Tar Taargadth

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Tar Taargadth

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 212
Taargick, High King of the Dwarves.

Tar Taargadth (pronounced TAHR TAHR-gahdth)1 was a truly ancient and long-lived dwarven empire which united its people into a common culture for over 6,500 years.2


Tar Taargadth was founded by the great general Taargick in -5133 AR during the dwarves' Quest for Sky. Arguments and infighting had brought the great drive for the surface of Golarion to a halt. Taargick consolidated power under him and declared himself king, refocusing his people's attention and completing the drive out of the Darklands in -4987 AR.34

In the thousands of years that followed, dwarves spread throughout Avistan and Garund, controlling their territories from Sky Citadels and battling their orc and goblinoid enemies wherever they found them. Eventually the power of the Tar Taargadth began to wane due to infighting, and the empire was finally defeated by an overwhelming orc horde in 1551 AR.5 The Sky Citadels were either overrun by the enemy or so effectively isolated from each other that dwarves began to no longer see themselves as members in a greater empire, a view which exists to this day.6

The heart of the empire was located in today's Five Kings Mountains, and even though the dwarves still dominate the region today, they no longer have the unity of Tar Taargadth.7


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  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 247. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 222. Paizo Inc., 2008
  3. Mike McArtor. Guide to Darkmoon Vale, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2008
  4. Wolfgang Baur, et al. “Introduction” in Lost Kingdoms, 2. Paizo Inc., 2012
  5. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 201. Paizo Inc., 2008
  6. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 1: Characters” in Campaign Setting, 7. Paizo Inc., 2008
  7. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 212. Paizo Inc., 2011