Species Name: Gnome, Gnomi
A Gnome is a fictional creature with origins in European mythology (particularly Renaissance magic and alchemy) later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story tellers but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that lives underground. The word comes from Renaissance Latin Gnomus literally "earth dweller". Germans name them Erdmanleins, except in the Alpine areas, where they are called Heinzemannchens. In Denmark and Norway they are Nisse; Nissen is a Swedish variation. In Brittany they are called Nains. Tontti to the Finns and Foddenskkmaend is their name in Iceland. The Polish call they by the familar Gnom. Bulgaria and Albania, however, use Dudje. In Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, Gnomes are called Mano. The Dutch use Kabouter and the Belgian, Skritek. Switzerland and Luxembourg use the same name, Kleinmanneken, which means "littlemen." Domovoi Djedoes is used in western Russia.
They are described as two spans high, very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air. The chthonic spirit has precedents in numerous ancient and medieval mythologies often guarding mines and precious underground treasures notably in the Germanic dwarves and the Greek Chalybes, Telchines or Dactyls. In English folklore the chthonic Gnome has become a sort of antithesis to the more airy or luminous fairy, but are still clearly subterranean creatures guarding treasures of gold within the Untersberg mountain. The term Gnome by the 20th century became largely synonymous with other terms for the "little people" such as goblin, brownie, kobold, leprechaun, Heinzelmännchen and other instances of the "domestic spirit" type losing its strict association with earth or the underground world. The name Gnome has been used in the Fantasy genre typically in a cunning role, e.g. as an inventor.
Physical Traits: Short height
Height: 3 ft
Weight: 40-60 lbs
Abilities: Nightvision up to 60 metres
Sensory Organs: Visual
INT: 4D6, WIS: 3D6, STR: 3D6, DEX: 3D6, CON: 3D6, CHA: 3D6, MR: 2D6, HPs: CON +D12
Orbit/Climate: See Earth
Feeding Habits: Omnivore
Lifespan: 350 years
Culture: Standard. Diversified mix of kind and evil people.
Gnomes are tinkerers, designing grand machines for every imaginable task. Gnomes are a short, intelligent, and inquisitive race with aptitudes in both the arcane and mechanical crafts. Gnomes are a small, friendly race of humanoid creatures. The faces of Gnomes regardless of age are lined with tiny wrinkles most prominent with smiles or frowns and have grayish, tan, or brown skin causing them to appear as if they were carved from wood (or sometimes stone). Gnomes typically have white hair, either straight or curly, and blue or violet eyes. Gnomes have a notorious rivalry with the Goblins another mechanically-minded race.
Gnomes believe that pushing a child into a particular interest or vocation may
be damaging to the child’s nature causing unhappy or introverted children.
Gnomes are encouraged to explore all of their interests as they come. Gnomes are
blessed with ever expanding imaginations. They seek to improve their world
without bringing it harm through the use of mechanical inventions and alchemy.
Gnome homes and villages are often littered with peculiar new creations and
At the age of 30 Gnome children begin school. Their studies continue for 9
years divided into three main sections. The first 3 years focus on the general
studies of alchemy, history, mathematics, reading and writing. Grades 4 through
6 focus on the specialization the Gnome child has chosen and the last three
years are largely independent study.
Upon completion of schooling Gnomes are required to offer a final showing. The
project may consist of whatever the student believes best demonstrates their
knowledge and skill in their chosen course of study. 9 mentors in the
appropriate field will judge this. All 9 must judge the final
showing project positively for the gnome to qualify for a Certification test.
Gnomes most often prefer to live in areas of rolling, rocky hills, well-wooded and uninhabited by humans. Their diminutive stature has made them somewhat suspicious of the larger races, though they are not hostile. They are sly and furtive with those they do not know or trust, and they are somewhat reserved even under the best of circumstances unless they are caught in the throes of curiosity, discovery, and invention, which can inflame the passions of even the most level-headed gnome. Gnomes are most often friendly with Dwarves (who share their love of creation and craftsmanship).
Government: Guild Council.
