The Farthest Reaches
The Kingdom of Valmeir
The Valmeiri of the Isles are a seafaring people, some are said to have never touched land. They often serve as intermediaries between the peoples of the March and Albain and through this earned a reputation as merchants and adventurers.
Early dwarves lived a simple life, providing sustenance to their families through fishing and small goat herds. The Dwarves were brought together by the sea, and were the first people to sail the open ocean. With these ships groups of islands were able to connect and form pretty kingdoms to ensure mutual security. With the security of their islands ensured the Dwarves took to the sea in force, exploring their surrounding waters and eventually, the other continents of the north. For many of the people of the north the Dwarves were the first sign of a world beyond their own continent. As the Dwarves spread throughout the lands, trading and integrating with other societies, a contingent of nativists began gaining power on the Valmeiri Isles, arguing that the Dwarven race had forgotten it's roots. These elements consolidated around a Jarl of the eastern islands who they believed could re-unite the Dwarven people.
This dwarf, Haakon Gustafsson, led his warships across the Valmeiri Isles pillaging and conquering the vulnerable home islands of the dwarves who had long placed their focus on the affairs and trade of the other nations of the North. Haakon united the Isles in 125 A.I. under the Braided Banner of Valmeir. Haakon sought to enhance the prestige and honor of the Dwarves, but understood that any action against the other nations of the North would threaten trade, eroding any support he had from the Valmeiri people. Instead he focused his efforts on the discovery and conquest of new lands, using the income from Valmeiri trade to sponsor expeditions to the south in search of new territory. This came to fruition in the year 200 A.I, when the explorer Aud Viðförla discovered a new, massive continent to the south. They named this new continent Viðförland in her honor, and Valmeir set about claiming wide swaths of land along the coast that they dubbed Suderland.
Suderland now constitutes the vast majority of Valmeir's territory, though their desire for expansion has been hampered considerability by the discover of the Grain Sea to their south.