Deep Gnomes, live far below the world's surface in twisting warrens and sculpted caverns. They survive by virtue of their stealth, cleverness, and tenacity. Their gray skin allows them to blend in with surrounding stonework. They are also surprisingly heavy and strong for their size. An average adult weighs 100 to 120 pounds and stands 3 feet tall. A typical Deep Gnome enclave contains several hundred and is strongly fortified. Secret tunnels lead to and from the settlement, and the Deep Gnomes use these as evacuation routes when the enclave comes under attack.
Established Gender RolesMale Gnomes are bald, while females have stringy gray hair. Traditionally, females run the enclaves while males scour the outskirts in search of enemies and deposits of precious gemstones.
Gemstone HarvestersDeep Gnomes cherish fine gemstones, especially rubies, which they harvest from mines deep in The Underdark. The hunt for gems often brings them into conflict with Beholders, Drow, Kua-Toa, Duergar, and Mind Flayers. Of all their natural enemies, Deep Gnomes fear and despise the murderous, Demon worshiping Drow the most.
Earth FriendsDeep Gnomes are often encountered in the company of creatures from The Elemental Plane of Earth. Some Deep Gnomes can summon such creatures. Earth creatures guard Deep Gnome settlements, especially Xorn enticed to service with the promise of gems to feed on.
Humanoid (Gnome): A Head, Torso, Two Arms ending with hands, and Two legs ending with feet.
Ecology and Habitats
Deep Gnomes live in twisting warrens and sculpted cavern settlements.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Tribal, Clan, Chieftains and Kings.
Wide flat-noses, eyes of grey, black or blue, with pointed floppy ears that stick out from the sides of their head.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Darkvision 120ft & Passive Perfection 12
200 years to 400 years old (Averaging 250 years)
2ft 6" to 3ft 6" Tall (Averaging 3ft tall)
90lbs to 150lbs (Averaging 120lbs)
Muscular upper bodies, shoulders and upper arms. They are stronger than they look.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Most have gray skin, sometimes a bluish-grey, Males tend to be bald and Females have gray-white stringy hair.
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Original Article by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) for D&D Monster Manual.