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This article is about the city. For the episode, see Uthodurn (episode).

Uthodurn is a city north of the Ivory Lake and southwest of Kravaraad in the Flotket Alps of the Greying Wildlands. A rare haven for both Dwarves and Elves, Uthodurn has become a center for the highest levels of craftsmanship and blacksmithing. "Uthodurn" roughly translates from Dwarvish as "the new under salvation".[5]


Fan art of Uthodurn, by Camilla Kipp.[art 2]

Located about 300 to 400 feet up a mountainside, the entrance to the main city is marked by a perimeter fence and a dozen or so stone towers, four of them around the central structure.[6] There are small buildings, liveries, and stables. In the center is a large heavy gazebo-type roof structure over a 50 to 60-foot wide pit descending 100 to 150-feet deep into the mountain rock.[7] Numerous spiral staircases descend into the city proper, about 15-feet wide each.[8]

The staircases descend into a large semi-domed area about a hundred feet across. The air is much warmer than outside, and it smells like wet earth, burned wood, soot, and iron. Barracks (called the Glassblade Kaserne)[9] are built into both sides, with balcony pathways and storage for weapons.[10]

The stairs continue into a very wide opening that leads to a central 30 foot-wide road, the Augur Trail, which is roughly hewn with numerous pillars throughout that rise up to meet the ceiling to both maintain the weight and give it a grandiose, massively scaled grand hall feel. Passing through, it opens up into a massive 120-foot high by 1500-foot wide underground cavern, filled with buildings forming an underground neighborhood that continues to descend, curving like a gargantuan auger slowly spiraling into the earth. There are mining works off to the far right. To the left are other residential buildings in both dwarven and elven styles.[11]

Each of the Disks of the city further below contain immense pillars holding up the ceiling of the caverns, some of which have been built into with mostly elven-styled homes to utilize every available bit of space. The Disks are each bounded by huge heavy dark metal gates drawn up to the ceiling, which can be dropped in case of invasion.[12]

Points of interest

Fan art of Uthodurn, by Katy Grierson.[art 3]

Volition Disk

The Volition Disk is the oldest and top level of Uthodurn which houses most of the citizens.[13]

  • The Broken Stool[14]: a tavern and inn run by Luda, an older dwarven woman

Deliberation Disk

The Deliberation Disk, nicknamed the Liber Disk, is the bustling market center of the city, filled from floor to ceiling with homes and emporiums.[15]

  • The Anvil of Smeltborne: forge and blacksmith[16][17]
  • Moradin's Mantle: massive temple to The Allhammer[18]
  • The Softer Stoneforge: a bakery[19]
  • Plexus Post: an odds-and-ends shop[20]
  • Vellum Steeple Archive: on the boundary between the Liber and Grand Disks, a for-profit library[21] with a Teleportation Circle
  • The Tumbling Tankards: a dive bar with root mead and live music, run by Von Bragg.
  • The Tumblecarve Residence: home of the Tumblecarve noble family, located in Demerant Circle.[22]

Fan art of Uthodurn's Grand Disk, by Sally Grew.[art 4]

Grand Disk

This is where a lot of the richer folk live, and where the Luddenbrock mines are. The Grandcast Citadel is located here, where most of the town is lawfully taken care of. It looks like a frozen tornado.[23]

  • Underrest: high-end inn for dignitaries.[24]



Uthodurn's citizens are mostly dwarves, with a large elven population and a sprinkling of other races. Dwarven, Elvish, and Common are the most used languages in Uthodurn.[25]

The population in 835 PD is 26,240. More than half (56%) are dwarves and more than a third (36%) are elves. There is a small population of gnomes as well (4%).[4]

Politics and military

Symbol of the Diarchy of Uthodurn, by Claudio Pozas.[art 5]

The Diarchy

The city is ruled simultaneously by dual monarchs, a dwarven queen and an elven king who each are advised by their own small council who share the responsibility of governing the city.[26] Each community looks primarily to its own monarch for leadership and guidance, but the two have worked together remarkably well, for centuries.


