Gnomes, mythologically, are the descendants of Cirre‘s three children she had with Nidhoggr, the Norse black dragon that gnaws on the roots of Yggdrasil. In the myth, Cirre needed the blood of Nidhoggr to create a love spell to seduce her twin brother, Vodalus. The love spell ultimately failed, but their children remained. Historians have been unable to come up with a better explanation than that, so that remains the prevailing theory. In the First Age, Gnomes were scattered throughout Atha, living in various groves and such. However, in the Age of War, Gnomes came under attack, particularly by Umerian forces and were almost hunted to complete extinction. Those that escaped organized themselves behind Ordmal’s Shadow on the Cliffs of Evryn. They developed never-before-seen weapons, fortifications, and modes of transport. Now, Gnomes are in high demand for their skills, although they remain the rarest race in Atha.
Physically, Gnomes are quite short and slight of figure. They prefer exotic hair styles (in general) and their hair can be blonde, black, gray, green, bright red, or violet. Their eyes, likewise, run the gamut of colors and can be blue, green, purple, red, or white. Their skin is fair and very sensitive to the sun’s rays.
In personality, there seems to be a natural drive for a Gnome to do something new. Those Gnomes that survived were the best and brightest of them, so Gnomes tend to be adventurous, bright, and quick. They are able to dedicate themselves to whatever task they pursue with patience that causes even Ice Dwarves to pause and admire. Also, almost all Gnomes have a creative streak and the simple act of creation tends to be integral to most Gnome’s happiness.