Gnomes ply their intellect and force of personality to overcome challenges. Though generally good-humored and tolerant, gnomes can swiftly turn fierce if backed into a corner.
- Main article: Gnome Adventurers
The War of the Long Winter
The Gnomes suffered their greatest schism during the height of the war with Renezah and his forces. Those gnomes that eventually became known as Berkeron began animating the corpses of the dead frost giants as well as elves and dwarves to turn them against the invading army. This lead the Gnomes who followed the Arcane paths of Gizad to leave their ancestral home en mass to relocate to the island at the center of the Sentinel Sea; Tor Gizad. As they left, the Gizadi took with them the sum total of the Gnomish library of arcane sciences to prevent their cousins, the Berkeron from perverting the use of magic. The hatred of the Berkeron knew no bounds and so the Ulevar were left to take the brunt of their hatred; eventually driving them out as well.
Gnomish ethnic groups
See also: Character/Gnome
Small: Gnomes are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to their AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.
Slow Speed: Gnomes have a base speed of 20 feet.
Defensive Training: Gnomes get a +4 dodge bonus to AC against monsters of the giant type.
Gnome Magic: Gnomes add +1 to the DC of any saving throws against illusion spells that they cast. Gnomes with a Charisma of 11 or higher also gain the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation, and speak with animals. The caster level for these effects is equal to the gnome's level. The DC for these spells is equal to 10 + the spell's level + the gnome's Charisma modifier.
Hatred: Gnomes receive a +1 bonus on attack rolls against humanoid creatures of the reptilian and goblinoid subtypes due to special training against these hated foes.
Keen Senses: Gnomes receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
Weapon Familiarity: Gnomes treat any weapon with the word “gnome” in its name as a martial weapon.
Languages: Gnomes begin play speaking Common, Gnome, and Sylvan. Gnomes with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Goblin, and Orc.