The Black Monolith
War of the Beard
The War of Vengeance, also known as the War of the Beard, was the cataclysmic war that took place between the dwarfs of the Old World and the elves of Ulthuan shortly after the great catastrophe. The war was started by Dark Elves, pretending to be High Elves, attacking dwarf colonies and trading parties. High King Gotrek Starbreaker demanded recompenses from the High Elves, but the arrogant Phoenix King Caledor II replied that if the High King wanted recompense he should come to Ulthuan and ask for them himself. Starbreaker, insulted by the implied suggestion that he should beg, sent his most skilled diplomats to demand double the original amount. The war received its nickname after the emissaries were returned minus their beards. To lose one’s beard is the ultimate insult to a dwarf and thus the war was known as the War of the Beard to the elves while the dwarfs, not to take such things lightly, call it the War of Vengeance. The war culminated in the siege of the elf city of Tor Alessi, with High King Starbreaker killing the elfish Phoenix King Caledor and taking the Phoenix Crown as recompense, shattering the Elvin empire in the Old World and resulting in the elves eventual retreat to Ulthuan, safe for those who would become Wood Elves.