When the Shadow of the One fell across the realm, the king sent emissaries to those few allies true to Arduin. Long ago, far northern Dwarven kingdom of Ghôrnukor and Arduin had forged a friendship and in Arduin’s dark hour Ghôrnukor came to her call. Many came from Ghôrnukor to help Arduin but its assistance led to the kingdom’s downfall. The One was angered by their actions, and it reached out and withered the kingdom with its terrible power. For all its once glorious majesty, nothing remains of that valiant realm except the poisoned remnants that lie in the Valley of Dark Dwarves north of the Great Grass Forever.