade with you at range given that Quarrellers have shields so they have a 30% missile resistance and solid armor stats. The typical thing you should do is a solid core of 2-3 Quarrellers or Rangers (cost efficient but lose shields) and 2 units of Thunderers for that extra punch. Now take several units of Miners (Blasting Charges) and your front line should be Dwarf Warriors. Arrange your army in a curve so the enemy are pulled into you and enter a kill box of gunfire as your tanky Dwarf Warriors endure the charge. Your infantry are purely here to hold the line and let the ranged units do the job. Having a few units of Longbeards (Great Weapons) is great for filling any holes the enemy pushes into your line and boosting leadership and always take one unit of Slayers to deal with Cavalry. Also the only TRUE viable lord are Runelords. Their buffs are extremely strong and the Rune of Wrath and Ruin puts down a heavy slow on the target allowing Slayers to run down even some mounted units.
The most key thing is keep your guns firing. They are your bread and butter for your army. Dwarfs have amazing armor and defense stats but just don’t have the punch of other races like Chaos or Lizardmen in melee. But you have overwhelming black powder rivalled only by the Empire and Vampire Coast, both of which lack leadership and defensive options. You are tough. All your units can take a beating. And, dear God, do Dwarfs know how to "gunline". May you settle many grudges and fulfill your Slayer oaths.
As noted earlier, before the Resurgent Update Karak Kadrin was a minor, non-playable faction.