I remember reading this at least 15 years ago. Four or five protagonists, one was a dwarf with exoskeleton armor and an axe. Axe may have been powered also. I seem to think the dwarf's name may have started with a 'G'. Probably irrelevant, but I think I was reading lot of Robert Lynn Aspirin about that time period.

  • Hi there. That's some info already; but maybe you could take a look at these guidelines on story-ID, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in? For instance, did you read that online, in an anthology, any recollection of the cover? Stuff like that, however minor it may seem, might help track it down. Cheers :)
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    Feb 27, 2019 at 22:12

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Possibly one of the Viriconium stories by M. John Harrison? They were published in he 70s-early 80s. One of the characters is named "Tomb the Iron Dwarf". He wears a powered exoskeleton. For example in The Pastel City there is the description:

To his left, Tomb the Dwarf towered above the Northmen in his exoskeleton, a deadly, glittering, giant insect, kicking in faces with bloodshod metal feet, striking terror and skulls with his horrible axe.

And the aforementioned horrible axe is indeed a powered weapon. Earlier in this story we read:

The black eyes flickered warily round the walls. They touched briefly on a powered battle-axe that Cromis had got from his friend Tomb the Dwarf after the sea fight at Mingulay in the Rivermouth campaign.

  • Could it be Flight of Honor by Richard S McEnroe - one of the main protagonists ( Oin Ceiragh ) is from a heavy gravity world so is dwarflike in appearance, and has powered armour Feb 28, 2019 at 10:25
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    I have the Viriconium books so I've added supporting quotes. Please feel free to roll back my edits if you don't like them. Feb 28, 2019 at 12:09
  • The memory of the dwarf's name beginning with "G" could be a confusion with that most infamous of lunatic axe wielding dwarves Gotrek. Feb 28, 2019 at 12:33
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    @JohnRennie "most infamous of lunatic axe wielding dwarves:... Gimli? ;)
    – Lexible
    Jul 9, 2020 at 21:37
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    @lexible "most infamous of lunatic axe wielding dwarves":... Grumpy? ;-)
    – LAK
    Jul 9, 2020 at 22:20

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