Sky Gnomes live in the Skylands. They were originally Tree Gnomes, but were altered in the Chaos Wars.
Sky Gnomes have evolved adaptations to live in the Skylands. Some believe that the Sun Stones have made many of these changes possible (magic contamination). Among these are: lighter bones, hair color and body shape, affinity with air currents and creatures; some have even grown underarm membranes (like flying squirrels), translucent skin, and prehensile toes.
Ecology and Habitats
Most sky gnomes live in the Skylands. They are particularly suited, since they evolved here after the change. It is easier for them to leave if they do so before they are an adult, because of the lower gravity here and the need to adapt to their destination if it is below.
A sky gnomes' facial structure is more like their ancestor the Gnome. They have a small, elfin-like face, but often with chubby cheeks and pointed ears.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
The Skylands, anywhere the sky takes them through the atmosphere of Aquatica. Rarely on land.
Sky Gnomes have an above average intelligence
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Lowlight vision, and weather savvy (some are so in touch with the air currents that they can sense the weather for up to 24 hours).
Civilization and Culture
Their names are similar to Old German and surrounding areas.
Male: hans, karl, otto, paulo, kurt, dieter, horst, klaus, jurgen, funske, alfonse, adelmar, aelfgifu, aelfgar, aesc, aldo, anso, ari, bjarn, aelfric, cenric,allar, culkin, ernst, frodo, hagan, forst.
Female: adelina, alia, elvira, alodia, amelia, brynja, frida, boda, florus, dora, eva, frieda, felicity, gerwine, ada, alaina, belinda, berti, evette, yves.
Surnames names are usually chosen for a great achievement.
Hair color and nose shape are common features considered to be appealing.
Intelligence, skill and unique ideas.
Average Technological Level
They are in the Engineering Age, but on the cusp of the Technologic Age. Their society is a dynamic one, constantly on the move, learning and creating more each year.
Some discoveries that they have made are: sun stones, staff gliders, hang gliders, airplanes, wing-suits, silver oriculum tattoos, gyro-copters, flying ships, orni-thopters, dirigibles.
They use steam, sun stones, magic, clockwork and/or a combination of them to power their technology. To some it appears to be just magic, but they have learned to merge them.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Gnomin and Common. Also known are Sylvan, Elven or Auran.
Common Etiquette Rules
Most Sky Gnomes are very friendly and courteous but when busy working they can be forgetful and gruff.
Common Dress Code
Style of dress in the Skylands depends on the individual and their job. Most common pieces include: tailcoats, lederhosen (shorts held up with suspenders), bundhosen (short pants held up with suspenders, shirts, vests, dress or skirt or apron; and of course utility belts or harnesses. Many combinations are possible. They also love almost any style of hat, (flyers love helmets) and safety glasses or goggles.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Sky Gnome culture is an idealization of Victorian England mixed with Steampunk fantasy elements.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
There are Houses dedicated to almost any type of Science or Magic theory that someone has thought up. After a primary school is finished children are expected to choose one or a few of these Houses to dedicate their secondary learning to. When they finish this learning and ascend to Journeyman, they can become a resident worker that allies themselves to a House or form their own.
Duels are common, but usually non-lethal means are used, like their creations dueling each other; boxing or wrestling matches, etc. Sometimes sabotage of inventions is included in this dueling, but it is frowned upon by most others.
Purposely hurting another.
In a battle near the end of the Chaos Wars, a wild magic storm caused a gravitic effect that lifted a large area (including mountains, forests, lakes and rivers) into the sky. A group of tree gnomes were exploring this area, so were lifted up as well. This effect lightened the stone enough to float and send it into the sky. Water that ran into the affected area also followed the new natural laws. This became the Skylands. The first mountain to be so lifted became the capital, Skylandia. Other islands eventually rose as well, when they were affected by similar means. Some were even lifted artificially.
Capt. James Bigglesworth (time traveler).
Common Myths and Legends
Capt. Bigglesworth and his adventures through time.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Sky Gnomes are allied or at least friends with all good races. Closely with Astralus, Fey and Tree Gnomes. They are neutral to most other races unless there is avert violence from them.
- Genetic Ancestor(s)
- Scientific Name
- Homo Gnomus Aeria
- Tree Gnome, Gnome
- 300 years
- Average Height
- 3 ft
- Average Weight
- 40 lbs
- Average Physique
- They have a short and willowy body type.
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Their hair tends to be of a light coloring, many have blond, silver or white hair. While others like to dye it in pastel colors. They love tattoos of any kind, but they are mainly inked with Oriculum.
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