Your friend was partially right, but they left out a few things.
Legend tells us that the ancient midgets were once led by Ilkaja Gyssearnith (ill-kah-jaw ji-sear-nith), a powerful midget. His first name means "Mist Dragon Staff" in honor of the light gray-ish blue staff with the dragon he holds. His last name means "Clan of Fire" in honor of the clan of fire-adoring midgets his family founded- which he happened to lead. However, he was killed by his brother Eiruthnes (e-air-uth-ness), whose name meant "Sharp Wizard Heart". He created many mutated killer bests, such as the Oriental (not disoriented lol) Camel Monkeys, which are giant golden monkeys with camel humps, The Birog, a killer bird-frog mutation with razors for claws, the Wolukiger, a terrifying mix between a wolf, duck, and tiger, and many more. Over a period of eight-million years- because ancient midgets never died- they evolved to have night vision, super-sonic hearing, and the bones in their hands literally became steel. They survived the mutated attacks because of this and brought Ilkaja back to life. The price they paid for having their leader returned was to lose their immortality. They did gain, however, the ability to make fresh, delicious cheese.
On my 3rd year of studying Midget History in College