Creating a Gnome character
|Step 1: Age|
|Determine your character's age. If older than 100 you need to determine which years you have been present in.|
|01-20||10 xD4 years|
|21-40||10 xD6 years|
|41-60||10 xD10 years|
|61-80||10 xD12 years|
|81-00||10 xD20 years|
|Next decide what you have been doing. Were you involved in any famous historical incidents? In the present day where does your character live or is he a wanderer, moving around continuously?|
|Step 2: Attributes|
as normal but INT are +D6, while MR is -D6. Mana =
INT + WIS x2. Mana is recovered at a rate of 10 per hour if remain active
(but not using magic) and 20 per hour if asleep.
Mana can however be permanently traded for HPs at a rate of 1 for 1.
Hit points = CON +12, +12 per level.
|Step 3: Skills|
Choose skills in the normal manner according to the character's class but half the starting skills must be based on building an item. Then for every 100 years alive select 1 additional skill.
|Step 4: Abilities|
All Gnomes gain all the following free;
Night Vision - The character can see in absolute darkness at a distance equal to his normal sight.
Inventive -Gnomes can specialise in one area of fabrication. In each case they can build, repair, custom modify and design the item the ability applies to. Weapons can have their damage and range increased up to +50%, and HPs, AR and speed increased up to +50% prior to attaching any armour. It can include buildings, armour, weapons and vehicles.
Additionally Dwarves start with 45 Points to spend on any of the following abilities. As they earns more experience they may buy or rebuy more abilities.
|Earth Heals||10||Whenever underground the Gnome can heal at phenomenal rates. He must concentrate for 1 minute uninterrupted to perform the following healing; restore 1 HP per INT, +1 per level per 10 minutes; reduce the damage and duration of drugs, toxins and poisons by 4% per INT, +1% per level and gives +1 to save per 4 INT; negate all pain for 1 minute per INT, +1 minute per level; or stabilize his condition (stops bleeding, binds wounds, etc.) for 15 minutes per level.|
|Increased AC||5||+1 AC|
|Increased Thac0||5||+1 Thac0 with ranged weapons at levels 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19.|
|Natural Chameleon||10||Using this ability the Gnome can blend into and render himself nearly invisible in any mountainous or subterranean terrain. When hiding he can conceal himself from attackers and eavesdrop on his enemies. He can hide near a well travelled road and secretly observe passersby, or conceal himself near an enemy campsite waiting for an opportune moment to steal their supplies.|
|Natural Mana||10||+10 Mana at levels 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20.|
|Nature Survival||10||Due to a Gnome's extensive experience and training underground he gains +1 to any physical, combat and survival rolls made while within that environment. He may choose an additional terrain at level 5. Terrain types include; Jungle, Desert, Tundra, Mountain, Forest or Ocean. Each time this ability is rebought he may either take an additional +1 with their terrain OR choose a new terrain.|
|Reduced Sleep||10||The Gnome needs one hour less normal sleep per 5 CON.|
|Sense Hidden||10||The Gnome gains +1 per 5 INT to detect a hidden object, door, person, etc.|
|Spellcast||10||The cost is for each sphere of magic he wishes to learn. He starts with one spell per INT point over 9, he can learn an equal amount per level. Thus INT 13 = 3 spells +3 per level. The spells can come from any sphere of magic except Divine and in any combination. See Avengelion Attributes for how much mana he has.|
|Witch Sight||10||The character can see the true image of any person or object regardless of any form of concealment, disguise, illusion or invisibility. This also includes the ability to detect whether it is magical, and whether it is harmful or helpful.|
|Step 5: Classes|
|Any but favoured ones include Merchant, Artificer, and Alchemist.|
|In 1,500,000 BC the Celestial Alliance after numerous setbacks in their various wars across the galaxy returned to the Sol system and land on Earth in an attempt to create a race of super beings to fight as slaves. Their experimentation led to the creation of Gnomes. Around 80,000 BC the Gnomes began trading with Atlantis. 70,000 BC saw the beginning of the Ice Age the Dwarves and Gnomes choosing to escape it by shifting their civilizations underground.|