Torik grew up in the great dwarven city Underhome, located in the Great Rift of the Shaar. Torik, a shield dwarf, had trouble fitting in among the population of gold dwarfs that ruled the city. After his father, Taklinn, killed a man in a barfight, the family was exiled to Hammer and Anvil to work as miners.
The gold dwarves at Hammer and Anvil were cruel to Torik and his family. Even the mining camp turned up their noses at the shield dwarves. Taklinn believed in staying in dwarvenlands, however, so the family endured the torture.