The Iron Fortress History
The Iron Fortress, name of both the city and fortress aswell as the alliance which defended it. Elves, Humans, Dwarves, Dragonborn, Githyanki, and a host of other races had banded together to defend the region against a seemingly ever present presence of evil in the form of monsters, minotaurs and barbarian hordes. After a long while of unexpected peace, the common enemies which had served as the glue of the alliance seemed diminished. Naturally this brought out the worst in the different races and eventually caused civil unrest. As bad became worse within the city, the evil began to amass again. Unification impossible, the city surrounding the fortress fell. People either fled or died until all that remained were the dwarves. Having been the ones who originally built the fortress, they felt obligated to stay and defend their home. Falling back into the central fortress itself, they allowed the surrounding city to fall in order to bolster their position within the fortresses impenetrable walls.
From this position of strength, they were able to fight back with amazing ferocity. After vanquishing their foes, they set to work making the area inhabitable once more. When people came back eventually, they returned to open arms, under one condition, dwarven rule. Unable to fully trust the other races in terms of governing, the dwarves set themselves and their council as law. Any could remain within the keeps walls but had to abide by those laws or leave. The dwarves are fair and treat all others with respect and equality, however they will not risk the chance of another alliance falling apart as the last one did in dire times.
Over 450 years later, the current population of The Iron Fortress is around 2500 to 3000, yet even with such large population, the dwarves keep the streets clean and the citizens even cleaner. Punishment to fit crime is handed out fairly if a little harshly. The laws set in place have kept the city virtually murder free for decades. Other lesser crimes happen but quite rarely as the punishment for most types of crime is simple excommunication. Those who found themselves tossed out the front gates or simply found living in The Iron Fortress too restricting have found it in themselves to travel to New Haven, an increasingly large and lax city to the south