Dwarves of Vesuvious
This is the name that civilized races use for the one sided war which was fought on the slopes and foothills of the Vesuvian mountains, following the fall of the Dwarven capitol in Mount Vesuvious. Driven forward by the Orcs that would later form the Southern Brotherhood, a combined Orc and Goblin army nearly succeeded in eradicating every Human and Dwarf from the badlands, all the way to Balesmeet. It is unknown why the armies withdrew when they did, but the good folk of the region never regained the might they once held, or their trust in one another.
A select few of the Dwarves in Shatterspear Down, as well as one Fregin Silversoul (the Dwarven drunk in Balesmeet) know that it was the Dwarves who marched on their former capitol, systematically slaughtering every Orcish leader they could fall upon. Though they lost more than half their number before retreating, the audacious attack was enough to cause the dominating Orc and Goblin hordes to withdraw back to Vesuvious. Thane Gelil Greyhem and the few who remember the war are loathe to speak of it, for it lost them their honor as they failed to defend Balesmeet, which also suffered greatly in the war. With the defense and fall of Balesmeet, this forgotten chapter of history has come to some light, though speaking of it is still not looked upon with great favor.