Glassblades are the military and ranger force that guard, hunt and watch over the perimeter of Uthodurn. They gained the name when Uthodurn was founded.[27]

Notable people

Name Type Description
Chetney Pock O'Pea PC A gnomish master craftsman toymaker; abroad in Marquet in 843 PD[28]
Reani PC An aasimar with a complicated past.[29]
Deilin NPC The elven apprentice of Umagorn.[30]
Ava Endlewood NPC An elven woman, owner and proprietor of the Plexus Post.[31]
Fen NPC Member of the Glassblades and ex-lover of Reani.
Zadro Ichlen NPC An owner of Knot Forgotten, a toy store in the Heartmoor Hamlet and a former parthner of Oltgar.
Oltgar NPC A toymaker and Chetney's former employer.[32]
Dulgrim Smeltborne NPC Ancient dwarven master forger and blacksmith, he created Dwueth'var and was at least 400 years old at the time of his death in approximately 832 PD.[33]
Umagorn Smeltborne NPC Son of Dulgrim, owner and proprietor of the Anvil of Smeltborne.[34]
Demid Sunlash NPC Gnomish Archivist of the Cobalt Soul temporarily researched Exandria's two moons at the Vellum Steeple Archive. He left to pursue his studies elsewhere.[35]
Tumblecarve family NPC A noble family with unsavory ties. Their home is on the Deliberation Disk.[36]
Ressia Uvesic NPC Scribewarden of the Vellum Steeple Archive.


Uthodurn was founded by dwarves in the wake of the Calamity, shortly after 35 PD.[1][37] Long afterwards, between 535 and 585 PD,[38] a great tragedy struck the elven city of Molaesmyr, driving many of the elves to flee their home in the Savalirwood. The refugees found sanctuary with the dwarves of Uthodurn and together they have since created a dual society known as the Diarchy of Uthodurn.[39]


  1. 1.0 1.1 As of 835 PD, founded "nearly eight hundred years ago." See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 119.
  2. As of 836 PD, between 600 and 800 years ago. Shortly after the Calamity.  See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 2:57:42.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 120.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 119.
  5. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:02:33.
  6. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 2:50:08.
  7. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:01:00.
  8. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:02:04.
  9. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 2:51:02.
  10. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) from 3:03:12 through 3:06:08.
  11. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) from 3:03:12 through 3:06:08.
  12. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:34:28.
  13. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:20:11.
  14. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:11:42.
  15. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:35:25.
  16. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:36:40.
  17. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:42:51.
  18. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:36:22.
  19. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:37:44.
  20. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:54:13.
  21. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:53:45.
  22. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:01:59.
  23. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:20:11.
  24. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) at 4:02:36.
  25. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:17:40.
  26. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 119-120.
  27. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 2:57:25.
  28. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 33:04.
  29. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 0:14:15.
  30. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:51:43.
  31. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 0:45:30.
  32. See "A Woodworker's Quandary" (3x08) at 1:42:59.
  33. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:47:50.
  34. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 3:47:00.
  35. See "Family Shatters" (2x96) from 3:50:22 through 3:52:12.
  36. See "Manifold Morals" (2x74) at 1:01:59.
  37. As of 836 PD, between 600 and 800 years ago. Shortly after the Calamity.  See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 2:57:42.
  38. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 18. Despite the specific year of 585 PD given on p. 18, also see p. 115, which says "over" 250 years ago, and p. 119, which says Uthodurn welcomed elven refugees from the destroyed Molaesmyr "nearly three centuries ago."
  39. See "Uthodurn" (2x73) at 2:57:56.


  1. Fan art of the upper Auger Trail in Uthodurn, by Clara (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Uthodurn, by Camilla Kipp (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Uthodurn, by Katy Grierson (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Uthodurn's Grand Disk, by Sally Grew (source). Used with permission.
  5. Symbol of the Diarchy of Uthodurn, by Claudio Pozas (source). Used with permission.