Tis written that the All Father perished in the spells of Ondluche; that he lay beneath the world and died. But the dwarves do not see it thus. The All Father did not die, for no hand in creation can unmake the All Father, lest it be the Dragon that lies at the root of the Maelstrom. As the dwarves see it the All Father passed down the Arc of Time and has taken new form, one that lies upon the shores of all creation. He is the Sea of Dreams and all peoples touch him, for good or for ill. He is ethereal and turns to his world and its creatures only rarely, if at all.
But from him the dwarves draw their strength, and consider the debt of life unpaid, and for this they pay heed and homage to him.
~ The Players Guide to Aihrde
This is an awesome piece by Keith Parkinson.