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Albrecht Albrechtson is a dwarf who was previously a candidate for the Low Throne and the Scone of Stone deep under Überwald. He is a Deep-Downer and hates the thought of the Overworld for he fears its taint, and the reality that it is dragging Dwarfs away from their traditions. He is a known expert on the Scone of Stone and is privileged to many of the secrets of lower (with humans it would be higher) dwarf society, such as the fact that the Scone of Stone is not the real Scone that was baked hundreds of years ago. Despite his views, he abides by the law and accepts Rhys Rhysson as the King. In Raising Steam, he makes a speech supporting Rhys and pledging loyalty to him, for the greater good of all Dwarfs. He also learns to adapt his thinking to suit the world Rhys wants Dwarfs to be a part of, understanding that trains and clacks towers are here to stay and that the Dwarfs can't and shouldn't try to turn back the clock but should maintain the traditions that define them as a people while accepting the new. During the course of Raising Steam he is imprisoned by Ardent, the leader of the rebel Dwarfs and is helped by a goblin which makes him realize his previous beliefs particularly in regard to goblins as people are wrong Ultimately freed when Rhys retakes the throne.

He adds the previously unknown pejorative Ginnungagap to the recorded richness of Dwarf speech. He understands Morporkian, but considers that speaking it would sully him.

The king of the Dwarfs is referred to as the Low King since Dwarfs live underground and the farther underground one is the more important the Dwarf. The name Low King is an obvious play on Roundworld, both fiction and real life where the High King is the supreme ruler. Examples include CS Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles and in real life Brian Boru, The High King of Ireland. The Stone of Scone, is a parody of the Pictish seat of kings in Scotland.

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