Shield dwarves are a common subrace of dwarves.
The shield dwarves traveled to Faerun with a dwarf named Taark Shanat due to the fall of Shanatar. They arrived and found a realm known as Alatorin. After Taark slayed four blue dragons the shield dwarves took over their lair and renamed it to Brightaxe Hall and the Wyrmskull Throne which was formed by deceased dragon skulls. Years later the Spider Wars began and ended. These dwarves then moved to the surface in search of a new territory. They aligned themselves with the humans against the djinni. After this more dwarves moved on, leaving behind their old kingdoms and starting new ones such as Oghrann and Delzoun. The oroginal kingdom of Deep Shantar was destroyed when the duergar attacked it. These events were known as the Kin Clashes and in the aftermath only Iltkazar survived. The North is there major homeland.