Within Thalassar, there are the stubborn, artistic dwarves, and the flexible, inventive and literal gnomes. They are a very energetic people, and often provide as good working partners with the dwarves. Millenia ago, the gnomes ancient home was razed to the ground by orcs and goblins, and they desperately fled down the mountains. The dwarves took them in, and they've been living together in harmony since the Iron Plague.
Gnomes are smaller than dwarves, but larger than halflings. Some more insulting individuals would call them "discount dwarves", something they don't take to very well. Gnomes do, however, share more similarities with the dwarves than they do the halflings.
Growth Rate & Stages
Gnomes mature at the same rate humans do, and most are expected to settle down into an adult life by around age 40. They can live 350 to almost 500 years.
Gnomes are known for big noses, similar to halflings, but whereas halflings' noses are more thick and round, gnome noses are often pointy, sharp and triangular.
Contrary to halflings, gnomes also have a much easier time growing facial hair.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Gnomes are situated almost solely in Thalassar and the dwarven barrens. A few gnome travelers pop up here and there in Malkor but they are focused in the dwarven lands.
Gnomes are often more intelligent on average than other sapients on Malkor.
Civilization and Culture
Gnomes love names, and most have half a dozen or so. A gnome’s mother, father, clan elder, aunts, and uncles each give the gnome a name, and various nicknames from just about everyone else might or might not stick over time. Gnome names are typically variants on the names of ancestors or distant relatives, though some are purely new inventions. When dealing with humans and others who are “stuffy” about names, a gnome learns to use no more than three names: a personal name, a clan name, and a nickname, choosing the one in each category that’s the most fun to say. 15 HANDOUT | GOLIATH, GNOME Example Male Names. Alston, Alvyn, Boddynock, Brocc, Burgell, Dimble, Eldon, Erky, Fonkin, Frug, Gerbo, Gimble, Glim, Jebeddo, Kellen, Namfoodle, Orryn, Roondar, Seebo, Sindri, Warryn, Wrenn, Zook Example Female Names. Bimpnottin, Breena, Caramip, Carlin, Donella, Duvamil, Ella, Ellyjobell, Ellywick, Lilli, Loopmottin, Lorilla, Mardnab, Nissa, Nyx, Oda, Orla, Roywyn, Shamil, Tana, Waywocket, Zanna Example Clan Names. Beren, Daergel, Folkor, Garrick, Nackle, Murnig, Ningel, Raulnor, Scheppen, Timbers, Turen Example Nicknames. Aleslosh, Ashhearth, Badger, Cloak, Doublelock, Filchbatter, Fnipper, Ku, Nim, Oneshoe, Pock, Sparklegem, Stumbleduck
They share governance with the dwarves.
Average Technological Level
Together with the dwarves they have among the highest possible technological achievements in hygiene and transport, having designed elaborate transporation systems throughout the cave systems of Thalassar.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Gnomes speak gnomish, a language which sounds quite different from dwarvish. Some words have been loaned from dwarvish, but otherwise the languages are distinct.
Common Etiquette Rules
Gnomes are most often good. Those who tend toward law are sages, engineers, researchers, scholars, investigators, or inventors. Those who tend toward chaos are minstrels, tricksters, wanderers, or fanciful jewelers. Gnomes are good-hearted, and even the tricksters among them are more playful than vicious.
Where gnomes came from is not known, but they once lived in smaller tribes across the barrens. When the goblins invaded Thalassar they razed many of the gnome residences and took them capture, and the survivors escaped to Thalassar, where they aided in its defense. Those freed along with the hill dwarves resettled the barrens, while those who fled to Thalassar found a home there.
- Up to 500.
- Average Height
- 1m to 1.3m.
- Average Weight
- 55kg to 76kg.
- Average Physique
- Compared to their close neighbours the dwarves, gnomes are quite weak. They are on average weaker even than halflings.
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Gnomes' skin color can be a vibrant pink, but often goes towards a greyish undertone, or even so far as having actually grey skin.
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