The Thergerim are a very organized society, who have specific occupations within their communal clan or cavern; the occupations are divided by sex and sometimes age or experience, so that each person knows his or her place in the community from a fairly early age. One of the main reasons for this gender segregation of various jobs is, of course, cultural. But another, more powerful reason is actually biological. Both genders of dwarves, as we've noted before, appear very similar (secondary sexual characteristics such as musculature, facial hair, and so on, are in evidence for both male and female). However, primary sexual distinctions are more distinctive, because of vastly varying differences in Thergerim hormonal levels.

A Dwarven Tunneler
View picture in full size Image description. A dwarven tunneler with the typically stubby, sturdy shovel the dwarves call the "chingu". Picture from the game Mystical Empire™, used with friendly permission. Illustration by Faugar.

These hormonal differences mean that the females are (like humans, to some extent) more "nurturing", have greater manual dexterity, better linguistic and verbal skills, (compared to male dwarves, but not to humans!) and are able to "multi-task". They also have a stronger psychic and empathic ability, when such abilities are present. Males, however, have greater endurance, lower oxygen consumption (a plus when working underground), claustrophilia, and more highly developed spatial relationships. Neither gender is particularly aggressive but either may have strong leadership and organizational abilities, and what passes for "people skills" with dwarves.

Since dwarven science is not greatly advanced, the way they put this is, "Man's blood, man's life, man's work - Woman's blood, woman's life, woman's work."

We must reiterate that among dwarves there is none of this "human" tendency to rank or structure work within a status hierarchy - everyone does his or her job to the best of his or her ability, and contributes to the community. It is assumed that their contribution entitles them to all the benefits of the community, such as food, shelter, clothing, tools, and resources, without weighing the amount or merit of the contribution. Since dwarves also remain relatively vigourous and physically active well into their aged years there is always something to do and someone who can do it.

Occupations List. In the list below we've accumulated the most common dwarven professions (sorted aphabetically):

 Date of last edit 2nd Changing Winds 1666 a.S.

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