In one of my recent posts, I discussed a method of taking traditional dwarf class abilities, sensing moving stone and secret doors, and putting new spin on them. Rather than the source of their abilities being a lifetime of living in caves and mines, their abilities are magical in nature. After thousands of years and uncounted generations living within the bowels of the earth, dwarves have formed a connection with the earth. Through singing to the earth and stones, they can sense changes in the underworld environment and even manipulate stone.
This great post on Papers and Pencils, a 2015 Secret Santicore response, adds another ancient dwarfy ability: Beard Skills! Basically dwarves have learned to groom and train their beards to do some wild things. At character creations, these abilities can be selected just like any other abilities. Additionally, as a dwarf gets access to more abilities as it advances, it may choose to become skilled with its beard, but it must find a tutor from whom it can learn the new beard skill. A dwarf may only ever have one beard skill; and they cannot be changed after a dwarf has become trained in a beard skill.
1. Rope Beard: In a private ritual each nameday, the dwarf carefully trims their beard from everywhere but their chin. This hair is then treated and braided into the chin hair, lengthening it. The resulting rope is 1’ long for every 2 years of the Dwarf’s life. It is normally worn draped around the dwarf’s shoulders like a scarf. It does not count against the dwarf’s encumbrance limit.