The Lance of Marduk
King of the Dawn Holds
King Hinger is presently the king of the dwarven holds in the Dawnforge Mountains, although his time on the throne may quickly be coming to an end. Without an heir on his 75th name day, he was ruled impotent by dwarven custom, and a moot was called to elect a suitable successor to the throne. Further complicating the matter is Hinger’s relatives, two of whom are competing for the throne: Helga Tinger-Torgen and Thera Tinger-Torgen. Helga is Hinger’s heavily pregnant wife, and she is fast approaching her own 75th name day. Should she be elected, the continuation of their line will rest upon the hope that Helga gives birth before she, too, is declared impotent. Like Hinger, she is a moderate and attempts to stay removed from the current political struggle between the great houses (though often this only serves to anger both the liberal and conservative factions). Thera is another situation entirely. Raised by her mother to hate the Torgnür clan that she feels wronged her family, Thera is an ultra-liberal radical who many speculate would be willing to run the Dawn Holds into (or, as the dwarves would more likely put it, “up from”) the ground in favor of her own personal vendetta. Unfortunately, Thera was initially the only liberal candidate for the throne, and as such had all but secured a large supporting in the council. That has recently changed with Lady Mulonth’s declaration of her candidacy, but only time will tell who the liberal houses will favor.
Another of Hinger’s relatives of note is the avenger Bjorn Torgnür, who is his first cousin. Despite Bjorn’s trip to the surface world and subsequent exile, Hinger is still cordial to Bjorn and treats him as kin, rather than shunning him as much of his family now does.
King Hinger has always done his best to stay removed from the petty squabbles of the Great Houses, and that has not earned him the best reputation from any of them. While no major conflicts have arisen under his reign, both the liberal and conservative houses think he leans too far to the other side, and thus are unhappy with many of his middle-of-the-road policies. The rising tensions between the two factions, despite what he thinks are great efforts to maintain neutrality between them, is beginning to wear at King Hinger, and he has stated that perhaps an opportunity to escape from the throne would not be a terrible thing. That said, he still stands by his wife and wholeheartedly supports her push for the throne, even though it would mean his tenure as king would continue.